4 bedrooms, 3 ensuite baths, one half bath, resting in a quiet wooded space
About John Stonebraker
YOU make the moments. YOU make the memories. WE just help you lay the groundwork. We're Americans, living on a mountain lake in South Carolina, with residence properties in Croatia’s Dalmatian Islands, Bonita Springs, Florida and now, Ireland. We have two sons and five grandchildren, all above average. We're retired professionals, now enjoying our avocations including musical performance, writing, ocean sailing, travel, hiking and fishing. We’re travelers ourselves, and have come to have strong opinions on what our fellow travelers expect and deserve. One of my interests is the dramatic history of the development of stipple engraving in London in the 1700’s. All but two of my acquisitions are displayed in Stoneybrough, along with a short biography of the populizer of the process, William Wynne Ryland. 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 WWII. 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. As one guest put it, Stoneybrough is “easy to find, hard to leave.” One final thing: When you book with us, you’ll soon find that we care about your Irish holiday almost as much as you do. ~John and Janelle
John Stonebraker purchased this Townhome in 2013
Why John Stonebraker chose Kenmare
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? With no GPS back then, we were at the wrong foot. We tore through through Kenmare to get to the B&B on time at the right foot. Janelle said, 'What a lovely town! Let's stop!' We couldn't. We had to get over the daunting Conor Pass on a cowpath before sunset to reach our B&B. Soon after, having fallen hopelessly in love with Ireland, and after scouring the Internet listings, our younger son and I took a prospecting trip looking for a possible holiday cottage. We visited thirteen homes from Westport in the west central region down through County Cork. The stunning scenery around County Kerry just grabbed us and held on. “But,” we thought, “why drive into Kenmare when we can stay in Kenmare?” What’s now Stoneybrough and its unique location stood head and shoulders above everything we saw on the entire trip. Our charming village is the perfect “home base” for exploring the most magnificent sites and scenery Ireland has to offer. Day trips are easy to plan and easy to execute, once you’re armed with the best information. We’ll help you with everything—details and support geared to your personal interests. Kenmare has won the National Tidy Town competition several times, and in June 2017 won Ireland’s Best Kept Small Town in a national government competition. As a National Heritage Town, Kenmare’s charm and authenticity are preserved by law forever. When you book with us, you'll promptly receive our proprietary materials full of tips, sites, side trips, directions and unique experiences you'll not find in the tour guides. Our "local knowledge" is unsurpassed. As travelers ourselves, we see the property, the village and the area through the eyes of travelers—like our guests. 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.
What makes this Townhome unique
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 a serene, bubbling river, with the iconic Cromwell Bridge just downstream. Kenmare is a proud, responsible village. A National Heritage Town, Kenmare has won the national 'Tidy Town' award and won the Small Town category in 2013 and, in 2017, Ireland’s Best Kept Town. Kenmare’s warmth and friendliness is hard to describe until you experience it. To local folks, we’re '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 dark, unfamiliar, narrow roads, on the wrong side, 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 interspersed with museum quality antiques, 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, 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. Bookshelves devoted to helpful maps, destinations, Irish history and culture 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 need during your stay, and can arrive on a moment's notice
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
- For safety, no one under age 18 permitted in the garden. One vehicle permitted in our private car park. Public car park nearby.
- Cleaning fee is paid directly to the housekeeper. €120 up to four guests. Add €20 for each guest above four.
- No smoking within the home.
Wonderful home & location
The home was cozy, warm, and comfortable. The location was perfect for exploring the beautiful Kerry coast. I recommend this property highly.
Exquisite for a number of reasons. Location - out the front door & steps away is lovely Kenmare. Yet condo is quiet with only sound of stream running alongside property. Amenities - condo quite comfortable. Exquisite master bedroom & bath; other bedrooms with en suite bath - hot water, on wall hair dryer. Linens, comforters, & bath accessories high quality. Joanne meets you on arrival & is available for questions/support as needed. John provides tons of information to help you plan your day/stay. Kenmare smaller & less crowded than Killarney - we very much enjoyed this difference.
Couldn't ask for a nicer place to stay
Stoneybrough is a wonderful home, the location is excellent and the three J's - Joanne, John and Janelle - have done everything possible to make your stay comfortable and memorable. We’ll most definitely be back
Amazing home in beautiful village.
Had a great stay here with our family. Home was close to everything in town, my kids enjoyed playing out on the patio and down by the river. Would recommend this place.
The famous Kerry Way hill walking route, the Beara Peninsula, the Dingle Peninsula and the popular 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 widely 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 as a government protected, National Heritage Town is just steps away.
A private tour guide is available by special arrangement.