The Quaint and Queenly Meet in Irish Cottage

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KENMARE, Ireland -- The quaint and the queenly meet at Sheen Falls Lodge in County Kerry. The lodge unveiled Little Hay Cottage, a traditional thatched cottage with five-star amenities. The addition overlooks Kenmare Bay and is surrounded by an acre of gardens.

Little Hay might look like a cottage from the outside, but inside guests find much more. The living room features picture windows overlooking the bay, oak floors and Queen Anne chairs. The kitchen provides a restaurant-quality stove for use by guests or by a private cook, and the adjoining dining area seats eight. Upstairs are two bedrooms, each with a private bath, color television, telephone and modem line.

The same touches found in the lodge's guest rooms are provided here, including bathrobes and slippers and Irish linens. Guests can have a personal cook prepare all or some of their meals.

Although the cottage is set apart from the lodge accommodations, cottage guests can participate in all of the resort activities, such as clay-pigeon shooting, fishing, a personal training session in the fitness center or hiking along the many trails in the area. The cottage, which opened in June, is available for weekly rentals starting at $3,300.

Sheen Falls Lodge, which recently completed a major restoration and expansion, is located along the Sheen Falls River just outside the village of Kenmare. The property boasts 300 acres of lawns, gardens and woodlands and is an ideal base for visitors exploring this part of the country.

Clients interested in spending the holidays in Ireland can take advantage of Christmas and New Year's packages at the lodge. The Christmas program, from Dec. 23 to 27, includes a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch and dinner. Children get a visit from Santa, sing carols and can join in a number of other activities.

The New Year's plan, available Dec. 30 to Jan. 2, is highlighted by a New Year's Eve gala. The Christmas package is priced from $732 per person and includes three nights' stay and most meals. The New Year's plan is $645 per person for three nights.

The property is a member of Relais & Chateaux and can be booked by calling (800) 221-1074 or (212) 856-0115. The Web address is http://www .iol.ie/sheenfalls.

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