Top 10 Slot for Herlihy’s Half Way House in Indo’s ‘Fab 50’ Spots

Proprietor, Marie O’Sullivan pictured in her former Herlihy’s Bar in Farranfore – the re-awakened, re-imagined guesthouse and now an inclusion in Ireland’s Top 10 in the Indo’s Fab 50 guesthouses. ©Photograph: John Reidy

Farranfore and Herlihy’s Half Way House have made it into the Top 10 in the Irish Independent’s ‘Indo Fab 50 Places to Stay’ top 50 list.

In a humourously threaded explanation of why the adjudicators chose the former public house turned guesthouse for its lofty position, the citation reads as follows:

One More for the Road

If you’re the kind of person who’s always suggesting ‘one more for the road,’ the idea of sleeping in a pub may appeal.

The good news is that you do that with no repercussions at Herlihy’s, a Kerry pub recently turned guesthouse.

Original Quirks Remain

The bar has been polished up and kitted out with home comforts, but original quirks remain – brass beer taps, old bottles of spirits for decoration and bits of memorabilia on the walls (there’s no drink, but you can bring your own if you wish).

Herlihy’s has been in owner Marie O’Sullivan’s family since 1912, and was in operation until 2017.

Run by Women

For most of that time, it was run by women and now Marie adds to its sense of undeniable charm. – NB: Sustainability: Marie composts everything in her garden.

Insider Tip: There’s a lovely double bedroom, but you can make up a sofa bed in the bar – sleeping four in total.

Details: from €220 for two nights.

Proprietor, Marie O’Sullivan said she was delighted but speechless when she saw the listing in the nine-page spread in this morning’s supplement with the Irish Independent.

“I’m flummoxed to tell you the truth and I’m looking on it all as a welcome bit of good news and especially now in the middle of all this doom and gloom when good news is never more needed,”  said Marie.

Looking Back

The Maine Valley Post covered the re-launch of Herlihy’s as a guesthouse business back in July 2018 and you can trawl back over the article and photographs with a click on the link here: