The K Club – Straffan, County Kildare

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Whether you’re a golfer or an art lover, a family or a fly fisher, there’s something for everyone at this stunning country mansion hotel. It was built in 1832, modelled on a French château, in 550 tree-filled acres through which the River Liffey runs. In 1991 it opened as a luxury hotel, becoming Ireland’s first AA five red star property. There’s fly fishing with resident ghillies, horse riding and clay pigeon shooting among other country pursuits, but golf is the sport that dominates. It has two Arnold Palmer-designed courses and hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup and 2016 Irish Open. The sumptuous interior is furnished with antiques, chandeliers, swagged curtains and fine paintings, including an impressive Jack Yeats’ collection. Culture vultures will enjoy the regular art talks and tours and seeing its rare replica of the Book of Kells. Choose between four restaurants, including top-notch fine dining in the Byerley Turk, and relax in the fabulous pool and spa. Doubles from 229.


Name to Know: The award-winning sommelier, Lisa O’Doherty, who can assist in selecting a bottle to accompany dinner.

See: Hailed among the world’s finest golf resorts, the K Club is home to two championship golf courses; The Ryder Cup and The Smurfit courses.

Eat: You’ll be spoilt for choice dining at the K Club as there are so many delicious options to choose from.

Buy: Indulge in a treatment or two at the K Spa; our oasis of calm and relaxation.

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