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Cahernane House Hotel joins Ireland’s Blue Book
Cahernane House Hotel joins Ireland’s Blue Book
The wonderful Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney has joined the prestigious Ireland’s Blue Book, which is a collection of Ireland’s finest Irish country house hotels, manor houses, castles and restaurants.
Located on the edge of Killarney National Park, the historic Cahernane House residence certainly ticks all the boxes for a Blue Book property thanks to its bespoke exterior, exquisite decorative features, charming views and award-winning cuisine.
Ireland’s Blue Book recognises only the most elegant and stylish hideaways, and the hidden gem of Cahernane has proven to be a very popular destination for Irish and overseas travellers since it was extensively renovated over the last 12 months.
Cahernane House Hotel is quickly becoming known as a food-lover’s paradise and was named in the top three hotel dining destinations in the UK and Ireland by the prestigious Condé Nast Johansen’s Traveller Guide this year.
The addition to Ireland’s Blue Book helps to further increase the hotel’s standing in the international market as the Blue Book is the only Irish member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of Europe which is an umbrella Federation representing an eclectic range of historic properties across Europe.
Members are selected on a strict criteria basis with the emphasis being on properties who have a strong individualistic style, character and who are original properties.
Originally built in 1877 by Henry Herbert as a family residence, Cahernane House had fallen into disrepair before it was purchased by PREM Group in 2016. The hoteliers saw the potential of the property and injected €6.5 million into refurbishing the premises over a 12-month period, which brought about extensive renovations to the Manor House, the Garden Wing, the Herbert Restaurant and the Cellar Bar.
Renowned designer Julie Goggin and her team provided the inspiration behind the project, taking care of all the minutiae to ensure a truly bespoke setting was introduced to the property.
The plush bedrooms in the Manor House have been completely redecorated and refitted and are all named after people and places which have a connection with the property, such as architect James Fuller and Patricia Newling, a former owner. Each room is bespoke and feature decadent wallpaper, plush headboards, original antique furniture, beautiful sash windows and elegant mouldings.
The exquisitely designed bathrooms are a really eye-catching aspect of the new rooms, with free standing baths featuring claw feet and antique brass bathroom fittings. Deluxe beds and goose down pillows and duvets set the scene for a relaxing and peaceful night’s sleep when the only sounds you will hear in the morning is the distant call of cattle and perhaps a lone stag.
The Herbert Restaurant is a homage to the man who built the grand house, and many of the eye-catching original features remain. The depth of the walls is one of the first things to note when entering the room, and they are easily observed at each window where the original shutters have also been painstakingly restored.
Seating up to 80 people, the fine dining restaurant is run under the watchful eye of Executive Head Chef Eric Kavanagh who uses locally sourced produce in a bid to create exquisite plates of food. Eric brings extensive experience from a career that includes work in award-winning establishments such as Longueville House in Mallow and Sheen Falls in Kenmare. Cahernane House Hotel received a two AA Rosette recently for its excellence in cuisine and has received glowing reviews from diners.
For more information or to make a booking please visit www.cahernane.com.