Beaufort House is a beautiful 18th century house set in 40 acres of woodland overlooking the River Laune.
In about 1570, Owen O’Sullivan, The O’Sullivan Mor, Lord of Dunkerron and Dunloe, built Coolmagort Castle, just down river from Dunloe Castle and commanding the ford crossing the River Laune where Beaufort Bridge now stands. It was a “Short Castle” so called because, built as it was on an eminence above the river, it was only two stories high. In 1653 the castle was attacked by the Cromwellian General Edmund Ludlow and the west wall was demolished.
In about 1760 the present house was built by a Dingle family the De Moleyns Earls of Ventry. Rather than demolishing the remaining three walls of the castle they used them to form the hallway of the new house, making our hallway probably the oldest inhabited space in Kerry. The interior was altered in 1840 and the chimneypieces and plasterwork date from this time.
The house has been totally refurbished in recent years and is available for holiday rentals in Kerry. It now provides luxurious accommodation for 8 people in four double or twin en suite rooms. There is formal dining room, drawing room, the open fire guarded by the fire pigs, a comfortable library with satellite television, and a fully equipped guest kitchen and full central heating, as well as open fires in the reception rooms.
The Yellow Room
Usually considered the master bedroom the Yellow room has an en suite bathroom and double aspect windows overlooking the gardens and the River Laune.
The Parrot Room
Hung with handcoloured 18th century prints and with an ensuite bathroom, the Parrot Room overlooks the River Laune.
Hung with Antique prints, Jane’s Room has views over the garden to the mountains and a large bathroom with walk-in shower.
Overlooks the 18th ct Courtyard and gets the evening light – in Summer the sun does not set until 10 pm. The room has a large bathroom with walk in shower.
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