Living in Ireland we have travelled to Kilkenny many, many times, however this was our first stay in Butler House. To stay in Butler House is a privilage - the house is almost 300 years old, built as the Dower House to Kilkenny Castle, so it's as close to staying in the castle as you could get! despite being 300 years old the house has been extensively refurbished so it is magnificent, warm, comfortable and inviting. We had a room overlooking the gardens and the castle. We loved the short stroll through the gardens to the design centre for breakfast every morning.
The staff were superb, their friendliness, courtesy and service was second to none.
The location is wonderful, we parked our car at the start of our stay and didn't need it again until we left, Kilkenny Castle and the City is on your doorstep.
We had previously stayed in hotels on visits to Kilkenny and being honest we had found that one hotel room was as generic as the next. Butler House does not have a spa, a bar, a gym etc - however it has an ambience that is truly unique- you will never forget your stay in Butler House.
Will we stay again? - most definitely, we are already planning our return trip!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Butler House, Luxury Guesthouse - formally the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle built in 1770. This historical house is situated in the centre of Kilkenny City, adjacent to Kilkenny Castle. An integral part of the Kilkenny Castle Estate, Butler house was home to the Earls of Ormonde, who also built the castle, stables and coach houses at the rear. Sweeping staircases, magnificent plastered ceilings and marble fireplaces are all features of this 18th century house. The house is a combination of contemporary furnishings and period elegance. Butler House boasts thirteen special rooms and suites, all with their own individual character. Designed to provide maximum comfort, each has a modern bathroom, and is decorated with soft coordinated fabrics and furnishings. The balance of old and new is prevalent throughout the rooms – contemporary furnishings are combined with the magnificent original features, which afford guests an impressive sense of comfort and space. The spacious superior rooms and suites have bow windows, which overlook the secluded gardens and Kilkenny Castle.In Room Facilities include: Queen Sized BedsMulti Channel HD TVHair DryerTea/Coffee FacilitiesTelephoneSafeComplimentary WIFI accessComplimentary Mineral WaterOn Site Facilities include:Free Private Car ParkComplimentary Full Irish breakfast (served in the Kilkenny Design Centre)Access to the walled gardenDVD PlayerCots for babiesBabysitting Service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Butler House Hotel Kilkenny