This gracious townhouse contains 1540 square feet of living area, complete with a full length deck overlooking the River Finnehy, with a fine garden between. An ancient, beautifully designed drystone bridge, known as the Cromwell Bridge, is in full view of the property. A carefully tended Druid stone circle is around the corner and up toward the end of Market Street, a pleasant ten minute walk rewarded with quiet moments contemplating the ancient stonework and the hardy folk who built it.
The property boasts solid teak woodwork and wall to wall wool carpeting throughout. Guests enjoy unlimited free phone use to America and throughout the UK and Ireland, along with Sky TV in the lounge, dining room, and the master suite as well. Two sculptured marble fireplaces provide warmth and comfort, one with classic Liscannor stone hearth. You'll enjoy power showers, built-in hair dryers, and a gas grill on the deck. A state of the art Apple iMAC computer, a Bluetooth-enabled entertainment system, WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen and private off street parking round out the amenities.
Along with carefully chosen period art and antiques, you'll notice a decorative battle sword mounted on a wall opposite the kitchen, and a genuine Irish drum called a boudran'. These symbolize both the fierce, warlike history of the Irish, melded with their fun-loving, lively and charming musical traditions.
Just a few doors away from Stoneybrough you'll find The Bookstop Cafe' where you'll be tempted by warm scones fresh from the oven daily, and Olga's marvelous soups and quiches for lunch, infused with superb cheeses from her own farm.
A short stroll takes you to the heart of downtown, with the finest restaurants, pubs, live music, and busy shops and galleries for which Kenmare is justly famous. Two five-star hotels provide fine cuisine as well, along with luxurious spa experiences judged by Fodor's as the best in Europe.
Kenmare Golf Club, with beautiful views of Kenmare Bay is only a short walk away. The Ring of Kerry course overlooking Kenmare Bay is only a ten-minute drive.
You'll also find Kenmare centrally located for many of the finest golfing experiences in Ireland: the Ballybunion, Waterville, Dooks, Old Head, Tralee and Killarney courses are all within reasonable driving distances.
Kenmare is at the foot of the Ring of Kerry, the most popular travel destination in Ireland. There you'll find breathtaking scenery, iron age ring forts, the incredible 6th century monastic ruins on the island of Skellig Michael, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), even pre-historic fossilized tetrapod tracks on Valencia Island. A full day spent on the Ring, another on the wild and less-traveled Beara Peninsula, and still another spent on the equally spectacular Dingle Peninsula will leave you with the most indelible experiences and memories imaginable.
Returning home, you might whip up a gourmet dinner served on Ralph Lauren Wedgwood china, with the freshest locally sourced ingredients from Roger O'Sullivan's butcher shop and the delightful small grocery just across the cobbled street from Stoneybrough. Feast on local grass fed beef, or fresh Kerry lamb, seasoned and garnished with rosemary picked from your garden. Or indulge yourself with savory Atlantic salmon caught just offshore, grilled on alderwood planks found in the kitchen, with fresh dill from the deck planter.
Or not! Take in an evening of fine food, fun, music and entertainment at any of the pubs and gourmet restaurants just a five minute walk away. You'll enjoy the freshest salmon, shrimp, whitefish, cod, and bay mussels, a local delicacy, in every bowl of steamy, creamy Kenmare seafood chowder.
Then, stroll home under the stars, falling asleep to the music of the River Finnehy.
We're Americans, living on a mountain lake in South Carolina, Bonita Springs, Florida and now, Ireland. We have two sons and three grandchildren, all above average. We're retired professionals, now enjoying our avocations including musical performance, ocean sailing, travel, hiking and fishing.
When I was a little boy, my parents admired a fine Georgian brick mansion on a country lane not far from where we lived. Dad's nickname was Stoney, as is mine. Dad had picked up a little pidgin English in the service during the war. He'd say, 'Stoney no can buy that house! Stoney broke! So my parents began calling the place, 'Stoneybroke.'
A 'brough' is an archaic Gaelic word for an enclosure, like a fort or even a walled cattle confinement area. So 'Stoneybrough' is a play on words that has meaning for our family.
We found Kenmare by getting lost. Our travel agent described a B&B he booked for us as being 'at the foot of the Ring of Kerry'. Who knew the Ring had two feet? We were at the wrong foot, and tore through Kenmare to get to the B&B at the right foot before dark. As we whizzed through, Janelle said, 'What a lovely town! Let's stop!' We couldn't.
Two months later, having fallen hopelessly in love with Ireland, and after scouring the Internet listings, my younger son and I took a prospecting trip to Ireland looking for a possible holiday cottage. We pared the best prospects to a manageable few and visited places from Linnane and Clifden in the west central region all the way down to Kenmare and beyond. What's now Stoneybrough and its unique location stood head and shoulders above anything we saw on the entire trip.
We believe we found the nicest property in the nicest location in the nicest town in the nicest county in Ireland. We think you'll agree.
Why Stoneybrough? Well, Stoneybrough's proximity to everything is unmatched. Instead of driving miles to downtown, you're right there. Yet, you're insulated from the hustle and bustle along the serene, bubbling and beautiful river, with the iconic Cromwell Bridge just downstream.
Kenmare is a proud, responsibile community. A nationally designated Irish Heritage Town, Kenmare has won the national 'Tidy Town' award and won the Small Town category in 2013. The warmth and friendliness of strangers is hard to describe unless you experience it. Kenmare folks call those of us who have moved in, 'blow-in's' meaning we weren't born there. But they go out of their way to make everyone feel genuinely welcome.
And here's the magic: you don't feel like a visitor, getting to town in the car, finding a place to park, (not always easy), getting back in and driving home after a few drinks and some good fun. Rather, you feel like you belong. You're a part of the place, not a casual passerby. You walk home. Heck, you can crawl home! You're connected. The feeling is real.
The property has been updated with the latest in technology, new furniture, carefully chosen period art, a new master bed, deck furniture and even a jaunty beach umbrella for those sunny afternoons relaxing on the deck! You'll lack for nothing. You'll provision at the many small groceries around town, the two wine shops, and the Farmer's Market on Wednesday for gourmet meats, fresh fish, eggs, artisan cheeses, breads and all kinds of goods practically at your doorstep. A bookshelf devoted to helpful books, maps and other holiday planning resources can be found in the living room.
You'll receive a welcome basket of wine and Irish products from our housekeeper, JoAnne, who'll help you with logistics, show you how to operate everything, and answer all your questions. And she's available for anything you might require during your stay, and can arrive on a moment's notice.
The Kerry Way hill walking route, the Beara Peninsula, the Dingle Peninsula and the famous Ring of Kerry are at your doorstep. The property is nestled on the banks of the River Finnehy, at the end of a quiet and secluded cul de sac but only steps away from the town square. Many five-star and four-star restaurants, pubs, live music, galleries and shops are just around the corner. Kenmare is known for its fine cuisine, including locally sourced Kerry lamb, seafood caught and served daily, and fresh produce of all kinds. A vibrant Farmers Market happens every Wednesday, just up Bridge Street in the town square. Everything Kenmare has to offer is just steps away.
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