The House, Then and Now

The original building where Virginia's now stands was erected in 1929 by Neil's Grandfather and became the Harrington family home and business.  It was built on the site of the town orchard.  The family business was a shoemaker's & shoe repair shop.  Some of the more well-known customers of the business, back then, included Sir Laurence Olivier, Fred Astaire, Peter Ustinov, Charlotte Rampling, Gilbert O'Sullivan and Prince Rainier of Monaco.  Tim Harrington (Neil's Dad) specialised in Bespoke Footwear. 

Virginia Harrington incorporated a coffee shop and ice-cream parlour in the 1990's which later evolved into a restaurant.  The family home upstairs was extended and converted to a purpose-built guesthouse in 2001.


Neil was trained as a shoemaker by his father and enjoyed the trade immensely. He now enjoys welcoming guests to his former family home. He is a natural Concierge and loves to assist guests with their itineraries and to recommend all the best places to see and go to in and around Kenmare. He loves sport, especially Gaelic Football. He also enjoys gardening.


Noreen has had a varied and interesting career, living for a time in both London and New York, working as PA in the entertainment business, in Diplomatic Service and finally in Tourism Marketing.  Noreen works mostly behind the scenes dealing with all reservations and administration, while keeping a watchful eye on the running of the house. Her hobbies are food, geneology, travel and spending time with family and friends.


Neil and Noreen run their business as efficiently and simply as possible, without ever losing sight of what they feel is important in a Guesthouse.  Comfort, Cleanliness and Contented Guests are what they strive to achieve constantly.  They run their business as they live their lives, with an emphasis on the simple pleasures of life.

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