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Shelburne Lodge

Shelburne Lodge, constructed in the mid-1700s, was the original house in the Kenmare area of the Petty - Fitzmaurice family. William Petty Fitzmaurice (1737-1805), known as Lord Shelburne, commissioned the design of the town of Kenmare which was completed in 1775. Lord Shelburne was Prime Minister of Great Britain from July 1782 to February 1783 and helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris 1783, putting an end to the conflict between Britain and America. Shelburne Lodge is known to be one of the oldest house and the best Bed & Breakfast in the Kenmare aera, and was rewarded several time for its warming hospitality, services and food. Nowadays owned by Tom and Maura Foley, this stone building is the ideal getaway for total relaxation. Take it easy in the charming drawing room or take a stroll through the beautiful landscaped garden. Perhaps wander through the colourful and picturesque town of Kenmare. Shelburne Lodge is also situated five minutes walk from an 18 hole golf course and for the more adventurous there are hundreds of amazing hill walks around.

Rooms & Amenities

Shelburne Lodge count ten bedrooms overlooking the lovely garden, which includes a grass tennis court. Each guest will be delighted by the charm of their bedroom, furnished with antiques old wooden floors and decorated with Irish contemporary art. Guests can also relax in the drawing room, enjoying one of the many books available nearby the fireplace. Others can stroll in the large garden surrounding the georgian house.

All Guestrooms Feature:

  • TV
  • Broadband Wi-Fi
  • Broadband Wi-Fi (No Charge)
  • Hairdryer
  • En suite Bathroom
  • Alarm Clock
  • Full Irish Breakfast Each Morning


  • Family friendly
  • Children's baby sitting arranged
  • No-smokers rooms



Your hosts at Shelburne Lodge, Maura Foley, is a rewarded chef and will take great pleasure providing guests with sumptuous Full Irish Breakfast each morning. A 'Full Irish Breakfast' typically consists of bacon (rashers!), sausages, black & white pudding, eggs, toast, tea or coffee. Fish is also served for breakfast, like the fresh and perfectly cooked Dover sole prepared with with scrambled egg and lemon. For those who prefer classical breakfast or may not wish to start their day with too, a selection of cereals, fruit & juices are also available.


The house isn't large enough to have it's own restaurant but it is related to the family restaurant Packies situated in town, among many others restaurants, which offers delicious treats and wonderful food. The bar and bistro The Purple Heather, situated on Henry Street, opened in 1961 by Maura and her mother Agnes and is currently owned by Maura's sisters, Gráinne. The restaurant will delight guests with salads, seafoods soup, fresh sandwiches and many others dishes served all day long.