Mount Juliet Estate has been confirmed as the latest property to join the Autograph Collection of hotels, Marriott International’s portfolio of more than 180 independent hotels and resorts.

The announcement caps off a significant year for the estate which has included multiple award wins, a retained Michelin star, newly appointed Fáilte Ireland five-star status, and its position as host of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2020.

Located near Thomastown in Kilkenny, the Estate is home to the Manor House hotel and Hunter’s Yard hotel which boast corporate meeting rooms and wedding and occasion facilities. The estate offers indoor swimming, spa and leisure amenities, a state of the art equestrian centre, and the Jack Nicklaus designed golf course complete with a newly refurbished clubhouse.

Built in 1752 by first Earl of Carrick and his bride-to-be Juliet Boyle, the duo set about developing the estate on the banks of the river Nore. Manor House was built on elevated land overlooking the river, with land on either side 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 until the 20th century when the estate was sold and developed into a country resort.

Mark Dunne, General Manager of Mount Juliet, said: “We are delighted to join the Autograph Collection’s unique portfolio. The exceptional outdoor sporting experiences, award winning dining and heritage of Mount Juliet Estate offers guests a distinctive Irish country experience, creating memories for our guests, that we hope will last a lifetime. We are looking forward to welcoming guests from around the world to create their own chapter in the history of Mount Juliet Estate.”

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