The K Club
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes Irish breakfast and a 20 percent discount on spa treatments
- Grand country estate with garden and river views and luxe, color-saturated interiors
- Two Arnold Palmer–designed golf courses; the Palmer course hosted the 2006 Ryder Cup
- Afternoon tea in the elegant Chinese drawing room, with hand-painted wallpaper and Waterford crystal chandeliers
What To Know
- Golfers should book tee times in advance and wear proper attire: collared shirts and tailored shorts
- The Byerley Turk restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday; the dress code is smart casual
- WiFi is free
- Museum-quality art collection, including paintings by Ireland’s best-known artist, Jack B. Yeats
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Rolling green fields and wispy weeping willows along the River Liffey set the pastoral stage for this restored 19th-century Georgian mansion in County Kildare. Set on 550 acres, the Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club, affectionately known as the K Club, is a luxe but laid-back golf and spa retreat. The interiors, by Dublin-based Peter Johnson, mix colorful fabrics (rich tones of red, green and blue) with traditional dark wood furniture and 16th-century antiques, and the lavish public spaces feature ornate ceilings bedecked with crystal chandeliers and fireplaces framed by carved mantles. The walls are adorned with museum-worthy oil paintings by Irish masters and contemporary artists.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 69 unique guestrooms, including nine suites, are spacious (400 to 440 square feet) and comfortably appointed in country manor style. Tall windows swathed in formal curtains open to views of the gardens and river. Original oil paintings and prints framed in gold are arranged on wallpapered walls while the four-poster and canopy beds are outfitted with Frette linens and floral spreads. The bathrooms feature hand-painted murals and Irish-made Voya bath products.
Designed by golfing legend Arnold Palmer, the hotel’s two courses are among Europe’s best. Tee off on the Palmer Course, which hosted the Ryder Cup in 2006, or practice your swing on the Smurfit Course, the setting for several European championships. Aspiring horticulturists can take a 30-minute garden walk that meanders along the banks of the Liffey. Anglers can cast their lines into the river in the hope of catching a plump wild brown trout or into the estate’s stocked lakes for rainbows and perch. Country pursuits such as falconry, clay pigeon shooting, and horseback riding are also available. The 20,000-square-foot K Spa offers treatments that incorporate organic seaweed oil. Sip an Irish whiskey at the Vintage Crop bar before settling in for a multi-course dinner at the fabulously formal Byerley Turk, rich with brocade wall coverings, Irish crystal, and monogrammed linens.
In the Area
Along with golf, Kildare is renowned for its thoroughbreds. Visitors can learn about famous horses at the Irish National Stud by wandering among paddocks. Two prominent gardens are nearby: the Japanese Gardens and St. Fiachara’s Garden, designed in 1999 by Martin Hallinan to pay homage to the patron saint of gardeners. During the summer months, the Butterfly Farm in Straffan is all aflutter. A handful of local gastropubs, such as Harte’s of Kildare, offer respite with hearty fare and Irish brews. Dublin is a 22-mile drive to the east.
How to Get There
We stayed in K club for two nights.From the very start we were impressed with history of property and how well preserved it is and the way it was converted into this 5* resort.
Room was spacious and had nice views of the grounds,lovely decorated and definitely up to 5* standards.
Decor of the hotel definitely resembles the old world .There is number of antiques throughout the property as well as some antique art.
River room as they call it is absolutely amazing,has beautiful views of the grounds.
Classical music plays in the background,so you can enjoy music as well as the quietness of the place.
We walked the grounds and they were well maintained,we enjoyed the views as this was one sunny day in November.
The only thing we weren't impressed was the pool area,long walk to it and looked like it wasnt part of the property.
All in all we were very happy with our stay and we will definitely recommend and come back.
I went to the K Club Spa last Wednesday with my Husband on a deal I had bought on a Voucher site which offered a truly great deal with several treatments. . Having stayed at the K Club several times over the years I was looking forward to my Spa experience having not ever been to the actual Spa itself for treatments. We arrived at Reception and we did have to wait quiet a while for somebody to come back to the desk to tend to us which was my only minus on this review. Once we checked in and got our robes and slippers I felt our experience truly began. I had Dorothy for my treatments and my Husband had Rhona ( I think this was her name ) we found them both to be exceptional. From the moment Dorothy showed us around I felt a complete sense of calm she had such a lovely personable nature. She brought us to the Relaxation room where she wanted us to feel totally relaxed before our treatments. My actual treatment with Dorothy was fantastic it felt way longer that the designated 1 hour and her lovely calm nature and the treatment itself felt like a real holistic experience and unbelievably relaxing, and having had many Spa experiences around the area this one was by far my best experience. She talked me through the fabulous products that she used on my facial, I even bought a great product which I am loving and people have been commenting on my skin. You could tell Dorothy loved her job and she spoke so highly of the Spa as a place to work with a great team also. My Husband also rated his therapist highly also and loved his treatment. We were so impressed by our experience we have booked to stay over on one of the Winter Specials for my Husbands birthday. A big thank you also to Melissa who was on Reservations when I booked our stay she was absolute pleasure and was genuinely thrilled to hear we had such a great Spa experience. Thank you Dorothy, Rhona and Melissa for making our choice very easy regarding where we should go for my Husbands birthday.
We stayed here for 1 night for a birthday. Beautiful surroundings and lovely walks available. Dinner was good and staff service in the evening was good (despite being asked 9 times during our meal how we were!). Breakfast is disappointing (not cooked to order) "hot" food was cold and poorly displayed, coffee was cold and pot dirty. Staff service for this was poor also, and area we sat unclean...very surprised with this as the dinner service was good.
Also had a massage booked in the spa but due to an issue with "time constraints" left waiting 30 mins. Had to leave so no massage received. Overall we enjoyed the stay, as it was a night away, but will not return here. Much better 5 star stays available throughout the country.