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Amazing 3 Bedroom - The Loft at the Priory Killarney

23 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


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Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Built in 1780, The Priory is a truly unique piece of property built by the local Lord Kenmare for a French aristocrat fleeing the French Revolution. Inundated with old world character, this property of the O'Donoghue Family is a place of welcome, comfort and intense charm.

Set on the door step of Killarney National Park we have two Courtyard Stone Cottages all of various design and layout. The cottages are tucked into a very beautiful and quite walled courtyard setting.

The Loft and Coachhouse cottages were meticulously restored between 2004 and 2006 and will offer you a retreat in style and comfort.

So if you are interested in hiking, biking, golfing, shopping or want to take a cooking class all this can be arranged. Killarney town centre is 1 km or a 10 minute stroll, in the opposite direction over the river you are immediately upon a pedestrian way snaking its way 2km into Killarney's 11,000 acre National Park, Muckross House & Gardens. A 5 minute walk to the INEC. Ask about mid-season specials.

Also ask about airport pick ups or Tim driving you around 'The Ring' and Dingle.

Please contact us by email or telephone and we will answer all your questions that you have.

Keywords: Self-catering cottage, Coach House, Loft, Historic, Courtyard, vacation home,

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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About Tim

Bernadette and Tim O’Donoghue met in The Windy City of Chicago a few years back. We acquired the property in 2002. We then returned from Chicago in 2004.

Bernadette was a paralegal secretary and is now a stay at home Mom and an excellent baker, I am an electrician by trade but got into construction during my 14 years in Chicago. I restored several old houses and classic vintage apartment buildings during my time there. I coupled this experience with Bernadette’s keen eye and interior design savvy to create some wonderful finishes and unusual touches. We began the colossal rehab project in 2004 to restore the Priory to its former glory ,it was basically completed it in 2007 or is it ever complete I like to ask myself ?

We pride ourselves in welcoming you into our place.

Tim purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Tim chose Killarney

I grew up in Killarney, where my parents owned a camping site and I truly loved meeting visitors on a daily basis. We have 4 children and we wanted to raise them here in Ireland, so we said we would give it a shot and here we are.When this property became available we realized how unique it was and what a fantastic opportunity it would be to own The Priory.

What makes this cottage unique

We are in a key location,a ten minute walk from town but it feels like we are in the heart of the countryside where you cannot hear a sound by night.

You will get a quiet private house to yourself where you can come and go as you please. You can cook when you want and have the full use of the 1.5 acre property on private grounds. You can sit back and relax in the front of the open hearth fire sipping a nice Irish whiskey or reading a good book with the sweet smell of turf burning away.

Each cottage has a Jacuzzi you can slip into and soothe the soul after a hectic day.

You will get the real feel of Irish living and live like we live ourselves while visiting in your home away from home.

We are on site owners who are here to help you in any way you require and assure a wonderful stay. We have invaluable knowledge about the local area from cultural information to hikes, local food joints to off the beaten track drives. We can organize in-house chef, or poetry recital or to a music session.

We like to tell our guests ''We are as near or as far as you wish.'

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the best time as well and cannot imagine having stayed anywhere else. I need not reiterate what I told you both but the vacation truly came together in your kitchen. Thank You
Feb 2011
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Amazing 3 Bedroom - The Loft at the Priory Killarney
average rating of 5.0 based on 24 reviews

Wow!!!! 5 stars

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at the loft while in the Killarney area this past September/October. Beautiful, clean,comfortable, full size kitchen with great coffee maker. The steam shower was sooooo nice after a long day of hiking. Only downside was the breaker kept blowing when we tried to use the dryer. This place was more than we expected in a VRBO. Within easy walking distance to lots of pubs and eateries.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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beyond expectation!

  • 5 of 5

This summer my family and I had the pleasure to stay for a number of days at the Loft,of the Priory. After camping for two and a half weeks, coming to the Priory was a real treat. What you can never read from the website is the calm atmosphere, the perfect state of the house and the garden, the feeling you are at home when you enter the driveway. Tim and Bernadette have created something exceptional. The first day we were astonished by the space, inside and around the house. In the kitchen you find everything you can think of, then there was the washing machine, the dryer , and the dishwasher, and no need to go looking for detergent. Then you find out that the bath is something like a jacuzzi, and the shower encompasses a steam bath. Then we discovered a drawer stacked with information about things to do, maps etc, and games.

Our days were filled with shopping, walking in the national park, horsebackriding, and playing golf at Killarney Pitch and Putt, all within 15 min driving distance. We often went out for dinner at one of the hotels on the lakefront, and ended every day in front of the fireplace at the Loft, with a good glass of wine. The loft is the holiday retreat we can really recommend, Even our dog was fully at peace amongst the housedogs.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Beyond Excellent!

  • 5 of 5

For a week in July, my family and I stayed in the Loft, at the Priory in Killarney. It was more than we could imagine. The photos on line are good, but do not do it justice. This home was huge! We brought our two adult children with us and there was plenty of room to spread out. The house is only a short walk to town and very close to one end of the "Ring of Kerry" drive. Tim and Bernadette were gracious hosts; very attentive to any need we had, with lots of great suggestions. We took advantage of all that the southwest of Ireland has to offer and barely had to drive to do it.

My son and I golfed at a course that was very close to the Loft, and there are many more courses to be explored here. My wife and daughter explored ALL the shopping in Killarney and still didn't see everything.

When we come back to Ireland (and we will), we WILL stay here again. I recommend this property MOST HIGHLY. Quiet, Convenient, Beautiful, and more than a great price...and the dogs were really cute!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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The Perfect Place to Stay

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our stay at The Loft. We loved every minute of our visit. Tim and Bernadette were helpful and friendly hosts. Bernadette had some great restaurant recommendations. The location of the Priory is beautiful, quiet, private, yet convenient to everything. We walked into town each evening (about10-15 mins), and took a cab back. They are easily accessible in front of Killarney Towers. Coming back to the beautiful Loft was so wonderful. We had room to relax and enjoy each other's company. The beds are comfortable, and the showers have great water pressure. It's great having a full kitchen and laundry. This beautiful place feels like home, yet has a magical feeling of times gone by. The only negative is that we had to leave! Do not hesitate to book your stay right away.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Terrific, Charming, and Spacious

  • 5 of 5

My wife and our 3 adult/teen children stayed at The Loft for a little over a week and did day trips to the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Bantry, Killarney National Park, and other destinations. It was PERFECT for the 5 of us. The fully equipped kitchen enabled us to prepare a hearty breakfast before we ventured out and to keep snacks on hand for the evening. We were usually gone the entire day, then enjoyed the peat fire and the spacious living room when we returned. Large bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms made our stay very convenient and comfortable. The Loft felt quiet and secluded, but was actually close to Killarney's restaurants and pubs and to the roads to the tourist destinations, so navigation was simple. Our hosts (Tim and Bernadette O'Donoghue) recommended some excellent bakeries, restaurants, and routes which made our stay that much more enjoyable. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Loft.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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  • 5 of 5

A beautiful property. Clean, quiet, my family loved spending the week. It is very helpful to have a car to explore the surrounding area but you can walk into town if you are so inclined. The owner provided expert recommendations concerning non-touristy hiking and local dining. I would definitely return here.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Ring of Kerry
"When you arrive I can give you my personal notes on The Ring, where to stop, where to eat an..."
Killarney National Park
"We can supply you with a map and directions. Climbing Torc Mt. on a sunny day is a must!"
Traditional Farms at Muckross House
Lord Kenmares at Murphy's of Killarney
"Great music and food!"
Muckross Abbey
"A 10 minute cycle from The Priory Courtyard Cottages."
The Laurels Pub
"Wonderful food and a great Irish Pub."
Bricin Restaurant
"A fantastic local restaurant."
Killarney Brewing Company
"Ask for Killarney Beer when in town! Take a daily tour - it is a 5 minute walk from the tow..."
Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Town Center
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Killarney Golf and Fishing Club
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
0.3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Town Center
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres

So if you are interested in hiking, biking, golfing, shopping or want to take a cooking class all this can be arranged. Killarney town centre is 1 km or a 10 minute stroll, in the opposite direction over the river you are immediately upon a pedestrian way snaking its way 2km into Killarney's 11,000 acre National Park, Muckross House & Gardens.

Killarney Brewing Co. is opening it's doors March 2015. It will be a 7 minute walk on the Muckross Road.


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Nov 1 2016 - Dec 20 2016
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7 night minimum stay
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Nov 1 2017 - Dec 20 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $82
Tax Rate 9.0%

A discount will be provided for a stays over 2 weeks. The check in time is 4 pm and check out is 10 am. We do our best to provide an early check in if needed.

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Woodlawn Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Town ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1) 2 or 3, Twin or Single Beds (3) Single bed plus the bunk beds, Baby Cribs (1) Large Pack-n-Play, Bunk Beds (1) Can do bunks or singles.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Barbecue
  • Child's Swing
  • Courtyard
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large Utility Room off the Kitchen where the washer and dryer are. The Killarney Brewing Co. is open. Located on the Muckross Road - 5 minute walk from town. Tours daily.

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