Reed Travel Features
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
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
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.