Fodor's Expert Review Mount Juliet

Off L4206, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland Fodor's Choice

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. 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
  • period elegance with modern amenities
  • Michelin-starred restaurant

CONS

  • rooms outside main house a little inferior
  • some charm sacrificed for modern comfort
  • restaurant books up quickly

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Quiet
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 056-777–3000

HOTEL DETAILS

125 rooms

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