Sallyport House

LocationKenmare, Co. Kerry

Reopening Spring 2021

Built from the remains of an old famine workhouse, Sallyport House stands on the shores of the Kenmare River at the southeastern border of the Ring of Kerry. The house overlooks a picturesque harbour with views towards the mountains of the Beara Peninsula. The pretty market town of Kenmare, with its friendly music-filled pubs and excellent restau- rants, is just five minutes away, while Killarney and Glengarriff are both within easy reach. Sallyport adjoins the delightful Reenagross Woodland Park and is a wonderful base for exploring this beautiful region, which includes mountainous peninsulas jutting out into the sea, numerous gardens and the 10,000 hectare Killarney National Park.

Edwardian Kenmare accommodation

Sallyport House is a delightful Edwardian house in a really spectacular location, right on the edge of the harbour, surrounded by parkland and trees, and by Reenagross Woodland Park, yet still just minutes away from the centre of busy Kenmare town, the most south-easterly point on the renowned Ring of Kerry.

Sallyport House was built from the stones of the demolished Famine Work house, and guests still cross the worn stone threshold from its principal door, a poignant reminder of a less prosperous past in the midst of today’s plenty. The owners, John and Helen Arthur, rebuilt the house in the 1990s. They are a fount of information on the locality and make their visitors very welcome. Inside, the main rooms are extremely comfortable, beautifully decorated and filled with antique furniture and Irish paintings. The bedrooms are particularly charming, with large bathrooms and breathtaking views over the gardens and the Kenmare River. This is a town house and does not serve dinner, but there is a wide choice of restaurants locally, both in Kenmare town and in the surrounding area.

Explore the Ring of Kerry

Sallyport is the perfect base for exploring the Ring of Kerry and the lesser-known (though perhaps even more spectacular) Beara Peninsula on the borders of County Cork. There are world-famous gardens at Dereen and on Garnish Island, salmon fishing at the famous Butler Pool, in Waterville, and sea trout fishing on Lough Currane, while deep sea fishing can also be arranged in the locality. Waterville and Parknasilla are but two of the many famous golf courses within easy reach, horse riding can be arranged, and there are a wide variety of coastal and mountain walks to suit all tastes and abilities.


We asked some of our guests how they enjoyed their stay with us in Sallyport House and here is what they had to say….

“The people and place are so wonderful - 5 stars are not enough!!!! Amazing hospitality with delicious breakfast - just try the freshly made strawberry compote! It is within walking distance of Kenmare. Coming back to these beautifully furnished rooms makes your stay unforgettable.” (Christa F, Tripadvisor)

“Not only was this the most stately of the B&Bs we stayed in on our recent trip, John and Jeanie were delightful hosts. They are extremely proud of the home their grandfather built, and rightfully so. The accommodations were luxurious, with extremely comfortable beds in cheerful rooms decorated with beautiful antiques. John gave us the BEST sight-seeing advice, including a drive through Dunloe Gap which was the complete highlight of our vacation.” (Writesis, Tripadvisor)

“We stayed here in early July 2019 for five nights and could not have been made more welcome. Our large bedroom overlooked the garden and estuary and was beautifully furnished. We felt like royalty descending the sweeping staircase each morning for breakfast where the only problem was choosing from all that was on offer, apparently prepared by the team of Leprechauns in the kitchen….according to Jeanie!” (GarryNorley, Tripadvisor)

Sallyport House, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, V93 R297, Ireland

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Sallyport House, Kenmare, V93 R297, Co. Kerry