Mount Juliet

Off L4206, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland

For many, the Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course—which has hosted the Irish Open on three occasions—is the main draw, but this lush 1,500-acre estate beside the beautiful River Nore offers so much more. You'll also find a spa, an equestrian center, salmon and trout fishing, and excellent dining options at this elegant three-story Georgian mansion. The luxurious suites in the main house feature period decor, huge beds, and original fireplaces. There are additional guest rooms in a separate building close to the main house, as well as self-catering accommodations in luxe two-room lodges. The formal gardens and unspoiled woodlands beg exploration; add an array of dining options—from a casual bistro to the haute Lady Helen's Restaurant—and you may have trouble leaving the grounds.

PROS

  • great golf on your doorstep
  • pampering spa
  • period elegance with modern amenities
  • relatively gentle room rates for such luxury

CONS

  • rooms outside main house a little inferior
  • some charm sacrificed for modern comfort

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 056-777–3000

HOTEL DETAILS

29 rooms, 2 suites, 11 lodges
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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