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THE DRAW A mag­nif­i­cent coun­try es­tate with a choice of two ho­tels, all within easy reach of a friendly city? Sounds like the per­fect recipe for a girls’ get­away, or fun break with ex­tended fam­ily. Mount Juliet Es­tate in Kilkenny may of­fer the glam­our of the old Manor House, all his­toric dé­cor and pe­riod fea­tures, but it's also home to a lit­tle sis­ter prop­erty, the rather lovely Hunter’s Yard. A fresh, con­tem­po­rary ho­tel fash­ioned from the es­tate’s old coach house and sta­bles, it’s an ideal choice for a so­cial and re­lax­ing week­end. THE SET­TING In the heart of rural Kilkenny, this sprawl­ing old es­tate is beau­ti­fully main­tained, of­fer­ing a pic­ture-per­fect es­cape from life’s hustle. Bounded by a golf course and in­cred­i­ble wood­lands, the newer ho­tel feels right at home in this his­toric des­ti­na­tion. FUN FAC­TOR A coun­try es­tate with a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory, Mount Juliet of­fers ev­ery man­ner of coun­try pur­suit. Guests can ride out on horse­back, en­joy the pool and spa, try your hand at archery and fal­conry, stroll on leafy walks or play a round or two of golf. Kilkenny city is close by, but there’s more than enough here to keep your party en­ter­tained. CREA­TURE COMFORTS Take lunch in The Hound, af­ter­noon tea in The

Manor House, book treat­ments in the spa, cock­tails in the Sad­dle Bar and din­ner in the ex­tra­or­di­nary Miche­lin-starred Lady He­len restau­rant (which needs to be booked as soon as you plan your trip). THE DE­TAILS The Chauf­feur’s Lodge, a stand-alone two-storey cot­tage close to the Manor House sleeps up to four peo­ple, from €530 per night B&B. While B&B at Hunter’s Yard starts from

€155 per room, moun­

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