17th December 2019, London: Mount Juliet Estate Kilkenny in Ireland is the latest property to be welcomed to Autograph Collection Hotels, Marriott International’s diverse and dynamic portfolio of more than 180 independent hotels and resorts, hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality.

Steeped in centuries of Irish history, Mount Juliet Estate is situated in the heart of the Kilkenny countryside offering breath taking views across to Ballylinch Stud and the River Nore. The Georgian estate is renowned for its superior outdoor pursuits including world-class golf course, Michelin star dining and elegant accommodation at both the original eighteenth-century Manor House and the newly refurbished Hunters Yard Hotel.

“Autograph Collection Hotels is a leader in the independent hotel space with rapid growth from five to more than 180 hotels in just eight years. We’re delighted to welcome Mount Juliet to our curated collection; its magnificent design, vibrant stories and exceptional outdoor sporting experiences in the Irish countryside add to the depth and diversity to our European portfolio,” said John Licence, Vice President Premium and Select Brands Europe, Marriott International.

Built in 1752 by first Earl of Carrick and Juliet Boyle, the Manor House was constructed on elevated land on both sides of the river, connected by an eight-arched stone bridge that still stands today. Over the next 150 years, successive Earls resided in the estate leaving their own mark until the 20th century when the estate was sold and developed into a country resort to be enjoyed by generations.

The original Manor House has been elegantly restored with 32 stylish bedrooms and exquisite dining at Lady Helen restaurant. Overlooking manicured lawns, Lady Helen boasts a Michelin Star and three AA Rosettes for its menu by Chef John Kelly who uses only seasonal quality ingredients, some of which are harvested from the estate’s kitchen garden. Pre and post dinner drinks are served in Major’s Bar which offers fireside comfort and the estate’s very own artisan Moongate Gin.

A short stroll from the Manor House is the 93-room Hunters Yard Hotel, refurbished with contemporary interiors that honour the character of the original stable buildings. Alongside corporate meeting rooms and sophisticated wedding and special occasion facilities, The Hound, a double AA Rosette and Michelin Plate awarded restaurant, serves a relaxed menu using locally sourced ingredients chosen by Estate Executive Chef Ken Harker. Beside The Hound restaurant is The Saddle Bar offering an eclectic cocktail menu and a contemporary ambience.

The estate’s Jack Nicklaus designed golf course will play host to the world renowned Irish Open tournament in 2020 for the fourth time.. Complete with a newly refurbished clubhouse, the course is designed for golfing excellence and has welcomed legendary players over the years. In addition to golfing expertise, Mount Juliet Estate has an equestrian pedigree and is home to one of Ireland’s most advanced Equestrian Centres with two all-weather arenas, a full set of FEI approved show jumps and equestrian clinics with BHS qualified instructors and trails spread across the 500 acre estate. Outdoor enthusiasts can also enjoy falconry and fishing led by local experts as well as stunning walks in some of the best landscapes. Indoors a health club with swimming pool, gym and spa can be found.

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