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Georgian, Luxury Family House with Cinema Room in Heart of Kenmare

Bedrooms 4
Property type house


About the property

4 Bedroom Luxury, Historic Family Home with Home Cinema and Lots of Space

An Smachtlann is one of the oldest houses in Kenmare, built in 1798 and nominated for a national architecture award for its 2013 restoration. Right in the centre of Kenmare, it is perfectly located to enjoy the delights of the town on your doorstep. The house is built on 4 levels. On the top floor there is a double bedroom and a large family bathroom with separate bath and shower. On the next floor down is a large double room and a childrens bedroom with bunk beds and a separate single. On the ground floor there is a kitchen with small dining table and a living room with a fireplace and doors out onto the terrace. On the lower level there is a cinema room with projector and surround sound which also has a large double sofa bed and can be made into a private bedroom if needed. There is also a large shower room. On this lower level is the dining room extension which has large glass sliding doors which lead directly into the shared yard. This level also has a laundry room. The cinema room and the lower level near to the dining space both have woodburning stoves and the polished concrete floor of the dining room is underfloor heated. Because we joined the small cottage next door onto the main house we have gained lots of circulation space which means that even on a rainy day you won't feel cramped!

Kirstin Knell
Member since: 2016
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018

About Kirstin Knell

I'm a busy mum of 3 small children, living in London but with a piece of my heart in Kenmare. My husband's parents are Irish and we have lots of family friends around the area so when this old lady of a house came along in 2013 I fell in love. I've restored 3 old houses so far and am currently doing a 4th in Portugal. I used to be a project manager but since the kids came along I've found that restoring very old houses has become my passion. This is by far the oldest at over 200 years old.

Kirstin Knell purchased this house in 2013

Why Kirstin Knell chose Kenmare

When we bought this house it was in danger of falling down if it wasn't restored quite quickly. It is one of the oldest houses in Kenmare and had been owned by the same man since 1950 and hadn't really been touched since then. It has a preservation order on it which meant we had to employ a conservation architect to design and then manage the build. We've used lime plaster everywhere, restored the original doors and staircases, had replica Georgian sash windows made. The front wall had to be tied to the back wall with steel, a whole new roof was put on using old slate from a local church being reroofed. It has been a labour of love. But now it is a really useable space and we love being here with friends and family. There is loads of social space so even if the weather is bad we don't feel cooped up. And I love being right in the middle of town so popping out for a coffee or a quick walk to the pier is really easy. No need to jump in the car.

What makes this house unique

I think this is the only house of this age in Kenmare which you can rent. It is a piece of Kenmare history and was commended for a national architecture award after our renovation. It is a wonderful, comfortable, sociable space.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Kenmare in County Kerry

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The family bathroom is on the top floor and has a separate bath and shower. The bath is extra long for a good soak! The shower room is on the lower ground floor next to the cinema room.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This is a large double sofa bed with sprung mattress
  • There is a King Size room on the top floor of the house. The 1st floor has a King size room and a second room which has bunk beds, a roll away single underneath them as well as another full size single. The cinema room in the basement has a large very comfy sofa bed and can be shut off from the other areas in the house to make a private space. All of the bedding is cotton and the double duvets are all feather and down, as are the pillows.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Georgian, Luxury Family House with Cinema Room in Heart of Kenmare
average rating of 4.928571 based on 14 reviews
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Lovely accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in Kenmare, and this place was a big reason for it. Kristin and Julia were excellent to work with and very responsive. Julia was waiting for us upon arrival and gave us a nice tour of the property. Its location is perfect ... just a few blocks from the shops and restaurants. There were even electrical adapters in every room for us. We wish we would have stayed more than one night here as it was one of the nicest places we stayed.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous, comfortable and welcoming home in perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I rented An Smachtlann for my wedding weekend in Kenmare, and it was a fantastic experience from beginning to end! We booked several months in advance, and were in regular contact with the owner Kristin and the housekeeper Julia who answered all of our questions and made us feel right at home. They ensured we had everything we needed – both in the lead-up to our visit and while we were there.

An Smachtlann is an absolutely gorgeous home, and much larger and airier than it might appear from the outside. There is tons of natural light in the kitchen, bedrooms and living areas, and the beds are oh so comfy! I slept in the one on the top floor, which was just lovely to wake up in – tons of light flowing in, and I had an amazing view of the whole town. Julia went above and beyond and made sure the kitchen was stocked with necessities like tea, bread, milk and all kinds of other things – and there were even fresh flowers in vases around the house!

I would highly recommend this place to families or groups seeking a gorgeous accommodation with character and comfort. Thank you so much for everything, Kristin and Julia!

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This was a wonderful and roomy home in the quiet area of the village of Kenmare.

  • 5 of 5

My family of four spent several lovely nights at this home. The housekeeper Julia, met us and let us in. She walked me through everything I needed to know about the home and was very helpful and kind. It is conveniently located to downtown shops/restaurants and yet is on a quiet street. There is so much room in this house and it really has everything you could need including an indoor ping pong table. I'm not sure if it's in the description or not, but it might not be the best choice home for seniors as it's four stories of stairs. I have no complaints, it was perfect for us!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceptional home in great location

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly exceptional home. Beautifully renovated yet very comfortable, it made our stay in Kerry very special. Plenty of room for our two teenage boys to spread out, comfortable beds, a well equipped kitchen and a ping-pong table - all in walking distance to great restaurants, pubs and shops. Julia is a gem, and do pop in to the Cleo shop next door.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location, exceptional house with all you could possibly need. We look forward to our return!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, exceptional house with everything you could possibly need. Great for families. Lots to do in the area, with top class restaurants on your doorstep. We willing definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location, warm welcome in a beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Right in the centre of town with bike hire and great walks close by. The house is perfect; beautiful, relaxed and easy to use. The young adults loved the proximity to pubs and the cinema room, while we loved all the restaurants and the walking. With whale watching in Baltimore a scenic hour and a half drive away, the ring of Kerry on your doorstep and the wild Beara peninsula across the water too much to do and see in one week. A warm welcome from Julia made it just perfect. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Margaret - I'm so glad you all enjoyed your stay in our house and got to squeeze so much in during the week. Many thanks for your kind comments. Kirstin
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We are right in the hub of the town and there are activities for every age group. On wet days we have an indoor cinema to pass the time and a table tennis table.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Kenmare, County Kerry

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1 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Cleaning £89

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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