Dunkerron House Kenmare - Kenmare Co. Kerry

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Dunkerron is a mid 19th century Victorian manor house which has been extensively renovated, modernised and refurbished in 2013. This luxurious holiday home is situated on a 70 acre estate on the shores of Kenmare Bay and located less than 2 miles (3km) from cosmopolitan Kenmare town.

Full of light and soft atmospheric colours, great care has been taken to make you feel comfortable and welcome.   The entire property is furnished in a classic but understated style in keeping with the character of the house. Original Irish art throughout augments the peaceful atmosphere of the house.  The house oozes comfort, character and style with a generous living room, vestibule, conservatory, formal dining room (with formal table which seats up to 16), play room each providing wonderful living areas. The house is served by a large fully equipped kitchen which is combined with an adjoining informal dining area.  Log fires in the living room, vestibule and dining room provide a wonderful atmosphere while the living room, vestibule, conservatory, dining room, play room and sheltered south facing sun porch all enjoy stunning views over the estate’s 15th century castle ruin, Dunkerron Castle, in the foreground and the Caha mountain range in the distance.      

On the first floor, the house boasts 7 large bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms. One bedroom consits of a King bed & a single bed, another can be made into a double or twin, the remaining bedrooms are all double. All  bedrooms enjoy views over the Dunkerron estate while all bathrooms have power showers with 5 of the 7 bathrooms have baths too.

The house itself overlooks the ruins of Dunkerron castle, a mid 15th century stronghold of the O’Sullivan More clan.   Outside the property  also includes a traditional styled walled garden, which is currently being renovated, as well as traditional farm outbuildings. The property enjoys its own access onto Kenmare Bay which bounds the estate. Residents can stroll through beautiful  woodland footpaths through the estate. Dunkerron Estate borders the shores of Kenmare Bay and this property has its own recently constructed deck area which provides a large relaxing area overlooking the Bay and Caha mountains.  You can stroll to this deck area in about 10 minutes from the main house.

The property offers a perfect venue for reunions or family gatherings, as a luxurious base for a family adventure in the south west of Ireland or simply as a luxury holiday home. The house has proven very popular with families arranging weddings at the nearby Dromquinna Manor, offering an ideal venue to nuptials wishing to provide a casual post wedding get together for friends or a pre wedding family dinner.

Dunkerron House features on our Large Group Vacation Rental Ireland Collection


Kenmare is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is known as the jewel in the Ring of Kerry. No wonder with its location between two of the most beautiful touring routes in Europe - the Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara. These make for very enjoyable day trips from Kenmare.

Kenmare is a designated Heritage Town of Ireland and the town offers a huge selection of places of historical interest to visit. Even strolling around the town is itself a pleasure with Kenmare having received awards from Entente Floral and the award for the Tidiest Town in Ireland in the year 2000.  Kenmare was recently awarded the accolade of Ireland's best kept town on the whole island of Ireland and deservedly so!

Killarney is a 40 minute drive and Cork City is just over an hour's drive. 


The town of Kenmare, noted for having the cleanest air in Europe, is a mecca for some of the finest restaurants in Ireland. You really will be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out, from bar food to seafood and a range of other types of excellent restaurants to experience. The nightlife in Kenmare suits all ages and the hospitality with which you will be greeted is second to none. There is a great selection of pubs and late night bars to choose from with many featuring live music from traditional Irish to rock and modern styles.


Kenmare lies approximately 30 minutes drive from a host of sandy beaches and it has a very pretty harbour from where you can swim, fish or take a trip on a boat cruise.

Kenmare Bay Cruises
Hop aboard the 'Island Explorer' for a family friendly cruise on Kenmare Bay with both indoor and outdoor seating. Watch seals and sea birds in their natural habitat and enjoy spectacular scenery, castles and coastlines along the way. For full details and to book your cruise from Kenmare pier, go to www.kenmarebaycruises.com

Bike Hire

Bicycle hire is available from Finnegan's Bike Hire & Toy Shop in the centre of Kenmare   

Another option would be to get in touch with Sidetracked Kenmare. You have the option to rent an eBike and take a self guided tour or to take a guided tour and take in some of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most dramatic scenery.

Star Sailing & Adventure Centre

Star Activity and Adventure Centre is a purpose-built Activity Centre and Bar/Restaurant is fast becoming an essential part of a family holiday in Kenmare. The centre itself is situated on the shores of Kenmare Bay and surrounded by the Caha Mountains just a five minute drive from Kenmare Town Centre.  The activities on offer include kayaking, sailing, canoeing, sea kayaking, hillwalking, team games and a Wildlife Safari Cruise on Kenmare Bay. Also available are the children’s playground, American pedal boats, water trampoline and slide, archery range, soccer pitch with changing facilities and the family walking trail. OPEN SEASONALLY.  

Bonane Heritage Park

The Bonane Heritage Park provides visitors with an 1600 metre walk on gravel paths through 5000 years of history while enjoying some breathtaking scenery. Bonane Heritage Park is situated 10Km from Kenmare on the N71 and is open to visitors all year round.


Kenmare boasts two super golf courses.  The Ring of Kerry Golf Course is located two miles outside of the town and offers spectacular views of Kenmare Bay from the course itself and also its newly renovated Club House.  Dream Ireland guests may avail of special discounted green fees.

Kenmare Golf Club is located in Kenmare Town and follows the shores of Kenmare Bay Estuary.  


There are lots of great fishing spots to choose from around Kenmare including Clonee Lake, Kenmare Bay and the Black Valley.  Permits can be obtained locally.

Hill Walking

The Kerry Way and Beara Way walking routes are ideal for those with an interest in trekking or you could even join the annual summer hike to Ireland's highest mountain, Carrauntouhil.  The foothills of the famous MacGillycuddy Reeks are right on Kenmare's doorstep.

Pony Trekking

Pony Trekking is the ideal way to explore the hidden treasures of Kenmare and its hinterland.  Professional lessons are also available for beginners.

Other activities in the area include children’s playground, paddle boarding, kayaking and so much more…


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  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Central Heating
  • Private Garden
  • Stereo
  • Patio Furniture
  • Patio Area
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Open Fire
  • Childrens Activity Room
  • Walking Track
  • No pets allowed
  • Coffee Machine
  • Internet Access
  • 4 ring hob
  • Sleeps 12 or more people
  • Garden Furniture
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating & Electricity an extra charge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cot available on request
  • Highchair available
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Oven

Dunkerron House Kenmare

  • Property Type
    Detached House
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    7 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    6 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating

Aug, 2013

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5 out 5 rating

Traveled with :
Extended family


"It was the first wedding in our family and from the moment we arrived at Dunkerron and opened the front door, I knew we were going to have the time of our lives. What a house, oozes romance, comfort, individuality, space. Most of the wedding photographs were taken at the house. The management that welcomed us could not have done any more for us from recommending caterers and local amenities, to anything we wished for. I wish we were back there. We have wonderful memories to last a lifetime because of our stay here."


Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Tuesday 3rd of March 2015

"What lovely words. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Dunkerron House. It certainly is a wonderful property."

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