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Luxury historic lakefront mansion and estate in truly stunning setting

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Space 8,611 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Luxurious home steeped in history and character and with all modern amenities

Lakeview House & Estate is a luxurious private mansion directly on the world famous Lakes of Killarney.

Steeped in history and character, this elegant home is an ideal holiday destination. Whether you choose to enjoy all the House and Estate has to offer or to explore the region's scenery, golf, fishing and other activities, you will be spoilt for choice.

The House boasts wonderfully spacious living areas, all with high ceilings and impressive plasterwork: a Dining Room seating up to 18, a Drawing Room with an open fire and a very atmospheric Library with a wood burning stove. A very comfortable kitchen/breakfast room has steps out to the garden and there is a studio/playroom which works as a less formal sitting area.

There are 4 principal bedrooms and 2 additional bedrooms allowing for a maximum of 10 guests. (The house is large and could sleep many more than this but we limit occupancy to 10 so that every guest has space to lose themselves as well as different spaces to be all together). All the bedrooms have really comfortable beds to ensure you relax completely.

You can find further information about the house and its facilities on our website:

Being on the Killarney National Park, the stunning views have been protected from development: from the house you can see across the lake and mountains for miles with no sign of human habitation other than Ross Castle, a restored ruin beautifully lit for your benefit at night.

The estate covers over 100 acres with many private walks. Boat trips and fishing can be arranged from your doorstep and the surrounding area has fabulous walking, climbing, cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing and entertainment facilities.

The house was built in 1869 for the family of the present owners, kinsmen of Daniel O'Connell ('the Liberator'). It replaced an earlier house they had occupied since 1820, prior to which the land was owned by the MacCarthy family, the last of which line is the owner's mother. Other than 30 years, the family's occupation of the site goes back about 1000 years.

More Details

Sir Maurice O'Connell
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

Such a blissfully relaxing stay in Fossa. It's rare for me to feel so readily at home in a strange place.
Mar 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Killarney in County Kerry

Property Type:
  • castle (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 8611 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Morgan's Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Red Room Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Back Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Serves the Princess Bedroom
    Large Shower Room - Shower Enclosure , Serves the Princess Bedroom
    Second Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Serves Hannah's Room and Garden Bedroom with doors to both
    Cloakroom - Toilet , Ground Floor
  • The bathrooms have all been recently modernised, featuring vintage cast iron bath tubs, marble vanity units, large walk in showers with excellent pressure. The best quality large towels are provided (and others are available to take to the beach) as are Floris and Molton Brown toiletries.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • The Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Large Bedroom with the best views in the house
    The Red Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , The second master bedroom
    The Princess Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With a large cream painted Four poster Bed
    Morgan's Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Usually arranged as 2 singles but can be joined
    The Garden Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , With a modern Four Poster Bed - adjoins Hannah's Room
    Hannah's Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Adjoins the Garden Bedroom on the Garden Floor
  • All the bedrooms feature crisp white top of the range Egyptian Cotton bed linen. The principal rooms all have wooden shutters, blinds and curtains - choose how much or how little of the morning sun you want to see! Although we have space for more, our maximum occupancy is 10 people both to minimise wear and tear and to ensure that everyone has lots of personal space. A group needing multiple single beds can be accomodated easily - we can make available an additional single bedroom if required to make 4 people in double bed rooms, 2 in a twin room and 4 in separate single rooms. The Master Bedroom and Hannah's Room both have TV/DVD with iPod dock.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Gated Community
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Walkway to Water
  • 12 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • swimming


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Luxury historic lakefront mansion and estate in truly stunning setting
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

A wonderful one of a kind house!

  • 5 of 5

Our golf group arrived and were totally stunned by the house, its view, the history behind the house and its owners. Would recommend this house to anyone for golf, weddings or just getting away. You will not be disappointed and it's well worth its value! Roger Kaz

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Roger, for your great review. It was a real pleasure to hear you saying "Wow!" as you arrived and I'm glad the golfing went so well. I hope to see you all again.
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Outstanding House on Magnificent Lake

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay in a beautiful home on the Lake. what a perfect place for an Irish Holiday. the accommodation , setting and hospitality are so welcoming. All in the heart of Kerry.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your generous review. It is great for us to have guests who enjoy the House, the grounds and the many activities in the area as much as we do. Since last year, we've done some more landscaping incorporating a few of the suggestions you made and we look forward to showing you on your return in 2016.
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Memorable Vacation

  • 5 of 5

One week at Lakeview House was holiday heaven. It truly lived up to expectations, and even more. 

The location is magnificent, views absolutely brilliant, peace on earth. The facilities in Killarney, just 10 minutes away, were  second to none, good restaurants, some shopping, and plenty of attractions in the area for all ages, families, etc. And this area of Ireland is a photographer's delight. 

The house amenities provided by the owners were top notch: welcoming note and some food to get us started, booklet of how-to's, things to do in the vicinity, and everything was as it should be - even the appliances! It feels very much like home away from home and provided all the best that a vacation in Ireland should offer. Car drives in the area some of the most beautiful in Ireland, around the Ring of Kerry, Beara peninsular, Dingle  etc. And knowing you were driving back at the end of the day to Lakeview House made the days very special.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write a lovely review Antonia. We enjoyed meeting you and your family - it's always nice to share it with people who appreciate how special Lakeview House is and we look forward to welcoming you again next year.
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Even Better Than Expected

  • 5 of 5

We came as part of a group of old friends and were wowed by Lakeview House. The house was immaculate and very well serviced by the staff - everything exceeded our (high) expectations. The weather wasn't always perfect but we found plenty to do, both in the house and the town of Killarney. Thank you for a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5

Having traveled to Ireland for a golf trip in 2008 where we moved from location to location to play different courses, my husband and I talked about how wonderful it would be to stay in one place and play the surrounding courses. I found Lakeview House on the HomeAway website and our dream came true in late September.

The location is exquisite - one of the few properties on Lake Leane with ever changing light and shadows. The grounds are magical with winding paths and magnificent trees - my only regret was that because of our golf schedule we didn't have more time to wander!

We played several courses in the area all within 15 minutes to 2 hours from the house which made the location ideal for a golf trip.

The house was the perfect size for 10 of us including our driver. The bathrooms are all updated and the bedrooms were beautifully appointed with wonderful fabrics and linens. The library and sitting room had fabulous fireplaces that we enjoyed in the early evenings after a long day on the links.

The staff went out of its way to be helpful and welcoming. I would definitely use the services of their cook. After playing golf all day it was so wonderful to have dinner waiting for us in the evening!

I was in constant contact with the owner in planning the trip - he could not have been more accommodating. He genuinely cares for the property and seemed to enjoy sharing it with people who appreciate how special it is. We feel honored to have stayed there and will never forget our time at Lakeview House.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. We really enjoyed having you all and sharing our little piece of heaven with you!
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Lakeview House

  • 5 of 5

In September 2012, our family had the pleasure of staying at Lakeview House for a week as part of our tour of Ireland. The magical view across Lough Leane, which we now know is the largest of the Lakes of Killarney, shifting constantly with the changing light, was hypnotic in its beauty! The house has a wonderful intimacy but with plenty of room for everyone to have their privacy too, which was perfect when we had friends to stay as guests. All the bedrooms were very comfortable and the owners have clearly spent a great deal of time and thought installing tasteful modern bathrooms and kitchen fittings. The house is packed with reminders of the history of the owner’s family and Ireland's famous 'Liberator', in particular. This was an unexpected and interesting plus for us and our guests. The housekeeper and the cook the owners recommended for a couple of evenings were both friendly and efficient, and the owners were always extremely accommodating when it came to any additional requests we had. One day, the owner organised for us to take a boat out onto the lake and visit a small island where the ruins of an early-Christian monastic library could still be seen, another magical moment. We were lucky with the weather but when it did rain, we and our guests would happily sit in the beautiful library to read. Our daughter loved the piano and our guests spent hours at the billiard table. Altogether staying at Lakeview was an unforgettable experience. We will definitely be recommending this house to family and friends.

Andrew & Jennifer, France

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
23 Kilometres
Kerry Airport (Cork/Shannon 100km, Dublin 300km)
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Fossa village
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Cork (also Rosslare at 270Km)
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Rossbeigh and Inch Blue Flag Beaches
Car: necessary

Killarney and the surrounding County of Kerry is, rightly, considered to be the premier tourist area in Ireland because of its natural beauty and tourism infrastructure. Surrounding a protected National Park with stunning mountains and lakes, the area has something for everyone: world class golf courses, walking, cycling, fishing, climbing, sightseeing, local festivals and gourmet food. The magical coastline (part of the famous 'Ring of Kerry') is nearby with beautiful beaches and sea fishing easily accessible. Lakeview House and Estate is directly on the National Park and is ideally placed for enjoying all the wonders the 'Kingdom of Kerry' has to offer.

Golf: Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, the venue of the 2010 and 2011 Irish Opens, is about 5 minutes away and can be seen from the house. The club has 3 18 hole courses and the O'Mahony's Point Course is acknowledged as having one of the most stunning settings of any course - happily, it is the same view that guests in our house also enjoy.

Beaufort Golf Course is a friendly local club about 10 minutes away and the respected old established Dooks course about 20 minutes away.

Further afield, the world famous links courses of Waterville and Ballybunion are about 1hr from the house.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Killarney, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer 2018
20 May 2018 - 27 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer 2018
28 Jul 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas 2018
16 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The rate includes the services of our housekeeper(s) / cleaner on weekday mornings

Utilities, such as oil, electricity and gas are metered and charged at cost only if consumption is over €500 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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