As the trees take on their autumnal armour and summer seems so far behind us, now it’s time to think of your next great escape. Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny is located on 170 acres of mature parkland and just five minutes from the centre of Kilkenny city. This lovely hotel has at its heart, a gorgeous old country house which was built in the 17th century and has been returned to its former glory through sympathetic preservation. The drama of the old house and the clean, contemporary design of the new hotel are blended seamlessly. Inside guests will find a large, triple height, light filled foyer, luxurious bedrooms, several restaurants and bars, swimming pool and health club and a resort spa. The estate offers guests all the ingredients required for a great autumnal break away.
The Sweet 99 package includes bed and breakfast, a four-course evening meal and a sweet treat in your room on arrival. (available on selected dates, midweek from October 2019 to January 2020.) It is priced at €99 per person sharing based on two people sharing a deluxe double room.
Lyrath Estate have also created the Autumn Daze package (from €107.50pps sharing a deluxe double room). This seasonal offer includes bed and breakfast and dinner on one evening in the two AA Rosette accredited Yew Restaurant. The Autumn Daze package includes cream tea on one afternoon of your choosing.
Lyrath Estate is surrounded by wonderful private walkways which are lined by mature trees. Great Oaks, Beech and Silver Birch trees cover the estate, arms outstretched creating walkways of gold, silver and flaming red under their boughs. Guests can lose themselves in nature here and can explore the vast estate on foot or can avail of complimentary use of bicycles to tour around.
Kilkenny city will satisfy even the most ‘culturally curious’ with lots of interesting places to visit including Kilkenny Castle and St. Canice’s Cathedral which was built between 1202 and 1285. Tours of Kilkenny Castle are available all year round and offer visitors a remarkable insight into what life might have been like for those first residents who built the castle some 800 years ago.
If you don’t feel like moving outside the door of the hotel, then fear not there are lots of lovely experiences to enjoy at Lyrath Estate. You could opt for a pampering treat at the multi award-winning Oasis Spa with its heated outdoor hydro pool, or perhaps you might prefer to burn a few calories in the gym or enjoy a leisurely swim in the health club. There are lots of great eating and dining options for guests to choose from too including, Tupper’s Bar, The Conservatory, The Grill and Bar or the two AA Rosette, Yew Restaurant.
For more information see www.lyrath.com or call 00353 (0) 56 7760088
ABOUT LYRATH ESTATE
Lyrath Estate is a 139-bedroom hotel, spa and convention centre set amid 170 acres of mature parkland just 1.2 kilometres from the medieval city of Kilkenny. The property offers all of the charm of an old world, country estate combined with the very best in contemporary facilities and luxuries. The hotel itself has been built around an elegant 17th century house which has been returned to its former glory through sympathetic preservation and now features lots of the original features and furniture. The drama of the old house and the clean, contemporary design of the new hotel are blended seamlessly. The estate was recently purchased, and a €5 million renovation programme was completed in the summer of 2018.
Facilities include a 17-metre swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. The Oasis Spa incorporates several treatment rooms, offering face and body treatments for both men and women. The thermal suite in the spa includes several heating and cooling experiences including a stunning outdoor hydrotherapy pool which looks out on to the mature, private gardens.
There are several dining outlets on the estate including The Yew Restaurant which serves Mediterranean and classical cuisine with a modern twist, The Grill and Bar, Tupper’s Bar, a traditional pub. The Atrium serves delicious Afternoon Tea each day while The Conservatory is a beautiful light filled space and serves light lunches and food throughout the day. This beautiful light filled space enjoys wonderful views onto ‘Lady Charlotte’s Garden’, the beautiful old rose garden, created by a previous owner who lived in the original house.
The property has a large conference centre and can cater for large conferences and events in the purpose-built Convention Centre, ‘The Kilkenny Convention Centre, which is capable of seating up to 1,500 people and has all of the very latest in technological and conferencing equipment.
The original house at Lyrath Estate is considered to be the most important surviving country house of John McCurdy and was reconstructed by Sir Charles Wheeler- Cuffe to appease his prospective father in law, Lord Stuart de Decies who felt that it was not grand enough for his daughter, Pauline and would not permit her to marry Wheeler Cuffe until the house was deemed impressive enough. To that effect the house was reconstructed, and Sir Charles went on to marry Pauline. However, the story goes that the reconstruction put the unfortunate Sir Charles into terrible debt and his wife in fact never got over an earlier love affair with a Scottish railway engineer.
The original house has since been sympathetically restored to its former glory and all rooms preserve their original wallpaper. The house is also home to one of the most impressive collections of Irish art. Old world charm sits in perfect harmony with the contemporary new wing and the link with the old and new is both stylish and tasteful.
Attention to detail is also key throughout the estate, from great service, indulgent pampering treats, first class meeting and events, spa, exciting on-site outdoor pursuits and activities to sumptuous food and wine.