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This gracious townhouse is tucked away in the heart of the village. It contains 1540 square feet of living area, complete with a full length deck overlooking the River Finnehy, and a fine garden between. An ancient, beautifully designed drystone bridge, known as the Cromwell Bridge, is in full view of this highly acclaimed property. A carefully tended Druid stone circle, predating Stonehenge by 2000 years, 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.
Stoneybrough boasts solid Burmese teak woodwork, wall to wall wool carpeting throughout, beveled glass French doors and other design and decorating touches you'll find nowhere else. 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, powerful 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.
Stoneybrough furnishes locally made, all natural non-allergenic guests soaps and luxurious robes for every guest.
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 the great paradox of Irish civilization: their fierce, warlike history 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. Pull down a book from the hundreds on hand, have some tea, and read awhile.
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, Beaufort, Dooks, Glengariff, 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, stone age ring forts, the striking 6th century monastic site on the island of Skellig Michael, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The island hosted the final scenes in Star Wars VII, when Rae delivers the light saber to the brooding Luke Skywalker. A stunning place just an hour away from Stoneybrough. You can even visit pre-historic fossilized tetrapod tracks on nearby Valencia Island.
A full day exploring the Ring, another on the wild and less-traveled Beara Peninsula, and still another spent on the equally spectacular Dingle Peninsula (Ryan's Daughter was filmed there) will leave you with the most indelible experiences and memories imaginable.
By special arrangement, a private tour guide can customize the perfect day trips to meet your requirements.
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. And try the famous colcannon potato dish with a bit of rich Kerry Gold butter. Delicious!
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.
The picture above is my one and only selfie, taken atop Skellig Michael, off the Southwest Irish coast. The island was home to ascetic Christian monks during the 4th through 6th century. It's a United Nations World Heritage Site, and the location for the last scenes in Star Wars VII. (Don't miss it! If you book with us, I'll send you complete details on how to get there, along with much else.)
When I was a little boy, my parents admired a fine Georgian 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 marines 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.
John Stonebraker purchased this townhome in 2013
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, our younger son and I took a prospecting trip to Ireland looking for a possible holiday cottage. We pared the best prospects down 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.
Lonely Planet lists Ireland as #5 in the Ten Best Countries in the World for Travelers in 2014. 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 away from the hustle and bustle along the serene, bubbling, beautiful river, with the iconic Cromwell Bridge just downstream.
Kenmare is a proud, responsibile community. A National 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 until you experience it. Kenmare folks call those of us who have moved in, 'blow-ins' 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 into town in your rental car, finding a place to park, (not always easy), and driving back on unfamiliar, narrow roads, at night, on the wrong side of the road, after a few drinks and some good fun. Rather, you feel like you belong. You're a part of your surroundings, not a casual visitor. You walk home. Heck, you can crawl home! You're connected. The feeling is real.
Stoneybrough is fitted with the latest in technology, new furniture, carefully chosen period art, a 'super king' 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 stock up at the many small groceries around town, the two wine shops, and the Farmer's Market every Wednesday for gourmet meats, fresh fish, eggs, artisan cheeses, breads and all kinds of goods practically at your doorstep. Bookshelves devoted to helpful books, maps and other holiday planning resources can be found in the living room.
You'll find a welcome basket of wine and Irish products from our splendid housekeeper, Joanne, who'll help you with logistics, show you how to operate everything, and answer all your questions. She's available for anything you might require during your stay, and can arrive on a moment's notice
While the word "sojourn" is defined as a temporary stay, I was fortunate enough to book a more extended visit to Stoneybrough and still, it was so difficult to leave! One would think that a small village like Kenmare would stop being of interest after a period of time, but not so! Kenmare is perfectly situated in the midst of the southwest of Ireland with all the beauty that area has to offer. There are so many gorgeous drives and walks that can be taken from Kenmare. Close by you will find lovely villages and bustling towns. There are gorgeous parks and fascinating historical sights around every corner. There is golf and fishing and horse riding and falconry and kayaking or boat riding and on and on. In town there is amazing dining, excellent shopping, and even the Kenmare Carnegie Center for the Arts! So, you have picked the right location and by choosing Stoneybrough, you are settled into the perfect home. You are situated in the center of this lovely little town but you are at the end of a quiet cul de sac with only the sound of the River Finnehy rushing past your back door. The house is also amazingly equipped with everything you could possibly need and even some things you didn't know you might need! The owners, John and Janelle have thought of everything and they have arranged for their housekeeper Joanne to see that it all works! What more can I say except that I booked again!
I have reminisced about our trip to Ireland so often during the summer, with longing and great love. I am constantly thinking about our next trip!
We were hoping that we would find a beautiful, charming accommodation when we arrived at Stoneybrough. What we walked into was so much more than I had hoped for! Welcomed with a slate sign upon entry, it was love at first sight! Stoneybrough is oozing with character. The house was absolutely picturesque with a comfortable living room, a tidy and very functional kitchen, a dining area quite comfy for 6 adults and enough beds for all 6 adults. The luxurious Master Suite was a wonderful respite and two of the three additional bedrooms had an en suite. Our hosts have the most intriguing and interesting things to leaf through or look at. From a sword on the wall to a print of a Berttolozzi etching of Anne Boleyn to say nothing of a nice selection of books to take you away from life. You have a loose-leaf binder at your disposal with updated information about the area to include drives, activities, pubs, restaurants, music...you name it, John has it in the book! AND...he sends you all this information BEFORE you go - to help with planning!
As I sat on the balcony each morning enjoying my cup of coffee, I was lulled into a glorious trance listening to all the birds and the sound of the brook beneath me. A little grey mink who had a made a home on the opposite side of the brook entertained us several times with his water play together with the water fowl on the hunt. All this while the historic Cromwell's Bridge can be seen from your chair on the balcony!
This house is literally a three minute walk to the center of everything...excellent pubs with awesome music, shops with loads of character, a lace museum (super close to the house), galleries, bakeries, restaurants, grocery shopping within walking distance and bigger grocery option a short drive away.
You will not be at a loss for things to do with pathways at every turn, Rennegross Park, a Stone Circle, the scenic drive around The Ring of Kerry and the Beara Pennisula where you can go hiking through the pastures of a sheep farm (WITH the sheep) and over a waterfall. I thought for sure I was a movie extra and no one told me!!!
I have only one regret - our stay was much too short at Stoneybrough and I'm afraid that this gem of a house will become too popular for my next visit. Thank you Stonebrakers for a dream stay!
My family and I had a wonderful time staying at John Stonebaker's home in the picture-perfect town of Kenmare. The house was beautifully appointed and Joanne was there to show us around and answer questions during our stay. As others have noted, well in advance of our arrival, John sent us a lot of helpful information about restaurants, pubs, day trips, etc. He was wonderful! There are many beautiful towns in Ireland but I honestly think Kenmare may rise to the top. It's a perfect location for day trips to Cork, Kinsale, the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Penninsula but it's also fun to spend a day in town. We were there during the 2016 Euro Cup and had a chance to watch Ireland play France at the Atlantic Pub. We were surrounded by local fans--not tourists--except for the French couple who came in to cheer on France! On our first day there, we were encouraged to drop into O'Connors Pub mid-afternoon and had the very memorable experience of hearing an older man sing the most beautiful ballad unaccompanied! If we ever go back to Ireland, we will do our best to again stay at this wonderful home in a gem of a town!
This is an absolutely perfect holiday rental! My husband and I, along with our adult children, rented this home for a week during our holiday in Ireland. The home is warm, inviting and beautifully furnished. The location is absolute perfection. The town of Kenmare with it's many shops, pubs and restaurants is an easy stroll away. This is a great location to base yourself for easy day-trips to many of Ireland's sites. The owners of this home provided a lot of information and recommendations on staying in this area. I really feel this was the best location in Kenmare!
After reading the description and reviews of Stoneybrough on line, our expectations were very high. And every one of them was met or exceeded! First there is the matter of location. The house is literally steps away from Henry Street, on which you will find every variety of restaurant, pub and shopping venue. But if you sit on the deck of Stoneybrough, which overlooks the Finnehy River, and look to your left, you will feel that you have retreated to the countryside. Kenmare is the perfect headquarters from which to make day-trips. Killarney, The Dingle Peninsula, The Ring of Kerry and the Ring of Beara are easy drives--and we did them all.
Then there is the house, itself. Downstairs there is a small, but ample kitchen, a laundry room, a dining area with fireplace, a cozy living room--also with a fireplace--and that deck, which is perfect for breakfast, afternoon tea or wine-before-supper. Upstairs is a huge master bedroom and bath and three more bedrooms, two of which have their own bathrooms. When we arrived, rather late, after a hard day of touring, we found milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, tea, coffee, a big bowl of fruit and chocolate--everything we needed to get by until the next afternoon.
For me, a huge plus for Stoneybrough was John Stonebraker, the owner and proprietor. We began communicating months before our trip, and John provided us with pages and pages of useful information about how to spend our time, where to shop, where to eat, and generally how to make the most of our experience in Kenmare. He obviously loves the area and takes great pleasure in seeing to it that his guests enjoy their stay.
Five of us--representing five different families--stayed six days at Stoneybrough. ALL of us want to go back to Kenmare, and we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.
My family has been coming to Ireland for vacations for over 8 years. This is the finest self-catering holiday home we have ever had the pleasure of renting. John has thought of everything!! The location is perfect and Kenmare is the kind of town you want to settle in. The townhome is well equipped with anything a traveller needs and Joanne is on hand to see to any eventuallities. A first class experience indeed.
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.
A private tour guide is available by special arrangement.
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4 night minimum stay
Welcome basket of wine and Irish food products upon arrival.
Rate reduction for two people or less.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.