Take the hassle out of travelling this summer by holidaying closer to home with a family get away at the luxurious Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. This breath-taking destination in the heart of Leinster is the perfect place for a family break, and with summer offers including lots of great family activities this luxurious property has something to entertain everyone. Located just five minutes from the centre of Kilkenny City, the property and its grounds tend to surprise visitors with 170 acres of mature parkland complete with exquisite lakes, rustic walkways and historic gardens on the site.
The luxurious Kilkenny estate is running special family summer offers ranging from two, three and five night stays, with breakfast included each morning and one evening’s dinner included on the guest’s chosen night. The two-night package starts from €279 per adult sharing and includes a family pass to Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum, Kilkenny’s newest visitor attraction set in the centre of Ireland’s Medieval Mile. Set in the 13th century St. Mary’s Church and graveyard the museum tells the story of Kilkenny, it’s people and its history.
Children are most welcome at Lyrath Estate and there are lots of activities both on and off site for them to enjoy. ‘Reilly’s Fun Club’, the children’s Kids Club runs each morning and evening and runs all kinds of activities for children to enjoy including magic shows, discos and arts and crafts. If it’s a wet day a console room complete with Playstations and X Boxes on flatscreen Tv’s is a great place to hang out as is the hotel’s 22-seater private cinema which can be booked for families and groups to watch movies together. There is also a swimming pool, snooker room, a new playground and complimentary use of bicycles for children to tour around in the estate.
For the outdoor enthusiasts, there are numerous walking trails and guests won’t be short of company with the hotel’s three resident Golden Retrievers, Oscar, Reilly and Ringo who are more than happy to tag along for the stroll. For the more adventurous types there is on-site archery, fishing on the lakes and a private falconry experience.
If that all sounds a bit too strenuous guests will love to while away a few hours at the award winning Oasis Spa. The spa is a haven of tranquillity and is complete with a thermal suite incorporating a hydro therapy pool, experience showers, and a range of heating and cooling body experiences. The health club and gym also includes a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
There is a myriad of dining experiences to choose from at the hotel, guests can choose from casual fare in Tupper’s Bar, light bites in the conservatory or can dine in either the main hotel restaurant, La Perla or Yindees Restaurant which offers excellent Asian cuisine. The Executive Chef at Lyrath Estate is Gary Rogers who offers guests an unrivalled dining experience. With over 20 years’ experience within the industry, Gary has mastered his art in several different countries. For more information on summer offers please contact Lyrath Estate on 056 7760088 or visit their website for best rates www.lyrath.com
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Lyrath Estate Hotel 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 within the past 12 months and a €3 million investment is currently underway at the property.
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 hydro therapy pool which looks out on to the mature, private gardens.
There are several dining outlets on the estate including La Perla restaurant which serves Mediterranean and classical cuisine with a modern twist, Yindees Restaurant, an Asian inspired outlet and Tupper’s Bar, a traditional pub. The conservatory also serves light lunches and morning and afternoon teas and 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.