A centrally located manor house originally built by the owners of Kilkenny Castle, Butler House offers warm and attentive service in an elegant setting. The hotel offers instant access to Kilkenny’s main street but also has large and attractive gardens.
Hunters Yard at Mount Juliet
Located on the grand Mount Juliet estate, home to one of Ireland’s premier country manor hotels, the elegant Hunter's Yard is just a five-minute walk from the traditional manor house but offers more contemporary rooms at a more affordable price. Rooms at Hunter's Yard surround a courtyard and are set in what were once the estate’s stables. While it’s hard to imagine that this modern space was once used to house horses and hay, there are subtle equestrian accents throughout.
Guests staying in Hunter’s Yard still have full access to all of the amenities available on the Mount Juliet estate and will be spoilt for choice by the wide range of activities available, including falconry, archery lessons and fishing. Mount Juliet is also known for its Jack Nicklaus designed golf course and state-of-the-art equestrian center.
Guests also have full access to the dining choices in both hotels with options ranging from the award-winning, Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant to more casual choices at The Hound in Hunter's Yard, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a rustic, informal setting.
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Rooms at the Hunter's Yard are bright, modern and spacious. The 93 rooms feature elegant decor with muted tones and contemporary wildlife art on the walls, as well as plush headboards and subtle equestrian accents. All rooms are equipped with modern conveniences, such as built-in bedside reading lights, a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities. Furthermore, some rooms offer a small French balcony with views of the interior courtyard.
Hunter's Yard is set in the expansive Mount Juliet estate which is located approximately half an hour outside Kilkenny in the southeast of Ireland. The River Nore and a number of walking and riding trails wind through the vast grounds which form the second largest working estate in Ireland.
Food and drink
Casual cuisine is served at The Hound in an attractive, rustic setting featuring exposed stone walls and wooden beams. More formal fine dining is available at the Michelin-starred Lady Helen in the main house, which serves an award-winning, internationally inspired dinner. The estate also features two bars — the Saddle Bar at Hunter’s Yard and Major’s Bar located in the traditional manor house.
Mount Juliet offers a warm welcome to families and provides a baby concierge service for parents with children under three. There is also a family nature trail, child-oriented fishing, golf and riding lessons, cinema nights and family hours at the swimming pool.
Facilities and activities
The vast Mount Juliet estate offers a plethora of activities. Along with a swimming pool, sauna and spa, the hotel is renowned for its advanced equestrian center and its Jack Nicklaus designed golf course. There is also a golf academy on site as well as tennis and croquet courts and options for falconry, fishing and archery.
Hunter’s Yard is a sophisticated option offering great value on the Mount Juliet estate, great for those wanting full access to the facilities of the estate in a more contemporary, casual setting.
Places & hotels on the map
Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
The stately, 18th-century Mount Juliet manor house sits on a vast estate whose extensive grounds offer a wide range of activities. Guests can go fishing, horse riding, or try their hand at the award-winning 18-hole golf course.
The Newpark Hotel is a modern property located on the outskirts of Kilkenny. This hotel offers a number of on-site activities ranging from the Escape Health Club & Spa to the outdoor fairy trail, wildlife farm and go-kart track.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Trace your relatives and discover Ireland’s famine history on this full-day tour of Ireland’s southeast. Meandering between Kilkenny and Waterford, it takes in the Dunbrody Famine Ship, explores the Kennedy dynasty’s roots and visits 13th-century Dunbrody Abbey.
Learn the basic skills of the ancient sport of hurling with Kilkenny masters during this hands-on experience that offers private tuition as well as a chance to learn about the history of the game and its sporting legends.
Explore medieval Kilkenny on a guided tour that offers an insight into the city’s long history, creative residents and significant buildings. Visit Kilkenny Castle and Black Abbey as well as the meandering medieval streets as you learn about life here over the centuries.