Loch Lein Country House a Delight!
From the lakeside location to the delightful service, spacious and comfortable rooms, and the delectable meals, the Loch Lein Country House will provide you with a fabulous vacation in County Kerry. It is in the small village of Fossa, a few minutes drive from Killarney. We were at the end of our trip and our three nights at this hotel were definitely a terrific way to wind up. The delicious breakfast is served in a lovely dining room looking out at the lake - and if enough people in the hotel indicate an interest, owner and chef Paul will provide a gourmet dinner (prix fixe). If you want to lodge in the busy streets of Killarney, this is not where you want to be. If you want peace and quiet, a nice central location for day trips to Dingle or Muckross House, and the best breakfast in Ireland - contact Loch Lein Country House.
Best Inn and hosts during our trip
We booked our trip through Irishtourism.com and they booked us at the Loch Lein Country House for our 3 nights in Killarney. The inn is lovey and so are the hosts. It's located on the quiet outskirts of town, but only a few minutes drive to the center of Killarney. Our breakfasts were delicious and Paul and Annette were a wealth of information and guidance during our stay. If you go to Killarney, don't miss this gem!
Loch Lein is, indeed, a little patch of heaven
Several friends and I recently made Loch Lein our home base for a week of golf in Kerry, and I cannot say enough about how pleased we were with our stay.
Loch Lein is a comfortable country house overlooking well-ended gardens, a large pasture, a lake of the same name, and mountains beyond. The beautiful view from both our second floor lake view rooms were panoramic, thanks to huge windows. Even on the one morning when we woke to thick fog, the view was expansive; and watching the fog lift as we enjoyed breakfast in the light and airy dining room was almost magical. Tasteful renditions of many familiar Irish tunes - from Danny Boy to Riverdance to The Parting Glass - playing in the background only added to the ambiance.
Our rooms were huge, nicely decorated, comfortable and spotless. The modern bathrooms were massive, and we especially appreciated the excellent water pressure and truly hot water. Local toiletries were a nice touch.
Annette and Paul are fantastic managers and wonderful hosts, and their around-the-clock staff is similarly gracious and accommodating. Annette greeted us on the front steps upon our arrival, and before we knew it, Paul was helping to organize and deliver our bags to our rooms. Throughout our stay, our hosts offered excellent advice about local attractions, including directions to the various courses we’d lined up to play.
After a particularly rainy day on the golf links, Paul helped us lay out our gear in the drying room set aside for this purpose; and we took him up on his offer to toss some of the wetter items into the drier. When we arrived “home” after another rainy afternoon, Paul thoughtfully offered to send up a tray of tea and hot chocolate, which we savored while snuggled into fluffy robes that were in the closet upon our initial arrival. The hot chocolate, by the way, was outstanding.
Made-to-order breakfasts from among numerous appealing options were delicious and filling. If you have the opportunity to enjoy one of Paul’s excellent and nicely presented dinners (enquire as to which evenings this is an option), do so. Loch Lein also has a reasonable wine list, and Annette’s recommendation of a lovely South African Shiraz was much appreciated. Loch Lein also has a small but well-supplied bar, offering evening cocktails and nightcaps.
Other dinners we especially enjoyed in the area were at the Bricin in Killarney and Kate Kearny’s Cottage, about 10 minutes from Loch Lein near Beaufort and the beautiful Gap of Dunloe. Try the boxty (a sort of potato crepe with hearty fillings) and desserts at Bricin and enjoy a good selection of pub food in one of Kate Kearny’s many rooms, while taking in local music and dancing. The Killarney Golf & Fish Club, a two-minute drive from Loch Lein, also has a reasonable dining room in the clubhouse, which we enjoyed after a round of golf and other Loch Lein guests visited for dinner.
Other guests during our stay ranged from couples of varying ages, to families with school age kids, to a small tour group, to a family reunion.
Loch Lein is in the tiny village of Fossa, about 10 minutes west of downtown Killarney, but miles away from the hubbub. Whether you stay for a night or a week, you’ll understand right away why Loch Lein promotes itself as “a little patch of heaven.”
Lovely place in busy Killarney
We had a wonderful stay at Loch Lein. Since I have stayed in Killarney before, I was worried about the location, but here I found a quiet, beautiful Country house with lovely and really helpful owners. Paul always gave us the right advice when to go where. Already the mornig started with a wonderful view and good brekfast. The room was cosy and we always felt like coming home after our trips exploring the Southwest.
Far better than downtown Killarney
Our family of 4 (including 2 girls: 11 and 7) enjoyed 4 nights at this lovely little hotel. The views from our room (and the common areas) were beautiful, featuring fields and a lake in the distance. The hotel was very modern and clean, and expertly managed by hosts Paul and Annette, both of whom provided good local advice. The location away from the hubbub of downtown Killarney was ideal for us -- just a few minutes by car -- and a welcome retreat at the end of a long day of sightseeing.
Be sure to visit Bricin for dinner when in Killarney... Our two dinners there were the best in our 8 days of Irish travel.
Amazing Service = all sorts of good advice and help
Out of town on lane near river. Long walks near the water possible. Owners will bend over backwards. Did our laundry for free. Got a birthcake from town for my nephew. Clean and beautiful.
As part of a 10 day break in the South West of Ireland, my partner and I based ourselves in this exquisite hotel for 4 nights. With it's friendly and helpful owners always available to give advice and local knowledge, we found it to be a majestic location to stay, while visiting the Killarney/Ring of Kerry area.
From our room we had tranquil views of the Lakes of Killarney that made the trip for us. The rooms are luxurious with all the facilities that you could require. The food was also top class, with a varied menu that catered for all of our preferences.
Overall, this is a wonderful hotel, in a great location, with a fantastic atmosphere in which we totally relaxed.
Full of Peace and Charm !
This is an excellent hotel if you like a high standard of service with a good measure of peace and quiet yet being within a few miles of a thriving tourist centre with many facilities.
The management is first class, with an in-depth knowledge of the delightful countryside and coast of south-west Ireland - Paul is always pleased to help and advise.
Cleanliness and efficiency are the hallmarks of this hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and give it the highest recommendation. It was excellent value for money.
This B&B is just 5 minutes out of Killarney in the village of Fossa. It is down a quiet lane just opposite a small supermarket and faces the lake across a field. It also has a charming garden to relax in. Our hosts were Annette and Paul.
As we pulled up to the door we were greeted at the door by Annette. Our cases were ALL taken to our room for us, and there-in lay the surprise.
The surprise was not just was the room huge with a King-size and a large single bed, but the room and the bathroom were fitted out as well as a 4 star city hotel. We were provided with not just towels, but flannels too, and there was a shower separate from the bath.
Paul in particular was full of ideas and advice on where to go, what to see, and suggestions of what to avoid - yet he let you make your own choices by not favouring any destination in particular. With only 2 days to spare, the choice was hard, but we chose the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island one day, and a full day at Muckross House and Gardens the other day.
In the evenings we walked (so we could both have a drink) the 1km (10 minutes) to the Killarney Valley Hotel where there was a choice of Bar food or a formal restaurant. We chose to eat in the bar where the food was very good. (Most other guests chose to drive into Killarney itself).
After dinner we spent a congenial evening in the back in Loch Lein lounge with drinks from the bar discussing our holiday experiences and ideas with other guests.
Breakfast was a good choice, well cooked and quickly served. Either Paul or Annette were always on hand to ensure everything was OK.
To summarise - excellent hosts, top quality rooms, quiet surroundings and very good value.
Defrag the brain
My second visit to the lakeside Vista ,Loch Lein , a rare
family run Hotel another refreshing vacation , I love that place