Accor is expanding the footprint of the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts brand in the UK and Ireland, announcing the signing of a management deal to operate historic Carton House outside Dublin.
Located in Maynooth, County Kidare – just 20 minutes from Dublin – Carton House is one of Ireland’s most historic country houses. The hotel is currently undergoing a multi-million euro refurbishment to bring the property up to the globally recognised Fairmont brand standards. The refurbishment is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 when the hotel will be rebranded as Fairmont Carton House. During that time the property remains open to guests.
The Carton estate dates back to 1176, then part of the Maynooth estate belonging to the FitzGerald family, one of the most influential families in Irish history. The house itself was built in 1739, making it the oldest Fairmont property in a global collection famed for its grand dame hotels.
Fairmont Carton House will be the first Fairmont branded hotel in Ireland and joins the established UK/Ireland portfolio consisting of The Savoy in London, Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland. Accor also plans to open the Fairmont Windsor Park in the UK by the end of 2020.
An expansive historic estate, Fairmont Carton House will offer 170 bedrooms and suites, two-world class 18-hole championship golf courses, exceptional wellness facilities and 1,000 square metres of conference/events space.
Commenting on the new signing, Thomas Dubaere, COO, Accor Northern Europe said: “The Fairmont brand is known for its history and impressive locations and we feel it is the ideal brand under which to bring this iconic, historic hotel into the Accor family. The signing of Fairmont Carton House reflects our expertise in the luxury segment and reinforces our commitment to growing our luxury offering across the UK and Ireland.”