Sneem Secret Harbour is nestled peacefully between beautiful Oysterbed Harbour, the 5 Star Parknasilla Hotel & Resort and the delightfully charming village of Sneem.
Sneem (meaning 'knot') is called 'The knot in the Ring' and is less than 5 minutes from the house. This is a beautiful romantic little village, with a lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere and lots of interesting souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes and a wonderful selection of traditional Irish pubs where a very warm welcome awaits you along with some delicious food, great Guinness, live music and lots of friendly chat!
The Sneem River runs right through the village and a short stroll along its banks brings you to The Garden of the Senses. These immaculately maintained gardens are awash with colour and fragrance in summer and include a bird island and a dedicated picnic and BBQ area. Sneem has played host to many famous visitors over the years - presidents and royalty, writers, painters, and of course celebrities... Charles de Gaulle, Prince Rainer & Princess Grace, Presidents Hillery, O'Dalaigh and Robinson, George Bernard Shaw, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charlie Chaplin and more recently Colin Farrell, Rachel Weiss, Daniel Craig, John C. Reilly.....to mention but a few!
A short stroll from the house brings you to Oysterbed Harbour, one of the most captivating and magical spots on the Ring of Kerry. The view from the pier stretches as far as the Beara penninsula and takes in the exquisite scenery of the harbour and its myriad of islands. A leisurely walk to the pier early in the morning, to just sit and breathe in the silence, is pure and simple pleasure, or take a stroll down on a clear night and experience starry skies like you have never imagined!
You'll see the colony of seals on the rocks and look out for the dolphins that regularly visit the harbour. Keep an eye out also for the otters and very often, if you look up, you'll see the white-tailed eagles as they make their way inland from their nesting sites on nearby Garnish Island. Some local fishermen operate their boats from Oysterbed, and should you fancy some lovely fresh fish just give them a shout in the morning time and they'll be happy to supply you with dinner - prawns, crab, lobster whatever's in season....a couple of days notice is advisable.
Parknasilla Hotel & Resort is just 2km from the house. With 500 acres of magnificent woodlands with a labyrinth of walks, panoramic golf course and stunning coastline along the Kenmare bay, the hotel is considered one of the jewels in the crown of Irish tourism. George Bernard Shaw stayed in Parknasilla and wrote "I tell you this place does not belong to any world that you and I have ever worked or lived in. It is part of our dream world"
This is a nearby gem that you simply must visit. The walkways and marked pathways wind through leafy, lush woodland and along spectacular coastline, and are designed so you have the choice of a short walk or a much longer route if you're feeling more energetic, and there's a Fairy Trail for the children. Relax afterwards with a drink in the bar, lunch or afternoon tea and sit back and enjoy the wonderful ambiance and comfort of this unique and beautiful hotel. Non-residents are very welcome to enjoy all the facilities of the hotel, bar, restaurant, pool, gym, luxury Thermal Spa.