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Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Resort House photoMount Juliet is one of Ireland's most impressive country estates and one of the most luxurious hotels in the Kilkenny area. Condé Nast Travelers rated Mount Juliet in the top 25 of European Resorts in 2009. The 18th Century manor at the center of Mount Juliet overlooking the River Nore was built by the Earl of Carrick in 1757, and named to honor his wife, Lady Juliana, nicknamed Juliet. The lands of the Mount Juliet Estate once belonged to the monks of the nearby medieval Jerpoint Abbey monastery (see Jerpoint Abbey) until the Henry VII suppressed the Catholic monasteries in 1541. The family moved into the mansion from Ballyinch Castle on the estate grounds, now mostly torn down. The Earls of Carrick remained in Mount Juliet until 1914, when they sold the estate to the McCalmont family. The manor and estate was transformed into a luxury hotel and golf resort in 1989.

Tea Romm Mount Juliet photoMount Juliet Manor is an architectural beauty offering 5 star personal service. The classical doorway of the ivy cloaked main house leads to an impressive entrance hall of eighteenth century craftsmanship. The original form of the house remains nearly unchanged for 200 years. The details of the hall are complemented by a large mural which celebrates the equestrian heritage and tradition of the estate and the surrounding countryside. The paneled walls of the Tetrarch Bar recall a glorious equestrian past. The casual decor of the Major's Room and the Morning Room are enhanced by a sparkling collection of antiques and china behind the glass case doors.

Manor House Room at Mt Juliet photoStaying at Mount Juliet in the manor house feels more like an elegant private family home rather than hotel. The hotel has 31 luxurious and spacious bedrooms, each individually designed and furnished to maintain the homelike feel, many of which look out to the paddocks of Ballylinch Stud Farm which takes up a portion of the estate across the River Nore which cuts through the grounds. The manor house rooms, along with two presidential suits are named for historic figures, drawing inspiration from the history of the estate and the lore of the Kilkenny.
River Nore and Ballylinch Stud View Mt Juliet photoThe Mount Juliet Hotel is surrounded by woodland walks around the estate lands, historical sights like the Jerpoint Abbey and the castle (see Kilkenny Castle) and craft trail of Kilkenny, and features an amazing array of activities to while away the time in county land gentry style, with some of the best fishing in Ireland on the River Nore, award winning championship golf on the Jack Nicklaus signature course, pampering spa, tennis, year round indoor pool and outdoor clay pigeon shooting and archery.

Equestrian Center

The Mount Juliet Equestrian center is one of the most impressive public equine centers in Ireland. The facilities include two arenas – an International size arena, an American style barn, and exhilarating cross-country course - horse riding classes, beginning to expert, and to trail riding with 18 miles of woodland bridle paths. As the Kilkenny Foxhounds are kenneled on the estate, there is even the opportunity for traditional fox hunting, if such strikes your fancy.


Championship style putting Greens Mount Juliet photoFor avid golfers and even those only casually attracted to the game will find the putting green at Mount Juliet a treat. Just a short walk from the front door, the unique putting green of 18 holes, is like a true championship golf course in miniature, icliding water and bridges. The resort’s signature main championship course, the only Jack Nicklaus designed course in Ireland is often sited as one of the best parklands golf courses in the country. The course has been played by Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods.


The Lady Helen restaurant in the dining room of the house named for Lady Helen McCalmont is the grand setting to experience the 2 AA Rosette Awarded contemporary Irish cuisine and international dishes utilizing locally grown meats and fish, and fresh herbs from the estate’s own herb garden. Sit by the paneled window for a view over the estate and the River Nore, or select a table by the Georgian fireplace. For more casual dining the Kendals Restaurant offers French brasserie classic in more relaxed atmosphere.


The Spa at Mount Juliet has been voted one of the 5 best in Ireland offering the perfect escape from the stresses of modern living. The Spa uses SpaFind natural mineral therapy products offering traditional and alternative health and luxury beauty treatments in a discreet and luxurious environment for the ultimate in pampering and rejuvenation.

Accommodations - Packages

Golf at Mount Juliet photoAside from the main house, other accommodations at Mount Juliet are the Rose Garden Lodges, spectacular in summer, boast stunning views of the 1,500 acre parkland estate and the golf course. The Rose Garden Lodges are situated between Mount Juliet House and the Hunters Yard Clubhouse rooms. Several value stay packages are available at Mount Juliet for romantic weekends, holiday occasions, including Christmas and New Years, golf and spa, and a family stay package for a week at a premier estate hotel with family activities included. Mount Juliet Hotel and Golf Resort is 20 minutes from Kilkenny, one hour from Dublin by the M9 motorway and a half hour from Waterford. Without a car, the hotel will pick up guests from the nearby Thomastown train station, especially convenient for a winter getaway. © Bargain Luxury Travel

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