THE OLD CONVENT HOUSE
An ideal touring base for the Ring of Kerry and the Beara Peninsula, The Old Convent House is a Victorian style house built in 1866, located in the picture postcard village of Sneem with views overlooking the River Ardsheelaun.
- Private parking
- Private access to River
- Fishing Rods available to use (free of charge)
- Drying room for boots etc.
- Electricity for heating and lighting is an extra charge and is payable at the time of booking at the rate of €10 per day.
- On arrival, you will be asked for a security deposit of €200 which must be paid in cash to the owner on key collection. This will be refunded provided there are no breakages / damages on your departure.
20% booking deposit is required when making your booking for this house. If you are booking this home online you can pay the standard booking deposit and a member of Dream Ireland staff will contact you to pay the remaining deposit required to secure your booking.
In 1866 the Old Convent house was built as a convent by the presentation nuns who taught in the local school until they emigrated to Western Australia in 1891. The O’Sullivan Family bought the house in 1896 and it is being run today by the fifth Generation of the O’Sullivan family, Sean O’Sullivan.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES
- Skellig Rocks - A famous 5th Century island monastic settlement: 20 min to boat hire
- Staigue Fort - One of the best examples of a dry stone fort in Ireland: 10 mins by car
- The famous Lakes of Killarney - 20mins by car
- Sneem is famous for it's sculpture park including the Stone Pyramids. Adjacent to guesthouse.
- Sneem is surrounded by beautiful beaches. 10 min by car.
- The village of Sneem is one of the main attractions on the Ring of Kerry - 3 mins walk.
- Parknasilla golf course: 5 min
- Sneem has 2 public tennis courts and a pitch & putt course.
- Sneem has great rivers and stocked lakes as well as deep sea fishing trips throughout the summer
For Golf Enthusiasts the Old Convent House is the ideal base for playing a choice of spectacular and challenging championship Golf Course- Waterville, Tralee Ballybunion and Killarney.
The Kerry Way walking route also circumnavigates the peninsula, but is mostly high above the roads following the old butter roads and coaching roads that have long been dis-used offering even more spectacular views without the traffic! Despite its outstanding beauty the route it is still a very quiet walk where you will be on your own in the wilderness for most of the day.
All the Kerry Way treks combine the stately MacGillycuddy’s Reeks mountain range scenery with stunning coastal views out across Dingle Bay.
Starting in the west of Kerry (KT26 and KT27) you have an opportunity to walk on the beautiful Valentia Island before following old turf and coaching roads through the villages of Glenbeigh and Glencar to the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Walk over passes to the Black Valley, around the Killarney Lakes and through the National Park to Muckross House and Killarney.
The more strenuous treks (KT38, KT310, KT311) take in the remote hills of the south of Iveragh, starting either in Killarney for the complete ring, or in Sneem for a shorter circuit. You follow the old butter road through Sneem to the Celtic Staigue fort. The route continues through Derrynane National Park to Waterville before crossing a ridge of hills to with the route described above.