Fodor's Expert Review The Heritage Killenard

Killenard, Co. Laois, Ireland

This modern hotel looks out over the parkland setting of an 18-hole golf course and across to the distant Slieve Bloom Mountains. Luxury accommodation includes different classifications of rooms—from standard to suites—all finished with a soothing and muted color and some have a private balcony with stunning countryside views. A good choice of dining venues includes Blakes which serves fish, beef, chicken, and duck, as well as wild mushroom ravioli, and barley and broccoli risotto. Other options are for light fare or afternoon tea is available in the The Galleria from 1 to 3 pm and costs €36; the Vegan afternoon tea is accompanied with plant-based sweet and savory treats. A five-minute walk from the hotel leads to the spa, where there are more than 70 treatments. There's also a health club with gym and fitness studio, Jacuzzi, pool, sauna, and steam rooms. If you prefer outdoor exercise, the hotel has walking trails and a trim trail with exercise stations as well as a championship course (home to a golf school) that was co-designed by Seve Ballesteros and features challenging doglegs, as well as lakes stocked with brown trout. On wet days, guests can choose to stay indoors and watch a movie at the 50-seat cinema or enjoy some retail therapy at the nearby Kildare Village shopping outlet. Special promotional packages include advanced purchase rates and active retirement breaks, available via the hotel website.

Ask about their picnic hamper which you can take with you on a trip to the nearby splendor of Emo Court & Gardens and enjoy your own private tour.


  • dazzling freshness to public areas
  • 5-km (3-mile) walking trail with exercise stations
  • haven of peace and calm


  • the grass cutters start early so prepare for a lawn-mower wake-up call around 6:30
  • isolated from any nearby towns
  • five-minute walk to the spa




Phones: 057-864–5500


98 rooms
Rate Includes: Free Breakfast

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