A new chapter in the centuries-old story of Carton House begins in June 2021, when the extensive two-year, multimillion-Euro, complete refurbishment will be unveiled.
The renewed splendour of the great estate will be uncovered following a refurbishment of the original house, surrounding hotel and grounds.
Situated in Maynooth, County Kildare, Carton House was once the ancestral home of the Earls of Kildare and the Dukes of Leinster. For more than 250 years, Carton House has been the finest Georgian estate in Ireland. It now reopens on 1 June 2021 as a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property, as previously flagged in March 2020.
Carton House celebrates its first summer as a luxurious Fairmont Managed Hotel, joining the more than 80 Fairmont hotels around the globe as the oldest property in a collection famed for its grande dame hotels and iconic properties including The Savoy in London and The Plaza in New York.
Marc Dardenne, COO 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,” Dardenne said.
The House – the historic heart of the estate
The 18th-century Palladian-style mansion, The House, is at the heart of the estate and will be the centre of the guest experience when the hotel opens. The House has been reimagined while its history has been cherished and its staterooms preserved. The Gold Salon, the Drawing Room, the impressive Morrison Room, the Bell Room, are now beautifully restored and part of the daily rituals of Carton House life.
New elements include the book-lined setting of The Whiskey Library with its encyclopedic selection of the world’s finest uisce beatha (the original Irish name for whiskey, meaning water of life); the relaxed and casual dining atmosphere of Kathleen’s Kitchen; The Courtyard Bar, serving light bites alongside an impressive wine and cocktail list, with an accompanying outdoor terrace.
The Morrison Room has been transformed into the resort’s fine dining evening restaurant and morning breakfast room and is set to be one of this country’s grandest dining rooms.
There are 18 bedrooms and suites occupying the upper floors of The House, with a further 151 rooms in The Garden Wing which curves around the formal gardens. These elegant spaces have been enhanced in both design and facilities as part of the estate’s transformation.
The Estate – sweeping parkland and ancient woodlands, lakes and the River Rye
The grounds at Carton House are spacious and serene, dating back to 1176. Set within 1,100 private acres of sweeping parkland, ancient woodlands, lakes and the meandering River Rye, creates the perfect backdrop for this country mansion.
The walled estate, just 20 minutes from Dublin, has a Special Area of Conservation Status, home to a herd of red deer, as well as a rich diversity of animal wildlife, and rare species of birds and plants. Historic architecture is dotted throughout the estate, with stories and history to discover around every corner.
From the oldest building on the grounds, Tyrconnell Tower, dating back 500 years to the romantic and curious Shell Cottage or the evocative Boat House on the water’s edge, the estate is a treasure-trove of history.
Carton House Spa & Wellness has been completely reimagined too with a new treatment menu and thermal relaxation experience.
The day-to-day operation of the hotel has been bestowed to Martin Mangan, a hotel executive with 25 years luxury hospitality experience.
Rooms at Carton House, a Fairmont Managed Hotel for the summer season in one of the 151 contemporary bedrooms in the Garden Wing of Carton House start from €250 per stay. The House staterooms and suites start from €495 per stay.
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