There is perhaps no scene more Irish in character and content than that which strikes guests as they enter Kilkea Estate and see Kilkea Castle emerging from an early morning mist — its turrets, crenellations, arched windows, and thick walls sitting solid and impressive among emerald green fields. One of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland, Kilkea Castle dates to 1180 A.D. as a medieval stronghold of the FitzGerald clan. Today, this family-run estate and castle defines luxury accommodations in the Irish countryside. Set on 180 acres of woodland, gardens, and golf course, Kilkea Castle invites guests to experience life like an Irish nobleman.
While at Kilkea Castle, guests can:
- Sleep in modern baronial bedrooms in one of the oldest inhabited castles in Ireland
- Sip whiskey or enjoy a pint of Guinness at the castle's bar, aptly named The Keep
- Nurture your mind and body at the extensive and enriching The Spa at Kilkea Castle
- Golf 18 holes of championship parkland at Kilkea Castle Golf Course
- Try your hand at archery, shooting, falconry, or simply soak in the quiet countryside
Kilkea Castle offers a variety of accommodations, including fully equipped residences for longer stays and larger groups, grand castle rooms for couples on a romantic escape, and more typical, but no less luxurious rooms in the historic carriage house, great for families, friends, or solo travelers. While at Kilkea Castle you'll be swaddled in traditional comforts and activities such as afternoon tea, decadent dinners, and educational and entertaining tours.
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Kilkea Castle's 140 guest accommodations are spread across three distinct styles and locations. If you want a true castle experience, stay in the castle itself in one of the individually decorated castle bedrooms in three categories: Deluxe, Luxury, and Suite. Each of these accommodations feature amenities and designs fit for royalty. Patterned wallpaper, sumptuous carpets and drapes, ultra-soft bedding, beautiful bathrooms with soaking tubs and custom tiling, and handmade Soap Company luxury bathroom amenities contribute to an overall feeling of receiving the royal treatment.
Just a short walk from the castle proper, Kilkea Castle's Carriage Rooms are an excellent option for any type of traveler. Rooms are modern and streamlined in style, with a neutral, soothing color palette that matches Ireland's green shades. Marble bathrooms add another layer of refinement and upscale elegance. Mullion windows look out to the castle, while high ceilings with wooden beams contribute to the overall aristocratic atmosphere.
Finally, Kilkea Castle is also home to 99 fully equipped apartment suites called Residences at The Lodges Kilkea. Overlooking the golf course with view to woodlands, snags, and other natural elements, these apartment-like hotel rooms offer the comforts of home, such as a full kitchen, with the amenities and services of the hotel. Bedrooms are all en-suite and accompany a separate living room. Guests can choose from Deluxe or Superior Lodge Bedrooms or a three-bedroom self-catering Lodge.
Get the very best features of a luxury hotel within the comforts of a residential setting.
Feast like an Irish aristocrat at Kilkea Castle where each of the dining venues prides itself on serving ethically and locally sourced produce and ingredients. Savor traditional Irish cuisine with a twist, enjoy a quick sandwich or burger mid-golf game, or relish an afternoon spent sipping tea and nibbling finger sandwiches. For guests who prefer al fresco dining options, Kilkea Castle provides four picnic lunches, as well as multiple barbecue and grill areas.
The Keep – Enjoy a pint of Guinness or a snifter of whiskey at Kilkea Castle's only bar, The Keep, aptly named for its location within the main estate building. Guests can snack on salads and sandwiches or opt for heavier fare such as shepherd's pie and beef cheek macaroni and cheese.
Restaurant 1180 – With windows looking out upon a rose garden and the 18th hole of the golf course, Restaurant 1180 is the estate's fine dining establishment where seasonal produce highlights Ireland's traditional cuisine in dishes such as salted cod, citrus cured salmon, and a selection of local cheeses.
The Bistro – For golfers and guests, The Bistro is the estate's informal dining option for travelers who love choice. Enjoy a breakfast of waffles or eggs Florentine, light bites, hearty snacks, and a dinner menu of burgers, stir fry, steaks, and even wild boar.
Hermione's Restaurant & Clubhouse – Overlooking the golf course's 9th hole, with a glimpse of the castle in the distance, this simple and sophisticated setting hosts guests for its famed Sunday Lunch, where delectable dishes such as roast rib of beef and crispy crab cakes are on offer.
The Drawing Room – Sit down to a traditional Irish afternoon tea in the castle's luxurious and historical tearoom where specialty teas are served piping hot aside finger sandwiches, homemade scones, and glasses of Champagne.
Within the expansive grounds of the Kilkea Estate, you'll find a roster of both indoor and outdoor activities that seek to entertain, relax, and reinvigorate. From active sports like shooting, tennis, archery, falconry, and fishing, to more leisurely pursuits like a game of 18-holes at the Kilkea Castle Golf Course, there's no shortage of activities to test your skill, endurance, and humor.
Along with all things outdoors, The Spa at Kilkea Castle makes for an excellent respite from the duties of a vacationing nobleman. Ease the aches of a full day of golf in the soothing waters of The Spa's hydrotherapy circuit. Receive a deep tissue massage post-tennis match. Elemis brand facials are on offer for those seeking a little skin rejuvenation, while a scrub and wrap menu pamper your body.
If you get a chance to leave the hotel after exhausting all its own activity opportunities, you won't have to travel far to seek quintessential Irish experiences.
- Moone High Cross Inn – an authentic Irish Pub
- Athy Boat Tours
- Burtown House & Gardens
- The National Stud Farm
- Punchestown Racecourse
- The Curragh Racecourse
- Kildare Village Shopping
- Newbridge Silverware
Set among the rolling hills, prehistoric monuments, and Celtic landmarks of Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkea Castle welcomes travelers from across the world. A pleasant, hour-long drive through the Irish countryside brings you from Dublin Airport to this country estate where manicured gardens, an expertly designed golf course, and expansive vistas provide an escape from urban life and city living.
Bus and Train
Stations are in Athy, approximately 6.4 mi / 10 km away.
Dublin Airport is 52.7 mi / 84.9 km away, approximately an hour and 15 minutes by car.