Exclusive Estates and Decadent Diversions
Join Ker & Downey on a special Irish Manor Houses Tour, exploring some of the country’s most luxurious and exclusive estates. On this weeklong Ireland luxury tour, not only will you have access to the diversions and decadence of a bygone age; you will also have the rare opportunity to call some of the country’s loveliest hidden gems your “home away from home.”
First begin your Irish Manor Houses tour with one night in the capital of Dublin. While here, explore some of the city’s most iconic sights whilst strolling along the quaint cobblestone streets. As one of Europe’s oldest cities, Dublin has history and charm aplenty. However, you can also enjoy shopping and elegant restaurants in the Irish capital. The much-loved city is a vibrant place to discover alongside your private guide.
From Dublin, you will be driven southwest to the Mount Juliet Estate – one of Ireland’s finest country manor houses. Unwind at the Manor House with afternoon tea in the Major McCalmont Room, our favorite drawing room in the house. While in Kilkenny, you must visit Kilkenny Castle, a historical fording-point of the River Nore built in 1195 by William Marshal. Back at Mount Juliet, an array of activities awaits you on the property. Opt for a horse riding excursion along the estate’s trails, cast a line fishing, perhaps play a round of golf, or indulge with a treatment in the spa. On your final evening, dine at Lady Helen, a Michelin-starred restaurant boasting an internationally-themed menu consisting of local ingredients and Irish flare.
Continue on your Ireland Manor House tour through the picturesque countryside to Ballyfin. This lavish 1820s estate stands at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Spend the afternoon clay pigeon shooting. Alternatively, enjoy a leisurely boat trip on the 28-acre lake with a private picnic. In the evening, sample Ballyfin’s well-stocked cellar guided by an expert sommelier with a wine or whiskey tasting to suit your preferences.
Finally, from Ballyfin it is onwards to your final Irish Manor House destination: the famed K Club. This luxury hotel is located in the heart of the Irish countryside on the banks of the River Liffey. Spend the rest of the morning walking or cycling through more than 550 acres of countryside. You will also be treated to a spa treatment at the internationally-acclaimed Kildare Spa, as well as champagne and canapés in the wine cellar located deep under the original house.