The five-star, Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny has created a glamorous and truly opulent residential package for guests to enjoy this August. The ‘Luxury to a Tea’ offer (from €280 per person) includes two nights bed and breakfast for two guests and a delectable Afternoon Tea with a glass of champagne per person in the newly renovated, Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Room.
Located in the original Manor House of Lyrath Estate, the drawing room is named after Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe, a famous botanical artist, plant collector, gardener, and former resident of Lyrath. The elegant drawing room has feature wallpaper depicting lush jungle scenes and vibrant flowers in a nod to Lady Charlotte’s botanical discoveries and collections. Deep sofas, elegant high-backed chairs and an interesting art collection all add to the eclectic feel of this room.
Afternoon Tea here is an elegant affair, dainty savoury and sweet treats are served on fine afternoon tea stands. Sip on carefully selected loose leaf tea from delicate bone china cups, choose your own botanical inspired tea from the elegant tea caddy or opt for a glass of bubbles!
An impressive Irish resort, Lyrath Estate is located just five minutes from the heart of Kilkenny city and is set on over 170 acres of mature parkland. The estate enjoys a peaceful, rural setting yet is in easy reach of the famous medieval city with its many shops, historic castle, and cultural attractions.
The original Manor House at Lyrath Estate is the most important surviving country house designed by John McCurdy. It was reconstructed by Sir Charles Wheeler- Cuffe in the 17th century to appease his prospective father-in-law, Lord Stuart de Decies who felt that it was not grand enough for his daughter, Pauline and would not permit her to marry Wheeler Cuffe until the house was deemed impressive enough. The manor has since been sympathetically restored to its former glory and is home to a most impressive collection of fine antiques and contemporary Irish art. Old world charm sits in perfect harmony with the slick hotel wing and the link with the old and new is both stylish and tasteful.
Facilities include a 17-metre swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. There is also a 22-seater private cinema, falconry centre, playground, outdoor covered and heated BBQ area, expansive conference centre, several meeting rooms and a walled garden. The Oasis Spa incorporates several treatment rooms, offering face and body treatments for both men and women. The thermal suite in the spa includes several heating and cooling experiences including a stunning outdoor hydrotherapy pool which looks out on the mature, private gardens.
Apart from Lady Charlotte’s Drawing Room, there are several dining outlets on the estate including the main hotel restaurant, Yew Restaurant which serves modern Irish cuisine, The Grill and Bar and Tupper’s Bar, a traditional pub. There is also a private wine cellar, located via a secret stairwell underneath the main hotel restaurant which is a wonderful space to enjoy a wine tasting experience or post dinner drink.
The ‘Luxury to a Tea’ offer starts from €280 per person, based on two people sharing accommodation. This offer includes two nights bed and breakfast and afternoon tea on one day of your choice with a glass of champagne per person. To book your great five-star Kilkenny Escape now log on to www.lyrath.com or call (056) 7760088.