Mount Juliet Estate, Kilkenny
Mount Juliet was a family home until 1989 and remains one of Ireland’s finest country houses, as well as being Co. Kilkenny’s most acclaimed country estate. They are proud to maintain traditions and standards that have endured from the glory days of the ‘Big House’ – just as they are proud of the hospitality that has brought them international renown. A stay at Mount Juliet is a truly unique experience. It’s a place to go and be who you want to be, whether that involves fishing, riding, golfing, archery, falconry or the absolute indulgence of their treatment rooms and health club.
Only 20 minutes from Kilkenny, one hour from Dublin and 30 minutes from Waterford, Mount Juliet Estate is a wonderfully relaxed location for a luxury break away in the South East of Ireland. The easily-accessible location makes Mount Juliet Estate the ideal destination for your next break away.
Voted one of the top 20 Resorts in Europe by Condé Nast Traveler, at Mount Juliet Estate you can enjoy everything they have to offer including golf on the Jack Nicklaus designed course, named the number one Parkland course in Ireland five years in a row, a dining experience in the Michelin Star Lady Helen Restaurant, treatments in the luxury spa and lake fishing, woodland walks, bike rides through the estate and much more.
Mount Juliet’s tradition of hospitality dates back to the 18th Century, when young Somerset Butler and his new bride Juliet moved into the newly refurbished house, renamed in her honour. Over the years a great many illustrious people have dined, fished and hunted before resting in one of her 31 sumptuous bedrooms, which are named after a select few previous guests – The King of Ossory, The Black Earl, Lady Juliana and Fitzwilliam Le Gros. Mount Juliet was designed during the Georgian era, so you’ll find the rooms as bright and as generously proportioned as they are luxurious. Each individually decorated room is equipped with the latest technology and conveniences.
In the days before tractors, when Mount Juliet Estate was a working farm of several thousand acres, a great many people were employed and housed on the Estate. Back then, Hunter’s Yard would have had horses and hay lofts, as well as lodgings for the grooms, coachmen and stable boys. Today, this elegant courtyard, just five minutes walk from the main house, is home to 16 bright, spacious rooms. A tranquil hideaway adjacent to the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and only a few paces from the treatment rooms, the swimming pool and the tempting menus of both Kendal’s Brasserie Style Restaurant and The President’s Bar, which offers all day dining, snacks and a grill menu.
Most of the time, the perfect break means a few days of effortless luxury and pampering, with everything you want available at the ring of a bell. Then there are the times you want a home from home – an independent place to call your own, whether its just yourselves, with the family or with friends. The Rose Garden Lodges are spacious, secluded, elegant and, as their name suggests, they are set in beautiful parkland. Each lodge has two en-suite bedrooms and a fully-equipped kitchen, so you can cater for yourselves or avail of the hotel’s services, as the mood takes you.
The Chauffeur’s Lodge is a state-of-the-art sanctuary, far from the madding crowd, with its own sun terraces, luxury lounge and bespoke kitchen – allowing you to choose between self-catering and the temptations of the hotel’s dining room. And despite its old world charm, The Chauffeur’s Lodge is fully equipped with every high-tech convenience – including an entertainment system with iPod docking and a flat screen TV.
Lady Helen McCalmont, the previous owner of Mount Juliet, was a superb hostess who oversaw the gardens and kitchens with a kindly but firm hand. The team work hard to maintain her high standards and the restaurant bearing her name now bears a Michelin Star, along with three AA Rosettes.
The internationally-themed menu consists of dishes made using local ingredients, including many from the kitchen garden, herb garden and farm. The atmosphere of opulence within the Lady Helen Restaurant complements the pastoral views out over the pastures to the River Nore, racing its way south to Inistioge.
Ken Harker is Head Chef at The Lady Helen Restaurant where he and his team have retained their Michelin Star – one of only eleven restaurants in Ireland to do so. As someone with a reputation for presenting some of Ireland’s most exciting dishes, Ken’s attitude to food is pragmatic. “Taste is everything”, he believes. “A kitchen that strives for honesty and great taste can’t go wrong.”
Whatever the time of day, Mount Juliet Estate has everything you could need to satisfy your needs. Morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea are all served in The Manor House and can be enjoyed in a variety of reception rooms, each with its own particular character.
The Morning Room is a beautiful place to enjoy a cup of coffee with a book or a newspaper as it catches the easterly morning light. The Major McCalmont Room is a most elegant drawing room, named after former owner Major Dermot McCalmont, husband of Lady Helen. This is an ideal spot to spend a restful hour or two enjoying morning coffee. Afternoon tea is also available from 1pm to 5pm.
The residents’ bar at Mount Juliet Estate is called the Majors Bar, where you can take in the stunning views of the River Nore and the rolling pastures of the estate. It’s a place where guests can relax and enjoy good conversation and a pre-dinner drink, while admiring memorabilia from Mount Juliet’s racing glory days.
Kendal’s Restaurant is located in Hunter’s Yard, five minutes from the Manor House. It’s is a wonderfully inviting French Brasserie, offering great food in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly yet refined service. Kendal’s menu, with its modern interpretations of French classics, has won it a well-deserved AA Rosette.
The President’s Bar is a warm, inviting, ‘one-size-fits-all’ place to eat. We’re open all day, with a menu that includes soups, snacks, salads and an extensive charcoal grill menu. It’s welcoming, it’s informal, it’s child friendly and it’s good value – above all, it has commanding views of the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course that will take your breath away.
Pamper yourself at The Treatment Suites at Mount Juliet Estate with a range of soothing and revitalising options. From holistic treatments to body wraps and massages, The Treatment Suites are the ideal wind down after a busy week or a day in the country.
Or if you prefer to be active, Mount Juliet Estate is home to a premium leisure centre equipped with a 17 metre indoor heated pool, with Hydra water jets and a waterfall, a sauna and steam room and a fully-equipped gym that has the only personal Kinesis Wall in the region.
Mount Juliet is a premier venue for professional and leisure golfers from around the world. Designed by Jack Nicklaus, the course was opened in 1991 and has played host to golfing legends Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Pádraig Harrington. Set in the rolling pastures and woodland of Ireland’s sunny South East, the course is both captivating and memorable. The 7,300 yard, par 72 layout combines many features – rolling fairways, water hazards, contoured greens – all of which blend superbly into the spectacular landscapes surrounding this unique estate.
Children of all ages are welcome at Mount Juliet at any time of the year. With a range of Mount Juliet Juniors kids clubs and exciting activities, you can relax knowing the little ones are entertained all day long. The baby concierge ensures you have everything you need to hand and older children will enjoy the family nature trail and on site playground. The swimming pool has special family opening hours and the whole family can enjoy movie nights together in the cinema.
Mount Juliet Estate also have a state of the art Equestrian Centre with two all-weather arenas, a full set of FEI approved show jumps and a 30 acre cross country course, in addition to trails spread across the 500 acre estate. Whatever your level, Mount Juliet is a rider’s paradise, with a wide variety of pasture, park and woodland.
Other activities for you to enjoy at Mount Juliet Estate include archery, falconry and private fishing on site in the River Nore.
Mount Juliet is one of Europe’s oldest surviving walled estates, with 1,500 acres of parkland, meadow and forest, giving you the most romantic location – and atmosphere – for your wedding or civil partnership ceremony. At present, they offer two unique venues for wedding parties, each appealing to different tastes, styles and sizes of wedding.
The Lady Helen wedding experience, in the Georgian Manor House, caters for up to 95 guests in the Michelin Star Lady Helen Dining Room and the Tetratema Parlour. The Riverside Marquee Wedding, on the other hand, seats up to 250 guests with breathtaking views over the river Nore to Ballylinch Stud.
Whichever option you choose, you will experience the same, exquisite choice of menus, an unmatched level of warm, friendly service and countless beautiful settings in which to capture your special day in photographs. To find out more about weddings at Mount Juliet download our wedding brochure or make an enquiry. Whether you choose a Manor House or Marquee for your wedding, it will be the day you’ve dreamt of – and more.