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Mount Juliet Estate

Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
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Mount Juliet Estate offers a range of luxury accommodation from the historic Georgian Manor House and the modern laid-back luxury with a twist in Hunter’s Yard. Jack Nicklaus was commissioned to design a signature world-class golf course on Mount Juliet Estate which opened in 1991. Situated in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Mount Juliet Estate & Golf Club reside on lush Irish countryside that is halfway between Dublin and Cork. Nearby golf destinations include The European Club, Mount Wolseley Estate, Castlemartyr Resort and Adare Manor.


Mount Juliet Estate hosted the Irish Open in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and American Express World Championship in 2002 and 2004. In 2014 Mount Juliet Estates was purchased by its current owners Tetrarch Capital who have brought Mount Juliet Estate on with building a second 93-bedroom hotel, Hunter’s Yard. The Estate is set to host the 2022 Irish Open after Lucas Herbert took the title in 2021.

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    Golf Course Information

    Designed by Jack Nicklaus, Mount Juliet Estate golf course first opened in 1991 with a friendly match between Jack Nicklaus and Christy O’Connor Snr. Since then, the course has established itself as a premier venue for all levels of golfer. This was highlighted when Mount Juliet played host to golfing legends Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Pádraig Harrington for the WGC American Express Golf Championship in September 2002, and again in 2004. Set in the rolling pastures and woodland of Ireland’s sunny South East, the course is both captivating and memorable.


    Tiger Woods’ declaration that Mount Juliet Estate presented ‘perfect fairways’ and the ‘best greens we’ve putted on all year’, was a rich tribute to the stature of Ireland’s leading parkland golf course. With some slight extensions and new features since opening, Mount Juliet Golf Course has continued to improve in its ongoing pursuit of golfing excellence. Mount Juliet has been recently voted Ireland’s Best Parkland Golf Course by the Golfers Guide to Ireland. The Irish Open will return to Mount Juliet Estate in 2022.


    It has also several major tournaments. Mount Juliet Golf Club has hosted three Irish Open Tournaments, in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and a Shell’s Wonderful World of Golf match between Tom Watson and Fred Couples that took place in 1997. Before The American Express Golf Championship came in September 2002, we invited Jack Nicklaus’s design team over to add some extensions and new features: all part of their ongoing pursuit of golfing excellence. The American Express Championship then returned to The Estate in 2004.


    Manor House

    Mount Juliet’s tradition of hospitality dates back to the 18th Century, when young Somerset Butler and his new bride Juliet, moved into the newly refurbished house, renamed in her honour. Over the years a great many illustrious people have dined, fished and hunted before resting in one of her 32 sumptuous bedrooms. Mount Juliet was designed during the Georgian era, so you will find the rooms as bright and as generously proportioned, as they are luxurious.


    Superior Manor House Double

    All rooms in the Manor House are individual in style and character, with decor and furnishings in keeping with the Georgian stylings of the Manor House itself.  Superior Manor House Double Room, which is suitable for double or single occupancy, reflects the standards of hospitality guests would have experienced in Mount Juliet’s days as a family home – with the addition of many modern comforts.


    Executive Manor House King Rooms

    Big Houses of the 18th Century were built around the idea of hospitality. Travel by carriage was slow and uncomfortable, so visits from family or friends were special occasions, often lasting days or weeks. Executive Manor House King Rooms in the Manor House are designed around that tradition or Irish hospitality. A discrete and private space with ample room to make yourself at home, and a level of comfort and luxury that reminds you, you are honoured guest.


    Riverview Manor House King Rooms

    majestic River Nore is the defining feature of the Mount Juliet Estate. When Somerset and Juliet Butler moved into the house originally, the main entrance was at the front of the Manor House. In the early 20th Century the front door was moved to where it is today, ensuring that nothing interrupts the magnificent view of the river from the house. River-view Rooms offer a breath-taking view across to Ballylinch Stud and of the river as it meanders south to Inistioge. Whether you are sitting watching the sunset or contemplating the fish waiting to be caught, it is hard to pull yourself away from the enchanting atmosphere that is a Riverview Room.


    Manor House Suites

    Mount Juliet has had the honour of welcoming many illustrious guests, from heads of state and dignitaries to leading lights of the entertainment industry both on a national and international stage. The Manor House Suites in the Manor House are a home-from-home for those who are accustomed to the very best. This sumptuous suite consists of a bedroom, a sitting room and a bathroom, elegantly decorated with classic furnishings, all designed to the highest level of comfort.


    Hunter’s Yard Hotel

    Hunter’s yard is a chic country retreat, located right in the heart of Mount Juliet Estate, promising laid-back luxury with a twist.


    Double Rooms

    Each of Hunter’s Yard Standard Double Rooms provides comfort and luxury in laid-back modern surroundings with views of the courtyard or Estate. Designed for 2 adults, the double beds feature crisp 100% cotton duvet covers and duck feather pillows that will ensure you a have restful nights during your stay. The Standard Double’s include an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in rain forest shower and toilet. The Standard Double Bedrooms are approximately 27 square metres.


    Superior King

    Superior King Rooms in Hunter’s Yard are spacious, bright, airy with modern furnishings that complement laid-back luxury. The King size beds in Superior King Rooms have 100% cotton sheets and duck feather pillows for your comfort. The en-suite bathroom has a walk-in rain forest shower. The Superior King Rooms are ideal for 2 people. Superior King Bedrooms are approximately 35.5 square metres.


    Superior King Suite

    Superior King Suite are luxurious, bright and have a generous living space. The comfortable King size bed has 100% cotton sheets and duck feather pillows. The furnishings complement the Estate theme of Hunter’s Yard. The en-suite bathroom features a walk-in rain forest shower and a sumptuous marble-topped bath. In addition, Superior King Suites feature fridges, Chromecast, underfloor heating in the en-suite, bathrobe and slippers, Nespresso machines, complimentary bottled water, and luxury bath amenities.

    Resort Dining

    Lady Helen Restaurant (Michelin Star)

    Lady Helen McCalmont, the previous owner of Mount Juliet, was a superb hostess, who oversaw the gardens and kitchens with a kindly but firm hand. We believe she would have been delighted to know that the current owners have maintained her standards, and that the restaurant bearing her name also bears a Michelin Star, along with three AA Rosettes. The internationally-themed menu consists of dishes made using local ingredients, including many from their own kitchen garden, herb garden and farm. The atmosphere of opulence within the Lady Helen Restaurant complements the pastoral views out over the pastures to the River Nore, racing its way south to Inistioge.


    The Hound Restaurant

    The Hound in Hunter’s Yard is a warm, inviting, ‘one-size-fits-all’ place to eat. The new menu includes soups, sharing platters, salads and an extensive main course menu to suit all tastes. It’s welcoming, it’s informal, it’s child friendly and its good value – above all, it has commanding views of the Jack Nicklaus signature designed golf course that will take your breath away. The Hound is a proud member of Good Food Ireland and Executive Chef Ken Harker shares the philosophy of prioritising the core indigenous ingredients of Irish cuisine supporting Irish farmers, food producers and fishermen.


    Manor House Lunch & Afternoon Tea

    Afternoon Tea at the Manor House is an experience to be savoured. Served daily from 1pm to 5pm in the Major’s Bar or the Tetrarch Lounge. Enjoy luxurious Afternoon Tea with friends or family in the beautiful surroundings of the Manor House with views of Ballylinch Stud and the River Nore. The Afternoon Tea Menu consists of finger sandwiches, homemade scones, jam, macarons, cakes and signature beverages.


    The Major’s Bar

    The residents’ bar at the Manor House is called the Major’s Bar and is named after Major-General Sir Hugh McCalmont and Major Dermot McCalmont who both lived at Mount Juliet Estate. The Major’s Bar is a place to sit back and contemplate the world, taking in the stunning views of the River Nore and the rolling pastures of the Estate, or reflecting on its equestrian glories, displayed on the Ballylinch Wall of Fame. It’s a place where guests can relax and enjoy good conversation and a pre-dinner drink, while admiring memorabilia from Mount Juliet’s racing glory days.

    Resort Facilities

    Paul McGinley Golf Academy

    Ryder Cup-winning captain Paul McGinley has partnered with Mount Juliet Estate to create the first ever “Paul McGinley Golf Academy” in Ireland. The Paul McGinley Golf Academy creates a specific teaching and fitting centre for all abilities and ages. The Academy, which opened in September 2017, using the most advanced teaching software (Trackman®, swing/video system and hardware) and instruction that is based around Paul’s playing philosophy and guidance.



    Mount Juliet Estate welcomes all golfers, whether they’re individual players, golf societies or corporate golf groups. Golf facilities at the estate include:

    • Driving range with covered bays, multiple grass tees and target greens
    • State of the art short game facility to practice every type of shot
    • 2 x USGA standard practise putting greens
    • Professional tuition available every day of the week
    • On course refreshments available at the 10th tee
    • Club Car Precedent I2 golf carts fitted with i3 Visage GPS software


    Other Activities Include:

    • Equestrian Trekking and Trail-Riding
    • Health Club
    • Fishing on the Estate
    • Archery & Falconry
    • The Treatment Suites

    How to Get There

    Mount Juliet Estate is located just 30-minutes’ drive from the coastal town of Waterford. It is 60-minutes’ drive from the coastal town of Wexford. From Cork and Limerick, The Estate is just under 2-hours’ drive. From Dublin, The Estate is 1.5 hours’ drive through fantastic scenery.

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