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About Us

About Us

Carriglea House and Courtyard Cottages offers 'A look at old Ireland' and it is preserved and unspoilt, for your enjoyment. For over 90 years guests have been welcomed and returning to Carriglea enjoying its surrounds and have become part of its colourful history. Carriglea comes highly recommended by numerous travel guidebooks, but more importantly, it comes highly recommended from the guests, many of whom come back year after year.

The Hosts

John, Eileen Beazley and family are your hosts. John grew up at Carriglea and along with running the farm has been welcoming guests to his home all his life. Eileen is also a Killarney native, a nurse and midwife, she loves cooking and a good chat. We all love the house and farm at Carriglea and its surroundings and like nothing better than seeing people enjoy it like we do. We are here to help you with your holiday so you can relax in our truly sublime setting.

History of Carriglea House

Carriglea, was built around 1860, by a Colonel Leahy, a civil engineer in The British army and by then the local magistrate, the design is a Victorian Italianate with its adjacent Coach House. It was passed to his nephew a Major Gordon Leahy, seen in the photo in 1910 with his family. It was purchased in 1921 by John & Hannah Beazley who lived here with their family. (the youngest, Michael was born in the house in 1923) One of their first guest residents was Pierce Beazley ( Piaras Beaslai ) a well known Gaelic writer and Killarney's representative in the Irelands first parliament (Dail).

Our Environmental Policy

‘Here in Carriglea We are very conscious of the environment and our impact on it. Rest assured that every effort is made to reduce your carbon footprint on your visit to us. We have made real efforts and investments to protect this spot We call home.
Our electricity is supplied by Airtricity, which predominately uses wind turbines to produce electricity. Ireland is uniquely situated on the western tip of Europe to avail of wind power.
Water is a precious commodity, so we use Rainwater Harvesting to supply 100% of the Farm and Garden water needs, toilet flushing can use a considerable amounts of water, so we utilize grey water (harvested rainwater) to reduce this demand.
In 2009 we installed the first of our solar collectors, an evacuated tube system, which is suited to the Irish climate, it was so successful we added a second batch in 2010. This solar system continues to provide much of our hot water to this day. We also have an annual quota of trees that we plant on the farm, along with recycling and energy conservation.

"...Exceptional! The house has a soul, the atmosphere of the house, just around the corner you could have met ancestors,... perfect breakfast, Ellen was very nice, always with a smile, a lot of advices,... Thank You,... and don’t change anything..."

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"...I stayed here with my daughter . I can’t say enough how wonderful it was! The house was beautiful , the food delicious , the owner a treasure! She added that personal touch that made all the difference! I would stay again!..."
-Judy Drummond McElfish

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"...So true that memories will last a lifetime. This was my favorite spot on our trip 3 years ago. Highly recommend to book a stay at this lovely piece of heaven..."
-Paeb Fo

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