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Escape to the five-star Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny, the perfect destination for a cosy winter retreat. Set on 170 acres of mature parklands, complete with picturesque lakes, emerald woods and historic gardens, the hotel offers guests a tranquil and luxurious break away in Ireland’s Ancient East.
The property is a resort style, family-owned hotel, which has been extensively refurbished over the years. At its heart is an elegant 17th century Manor House which has been carefully restored and preserved and stands proudly alongside a contemporary hotel of 141 bedrooms.
There is a myriad of dining options available including Yew Restaurant which serves classic modern Irish and European cuisine, The Grill and Bar, a casual, bistro style restaurant where diners can enjoy premier Irish steaks, gourmet burgers, delicious lobster, fresh from the tank and a great choice of pasta dishes to mention but a few. The Grill and Bar is also famous for its extensive cocktail menu and offers a wonderful selection of delicious drinks inspired by the herb and kitchen gardens on the estate. Tupper’s Bar, with its moody lighting and open fire is the perfect place to read a book, catch up with friends or enjoy a pint of the black stuff or evening tipple.
As winter bites retreat inside and enjoy Lyrath Estate’s famous afternoon tea. Located in the original Manor House of Lyrath Estate, the drawing room is named after Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, a famous botanical artist, plant collector, gardener, and former resident of Lyrath. The elegant drawing room has feature wallpaper depicting lush jungle scenes and vibrant flowers in a nod to Lady Charlotte’s botanical discoveries and collections. Deep sofas, elegant high-backed chairs and an interesting art collection all add to the eclectic feel of this room.
Afternoon tea here is an elegant affair, dainty savoury and sweet treats are served on fine afternoon tea stands. Sip on carefully selected loose leaf tea from delicate bone China cups, choose your own botanical inspired tea from the elegant tea caddy or opt for a glass of bubbles!
The award-winning Oasis Spa incorporates several treatment rooms, offering luxurious face and body treatments. The thermal suite in the spa includes various heating and cooling experiences including a stunning outdoor hydrotherapy pool which looks out on to the mature, private gardens.
Facilities include a 17-metre swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. There is also a private cinema, playground, outdoor covered and heated BBQ area, expansive conference centre, several meeting rooms, and a walled garden.
Lyrath Estate is home to lots of wildlife including foxes, bats, badgers, rabbits, hares, and many native birds of prey. The Hawkeye School of Falconry and Archery on the grounds offers guests the chance to fly a bird of prey and feed it from their own, gloved hand. There is also the opportunity to try your hand at archery on the purpose built location on the grounds of Lyrath.
All activities should be booked in advance and are subject to availability.
To find out all Lyrath Estate has to offer visit lyrath.com for more information. For reservations call +353 (0) 56 776 0088.
We have teamed up with Lyrath Estate to offer one lucky reader and a friend the chance to win two night’s accommodation with breakfast each morning, a delicious three-course dinner in The Grill restaurant on one evening with a choice of falconry or archery from Hawkeye School on a day of your choice.
The prize includes one double or twin room for two adults sharing for two nights, a three-course dinner in The Grill on one evening with a choice of falconry or archery from Hawkeye School on a day of your choice. This prize is not available on bank holidays. Valid Sunday to Monday. Must be used by the 31st of December 2024. Excludes transfers, drinks and, spa etc. All other items at winner’s own expense. Prize is for two adults sharing. Over 18s only. Non transferrable. No cash alternative.