The Republic of Ireland has many striking towns and natural sights to be enjoyed within its boundaries. Each are steeped with a lore that is at once romantic and jovial in nature. The town of Kenmare is certainly to be counted as one of those. Named Kenmare, which is derived from “Ceann Mara” or “head of the sea” in the Irish language referring to Kenmare Bay, the town is part of County Kerry in its southern sector where the bay reaches its most inland point. The town dates back to its origins in the late 1600s as part of a parcel of land given to Sir William Petty by Oliver Cromwell as part of compensation for working on and completing the mapping of Ireland back then. But people have settled in the region going back to the Bronze Age, which has been borne out by artifacts from that era found in the area. Kenmare was the site of certain key moments in Irish history, which include the construction of what’s considered the country’s first suspension bridge and a few incidents in its Civil War period of 1922-23. As part of the Ring of Kerry, a string of towns in the country for many to visit, Kenmare is cherished for its traditional appeal and a grand sense of warmth to all who enter its winding streets. This same air can be found in the way that some here have opened their doors. To that end, here are some of the best Airbnb vacation rentals that can be found in the town of Kenmare, Ireland.
This vacation rental is a prime part of Irish history that guests can envelop themselves in. It’s a stone cottage that was first built in 1798, making it one of the oldest homes in Kenmare along with it being a notable example of the Georgian style of architecture the nation is known for. It’s attached to a main home and can accommodate three guests between two bedrooms with one bathroom available. At less than a minute’s walk from some of the busier parts of town, the cottage also has a nice package of amenities such as a full kitchen, breakfast provided by the host, and wireless Internet access.
Georgian house in heart of KenmareKenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsthe beds were super comfythe cottage was comfortable and cosy had everything we needed to enjoy our staythe kitchen is small but i managed to cook a meal for two without any problemsupstairs has two very comfortable and reasonable sized bedrooms (one double one single)enough space for 3 of us and good to have two seperate rooms up the stairsapartment was clean & tidya clean tasteful house with very comfortable bedsaccommodation present to a good standard spotlessly clean clutter freeher place was very cleanspotlessly clean and beautiful would love to return one day
Host:kirstin is very helpfulcommunications were very prompt and quite friendlya beautiful part of ireland all of the hosts tips were spot onisite people very helpful too for planning ring of kerry drivecommunication from the owner was useful and quickRead more reviewssuper cute and great locationgreat location wonderful location to everything in townvery cute cottage in a great locationperfect location for exploring kenmaregreat place in a great location
Guests who opt to stay at this vacation rental will find it to be a simple but elegant place to spend their time in while in Kenmare. The apartment is adjacent to a larger home, but private enough that those staying here can come and go as they wish. The apartment can accommodate up to two guests within one bedroom with a bathroom available to them. Amenities on hand here include a full kitchen, television, and free parking on the premises.
Glenview Apartment, cozy & privateKenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsthe wifi is excellentthe wifi is greatthe view from the apartment is really beautifullovely spacious apartment with beautiful viewsit was great to have a washer/dryer in the apartment for clothesspotlessly clean quiet and the beds are comfythe place was clean and perfect for my needsnice touches very clean and very comfortablethe apartment was clean and perfect for a couple or familyapartment had everything we needed and was clean and warm
Host:the hosts are excellent hostspaul was a great hostpaul was a great hosthost is gracious and helpful with questionspaul was kind and gave us nice recommendationsRead more reviewsits in an ideal location within walking distance of kenmare townwhat a great location for kerrygreat town and walking distance from the apartmentperfect place close to the center of kenmareover all good location and value
This vacation rental can be found atop one of Kenmare’s artistic spaces, the Cleo Gallery. There is a cheery atmosphere here, with an interior décor that goes well with the natural lighting of the place. It can host up to six guests during a stay with three bedrooms and one bathroom available. The apartment is right by many of the town’s shops and restaurants on a more tranquil street. The amenities offered here include an indoor fireplace, a full kitchen, and heating.
Cleo Gallery Apartment,2 Shelbourne St. KenmareKenmare, County Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsfresh flowers in all the rooms were a lovely touchkitchen beautiful and fully functionaljust like the picture and fresh flowers in all the roomsgreat apartment space in kenmarereally comfortable quirky apartment with great light from the huge windows and skylightsit was immaculately clean and very comfortablehelen’s apartment was exceptionally clean and very comfortablethe place was spotless and very comfortablethe house was clean and has really amazing stylethe apartment was extremely clean and had everything we needed
Host:helen was an excellent hosthelen was a wonderful hosthelen is an delightful hosthost was friendly and accommodatinghelen was so responsive to all our questionsRead more reviewsgreat location and apartmentgreat location and funky apartmentwithin walking distance of most attractions and shoppinga great stylish apartment close to everythingperfectly located - few min walk from everything yet quiet at night
This vacation rental is a bed and breakfast that can be found right on the outskirts of Kenmare. The rental itself consists of a suite that can hold up to two guests in one bedroom with a bathroom. Those staying here will be treated to a package of amenities that include breakfast provided by the host, wireless Internet access, and bathroom essentials.
The Rose Garden B&B and CafeKenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsit's a full irish breakfast with tea and coffee in the cutest little cafewifi wouldn't connect in our room but other than that everything was perfect :)great cooking we had a full irish breakfast and pancakesit's attached to a delicious cafe and the breakfast (included in your price) is perfecti probably wouldn't come back except to eat breakfast if i were fully honestvery clean and comfortable great showernice clean rooms would definitely stay here againthey clean you room for you as well which was very kindour room was comfortable and cleanthe rooms are spacious clean and tidy
Host:very friendly staff made us feel at homebreakfast and host were amazingmary and her staff are extremely friendly and accommodatingour host from our arrival to our departure was pleasant and gave us much needed privacythe staff were all very friendly and the breakfast was goodRead more reviewsconvenient location and delicious breakfastgreat location to get aroundgreat location and excellent breakfastgood location and good breakfastthis b&b was very cute and in a great location
This vacation rental lies within a serene terraced house that is right off of Kenmare’s main street. It’s an intimate space, one that can accommodate up to two people with two bedrooms and two bathrooms available to them. Recent renovations have made this space even more inviting, and it impacts the array of amenities on hand here which include an indoor fireplace, bathroom essentials, and a kitchen.
Cosy House in heart of kenmare townKenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsno wifi but otherwise greatthe cottage has everything needed for a comfortable staythere was milk tea coffee and biscuits in the kitchen - such a nice gesturegreat location lots of space many amenities (two bathrooms fridge laundry)using wifi at the nearby pub worked quite well although not always the most convenientspotlessly clean and very cosyit is spotlessly clean warm and very comfortablevery clean and i would stay there againthe space was sparkling clean and roomyvery convenient clean and comfortable
Host:mary was a wonderful laid back hostuna and her mom were absolutely perfect hostsshe was so warm and friendly and made us feel very welcomeour host may was very friendly and helpfulmay our host was wonderful and quite attentive to our needsRead more reviewspubs super close within walking distance of everythingperfect accommodation in a central locationlocated within the village is a stone circle and lovely parklocation was amazing just off the main street and close to everythingthe perfect location as it was so central for our needs at this time
For those looking for a vacation rental with a chance to see the water, this listing might be the way to go. It consists of an entire townhouse that is located at a quick drive from the town center. The home is charming, and also near the local golf club as well. It can host up to six guests between three bedrooms with two and a half bathrooms available. The townhouse also has a good selection of amenities, which include free parking on the premises, television, and wireless Internet access.
Tranquil sea view in kenmareKenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsthe couch was very comfortable and the residents was bright and roomysheila’s place was wonderful plenty of kitchen and bathroom amenities comfortable beds and very cleanthe host sheila was very thoughtful and had arranged for coffee and some breakfast (pastry) for usthis is a very cozy and cute home in a very quiet neighborhood with fantastic viewsnice space very comfortable i would stay again if ever in the areaclean spacious and comfortable accommodationsthe apartment is clean and felt cozyits immaculately clean and has everything you needspotlessly clean and as expected from previous reviewsthe house is bright and cheerful clean and stylish
Host:sheila is a wonderful host and her home is warm and welcominggreat place and easy going hostvery nice touch with the easter eggs left by the hostit was great sheila is a very friendly and helpful hostshe goes above and beyond what many hosts might to make one's stay delightfulRead more reviewslocation was fabgreat location right on the lake and close to townbeautiful townhome in a great locationeasy 20 minute walk to main street where there are restaurants and shopping glorequiet location and very close to the city a great place to stay
This vacation rental is a key spot for those who want to explore Kenmare and County Kerry at large. Located at a three-minute walk from the center of town itself, this home is spacious enough to host up to six guests between three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. The house is up-to-date with modern accoutrements, and amenities such as television, an indoor fireplace, and a full kitchen.
Lovely 3 Bed Self Catering HouseKenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewsthe fast wifi internet throughout the house was greatnice small back patio with table and chairs for use during good weathercomfortably furnished with nice amenities in the front sitting room and kitchenwifi worked quite well and it was nice having a parking space right in frontthe cottage is very comfortable and well appointed especially the kitchen and bedroomsso clean and comfortablethe house was very clean and warmbeautifully clean and comfortable placethis house was very clean and comfortablealva's house was very clean and well presented
Host:she was a fantastic hostfriendly host thoughtful touches much appreciatedalva was an excellent hostalva was really quick with response and very helpfulher communications were timely and helpfulRead more reviewsperfect location alsowhat a wonderful house location location locationnice big place located close to the city centerbeautiful house and close walk into towngreat location 5 minute walk to kenmare town and a really scenic walk too
This listing is located underneath the gallery that is previously mentioned in the third listing. This rental is a lively space that can be accessed through the gallery, and has its own courtyard made of stone. The space can accommodate a total of six guests between two bedrooms and one bathroom. Like the other listing, there’s a great array of amenities here which include television, an indoor fireplace, and wireless Internet access.
Cleo Gallery basement ApartmentKenmare, County Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewseclectic furniture and the bedding was very comfortablecoffee and teas supplied as well as all kitchen supplies one neededthere was a fire ready to light when we arrived fresh flowers in the roomsour group of five fit comfortably in the apartmentbeds were comfy and we thoroughly enjoyed our staycosy comfortable and spotless cleanwe loved the apartment it was clean and adorable and comfyabsolutely gorgeous place full of character - plus spotless comfy and cosythe apartment is spacious clean beautifully decorated and very centralthis place was super clean comfortable and centrally located
Host:helen was a wonderful hosthelen was a wonderful hosthelen was a great hosthelen was a wonderful host and very accommodatinghelen was a very friendly and helpful host tooRead more reviewsgreat location in charming kenmaresuper convenient location very homey feelthe location was perfect- walkable to the main strip of shops and restaurantscute cozy unit in an unbeatable locationthe space and location is wonderful
This vacation rental is ensconced in a private house that is outside of the central area of Kenmare. Consisting of a private room, it can accommodate up to two guests during a stay with one bedroom and one bathroom. The amenities offered here include access to a washer and dryer for laundry needs, television, and wireless Internet access
Quiet location with parking
This vacation rental is composed of a room within a private estate that’s outside of Kenmare’s central town district. The room is spacious enough to host two people, with one bathroom available to them. In terms of amenities provided here, those include wireless Internet access, bathroom essentials, and free parking on the premises.
Ring of Kerry room 4Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland
Top guest reviewseilish prepared for us a wonderful irish breakfastperfect we had the breakfast and it was deliciousthe room was very clean with a lovely shower and tea/coffee making facilitieswe had a room on the main floor that had a private bathroom attached with a lovely showerwe then woke and eilish made us a huge breakfastvery clean accommodationsvery clean and comfortable roomslovely room all very clean and nicely presentedtheir place was clean and tidyprivate and clean bathroom
Host:nice hosts and accommodationhosts were very helpful and provided excellent accommodationshost was very charming and politelovely home helpful hosts super breakfastthe hosts are very friendlyRead more reviewsperfect little place close to towngreat location to kenmare town centergorgeous place to stay and close to everythingbeautiful house and located close to their lovely townthis b&b was beautiful close enough to town to walk but far away enough to be quiet
Some last words about Kenmare
You’d be forgiven for coming to Kenmare and finding yourself enraptured by its verdant landscape and the friendliness of those who call it home. The town has a distinct hearty air to it which is imbued through vivid episodes of history and culture. For anyone traveling to Kenmare, Ireland in the near future or down the line, it is a safe bet that they’ll find this energetic appeal in any of the Airbnb vacation rentals that they choose for their stay.
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