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Kells Bay House and Gardens Information


If you enjoy waking to the natural sounds of mountain streams, birdsong, wind in the trees and the sea in its many guises you should stay here. Stay in one of our 4 large double or twin rooms in the main house or in one of our three very large luxury suites that we have available for our Guests. The Suites are situated to the side of Kells Bay House, they are adjacent to the Primeval Forest and Walled Garden and afford intimate access to the wonders of the gardens. The individual suites have been sensitively refurbished to offer luxury accommodation to visitors. Two of the suites have magnificent views of the bay, gardens and surrounding mountains, however this is one part of the Ring of Kerry where the scenery of the immediate environment outdoes the bigger view! The suites have discrete entrances to afford maximum privacy to guests. There is direct access to the Blue Flag beach, via a 200m walk through the Palm & Succulent Garden (for our Guests only).

Together Billy and Penn have more than 50 years experience in the hospitality industry. Penn was a chef in some of Dublin's best restaurants before the opening of Sala Thai at Kells Bay House in 2013. Her Kerry style Thai hospitality and her wonderful food has firmly established Sala Thai and Kells Bay House as favourites among visitors and locals. Billy has collected ferns and exotic plants since boyhood. He has exhibited his collection in Ireland, France and the UK. Most recently at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018 where he was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for his fern display. He has travelled the globe on plant expeditions to study ferns and flora in their native habitats. Since becoming the custodian of Kells Bay he has broadened the plant collection and further encouraged the naturalisation of introduced species. The front gate waterfall that greets our guest upon arrival, the giant Chilean wine palm, Jubaea chilensis to the front of the House and the most recent addition The SkyWalk rope-bridge are some of the features introduced by Billy for our Guests to discover and enjoy during their stay with us. Our Guests have free access to the Gardens throughout their stay.


  • Baggage store
  • Books, DVD, games
  • Free WiFi internet
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • WiFi internet


  • On-site parking
  • Free parking

Children's Facilities

  • Highchairs

Business Facilities

  • Photocopying
  • Printing


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast

Activities and Experiences

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly fishing
  • Golf
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Walking
  • Water activities


  • Check in
    15:00 21:00
  • Check out
  • Child Policy
    No preference
  • Smoking Policy
    No smoking
  • Pets
    No pets
  • Parties Allowed
    Parties not allowed
  • Quiet Hours
    Quiet hours between 22:00 and 09:00
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Air from Kerry Airport (26.0 miles)
    Take left hand turn out of the Airport. Turn left onto N23. Turn right onto R561, continue for 11km Continue onto N70 (Ring of Kerry). Stay on N70 for approximately 26km until you see signs for KELLS BAY GARDENS, turn right and follow the signs to the House.

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