Muckross Road, KILLARNEY, Co Kerry, ROI,
Ringed by peaks in the heart of the Killarney National Park, Cahernane was once the seat of the Earls of Pembroke, and sits in a peaceful private estate just a short stroll from the shores of Lough Leane. Reached via an impressive avenue of mature trees, the 17th-century house is a deeply traditional place replete with original fireplaces, intricate ceilings and ancestral oil portraits - a style that makes for a sense of occasion when dining in the Herbert Room Restaurant to a backdrop of the lake and immaculately kept grounds. The food is weighted towards classical and traditional themes enlivened with flashes of modern flair, so things kick off with pan-fried quail with date and orange pur?e, citrus emulsion and home-made chutney, while a well-thought-out main course sees roast saddle of venison partnered with celeriac remoulade, butternut squash pur?e and a juniper-infused jus. To finish, natural yogurt sorbet makes an intelligent counterpoint to the richness of praline cr?me br?l?e. For a more casual mood, there's bistro fare in the old wine cellar bar.
From Killarney follow signs for Kenmare, then from Muckross Rd over bridge. Hotel signed on right. Hotel 1m from town centre
Nearest station: Killarney