Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre
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Ms Fiona Delahunty
The Mount Juliet Estate offers a luxury riding holiday in the estate and surrounding countryside of Thomastown, County Kilkenny. This excellent facility caters for groups and individuals, experienced riders and beginners.
Located in the picturesque village of Thomastown, County Kilkenny, Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre is the ultimate retreat to relax and unwind in both elegance and comfort. Enjoy equestrian sports, horse riding, cross country trekking and equestrian tuition on the 1500 acre estate, which encompasses some of the most beautiful rolling countryside in Irelands sunny southeast. Steeped in equestrian history, this truly unique spot is the very blueprint of an Irish country house.
The Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre offers 16 miles of professionally-planned bridleways. Here riders can take the stunning views from the ideal vantage point of a saddle while passing through mature, unspoilt parkland. Their cross country course offers an excellent opportunity for experienced riders to hone their technique over well maintained rustic jumps. It also offers the chance for preparation prior to hunting season. With use of well-schooled horses from the yard, riders are guaranteed an exhilarating experience over the course. Show-jumps are also available which aim to cater for all levels from novice to advanced horse and rider, from schooling fences to competition courses. Training sessions can be made more interesting for rider and horse with bright new colourful jumps and courses. Equestrian master classes are on offer throughout the year covering many different aspects of horse-riding.
As well as their international standard equestrian centre they offer accommodation ranging from the five-star Presidential Suite in the 18th century Mount Juliet House, the ultimate privacy and flexibility of a Rose Garden Lodge to the more informal four-star club rooms at the Hunters Yard. Mount Juliet also offers the very best in dining. Visitors can choose from the sumptuous surroundings of The Lady Helen dining room where guests will experience delicious cuisine prepared using herbs and vegetables from the estates own gardens. Alternatively, Kendals Restaurant situated in The Hunters Yard, serves contemporary Irish cuisine in a relaxed and convivial environment. Both restaurants offer stunning views over the countryside.
Mount Juliet Hotel is only 20 minutes from Kilkenny, one hour from Dublin and 30 minutes from Waterford.