Cahernane House Hotel – Killarney’s Hidden Gem
Beautifully situated on a private estate on the edge of Killarney National Park, Cahernane House Hotel was constructed in 1877 and was formerly home to the Herbert Family. The entrance to the hotel is framed by a tunnel of greenery which unfurls to reveal the beauty of this imposing Manor House.
Following a €6 million renovation programme, the hotel is a hidden gem when it comes to both corporate away days and company retreats. Escape from the busy office environment and retreat to the intimate settings of Cahernane, where a professional team will ensure your event is a complete success.
Stephen Loftus, Chief Financial Officer and Commercial Director at the PREM Group, which owns the hotel, told Premier Hospitality: “We acquired the hotel in May 2016 and the property was in very poor condition because it had been neglected for decades. We then set about putting a masterplan in place to restore the property back to its original glory and to add to and to improve it over the next few years.
“The work got underway pretty much immediately because we had to tackle issues like fire and safety and then once this had been addressed, we set about restoring the original house within a few months of acquiring the property.”
With 40 beautiful guest rooms, guests will enjoy luxurious accommodation with glorious views over the mountains and National Park. There are 12 signature rooms located in the original Manor House, individually named and decorated. Each room showcases period features such as sash windows, high ceilings and elegant mouldings. The rich colour palettes and sumptuous antique furnishings are evocative of a bygone era.
Sensitively restored and eminently comfortably, all 28 guest rooms in the garden wing were completely renovated by spring 2018. The rooms feature French doors onto either a ground floor patio or a first floor balcony, commanding stunning views over the local landscape.
Cahernane House Hotel also has several meeting rooms on offer to suit your every need, all with natural daylight. There is a library which can cater for up to 25 guests, the Pembroke suite which caters for up to 30 guests and the drawing room which can cater for up to 60 guests. Each meeting room has complimentary Wi-Fi and Audio Visual equipment.
An extensive breakfast menu is served in The Herbert Restaurant each morning with delicious options such as Local Kenmare salmon, French toast and of course a traditional Irish breakfast.
The Cellar Bar occupies the original wine cellar of the house. Cosy and inviting, and difficult to leave. There is an extensive selection of beers, spirits and wines for guests to enjoy. Break out for a light lunch or enjoy a pre-dinner drinks reception with Gin and Whiskey tastings available. There is also an extensive menu available as a second dining option as well.
In the evening, guests are spoilt with an exceptional dinner in The Herbert Restaurant. Recently awarded two AA Rosettes in recognition of culinary excellence, they use the finest locally sourced seasonal produce. Head chef, Eric Kavanagh, has created an extensive menu of delicious dishes ensuring that a visit to The Herbert Restaurant is something very special, accommodating up to 80 guests for a seated meal.
Featuring original portrait paintings, antique furniture and fireplaces with open log fires, the Drawing Room and Library are the perfect scene for event receptions.
Stephen added: “The Manor House is very unique because we have refurbished it in such a way that we have brought it back to its original glory. The original features are fantastic – things like the cornicing’s on the ceiling, the original flooring that is in the property and the overall scale and size of the manor house rooms.
“We have now finished work on the existing development but are about to embark on the final phase of the project, which is the addition of 20 new bedrooms and an orangery. We hope to get this underway in 2019.”
The spacious gardens of Cahernane provide an ideal environment for fun outdoor pursuits. Set in peaceful, secluded gardens, the only sounds you may hear are the birds singing or the cows bellowing. Whether you need to stretch your legs after a long meeting or get the team involved in something a little more energetic, the hotel can arrange a host of activities.
“The grounds are fantastic,” said Stephen. “Cahernane House is set in six acres adjoined to working farms, which are in the National Park of Ireland. In the National Park you have all of the deer, cattle and sheep and many people often comment on the nature surrounding the hotel and how lovely it is.”
Following the hotels renovations, feedback about the work has been positive with numerous guests describing the Manor House as a hidden gem in Killarney and indeed in the country.
Commenting on the feedback and the projects importance, Stephen said: “If you visit TripAdvisor and look at the comments – they are incredible. People describe it as a hidden gem so the feedback has been fantastic and we are very pleased with the progress we have made to date.
“This is a very important project for us. The PREM group manages over 50 properties within Europe but this was an important acquisition for us. It is now part of the family and we want to focus on trying to make it one of the leading boutique hotels in Ireland.”
For more information, visit: https://www.cahernane.com/
The PREM Group is Ireland’s leading hotel management company managing a portfolio of owned, leased and managed assets across Ireland, the United Kingdom, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.
Established in Dublin in 1996, they specialise in operating hotels and serviced apartments. Their portfolio includes brands they have successfully launched; independently branded properties and they work with some of the world’s leading hotel franchising companies including the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), Wyndham Worldwide and Small Luxury Hotels.
Castlebrook Furniture and Design
Castlebrook Furniture and Design is a market leading interior fit out company specialising in turnkey luxury hotel and apartment interiors. Castlebrook’s services are tailored to the design, specification and procurement of custom interiors and the associated project management, manufacture, installation and logistics services.
Established in 1982 the company has developed into a specialist in luxury interiors, involved in projects across Europe, Middle East & Africa, for the world’s leading hotel chains including Marriott, IHG, Rezidor, Accor, Fairmont, Radisson, and Hilton Hotels.
Castlebrook were involved with the re-development and re-launch of Cahernane House Hotel. The company worked closely with the PREM Group to design and supply bespoke bedroom furniture, specifically tailored to the client’s needs.
Castlebrook are delighted to be associated with such a prestigious project.
Matthew Gallagher, Castlebrook, said:
“We work closely with owners, operators, contractors, architects and interior designers to clearly understand their requirements from the initial concept stage through to final realisation. We have developed an extensive international network of quality suppliers who after many years of working closely together have a clear understanding of our high standards.”
“We pride ourselves on our consistency in delivering high quality interiors on budget and on time.”
Avondale Projects specialise in refurbishment and extension projects for the residential and commercial sector, including historical and listed buildings, as well as work on new builds. Company owner, Noel Leahy has more than 18 years’ experience in the industry and within this time has worked on a range of projects, including The West End House, The Black Sheep Hostel, Anáblathá and Tiernaboul National Schools, Kenmare Adult Education Centre and more than 30 one-off bespoke new builds.
Most recently, Avondale Projects has worked alongside Prem Group on the extensive refurbishment of Cahernane House Hotel. The initial works involved repairing the roof to the main house, restoring the original slate and re-leading the valleys, before taking on more work at the hotel.
Noel Leahy, Avondale Projects, said:
“During the first phase, my team undertook the restoration of the original timber sash windows, restoring them fully, thus preserving the integrity of this historic old house. This phase of the renovations saw the Herbert Restaurant tastefully redecorated, the bedrooms and attic in the main house fully renovated and brought up to current legislative specifications.”
Having delivered this phase successfully, Avondale Project teamed up with Prem Group over Winter 2017/Spring 2018 to refurbish the “new wing” of the hotel, along with the modernisation and decoration of the original cellar bar, making it contemporary and elegant. A new kitchen was also added to cater for bar food for residents and visitors alike.
Noel Leahy, Avondale Projects, said:
“Working with Prem Group on this project brought great job satisfaction to help deliver their vision for the hotel. I enjoyed networking with local trades and subcontractors from Killarney, and together we worked to retain the original skilled craftsmanship and manual labour that built the hotel.
“We worked with top class architects and interior designers to create and deliver an ambience of luxury for guests at Cahernane House Hotel and we look forward to undertaking the refurbishment of the Coach House later this year, as Prem Group continues their committed restoration of the Cahernane House Hotel.”
“It is great to see Cahernane House Hotel being brought back to its former glory, as a lot of Killarney people have links to the house, including my wife, Simone. Her great grandfather was a grounds man and gatekeeper, and her great grandmother was a housekeeper, so it is a very special place.”
Avondale Projects strive to be the best, ensuring attention to detail and a goal of delivering a top quality finish. The company prides itself on going the extra mile and completing contracts to schedule.
Tara Crystal Chandeliers
Tadhg Dineen of Tara Crystal Chandeliers worked closely with Stephen Loftus of the Prem Group and Julie Goggins who looked after all of the interior fit out of Cahernane House Hotel. Tadhg said he was passionate about period style houses and was delighted to be asked to design and make chandeliers in the first phase for the dining areas of Cahernane House Hotel.
Tadhg commented: “Every chandelier we make is bespoke. We spend time in the hotel to get a feel for the mood then our design team create a chandelier which is in keeping with the room – getting the design and size right takes years of experience.
“Once the chandelier is made this is only half the job done. We then have the delicate job of transporting, rebuilding on site and finally fitting the chandelier. The simplest job of all, with the most satisfaction, is switching the chandelier on. It is only then that we can give a sigh of relief and the job is done.”
The job turned out magnificent and Tara Crystal was asked to design chandeliers for the second phase reception area which required four chandeliers. Following this, the company set to work on a truly magnificent chandelier to hang over the oak stairs, and as the corridors leading to the bedrooms needed light Tara Crystal fitted crystal wall lights to provide a lovely warm glow.
“The staff at Cahernane House Hotel gets a great buzz from seeing residents blown away with the chandeliers – they are a great talking point!
“People are really delighted to hear that our family business is keeping the tradition of crystal-making alive in Waterford.”