Irish Manor Houses

Irish Manor Houses

Join Ker & Downey as we reveal Ireland through its Irish Manor Houses, exploring some of the country’s most luxurious and exclusive estates. On this weeklong itinerary, 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.”

Suggested Itinerary-at-a-glance:

  • Day 1:

    Arrive Dublin / The Dylan Hotel

  • Day 2:

    Kilkenny / Mount Juliet Estate

  • Day 3:

    Kilkenny / Mount Juliet Estate

  • Day 4:

    County Laois / Ballyfin

  • Day 5:

    County Laois / Ballyfin

  • Day 6:

    County Kildare / K Club

  • Day 7:

    County Kildare / K Club

  • Day 8:

    Departure

Itinerary Description:

Begin your trip with one night in the capital of Dublin and 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, but 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, we invite you to dine at Lady Helen, a Michelin-starred restaurant boasting an internationally-themed menu consisting of local ingredients and Irish flare. Lady Helen offers an exquisite culinary experience and atmosphere to match.

Continue on your Irish Manor House adventure through the picturesque countryside to Ballyfin – a lavish 1820s estate set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Spend the afternoon clay pigeon shooting or enjoying 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.

From Ballyfin it is onwards northeast 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.

Want to keep the journey going? Consider adding on a few nights in vibrant Belfast, or hop over to London to extend your stay. Your Ker & Downey luxury travel expert can customize this journey for you.

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