Bedroom1 View of Carrig House from Caragh Lake Restaurant 5 Aerial Drawing Room 3 Restaurant1 Gardens1 Review

The thing about Carrig Country House and Restaurant is that it feels just like home. The home that is, that you have always dreamed of. Frank and Mary Slattery have created such a warm ambiance with the most wonderful food and nature has blessed it all with breath-taking scenery. Peace and calm abound in this beautifully maintained Victorian house, set amid the finest gardens and surrounded by lake and mountains. Historically interesting – Lord Brocket once owned the house – it is now one of Ireland’s finest country houses offering that unique and personal quality of hospitality that makes the visit memorable.

This is a house you are very comfortable visiting on your own, you will feel safe and welcome; you can chat to fellow guests in the sitting room, enjoy a quiet drink by the fire, play chess, read the papers and go for wonderfully serene walks in the peaceful gardens.

There are sixteen bedrooms, and each is one is individually decorated with antiques and fine furnishings, a far cry from those bland hotel rooms that all begin to merge into each other in the memory after a few visits. Some have panoramic views across the lake and a Jacuzzi bath, but all have bright bathrooms, fluffy towels, great toiletries and all the comfort the weary traveller wants.

For me it was the wonderful dinner, and the exceptional breakfast that really clinched it. Such attention to culinary detail, such fine intelligent cooking, such great respect for fresh local ingredients. This is how I would like to eat every day. I found that my stay at Carrig House pressed all the right buttons; the ambiance, surroundings, food, bedroom – indeed all the rooms in the house – and I felt a genuine welcome from Frank and Mary. I honestly don’t know how they do it. They treat everybody as a friend, and somehow that makes you feel like a friend and so your visit is a real pleasure.

Most people are there for a relaxing break, and swimming and fishing are the most strenuous activities. However, Carrig House is also perfectly placed for a climbing holiday, if mountaineering is your thing, the highest mountains in Ireland, the McGillycuddy Reeks are on your doorstep. Personally, I just love sitting by that fireside with an aperitif in hand, some pleasant conversation and the knowledge that a wonderful dinner awaits!

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You are in the most scenic corner of Ireland, just off the Ring of Kerry. Fishing, walking – check the “Into the Wilderness Walking Tours” – mountain climbing, horse riding, boating, heritage centres, old stone circles and much more. With a hired car, daily drives around the area bring fresh surprises.

Mairead Robinson