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The Old Convent House Sneem - Sneem Co. Kerry

Sandy Beach | Family Friendly | Large Capacity | Private Cottage | Wi-Fi | Open Fireplace



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.

The house has kept the integrity of its origins while remaining a modern and comfortable retreat.  It is an ideal base for family reunions and get togethers.  There are 6 en-suite bedrooms - 3 large double bedrooms, one triple bedroom and 2 twin bedrooms all located upstairs.
The ground floor is home to large sitting room with two cosy open fireplaces decorated using antique furnishings and offering a lovely aspect overlooking the gardens.  The elegant dining room is suitable for dinner parties and can comfortably seat 14 people (max18).
Also on the ground floor are the fully equipped kitchen, a laundry room and a bright and sunny conservatory.  
The Old Convent House offers four acres of private gardens. These gardens lead to private access of the river on which you can fish for Salmon. There is also a large Barbeque area.


  • 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.


Sneem and its surrounding area is full of beautiful scenery, character and charm.  There is so much to do; with beautiful river walks, even stroll across the road from the house to the beautiful award winning ' Garden of the Senses" and much much more.
You can stroll to the village and local pubs and restaurants without the need to use a car.
If you choose to stay at home you can relax out in the garden overlooking the river.  Although The Old Convent House is located right in the village of Sneem it really is an oasis of tranquility and calm.
The Old Convent House is situated on Ireland’s Famous “Ring Of Kerry” coastal road in the village of Sneem. Sneem is set in a picturesque valley surrounded by high mountains and is an ideal location for walkers. This village was awarded the title of Ireland’s tidiest town in 1987. A three minute walk takes you to the centre of the village. Its restful and relaxed atmosphere has been enjoyed by people such as GB Shaw, Charles de Gaulle and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. There are numerous interesting pubs shops, restaurants and art galleries in the village.

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.


  • 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.

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  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Hairdryer
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Central Heating
  • Private Garden
  • Sea View
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Pets Allowed (on request)
  • Patio Furniture
  • Patio Area
  • Satellite TV
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Open Fire
  • Non-Smoking
  • Barbeque
  • Coffee Machine
  • Shower only (no bath)
  • Sleeps 12 or more people
  • Childrens playground close by
  • Garden Furniture
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Heating & Electricity an extra charge
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cot available on request
  • Highchair available
  • 5 Ring Hob

The Old Convent House

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

Jun, 2018

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Traveled with :
Family with teenagers

What a wonderful time we had with our family

"what a wonderful time my family had at the Old Convent in Sneem. Caroline and Sean were delightful and helpful hosts. The size of the home and its location were perfect. Some of us swam in the inlet every afternoon. All of us enjoyed the town, parks, and lanes."

E. Redmond

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