Mod­elled on a French château rather than a tra­di­tional cas­tle, then mag­i­cally set down in the mid­dle of the Ir­ish coun­try­side, the fa­mous K Club is in the heart of thor­ough­bred racing coun­try. In­deed the present owner has had two Mel­bourne Cup win­ners. It also hosted the Ry­der Cup on one of its two cham­pi­onship golf cour­ses and houses an im­pres­sive col­lec­tion of art, in­clud­ing a room de­voted to Jack B Yeats. Par­ents sorted. Now what about the chil­dren?

Bud­ding Rory McIlroy’s can join a chil­dren’s golf clinic or kids can learn to fly fish on the River Lif­fey which runs through the grounds. Child-sized bi­cy­cles and fam­ily golf bug­gies are avail­able for more es­tate ex­plor­ing. There is also a play­ground in the old walled gar­den. Sen­si­bly, the in­door swim­ming pool has al­lo­cated chil­dren’s swim­ming times and there are ju­nior cook­ing classes and fam­ily pic­nics by ar­range­ment.

If you do want to leave the el­e­gant con­fines of the K Club, trips to Dublin Zoo or a lo­cal cinema can also be ar­ranged, as can horse rid­ing. Archery, clay pi­geon VOL­UME 8 2017 shoot­ing and air ri­fle tar­gets are avail­able for older chil­dren (Mum smashed it at the air ri­fle range – re­mem­ber that at home­work time kids). Af­ter­noon tea and scones with sat­i­fy­ingly large por­tions of jam and cream will keep the whole fam­ily happy. Now has any­one got room for din­ner?

Catch­ing your own din­ner at the K Club.

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