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Mount Juliet Estate, Thomastown, Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland
Mount Juliet Hotel and Estate, located in County Kilkenny is one of Ireland's leading country houses and estates. A member of Ireland's Blue Book Hotels, it features a range of amenities including Michelin Star and AA Rosette restaurants.
Steeped in heritage, Mount Juliet is one of Ireland's leading country estates. They pride themselves in their family culture, while at the same time maintaining the high-end service and hospitality for which Mount Juliet is internationally renowned. Mount Juliet is a wonderfully relaxed location for a luxury break away in the south east of Ireland.
Mount Juliet has been awarded a prestigious Michelin star for its Lady Helen restaurant. The gourmet restaurant, which already boasts 3 AA rosettes, was awarded the accolade for both its service and contemporary menu. Earlier this year the Lady Helen also won the "Best Hotel Restaurant" in the coveted Restaurant Association of Ireland awards.
The estate offers a variety of variety of exhilarating sporting opportunities. Guests can explore the estate on bicycles or on foot, or take a guided pony and trap. A visit to Ballylinch Stud farm, an integral part of estate life, will help to understand and perhaps share the age-old Irish love of horses. The Mount Juliet Equestrian Centre offers basic tuition, trail riding, cross country jumping to riders and will tailor instruction programmes to the rider’s specific needs. The Clay Target and Archery Academy provides a challenge to marksmen and would-be Robin Hoods. Salmon and trout fishing are available on the two fine rivers which run through the estate- the River Nore and the Kings River. Tuition and equipment are provided for all sports and if all of this is not enough, Mount Juliet is a golfers' paradise with the Jack Nicklaus 18-hole golf course.
Those who prefer to remain indoor can choose between the snooker room in the main house or the stylish leisure centre and Spa in the nearby Hunters Yard which feature a 15 metre heated swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gymnasium and full beauty salon.