Fado Cottage Kenmare town - Kenmare Co. Kerry

Family Friendly | Private Cottage | Activity and Adventure | Wi-Fi | Open Fireplace | Romantic Properties


Fado Cottage is steps from the centre of the heritage town of Kenmare, yet has a true country atmosphere.  The interior has slate floors and high-beamed ceilings. It has been imaginatively decorated to create a traditional Irish cottage with all modern comforts.  Set in a large lawned garden away from the town and traffic - it is within walking distance of shops, pubs, restaurants and the coast of Kenmare Bay.
Accommodation Details
The number of persons stated on the reservation form must not be exceeded. 
- 2 Double Bedrooms - sleeps maximum 4.
- 1 Bathroom with bathtub and overhead shower.
- Loft/Reading room 
- We can provide 1 travel cot and 1 booster seat-please bring along your own cot linen and more comfortable mattress
- Living room/Dining room with gas stove - very cosy!
- Kitchen with induction hob, electric oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine and dryer.
- Linen and towels supplied.
- Hair dryer & ironing equipment.
- Smart Television (including Netflix and Disney+ if you have an account!)
- FREE wifi
- Patio area
Energy for electricity & gas is charged at €10.00 per day payable on arrival to the owner.
Sorry - no pets allowed.
A security deposit of €200.00 will be required on check-in and refunded on day of departure provided there are no breakages, damages or extra cleaning involved


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 the wildlife 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
  • Washer/ Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Non-Smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • 4 ring hob
  • Childrens playground close by
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Heating & Electricity an extra charge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cot available on request
  • Highchair available
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Parking Available
  • Gas Stove
  • FREE wifi
  • Romantic

Fado Cottage Kenmare town

  • Property Type
  • Sleeps
  • Bedrooms
    2 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    1 Bathroom
  • Dream Ireland Rating
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May, 2024

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We will recommend you wholeheartedly

"Great cottage, everything you need is there. The location in the middle of Kenmare is great - just a short walk and you're right in town. There is everything you need here: supermarket, cafes, post office, bank, pubs and restaurants, liquor shop, clothing, artist and tourist shops. A nice little place to visit and see what's going on - but 1000 times better than totally overcrowded Killarney! Aoife looked after us very well on site and we had a completely relaxed week. Thank you very much, we will recommend you wholeheartedly!"

Gotz Mauthe

Sep, 2016

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Best Ever

"My husband and I chose Kenmare as our base for a week of exploring the area. When we saw this cottage online and it said it was only a 5 minute walk to the town center, we were skeptical but it seemed perfect so we booked it. The cottage is as idyllic as it looks, giving the feeling of country life-and it is truly a 5 minute walk across the short, stone bridge to town. Our hostess, Aoife, met us at the square, jumped in the car and directed us around the corner to the cottage. She gave us all the information we needed to enjoy the cottage as well as some "start up" provisions that we would have had to go out to get that first day. Small grocery stores, butcher shops and bread stores are easily accessed across the bridge and a larger supermarket, Supervalu, is a 10-15 minute walk (5 minute drive). Restaurants and pubs are plentiful, the Wednesday market fun, and the people helpful and friendly to all our silly questions. Great base for driving the Ring of Beara and the Ring of Kerry as well as shorter trips to Sheen Falls, Sneem and Killarney. So many things to do and this cottage provides the absolute best place to start out from and return to. It is well-equipped if you want to cook in, and Aoife's mom, Maureen, has furnished it so that it is comfortable and pleasing to be in. Can't say enough good things-we loved it! Leah & Tim"

Leah Kelly

Apr, 2016

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A cosy hideaway, minutes from the town centre

"My daughter and I cannot speak too highly of our week at Fado Cottage and the warm welcome from Aoife. Immaculate presentation with all the attention to detail that makes such a difference when travelling from overseas"

Gillian & Kristy

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Thursday 12th of May 2016

"Thank you so much for your lovely comments about Fado Cottage. It is fast becoming one of our most popular properties! We look forward to welcoming you back some day... Best wishes Lisa"

Jul, 2015

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Extended family

Idyllic stay

"We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at Fado Cottage and indeed Kenmare in general and to thank you for being so helpful and accommodating, especially in relation to our late arrival and early departure. We just loved staying at Fado. Its position on the edge of the town, surrounded by its own substantial garden, cannot be rivaled. To be lucky enough to stay in a cosy cottage which provides that sense of peace and tranquility one associates with rural Ireland whilst being literally minutes from the centre of Kenmare is something very special indeed. Our stay of one week just wasn't long enough and we were most reluctant to leave. There is so much to see and do in the area. The surrounding scenery is stunning, a walkers paradise (we conquered two substantial peaks in the Macgillycuddys but not, as YET, Carrauntoohil) and we loved the buzzing atmosphere of Kenmare town with its myriad of shops, cosy pubs, coffee shops and fine dining restaurants. We will most certainly return to Fado. In fact we already consider it our Special Little Place."

Patricia Fuller

Jun, 2015

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Family with young children

Perfect for a first family holiday

"We stayed in Fado Cottage (myself, my wife and my one year old daughter) for a week in June 15'. Wanted to stay in a cottage instead of the usual hotel holiday homes, we were not disappointed, first impressions were lasting impressions, we met the owners had a brief chat and they were helpful from the first minute offering advise on where to go, if we would require babysitting etc, then we went to the cottage, looks better in person than in the pictures (hard to believe) very warm and welcoming, spotless (clean) which was important to us with a one year old child. Location was perfect, 10 seconds walk to pub/shop/main street but far enough away from any street noise. Kitchen had everything, we used it a lot for meals. Fresh towels delivered. Overall the house was perfect for us as we used it as a base for day trips. Very big garden rnaround the house for kids to play etc and nice area to have bbq if wanted. Will definitely be returning soon."


Jul, 2014

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Beautifully maintained cottage in the heart of Kenmare

"I can't say enough good things about this cottage. It is centrally located, less than a 5 minute walk from Kenmare's main street. It is well-situated with a large lawn out front, seating out back for al fresco dining - weather permitting! - and very peaceful with a cow in the field next door for a neighbour. The cottage itself is comfortable, spotlessly clean and well equipped with kitchen utensils, bathroom essentials and mod-cons such as a DVD player, widescreen TV, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. We were so impressed with this cottage and loved our stay, we were sorry to say goodbye."

Karen Higgins

Jul, 2013

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So good we came back again the following month!

"We stayed in Fado cottage on our week-long holiday in Kenmare in July 2013. The cottage is as beautiful and cosy as it looks in the photos. It is really well furnished throughout and has everything you might need. The owners have considered everything and it felt better equipped and stocked than our own home. We loved having breakfast at the big farmhouse table and relaxing in the welcoming recliner armchairs after a day hiking/cycling/touring. The cottage is on a nice large site so there is plenty of outside garden space to enjoy and garden furniture to lounge on, weather permitting! Fado cottage is very centrally located, a minute's stroll from the green in Kenmare and close to all shops, pubs and restaurants. So only a few steps for a coffee or a drink! The owners are lovely people and a pleasure to deal with. We enjoyed our stay so much that we booked in again for another week in August. Again, a beautiful holiday and we can't praise Fado highly enough, a real home from home."

John & Gina

Jul, 2013

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A fantastic week in Kenmare

"My wife and I have just spent a fantastic week in Kenmare where we stayed at Fado cottage. Located just at the edge of town it is within easy walking distance of the many shops, pubs and restaurants that Kenmare has to offer. The cottage itself is charming and presented in excellent condition. It is clean, comfortable and had more than enough space for our needs. It would easily accommodate 4/5 people. The walled garden is private and is a good size and gives you a sense of being further away from the town than you actually are. Finally I would say that Aoife made us feel extremely welcome and was available to offer help and advice if any was needed. This is a good place to stay in a great location in South Kerry and I am sure that we will be back some time in the future."

Roger, Dublin

Jun, 2013

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"Myself, my husband and two young children stayed in Fado Cottage for a week recently. The location of the cottage is very central, just round the corner from Kenmare's main street which has lots of beautiful shops and restaurants. You can also drive to most of the main attractions very easily. The cottage itself is full of character and spotlessly clean. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you'd need to cook your own meals. It had the perfect space we needed with two young children. The garden is huge and is completely enclosed which was a big weight off our minds with the kids. I would highly recommend this cottage and will definitely be back."

Maria, Skerries

Sep, 2012

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A wonderful stay in Kenmare

"We had a wonderful stay at Fado cottage in September 2012 when we went back after 6 years to get married in Kenmare. It was everything we remembered. Our hosts were so helpful and friendly. The cottage is wonderful so full of character and charm and with the town only a few minutes walk away from so many good places to eat. You could eat out in a different place every night! We will be back no doubt about it. I could go on all day about your lovely cottage and town! "

Jacqueline & Sandy Boyd

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Friday 10th of May 2013

"Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay so much and look forward to helping you plan your next trip to Kenmare!"

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