As part of my adventure along Ireland’s Ancient East, I stayed at The Manor House on the majestic Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny. It’s a gorgeous example of 18th-century Georgian architecture set amidst an expansive 500-acre estate.
A luxury five-star hotel, you can expect sumptuous comfort and those extra special touches. On arrival, we were greeted with the warmest of welcomes, with a champagne reception and friendly staff keen to make us feel at home.
The grandeur and charm of the building, combined with its rich history and exceptional hospitality, made this my favourite hotel stay in Ireland. And I know you’re going to love it too!
Here is my honest review of staying at The Manor House on the Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny.
Author Bio: Jessie Moore
Jessie Moore is a luxury travel expert with years of experience travelling the world to find the best destinations, hotels and adventures.
Location and the Mount Juliet Estate
Situated in County Kilkenny, the estate is perfectly positioned to offer picturesque views of the River Nore and lush Irish countryside.
I love that the location strikes a balance between serene countryside isolation and proximity to Kilkenny’s top attractions.
The Mount Juliet Estate itself is a haven for various leisure activities amidst its sprawling landscapes and endless views.
In particular, the estate is renowned for its golf course. Although I’m not a golfer myself, I’m told it’s a must-visit for any golf enthusiast.
The grounds also offer opportunities for horse riding, fishing, and woodland walks for those who like to be active and want to make the most of having nature on their doorstep.
If, like me, you simply enjoy relaxing and unwinding then I know you’ll love the health and wellness facilities. These include a spa and indoor swimming pool.
Plus, I’d really recommend asking to meet the hounds and horses of the state. This was such a memorable experience!
Architecture & interiors
At the heart of the estate lies The Manor House, which boasts an impressive wisteria-clad facade that characterises 18th-century splendour.
Inside, the decor maintains the historic ambiance with tastefully curated antiques, plush furniture, and chandeliers that bring an air of sophistication.
The meticulous restoration of the original features ensures that guests experience all the perks of a luxury hotel without sacrificing modern comforts.
I loved seeking out all the hidden corners of the hotels, where you can find a cosy nook to settle down with a good book and a roaring fire.
Rooms and suites
Rooms and suites are both spacious and cosy, adorned with traditional fabrics and furnishings that complement the Manor’s historic character.
But it’s certainly not stuffy or old-fashioned. Modern amenities such as king-sized beds, duck feather pillows and Nespresso machines ensure you can enjoy your stay in ultimate comfort.
In particular, I loved the opulent Bvlgari toiletries in the spectacular marble-look bathroom that oozes luxury.
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a luxury London hotel rather than deep in the Irish countryside!
Dining at the Mount Juliet Estate
The highlight of my stay was our exceptional dining experience at the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant.
Named after the estate’s previous owner, Lady Helen McCalmont, the restaurant exudes an inviting historic charm.
The tasting menu is a testament to the dedication of its chefs, who craft dishes that celebrate local ingredients. Many of which are sourced directly from the estate’s gardens and nearby producers.
There is also an extensive wine list, curated to pair harmoniously with the menu.
The staff were truly exceptional, catering to every request (including my awkward dietary requirements!) and sharing a genuine warmth and love for their job.
If you’re not in the mood for fine dining, the estate offers a number of alternative dining and drinking options, including:
- The Hound
- Afternoon Tea at The Manor House
- Major’s Bar
- The Clubhouse
- Saddle Bar
I love the variety of choices, which are spread across both The Manor House and Hunter’s Yard.
The Manor House at Mount Juliet Estate offers an unparalleled combination of luxury, history, and the enchanting beauty of the Irish countryside.
It is perfect for romantic getaways, family vacations, or even corporate retreats. Or if you often travel solo like me, then I know you’ll be very well looked after here too.
Whether you’re enjoying a sumptuous meal, taking a stroll through the beautiful grounds, or simply relaxing in your elegant room, The Manor House promises an experience that’s both memorable and authentically Irish.
Let me know any questions about staying at the Mount Juliet Estate in the comments! For more Ireland inspiration, have a read of my guide to the best things to do in Kilkenny.