Cahernane House Hotel embarks on further renovation programme

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
04 March 2019 | Updated 04 March 2019

Ireland: International hotel management and hospitality company, PREM Group, is working on the renovation of its property, Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, County Kerry.

The group purchased the hotel in 2016 and since then has already spent over €6.5 million (£5.5 million) on the property.  The initial renovation programme saw all the bedrooms in the original house being renovated as well as the creation of a dining room which is now home to the 2 AA Rosette, Herbert Restaurant. Last summer all 28 rooms in the Garden Wing were redesigned and an eclectic bar, The Cellar Bar was added. 

The property has been closed since December in order to allow a further €1.3 million (£1.1 million) renewal programme to be carried out over the winter months bringing the total renovation figure to €7.8 million (£6.6 million).  The former 'Coach House' will now become home to 8 new bedrooms while the Drawing Room, overlooking Killarney National Park, The Library and The Atrium are all being completely reimagined.  The work on The Library and The Atrium will be completed before the property reopens on March 8, 2019 while the work on The Coach House is expected to be completed by May of this year.

Julie Goggin has been commissioned with the interior design while architects, Moloney O'Beirne have created the design on The Coach House. The 8 bedrooms in The Coach House are situated in a stand-alone building which is adjacent to the Manor House. Now, completely reconfigured each room features wallpapers, fabrics and original Irish antique furniture. Some of the bathrooms will have free-standing claw foot baths while others feature walk in rain showers and handmade tiles. 

Julie Goggin said: "The colours and fabrics selected for The Coach House are very different to that of the Manor House. We chose jewel like palates that would envelop the senses in order to create rooms that would be conducive to sleep and to really create private sanctuaries for guests."

The Library in the Manor House is also being completely refurbished and will include original antiques and paintings and an original fireplace.

Meanwhile, The Drawing Room will be used to serve afternoon teas and sweet treats.  It will be painted in traditional period tones.

The Atrium will also be refurbished. It will be painted in a dark forest green to reflect the palate of the natural setting outside and the views of Killarney National Park beyond the gardens.

The house itself was built in 1877 by Henry Herbert and his wife Catherine. Each of the five main rooms on the ground floor contain historical artefacts and original antiques including items such as the Herbert Family Crest which is depicted above the front door of the hotel and is reference to the original owners of the house. Many of the original pieces from the house remain in Cahernane House Hotel today, including the wooden staircase, the Killarney Davenport table in the lobby and the pillar caps in the lobby, which feature the first letters of each of Henry's first four children's names.

Located just outside the centre of Killarney, the 48-bedroom Cahernane House Hotel is situated on 6.4 acres of grounds and on the edge of the Killarney Lakes and Killarney National Park.

Jim Murphy, CEO of PREM Group which owns the property, said: "The initial phases of work carried out by PREM Group began almost immediately after we purchased the property, and this involved putting on a new roof, replacing all mechanical and electrical installations and complying with fire and safety regulations throughout. We were very conscious to restore and refresh important historical features and many of the eye-catching parts of the house, such as the original sash windows, which were painstakingly restored and given a new lease of life". 

Emer Corridan, general manager of Cahernane House Hotel, added: "We have had a busy winter getting all the works completed on time for our reopening on the 8th of March and are really delighted with progress to date. We all feel very connected to the building, it is part of the heritage and history of Killarney and Kerry and once the latest works are completed it will be one of Ireland's finest hotels."

The renovations at Cahernane House Hotel are just one of the capital projects being carried out by PREM Group, who also operate more than 50 properties throughout Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, France and the UK. The group is also renovating and extending some of its other properties including The Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny, Tulfarris Hotel & Golf Resort, Wicklow and The Osprey Hotel in Kildare.

Cahernane House Hotel was recently accepted into Ireland's Blue Book and Condé Nast Johannsen's Traveler Guide. The hotel also won an International Gold Award of Excellence for the best 4-star hotel in Ireland from CIE Tours International in January of this year.

The property will reopen on March 8, 2019.

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