Exceptional. Five Star.
Waterville House provides excellent accommodation, superb personalized service and top notch breakfasts with an ambiance of comfort and old world charm hard to find in today's world. Miriam and her staff are welcoming and go out of their way to make guests feel at home and cared for in a relaxed setting.
The guest rooms are recently refurbished, large, tastefully furnished, carpeted; beds are fitted with excellent mattresses and the best of linens. The large en suite bathrooms are high-end and modern with lots of tile and glass, endless hot water and fluffy white towels.
Common rooms abound - a large sitting room with a bar and a fireplace look out to the Atlantic - we were there when Hurricane Ophelia passed through so we had quite a show! There is a smaller lounge across from the dining room and downstairs is a gym and billiard table. There is a formal dining room for breakfast which is served on white linen with silver service and china and boasts everything you might want, hot or cold, to start your day. There is a den with a screen continuously displaying the view from an underwater cam positioned in the adjacent river - brown trout were in view every time I checked.
Waterville House, sits on acreage just outside the town, facing the Atlantic and with the Currane River running alongside - so it is quiet and private. It was originally built as a private manor residence. It is now associated with the Waterville Links golf course and guests can book tee times through Miriam. You can even warm up by hitting a few balls at the practice facilities right beside the hotel. Anglers can fish in season and there are photos all around showing them with their catch.
The town of Waterville is midway along the Ring of Kerry, the narrow, winding coastal road famous for its stunning scenery and ancient ruins.
If southwestern Ireland is part of your itinerary, and you can afford a taste of luxury, stay at Waterville House!