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A step back in time
The word Parknasilla,(means the field of Sallys), for so many is evocative of so many things, tucked away in the corner of a subtropical paradise on the Kenmare river, it’s a place of beauty, of rare plants, islands linked by timber bridges and coral inlets.
Where the sea, the light and clouds put on a continual show to delight the senses. A place where people come as guests and leave as friends, with its tradition of hospitality stretching back over 125 years. It has hosted royalty, dignitaries, family gatherings and romantic getaways.
It has provided people with that peaceful haven to recalibrate and recharge their batteries. Still, it has also been that place of quite inspiration for writers and artists from George Bernard Shaw to Cecilia Ahern.
With its winding walks, this 200-acre estate walled gardens, golf course, island-dotted bay and spa coupled with a world-class resort with 4-star hotel houses and apartments it provides one with that perfect retreat to suit all tastes.
It is a place of many layers constantly evolving, seen through the prism of history it’s a place where people create their own be it in the friends formed or memories laid down to last a lifetime, a place to return to again.
Tales of Parknasilla - The Bland Family
Discover the incredible story of Dorothy Bland and the history of the Bland family. The early years of Parknasilla estate was dominated by this intriguing Yorkshire family.
Bishop Graves - Summer Residence
Irish mathematician, academic, and clergyman Bishop Charles Graves of Limerick leased and eventually purchased Parknasilla throughout the 19th century. The grandfather of respected poet Robert Graves.
Great Southern Parknasilla
The Great Southern Hotel chain has a long and distinguished history, and Parknasilla was a mainstay of the groups attraction, built in response to new railway lines that were been developed at the time from the middle of the 1800’s with the intention of boosting tourism to these iconic locations.
The History of Derryquin Castle
Located on a spectacular setting on the Parknasilla Estate, this once iconic castle has an incredible history. Built by the Bland family in the 1800’s, the remarkable story of Derryquin Castle is incredibly intriguing.
Historic Guests of Parknasilla
Famous guests include George Bernard Shaw, Princess Grace of Monaco and former French President Charles de Gaulle.