Evaluation: Lyrath Property, the Kilkenny resort with a €5 million makeover

Lyrath Property, Co Kilkenny

The hydrotherapy pool at Lyrath. Photograph ©Antonio Cuellar

Positive eating at Lyrath Property

The Grill at Lyrath

A bed room at Lyrath. Photograph: ©Antonio Cuellar

Evaluation: Lyrath Property, the Kilkenny resort with a €5 million makeover


Readers of a sure classic could bear in mind the favored TV sitcom ‘To the Manor Born’ – which poked enjoyable on the aristocracy for trying down their well-bred noses at nouveau riche pretenders to grandeur.



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Readers of a sure classic could bear in mind the favored TV sitcom ‘To the Manor Born’ – which poked enjoyable on the aristocracy for trying down their well-bred noses at nouveau riche pretenders to grandeur.

Coming into the gates of Lyrath Property, round 10 minutes by automobile from Kilkenny Metropolis, I totally anticipate Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles) to reach on horseback from the large home whereas Audrey fforbes-Hamilton (Penelope Keith) viciously prunes the roses on the property cottage to which she has been unhappily decreased.

This gracious smansion, set in 170 acres of parkland, has a time-warped environment that calms and cossets visitors wishing to flee to virgin countryside and rest.

The rooms

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A bed room at Lyrath. Photograph: ©Antonio Cuellar

Lyrath has 139 rooms, from compact requirements to luxurious suites with five-star touches like Nespresso espresso machines and a few flatscreen TVs within the open plan bedroom-lounges. 

Over the previous 18 months, €5 million has been invested all through the property on enhancements to bedrooms and facilities. Our room’s wall to ceiling home windows framed the ample woodlands and a vista of rolling hills free of homes or another indicators of human habitation.

Add top-of-the-range mattress linens, toiletries from the Irish Handmade Cleaning soap Firm and a soothing décor of beige, bronze and gold, and the vibe is one in all understated luxurious and luxury.

Responsible pleasure

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The hydrotherapy pool at Lyrath. Photograph ©Antonio Cuellar

Lyrath’s award successful Oasis Spa beckons for an important de-stress… particularly after my tiring rail journey from Cork (involving delays), and my companion’s ploughing by means of motorway pile-ups from Dublin.

Very quickly, we discover ourselves blissfully soaking within the steaming hydrotherapy pool, open on one facet to go with the Victorian-era gardens, while we’re pummelled and rained on by jets and mini waterfalls.

Afterwards I take pleasure in a deep cleaning reviving facial with Elemis magnificence merchandise, adopted by a sensual head therapeutic massage. Therapies on the spa begin from €45 for 25-minutes.

Meals and Drink

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Positive eating at Lyrath Property

We resisted the temptation to hitch a lavish afternoon tea within the atrium overlooking the lawns… leaving ample room for dinner as a substitute.

The place to eat? A number of buses had simply disgorged an enormous occasion of vacationers, and a member of employees hinted that the principle Yew restaurant might be busy and noisy later, so we hid away in one of many retro cubicles of Lyrath’s cosy Grill, just lately transformed to incorporate a trendy open kitchen the place cooks juggle pots and pans, watched by fascinated younger diners.

Right here, we shared a well-made clean hen liver pate accompanied by sourdough, pear and Cumberland sauce and a scrumptious, properly spicy hen satay. My mains alternative of natural Donegal salmon with grilled asparagus was secure and satisfying. Himself made astonishingly gentle work of 400gm of domestically farmed Mohawk steak with a heap of truffle potatoes on the facet.

We might solely handle one pudding between us, the advisable (and rightly so) Baileys and White chocolate cheesecake with a dollop of salted caramel ice-cream.

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The Grill at Lyrath

Prime Tip

Whilst you’re right here, delve into the attention-grabbing historical past of Lyrath, going again to a 12th-century monastery situated inside the grounds and later intervals as an necessary household seat… adopted by the story of how the once-modest constructing grew to become a grand home to impress its new mistress.

Pauline Villiers Stuart was permitted to marry the older Sir Charles Denny Wheeler-Cuffe, we study, solely after her father decreed the home ought to be made grand sufficient for “a woman of rank to stay in”.

Poor Sir Charles spent a decade and went bankrupt finishing the job.


The labyrinth-like medieval streets and laneways of Kilkenny and visits to its genuine pubs are simply that bit too far by foot. A 30-minute stroll will take you alongside a busy highway that might do with higher footpaths and road lighting within the night… although you may in fact go teetotal or use taxis.

Lyrath itself is labyrinth-like too. In my towelling gown, I padded by means of the big glass-roofed entrance corridor that connects the interval mansion with the brand new wings, having misplaced my technique to the spa. There isn’t any direct entry to it from the lodging wing through the lifts.

Get me there

Isabel was a visitor of Lyrath Property, which is situated on the Paulstown Street outdoors Kilkenny, 126km from Dublin through the M9 and R712. Contact 056 776-0088 or go to lyrath.com for extra.

Two nights’ B&B, dinner on one night and cream tea within the Atrium prices from €155pp sharing on chosen dates. A two-night New 12 months’s Eve celebration with a seven-course tasting menu and champagne prices €285pp sharing.

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