THE GIRLS' WEEKEND
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, mountjuliet.ie.