The house is one of the oldest in Kenmare and has a preservation order on it.The back of the house shows that it has 4 levels. The basement level houses the cinema room which has a large double sofa bed so can be used as a 4th bedroom.  A clever extension has provided a large dining space and terrace above.  The yard is shared with the adjoining cottage.
Historic home in heart of Kenmare
Hosted by Kirstin
Kirstin is the host.
10 guests
4 bedrooms
7 beds
2 baths
10 guests
4 bedrooms
7 beds
2 baths
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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 space

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!

Guest access

The whole house will be yours. The yard is shared with our guest cottage (also available on airbnb) but our guests there exit through the back gate so won't have access to your space.

Interaction with guests

Our housekeeper, Julia, will be on hand if you should need anything.

Other things to note

We have packed away most of our personal effects, however we have left provisions in the kitchen cupboards which we are happy for you to use them during your stay. Similarly, we have left the children's toys in their room which you are welcome to use. If you could return items to where they came from before you leave that would be great as it is a big house and things can travel far! Please use the cinema room to watch DVDs - the instructions will be with the house manual. There is a ping pong table top for the dining table which is also great on a wet day.

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 single bed, 1 bunk bed, 1 floor mattress
Bedroom 4
1 sofa bed

House Rules
No smoking
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM
Check out by 10AM

Treat the house as if it were your own. We have lovingly restored it from almost ruin and it is nearly 250 years old so probably needs a bit more TLC than most modern houses. The heating and hot water run on bottled gas so if you could conserve as far as possible that would be great.


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit

3 nights minimum stay

48 Reviews

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Ciara User Profile
April 2017
Great place

Laura User Profile
October 2016
Wonderful home, couldn't be more in the centre of town. No need to take herbs, oils etc. it is home from home with the luxury of a projector cinema, ping pong table, terrace, bbq, washing room, wonderfully comfortable beds.
Kirstin User Profile
Response from Kirstin:
Glad you enjoyed the house.
October 2016

Georgina User Profile
March 2016
We had such a lovely stay in Kenmare but this beautiful house is what made it extra special. We have a 7 month old baby which meant on a night we unfortunately couldn't go out to all the beautiful looking restaurants. On the plus side thanks to a lovely well equip kitchen we cooked lovely meals and enjoyed some great films in what felt like our private cinema downstairs. So much was provided for out little one, Julia really had gone above and beyond to help us out. Setting up a travel cot, bath toys, high chair and so much more. We really hope to visit Kenmare again and I will be making a bee line for this house if we do. Thanks to Julia and Kirsten for our wonderful stay
Kirstin User Profile
Response from Kirstin:
Next time Georgina you will have to book Julia in to babysit! Glad you enjoyed yourselves.
March 2016

Anita User Profile
September 2017
Kirstin's house is amazing! It is massive and the location is perfect - right in the city and a great starting point to explore the rings. We were there with a 14 month old and two little dogs and had a wonderful time. There even was a whole room just for kids full of toys. Our little one loved it, we loved it, the dogs loved it - all in all 4 wonderful nights. We'd definitely recommend it to anyone! Thanks for having us Kirstin!

Lorraine User Profile
August 2017
We had such a wonderful stay at An Smachtlann. It is a beautiful house with everything you could ever need inside. We loved the antique furnishings, cinema room, kids room and the ping pong table kept us entertained for hours. The location is ideal, right in the centre of Kenmare town and close to everything. They have done fantastic renovations to the house and everyone was in awe of how wonderful it was. We were sad to say goodbye but will definitely be back!

Jackie User Profile
July 2017
Great house

David User Profile
July 2017
Great house & super location, not suitable for anyone with mobility problems due to stairs.

London, United KingdomJoined in May 2014
Kirstin User Profile

A busy mum of 3 children 6,5 and 3 years old! No time on my hands! But I love renovating and have loved bringing our irish home back from the brink of ruin.

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