The K Club is a stylish country resort, tucked away in the Kildare countryside but just on Dublin’s doorstep, firmly anchored in old-school Irish hospitality in a delightfully relaxed and unfussy way.
The K Club is an exceptional backdrop to laidback country stays. With an authentic country mansion at its heart and comfortable contemporary wings, the fabulous décor, attentive staff and an impressive range of things to do both indoors and outdoors set the tone for days that can be as chilled or as full as you like, as there are scheduled and bespoke activities for you to dip in and out of, just as suits you.
Set in lush countryside, overlooking formal gardens and its own pair of championship golf courses, The K Club has a wide choice of bars and restaurants, handsome drawing rooms and magnificent interiors with elegantly classic furnishings. The 127 spacious bedrooms are each individually designed with great attention to detail, with bathrooms that feature hand-painted murals.
A visit to The K Club begins with a journey down the winding avenue to the beautiful country house at the centre of the resort, the original Straffan House, built by the renowned wine-making family of the Bartons in 1832. The Bartons also laid out the original formal gardens and planted some of the wealth of specimen trees now reaching their gorgeous maturity.
The K Club
County Kildare, Ireland W23 YX53
Tel: +353 (0)1 601 7200
Fax: +353 (0)1 601 7297
Total Rooms & Suites:
127 Hotel rooms and suites
Each guestroom features a hand-painted bathroom; direct dial telephone; satellite TV; wireless Internet access; DVD/CD players; electronic safe; 24-hour Valet service; twice-daily service; and a selection of Natura Bissé luxurious bath and body products. All rooms offer views of either resort gardens and the River Liffey, or the golf course and driving range.
Each guestroom welcomes guests with an inviting foyer, a grand introduction to the sumptuous style mix of Old World and classic European with an eye to modern comfort. Crown molding, quality art, imported silk and damask fabrics accessorise spacious accommodations. Exquisite furniture includes traditionally elegant beds and bedside tables, and a writing desk and sitting area. High thread count linen sheeting, sumptuous draperies, plush blankets, deluxe mattresses, and hand-painted bathrooms featuring separate glass-enclosed showers and soaking tubs, oversized mirrors, modern lighting, and host of pampering bath and body toiletries, all create luxurious, residential settings.
The 127 guestrooms comprise the following categories:
Standard Rooms (34 m square)
Deluxe Rooms (36m square) – Deluxe rooms are slightly larger than Superior rooms and offer garden views
Deluxe Woodland View Rooms (38m sqaure) – Deluxe Woodland Vew Rooms rooms feature views overlooking the magnificent woodland of the resort.
Deluxe River View Rooms (38m sqaure) – Deluxe River View Rooms feature views overlooking the River Liffey.
Liffey Suites – Liffey Suites offer views of The River Liffey from every window and separate living rooms set this category apart.
Hotel Suites – Each Suite consists of a Deluxe room with an interconnecting living room. Both rooms are elegantly decorated and enjoy stunning resort views.
Barton Suites – Feature the beauty and elegance of a Liffey Deluxe Room while offering a spacious living room to entice even the hardest of workers to relax.
The Imperial Suite – The premier Imperial Suite boasts two bedrooms and a sauna and separate kitchen. The resort Chef can be hired to cater if required. This Suite is extremely spacious and enjoys glorious garden views.
The Viceroy Suite – Ideal for honeymooners and those seeking to rekindle romance, the Viceroy Suite features a four-poster bed and Jacuzzi.
5 Star Dining in Kildare:
The K Club and its two golf clubhouses offer a range of dining options from casual fare to cuisine on a grand scale, all served under the culinary direction of Executive Chef Philip Brazil. “Smart casual” is the recommended dress code at all of the restaurants, however, gentlemen are required to wear jacket and tie after 7:00 p.m. in the Barton Restaurant.
The Barton Restaurant
Hugh Barton made his mark in the wineries of Bordeaux, while Paris was ringing to the cries of Vive la Revolution! A lover of the finer things in life, he brought a little bit of that French je ne sais quoi back to Straffan House. The Barton Restaurant is a celebration of his French roots and Irish spirit. A fresh take on fine dining combines with an enviable wine cellar, boasting fine French vintages with a touch of the New World too.
The Palmer really is a taste of the good life. Enjoy casual dining and delicious cocktails all wrapped up in a laid back ambience that will make you feel right at home. Our luxurious outdoor terrace has awe-inspiring views of the Palmer Course - the perfect setting for a sunset tipple.
The Blue Martini Cocktail Bar
Decadence, glamour, fun, misadventures...the Blue Martini has been the best kept secret for a myriad of celebrities, legends and bon viveurs over the years. Perfect for a pre-dinner champagne cocktail or a fine single malt or three before calling it a night (to remember of course). Don’t worry, your secret’s safe with us.
The Henry Lounge
A relaxed and informal bar, the Henry Lounge is where you want to find yourself after a morning of activities. Draped in history, you can enjoy a light bite, a casual lunch or a pre- dinner drink in the Henry Lounge.
We also offer a range of Private Dining locations suitable for intimate gatherings or lavish Gala Dinners
Conferencing & Events:
The K Club Kildare offers a host of gracious and elegant spaces for social and business affairs. As style and presentation are vital for your event please don’t hesitate to contact us to ensure you receive the right location and set up for you to get the best from for your event.
The Legacy Suite
The K Club’s largest conference and banqueting suite with its own fireplace, the Legacy Suite can accommodate more than 450 or be sectioned into three separate areas. Decorated in rich hues of raspberry, honey and gold, doors lead out to a beautiful wooden deck that looks over The Palmer Palmer South’s signature hole. The Legacy Suite is the perfect venue for any event including conferences, weddings, product showcases, car launches and fashion shows.
The Palmer Room
Replete with a terrace overlooking the 18th green and 10th fairway of the championship Palmer North, this newly refurbished room is a strong favorite with repeat guests. Ideal for large business and social meetings, the Arnold Palmer Room is fully air conditioned, and has a dedicated bar and private entrance.
The main hotel houses a number of meeting rooms, including the Tower Room, Tara Suite, and Inis Mór, all of which combine traditional grace and style with modern technology. All are located on the ground floor of The K Club and within close proximity of each other. All meeting rooms feature wireless Internet access; close proximity to the Business Centre, as well as pre-function space, a podium and host of niceties to make every gathering comfortable. As style and presentation are vital for your event please don’t hesitate to contact us to ensure you receive the right location for your event.
The Inis Mór Conference Room
The newest addition to The K Club’s suite of meeting rooms is the Inis Mór Conference Room. Located within the hotel, Inis Mór is flooded with natural day light and offers direct access to the gardens. Ideal for larger groups, Inis Mór offers a discrete secluded space, promoting a productive atmosphere in beautiful surroundings.
The Tower Room
This classic boardroom with U-shaped mahogany table features large Victorian windows overlooking the landscaped front gardens, which allow an abundance of natural daylight. The Tower Room provides and elegant setting for board meetings and presentations.
The Tara Suite
This elegantly appointed room features a high ceiling and large marble fireplace, and offers views of the gardens and River Liffey, while boasting an extensive collection of paintings by Jack B Yeats, Ireland’s greatest Impressionist painter. The ideal location for small to mid-sized gatherings.
Once the library of the original Straffan House, with a large collection of books still remaining, the Library has a distinctively warm, traditional ambiance complimented by an open fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
Leisure activities include golf (The Palmer North was the venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup while The Palmer South is home of the Smurfit European Open), fishing, clay target shooting and horseback riding. Whether a simple walk or cycle on estate grounds, The K Club offers sports to suit all tastes and skill levels.
The Palmer North
If ever a golf course reflected the personality of its architect, it is surely this Arnold Palmer designed course. Described as charismatic and cavalier, from the instant one arrives at the first tee, golfers are enveloped by its unique atmosphere. As Ireland’s first Ryder Cup Venue, this is not an ordinary course. It is widely acknowledged as the country’s most challenging inland layout, with most unprepared for the ensuing drama. This has been called one of Europe’s most spectacular courses, charming, enticing and able to bring out the very best in one’s game. It is unlikely that one will be asked to tackle the course from the championship tees, but this should in no way diminish the excitement of pitting one’s wits against Palmer, for, in a sense, this is precisely what guests do.
The Palmer South
Founded in 2003, The Palmer South has been described as the greatest inland Golf Course in Ireland. The construction has attracted attention throughout Europe due to its scale and construction. The philosophy in developing the course was to ensure that a comparison with the existing Palmer North would be difficult and that the golfers experience would be completely different. When this brief was given to Palmer Course Design Company, they came up with a concept, which was radical with regards to golf course developments throughout the world. The Palmer South is that of an inland links; however the course has many dramatic landscapes with dune type mounding throughout. This assists in making the course into a true Championship Golf Course with many vantage points for spectators to view the golf professional at work. Coupled with this point, some 14 acres of water have been worked into the design especially through the final phase of Hole No’s: 13 to 18. A watery grave awaits many a golfer on the home stretch. The Course is entirely different from the Palmer North located just across the River Liffey. Golfers often state that it is almost impossible to make comparisons, as the two are such different experiences. Championship length: 7,277 yards; par 72.
Fishing is available on a private and richly populated one-mile stretch of the River Liffey, which ambles lazily through the estate before reaching Dublin. The river boasts great hatches of fly throughout the season, resulting in superb catches of fish, especially during the mayfly time of May through to July and afterwards on sedges. Two of the lakes on the golf course are stocked with rainbow and brown trout (specimens up to 12lb and 8lb respectively have been hooked) and there are also three lakes stocked with coarse fish, consisting of carp, bream, tench, rudd, roach, perch and hybrids.
Riding is available daily at nearby Abbey field Farm, set on 200 acres of Kildare countryside. With 40 horses, routes are based on skill level. For novices, lessons are also available. The €65 charge includes the use of clothing and mandatory safety equipment.
Clay target shooting, with instruction from expert trappers on how to handle the guns and improve shooting ability, is hugely enjoyable and very popular. The cost is €90 per session. Rough shoots are available throughout the year at locations around the country.
Archery is available for groups and the cost is dependent upon the numbers involved.
One of the oldest of all pursuits, falconry is available on request for groups and offers an intriguing insight into the intuitive relationship forged between man and bird. Few activities better sum up the philosophy of The K Club, which is to protect and share the heritage of this magnificent estate while offering all the luxuries and comforts discerning guests expect.
The Garden Walk
There is no greater pleasure than to walk among trees in a mature and honest setting with rich texture of sound and Colour. The combination of trees with ancient sites, the Island “Inis Mor” the slow flowing river and the weir, the wild inhabitants and the birds. It is a constant journey of simple discovery and pleasure it tells a variety of stories, stories of history, nature legends and myths.
The K Spa
Hailed among the finest spas in Europe and certainly the best in Ireland, the 20,000-sq. foot K Spa offers a wide assortment of pampering treatments utilizing international as well as indigenous Celtic and Irish ingredients, all designed to refresh and renew. The tranquil space provides a sanctuary from the fast pace of daily life with its modern and inviting atmosphere, minimalist décor and comprehensive range of facilities and services. The K Spa features a secluded outdoor Hot tub and Herb garden; Pilates and Aerobics Studios; an oversized indoor Swimming pool; 7 luxurious treatment rooms, 2 private suites and 4 Wet Treatment rooms (incorporating a Hamam, Hydrobath, Vichey Shower & exotic Rasul Chamber); and, a Juice bar and Café.
Mr. Michael Fetherston