HALLOWEEN TREATS AT LYRATH ESTATE KILKENNY
By Anna Fortune, Commercial Manager, Kildare Post & Kildare Now
Recently I had the pleasure of staying at Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny along with my two children (age 10 and 5) and my sister. As we entered the estate and made our way up through the winding avenue it felt like we had arrived at a rural location even though Lyrath Estate Hotel is just five minutes from the centre of Kilkenny City. Set on 170 acres of mature parkland the hotel retains a sense of old-world charm but with all the luxuries and contemporary facilities you would expect from a property of this calibre.
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 repurchased in late 2016 and a €5 million investment has just been completed which has seen all the public areas and bedrooms being renovated and the addition of a new restaurant.
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 The Yew Restaurant which serves Mediterranean and classical cuisine with a modern twist, The Grill & Bar which serves fabulous Tomhawk steak, signature burgers, and fresh lobster. Tupper’s Bar is the traditional pub at the hotel and it is a lovely space to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. The Atrium is a bright, airy space and ideal for afternoon tea.
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.
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.
We experienced an especially warm welcome on arrival and were greeted three waggy tailed, gorgeous golden retriever dogs and the latest addition to the Lyrath Estate family, Rudy the adorable puppy who melted our hearts.
There is a myriad of dining experiences to choose from at Lyrath Estate, for our first night we chose to dine in Tupper’s Bar, where we had a lovely meal. The second evening we ate in The Grill Bar & Restaurant which caters really well for children, the kids quickly gobbled up two large helpings of Spaghetti Bolognaise before heading to Reilly’s Kids Club. We were delighted as we could sit and enjoy our glass of wine in peace, safe in the knowledge that the kids were having a blast!
During our stay we also got a chance to visit the award-winning Oasis Spa. My favourite part of the whole weekend was sitting in the stunning outdoor infinity hydrotherapy pool, which overlooks onto the ground. Lyrath Estate really exceeded our expectations, the food and the service were brilliant and the children absolutely loved the kids club, the resident dogs, playground and swimming pool.
Halloween will be coming around in no time and taking a trip to the stunning Lyrath Estate with all the family for a luxurious two-night break is an ideal way to spend the midterm break. Lyrath Estate will run several events over the Halloween Mid Term including a complimentary bat walk on Tuesday October 30th which will be ran by an expert from Bat Conservations Ireland.
Reilly’s Fun Club will also be running a host of fun and exciting activities to keep the kids entertained, with complimentary morning and evening Halloween themed events available. The new playground provides great outdoor fun for children, while there is also a private cinema and games console room available if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
The Halloween package includes dinner for adults on one evening, and guests can choose between a fine dining experience at the two AA Rosette Yew Restaurant which offers delectable cuisine in an elegant setting, or at The Grill & Bar which serves steaks, fish dishes and casual fayre.
Breakfast is included on both mornings, and the Halloween package for two adults and two children is available for just €185 per adult sharing. Children under the age of 4 are included in that price, while there is a €50 charge per child aged 5-12.
Anyone who books before September 30th and quotes ‘Rudy’ will receive a 10% discount on the family Halloween package. For more see www.lyrath.com
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