A Mid-Winter Marvel

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Set in mature parkland, the luxurious five-star Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny has a host of unforgettable Christmas gift ideas for connoisseurs …

Minutes from the centre of the medieval city of Kilkenny, Lyrath Estate is nestled in 170 acres of mature parkland, offering all the charm of an old world, country estate combined with the very best in contemporary facilities and luxuries. Formerly an elegant 17th-century house renovated sympathetically, facilities now include a private cinema, 17-metre swimming pool, gym, sauna, jacuzzi and fitness centre. The award-winning Oasis Spa incorporates several treatment rooms, a thermal suite and an outdoor hydrotherapy pool which overlooks the landscaped gardens.

If you or your friends haven’t yet discovered this gem, then why not give the gift of a luxurious overnight stay from €240, or a spa treat such as an illuminating facial by Kerstin Florian €135, or a voucher for Afternoon Tea, €72 for two? The latter is served in a new addition to the property – Lady Charlotte’s Tea Rooms named after a former resident of the property. A talented artist, botanist and plant collector, Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe has left an indelible mark on the gardens she so proudly created at Lyrath Estate.?

Providing plenty of scope for leisurely rambles and outdoor pursuits – Lyrath also offers archery and falconry. Indeed should you have your own bird of prey, Lyrath is home to Kilkenny Falconry club. Having worked up an appetite, there are several dining outlets on the estate including the 2 AA Rosette Yew Restaurant and the more informal Grill & Bar offering steaks, burgers, fish and pasta, all cooked to perfection. Tupper’s Bar, meanwhile, is a great place to enjoy a quiet drink and a catch-up and is well known for its tempting cocktails.

Visit the Lyrath online shop and you’ll find vouchers for these experiences and many more. For example, a four-course dinner for two voucher in the Yew Restaurant is €100, while monetary vouchers from as little as €25 purchased online can be exchanged when checking in for an overnight stay, a relaxing spa break or a cocktail at the bar. For more information on these “Gift the Unforgettable” ideas, visit: www.lyrath.com.

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