Kilcooly's Country House has been an oasis of comfort & relaxation since 1870.
Much has changed over the years but the warmth of the welcome, thanks to Joan, John & their team is still beyond compare.
Guests initially come to “play Ballybunion” or “take the waters” like President Eamonn de Valera, President Robinson & President Bill Clinton.
But the real unsung special heroes of Ballybunion are the Fathers and Mothers who come with friends and family, sand buckets or golf clubs and take away the special memories that last a lifetime.
So, come, however briefly, relax, leave your worries and let us take care of you.
TAILOR YOUR STAY
At Kilcooly's Country House Hotel we offer our guests complete control to tailor their stay with us.
From booking room only, to full packages including Room, Breakfast, Dinner and even Champagne/Prosecco in your room on arrival.
Our Breakfast menu offers an extensive choice whether you want a Traditional Full Irish, or Scrambled Egg with Smoked Salmon.
Enjoy fine dining in our restaurant with a sumptuous meal prepared by our fantastic chefs or relax with a meal / bite in the bar or lounge.
The choice is yours.
OUR SERVICES & FACILITIES
Enjoy our newly constructed outdoor dining area which is heated and semi-enclosed for your comfort.
Enjoy beautiful fine dining experience in our Restaurant, and sample the best local ingredients cooked by our fantastic chef.
Bar & Peacock Lounge
Our Bar & Peacock Lounge are great entertainment spaces to both relax and enjoy the Irish Hospitality that Kilcooly's prides itself upon.
Free Wifi is available to all patrons and guests.
At Kilcooly's Country House we take pride in our cleanliness and our fantastic housekeeping staff.
Our beautiful walled gardens are the perfect sun trap, and provide an elegant place to sit out and enjoy the Kerry sunsets.
Choose from Deluxe, Superior, Family, Mini Suite or standard rooms. All rooms are extremely spacious, as only those from a bygone era are.
Each offers classical splendour, twin, queen or king beds, luscious pillows, the finest crisp, quality linen, soft woollen blankets, plush robes coupled with the convenience of direct dial telephone & satellite TV.
The marble bathrooms have power showers, hairdryers, spa toiletries, in short, all the conveniences of a luxury hotel.
THINGS TO SEE & DO
Ballybunion Golf Club
For our international visitors Ballybunion has long been renowned for her beautiful, challenging and most famous of Golf Courses; 'The Old'.
A second has been added in more recent times so that now two of the finest links golf courses in the world battle the Atlantic Ocean every day. You can come to pit your wits against the resulting splendour. It's just a click away! The Old Course has been in play since 1893 and Tom Watson's famous quip that "Nobody can call himself a golfer until he has played at Ballybunion; you would think the game originated there" is most certainly not wide of the mark . Robert Trent Jones, the architect of the Cashen Course has described it as his greatest achievement.
Opinions will differ as to world rankings, but all will agree about the splendour and command that these courses hold over all who play them.
Fishing & Angling
All of these beaches hold the typical spoils of beach-casting, with bass, flounder and plaice all to be caught. If your interests are more of a 'game' nature there are boats operating locally, we would only be too pleased to make the necessary arrangements for you.
What could be regarded as a very unusual sight would be the net fishing for Wild Salmon from native 'Currachs', these are small 16-18 feet flat bottomed boats that are generally rowed by 2-3 people while the 'catch' is ongoing. This is seasonal, but can often yield your dinner for the evening, a true feast. This takes place from the Cashen River, which is within view of Ballybunion Golf Club, Clubhouse.
Cultural & Heritage Sites
There is a wealth of cultural and heritage attractions to visit whilst enjoying your stay, making Kilcooly's the perfect base of exploration.
From Ballybunion Castle, Doon Promontory & Leck Castle on the doorstep.
Just a short 15-20 minute, drive to Listowel, brings you to Listowel Castle, Seanchai Kerry Literary & Cultural Centre, St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre as well as the famous Kerry Writers Week and of course Listowel Races.
Tralee is 30 minutes away, with the famous Rose of Tralee Festival, Kerry County Museum, The Wildlands Centre & Blennerville.
Killarney is 60 minutes drive , and brings you the Killarney Lakes (boat tours), Muckross House, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall & access to the many famous hiking/climbing spots including Mangerton, Old Kenmare Road and of course Carrauntoohill, Ireland's highest mountain.
Shorter in length, and accessible irrespective of the tide, the Cliff Walks in Ballybunion are an ideal stroll to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and take in some of the freshest air in the world. It will be hard for you to believe that you are so close to the town and yet feeling so at one with nature. There is plenty of local folklore associated with some the features you will encounter on this stroll, they will certainly arouse curiosity in most circles; 'The Virgin's Rock', 'The Nun's Beach' to name two. Ask any of the locals to tell you the stories. I defy anyone to feel stressed while strolling along watching the Dolphins playing in the Bay.
Wild Atlantic Way
Being situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ballybunion plays host to stunning cliff walks, majestic beaches & famous Sea Weed Baths.
To our Irish guests Ballybunion has long been known as the Queen of Seaside Resorts, indeed as far back as the early 19th Century. The jewels that made her famous then are equally as intact today. All of the natural beauty is as pristine as ever.
Nearly 4 miles of beach are within as many minutes of your door, in addition there are another 5 miles of heavenly sandy shoreline walks only a few minutes further away.
Horse riding on the golden beaches surrounding Ballybunion makes for a unforgettable day. Available in the immediate locality, please contact us in advance of your arrival and we would be happy to arrange this for you.
Ballybunion Leisure Centre is just a short walk from the hotel, offering fantastic Pool & Gym facilities in a modern purpose built venue.
"Fantastic service and food in the restaurant. Staff and owners so friendly and helpful. Hotel room was so beautiful. Hotel is only a 5 minute walk from the beach with amazing views."
Kilcoolys SPECIALITEA take pride in stocking and delivering the finest quality Tea's from around the world.
Elegant tea blends will delight you with every taste. Whether you are looking forward to enjoying a cup of fruit tea, green tea, black tea, herbal tea, rooibos and chai in best organic quality.