A new chapter in the centuries-old story of Carton House begins this summer, when the extensive two-year, multimillion-euro, refurbishment will be unveiled.

Carton House was the home of the FitzGerald family, and is now in the ownership of the Irish-American Mullen family. The hotel will reopens doors as a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property, joining more than 80 Fairmont hotels around the world. Carton House is the oldest property in the collection that includes The Savoy in London and The Plaza in New York.

Marc Dardenne, COO of Accor Luxury Europe, said: “Carton House is a spectacular estate with a history spanning more than eight centuries and a staggering historic house dating back to 1739. A property steeped in grandeur, Carton House has offered timeless hospitality for more than 300 years. It is a property befitting the grandest of hotel brands and we are proud to open its doors this summer as part of our world-renowned Fairmont portfolio.”

The refurbishment has been carried out under the creative guidance of McCauley Daye O’Connell Architects.

18 bedrooms and suites occupy the upper floors of The House, with a further 151 rooms in The Garden Wing which curves around the formal gardens. Carton House Spa & Wellness has been completely reimagined too with a new treatment menu and thermal relaxation experience.

John Mullen, owner of Carton House with his family, is very much looking forward to the reopening this summer. “This has been a labour of love for myself and my family, and the extended teams of specialists and experts who have worked on every detail of this large and complex project. We could not be more proud and delighted to share the magnificent refurbishment of Carton House with our first guests this summer. It has been a challenging time for hospitality businesses everywhere, so we are happy to be able to offer a positive, good news story, writing a new chapter in the story of this splendid and historic estate.”

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