Welcome to Killarney Lakeview House & Estate, a unique private luxury mansion situated on the lakeshore of the world famous Lakes of Killarney with stunning ever-changing views of water, islands and mountains.
Steeped in history and character, the House has strong links to the family of Daniel O'Connell, "The Liberator", and to the MacCarthy clan. It is filled with original and unique elegant furniture and paintings, while having all the modern features required for a really luxurious holiday.
The House is situated on a private 100 acre estate, protected by trees.
The entrance to the Estate, on the main Ring of Kerry Road (N72), is marked by Victorian iron gates and railings and a cream Gate Lodge. A long tarmacadam drive lined with ancient beech trees leads to the House through woodland with views over fields and mountains.
Here you catch the first glimpse of the lake and mountains beyond. And what a view! From Carrauntoohil, Ireland’s highest mountain, and the rest of the McGillicuddy Reeks range of mountains, to the islands, to Ross Castle, all reflected in the water. The view changes not only with the seasons and the weather but minute by minute. The House faces South West and is on a slight rise to take full advantage of its position.
The House itself is in a style called Italianate Villa, popularised in London mansions in the 1840’s. It was actually built in 1869 but then, as now in many respects, the pace of life and change is much slower in Kerry! The entrance to the House is through an impressive covered carriage entrance and porch.
The Estate covers over 100 acres, about a third of which is woodland. There are many private paths and walks on the Estate including the Cliff Walk through the woods above the Estate’s half-mile frontage to the lake. The remaining land is an active farm.
In front of the house is a large lawn able to accommodate helicopter landings. Below that a path leads to our private boathouse (currently being renovated) and a jetty with the Estate’s own boat.
Accommodation - Living & Entertaining Rooms - Description
On the ground floor a glazed entrance door leads inside into a large long Hall. Off this are:
This is a very atmospheric room, lined with bookcases of pitch pine, filled with antique books. There is a wood-burning stove in the red Connemara marble fireplace and it is furnished with a large oak desk, armchairs and a sofa, all of which contributes to a cosy retreat. There is a TV with DVD and some satellite channels, as well as a CD/Radio.
The Dining Room:
Filled with family portraits, this impressive room overlooks the lake and the entrance lawn. The dining table is expandable from an intimate 6 up to 18 places, and can cope with up to 28 if required. With gilt pelmets and blue painted walls, the room works well for both lunch parties and long convivial dinners. The Golden Oak dining table and accompanying pieces were especially built for the house. There is a working fireplace in Carrara marble. Double doors lead to:
The Kitchen/Breakfast Room:
Originally the Morning Room, the high ceilinged large kitchen/breakfast room faces the lake with glazed double doors that open out onto the gravelled area with table and chairs for 12, aligned with a path down to the lake. There are 2 large windows with window seats where guests often sit, mesmerised by the changing views. This room successfully combines the traditional morning room with a generous modern kitchen which has granite worktops and an impressive central island. There are ample facilities: 3 ovens, a microwave, a large induction hob, a dishwasher, large fridge and plentiful china and cutlery. The breakfast table comfortably seats 8 but can be extended to 12. Double doors to the dining room enable a buffet arrangement on the kitchen island or pre dinner drinks outside on the front lawn.
The Drawing Room:
This has 2 windows overlooking the lake and another 2 over the rear terraced lawn. It suits equally formal entertaining or informal relaxation. The room has sofas and armchairs and a working fireplace in green Connemara marble. There is a TV with DVD and satellite. A large bookcase contains CDs and DVDs.
The Studio / Playroom:
We finished this room recently, made up of a former butler’s pantry, a staff sitting room and a children’s nursery. Now it is a modern room with double height ceiling and a study gallery with a door to the childrens’ playroom garden. This contains a very unglamorous 1970’s caravan hidden in the trees that children seem to love playing or camping in.
The Studio / Playroom has a sink and a further entrance from the back of the house which has enabled us to use it as a prep kitchen for larger events. In normal use, the room has a sofa, table and chairs, a TV/DVD and a selection of board games.
This is an unusual feature of the house in that it is so big. Inside the entrance is the Front Hall with a huge Golden Oak sideboard mounted with a stag’s head (part of the O’Connell crest). Prints on the walls include various old maps of the area.
The Middle hall has a large and ornate Pitch Pine staircase to the first floor, lit by 2 large Venetian windows, reflected in large gilt mirrors. Victorian cartoon prints relating to events in Daniel O’Connell’s career line the stairs. A ¾ size snooker table (with a table-top to hide my wife’s choice of purple baize!) takes up much of the remaining space, together with a Bechstein baby grand piano.
The Back Hall is a comfortable space with a large sofa and a bookcase full of novels and coffee table books.
Accommodation - The Bedrooms - Descriptions
We have ample room for 11 guests. There are 4 principal bedrooms (sleeping 8), 3 have en-suite bathrooms and the other has a separate shower room and wc/bathroom, each about 30 yards away. There are a further 2 bedrooms (sleeping 3), sharing a shower room.
All the rooms feature top of the range white Egyptian Cotton bed linen and large fluffy towels. Most have working shutters as well as blinds and curtains.
All the rooms are off a large Landing with excellent natural light due to a large glazed lantern.
The Master Bedroom has the best view in the house with a large bay having 3 windows over the lake. Above the curtains is an impressive gilt pelmet to match gilt framed paintings and furniture. The bed is 6’ (Super King size). A door leads to the en suite bathroom with a Carrara marble topped vanity having 2 basins, a vintage cast iron double ended bath with marble surround, a screened WC and a high pressure shower cubicle.
The Red Bedroom contains some of the furniture and items brought back by the current and 2 previous generations of the family who have had business or military links in the Far East. The room has windows facing the lake and the rear terraced lawn. The bed is 6’ (Super King size) with the ability to be divided into 2 single beds.
The Bathroom adjacent to the Red Bedroom can either be for its exclusive use or be shared with the Blue Bedroom at the end of the corridor. This bathroom contains a large vintage cast iron bath and basin with Carrara marble surrounds and a large high pressure shower cubicle and has a calm view over the rear terraced lawn.
The Blue Bedroom has windows facing the lake and the entrance front lawn. This room has a cream 5’9” four poster bed. The Blue Bedroom can either share the Bathroom next to the Oriental Bedroom or has a dedicated shower room next to Morgan’s room as well as a bathroom with WC at the back of the house.
Morgan’s Bedroom has 2 windows overlooking the entrance front lawn and the woodland at the back of the house. There is a modern King Size (5’3”) four poster bed in this room. A door leads to an ensuite bathroom with steel bath, WC and pedestal basin.
Adjoining Morgan’s Bedroom is a separate shower room with a large stall for the use of the Blue Bedroom.
There is a further bathroom/WC at the back of the house.
There are 2 further bedrooms on the lower floor. They have been recently refurbished and are arranged as one room with a double bed (the Garden Bedroom) and one with a single bed (Hannah’s Bedroom) that also works as a sitting room. Both rooms have a door to a shared shower room/WC.
Next to these rooms is a Utility Room with washing machine and dryer, gas hob and combination microwave oven.
Killarney is without a doubt one Ireland’s finest and most beautiful tourist towns. This picturesque town is nestled among deep, lake filled valleys and Ireland’s highest mountains – the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
Killarney National Park (25,000 acres of lakes, rivers and walks) is literally across the road from Killarney Holiday Village The Town itself provides an incredible range of beautiful shops, leisure activities, a multiplex cinema and entertainment that will help you relax and unwind throughout the day and night and a huge selection of restaurants to tempt your taste buds.
With its world famous golf courses including Killeen and O’Mahony’s Point, Killarney truly is a Golfer’s paradise. Other famous Kerry courses such as Ballybunion, Ring of Kerry, Kenmare, Dooks and Tralee are all within a short drive of Killarney.
Killarney is home to a huge number of Leisure Centres many of which offer daily and weekly membership to families. The leisure Centre with the biggest pool in Killarney, 25 metres is only a 5 minute stroll from the holiday homes. Please enquire directly with us.
Killarney provides both the rambler and serious walker with the ultimate in diversity. The choice of walks is endless, from the Kerry Way which is the country's longest way-marked trail, to the highest peaks in Ireland - the Macgillycuddy Reeks
The Killarney Lakes are three in number, Lake Leane, Middle Lake and Upper Lake, all of which are all excellent for salmon and brown trout. Boats and ghillies can be arranged.
Pony trekking is a very popular activity in Killarney. Two of the most popular routes are through the National Park and the Gap of Dunloe Trek.
Killarney is the perfect place for cycling and bikes are available for hire on a daily or weekly basis. There is a Shop 500 yards from Killarney Holiday Village that does bike hire.
Killarney is famous for its horse-drawn Jaunting Cars which offer the visitor a novel means of touring the sights.
Local Event Guide
May Bank Holiday Weekend Rally Of The Lakes:This year's Rally will bring spectators in their thousands to watch the tarmac rally crews do battle over the classic stages of the southwest.
Killarney National Park
Killarney National Park is just a two minute drive from Muckross Lakeside Holiday Village. It consists of 25,000 acres of lakes, rivers, mountains, wildlife and walks where all year round you can commune with Nature without interruption.
Ring of Kerry
A trip to Killarney would not be complete without experiencing the Ring of Kerry scenic drive around the Iveragh Peninsula taking you through such quaint and picturesque towns as Killorglin, Cahirsiveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare.
Other attractions include:
Gap of Dunloe
Killarney Model Railway
Museum of Irish Transport
Muckross Traditional Farm
By Train or Bus – regular daily trains and buses run directly to Killarney from Dublin and Cork. Killarney Holiday Village is just a five minute taxi ride from the Station.
By Plane – Killarney has its own airport in Farranfore with an increasing number of direct flights. Car hire is available at the airport. Killarney Holiday Village is just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport. Alternatively, Cork Airpoirt is approximately 100km or 1 ½ hour’s drive away.