Featuring a Thai restaurant and tearooms, the Kells Bay House is set on 40 acres of unique gardens with subtropical plants. Overlooking Dingle Bay, the Palm Gardens offer direct access to a Blue Flag beach.

With views of Palm Gardens and the mountains across Kells Bay, the rooms have ironing facilities, and either an en suite or private external bathroom with complimentary toiletries and a hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

In the mornings, the Kells Bay House serves full Irish breakfast. Guests can also enjoy Thai cuisine from the ‘Sala Thai’ restaurant, with views over Dingle Bay. During the day, the onsite Tea Room offers scones and sandwiches.

The Kells Bay House and Gardens is ideally located along the popular Ring of Kerry. The Macgillycuddy’s Reeks are just 19 mi away. Kells Bay guests can enjoy a 600 feet walk through Palm Gardens, to the Blue Flag Kells Beach. Guests can also take boat trips to the Skellig and Valentia Islands. Free parking is available at the Kells Bay House.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

Kells Bay House and Gardens has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Jun 6, 2013

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.5)

Want a great night's sleep? This property was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast Info

Continental, Full English/Irish

Free Parking Available On Site


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Closest beach
  • Kells Bay Beach

    9.0 Wonderful beach
    1,200 feet from property
Property questions and answers
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  • It does not look like breakfast is included in the price of the rooms. Is this an optional extra and what is the cost? Best wishes, Paul
    Dear Paul, Yes the rates we have quoted are room rates only. Breakfast is an optional extra in our Dining Room each day. Cost per person is €12.00 Kin..
    Answered on February 17, 2020
  • Is breakfast available
    Yes, we have full Irish breakfast and other choices available as an optional extra each morning for a cost of €12.50 per person. It may be booked at a..
    Answered on October 1, 2020
  • Hi, do you allow dogs? I have a small, quiet dog. Thank you
    Unfortunately not, we don't allow pets in our accommodation.
    Answered on February 11, 2021
  • Hi , is there an extra charge to visit the gardens?
    Hello, all of our accommodation guests have complimentary access to the Gardens.
    Answered on March 5, 2022
  • We will not have a car. Is there public or private transportation available to/from the hotel to Valencia Island, Dingle, or the Ring of Kerry?
    There is a bus twice daily from Killarney to Kells, to the upper main road (only 1 bus a day on Sunday and Bank Holidays). However it is approximately..
    Answered on January 10, 2020
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Host Info

Host Review Score

If you enjoy waking to the natural sounds of mountain streams, birdsong, wind in the trees and the sea in its many guises you should stay here. Stay in one of our 4 large double or twin rooms in the main house or in one of our three very large luxury suites that we have available for our Guests. The Suites are situated to the side of Kells Bay House, they are adjacent to the Primeval Forest and Walled Garden and afford intimate access to the wonders of the gardens. The individual suites have been sensitively refurbished to offer luxury accommodation to visitors. Two of the suites have magnificent views of the bay, gardens and surrounding mountains, however this is one part of the Ring of Kerry where the scenery of the immediate environment outdoes the bigger view! The suites have discrete entrances to afford maximum privacy to guests. There is direct access to the Blue Flag beach, via a 200m walk through the Palm & Succulent Garden (for our Guests only).
Together Billy and Penn have more than 50 years experience in the hospitality industry. Penn was a chef in some of Dublin's best restaurants before the opening of Sala Thai at Kells Bay House in 2013. Her Kerry style Thai hospitality and her wonderful food has firmly established Sala Thai and Kells Bay House as favourites among visitors and locals. Billy has collected ferns and exotic plants since boyhood. He has exhibited his collection in Ireland, France and the UK. Most recently at RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018 where he was awarded a Silver-Gilt medal for his fern display. He has travelled the globe on plant expeditions to study ferns and flora in their native habitats. Since becoming the custodian of Kells Bay he has broadened the plant collection and further encouraged the naturalisation of introduced species. The front gate waterfall that greets our guest upon arrival, the giant Chilean wine palm, Jubaea chilensis to the front of the House and the most recent addition The SkyWalk rope-bridge are some of the features introduced by Billy for our Guests to discover and enjoy during their stay with us. Our Guests have free access to the Gardens throughout their stay.
Kells Bay House is an old hunting lodge, first built in 1838, surrounded by gardens, mountains, rivers and extends down to the beachfront.The gardens also have Ireland's longest rope-bridge, The SkyWalk. If you enjoy waking to the natural sounds of mountain streams, birdsong, wind in the trees and the sea in its many guises you should stay here.
Languages spoken: English,Thai
Area info *
2 Restaurants On Site

    Sala Thai Restaurant

    Food: Thai

    The Conservatory Café

    Food: Thai, European

Amenities of Kells Bay House and Gardens Great facilities! Review score, 9.1
  • Private Bathroom
  • Water sports facilities on site
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Fishing
Food & Drink
  • Restaurant (temporarily closed)
WiFi is available in some rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available on site (reservation is not possible).
  • Parking
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Baggage storage
  • Room service
  • Smoke-free property
  • Ironing facilities
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Iron
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Thai

House rules

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3:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Until 11:00 AM


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Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 6 are welcome.

Children 7 and above are considered adults at this property.

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Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Mastercard Visa Kells Bay House and Gardens accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.


Smoking is not allowed.


Parties/events are not allowed

Quiet hours

Guests need be quiet between 10:00 PM and 9:00 AM.


Pets are not allowed.

The fine print

This property does not accommodate bachelor(ette) or similar parties.

Sala Thai Restaurant: Closed from Sun, Dec 23, 2018 until Tue, Dec 25, 2018

FAQs about Kells Bay House and Gardens

  • The prices at Kells Bay House and Gardens may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Kells Bay House and Gardens is 1,800 feet from the center of Kells.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Kells Bay House and Gardens by:

    • Car 50min

  • The nearest beach is 150 feet from Kells Bay House and Gardens.

  • Guests staying at Kells Bay House and Gardens can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 7.5).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Continental
    • Full English/Irish

  • Kells Bay House and Gardens offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Water sports facilities on site

  • Check-in at Kells Bay House and Gardens is from 3:00 PM, and check-out is until 11:00 AM.

  • Kells Bay House and Gardens has 2 restaurants:

    • Sala Thai Restaurant
    • The Conservatory Café

  • Room options at Kells Bay House and Gardens include:

    • Twin
    • Double
    • Suite

  • Yes, Kells Bay House and Gardens is popular with guests booking family stays.