A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts and Irelands 1st AA Red Star Property, The K Club luxury five star hotel Ireland boasts 140-bedrooms, a grand Irish country retreat, set amid 550-acres of pristine parkland on a mile long private stretch of the River Liffey. An elegantly restored 19th Century Georgian mansion estate, the K Club is set on the former site of Straffan House, which was originally modelled after a French chateau by Hugh Barton in 1832, the grandson of legendary winemaker Thomas Barton. Converted into a luxury hotel and country club in 1991, the opening of The K Club Kildare was a landmark moment in the Irish hospitality industry, creating new standards of Irish décor and service that have not been surpassed.
The K Club is home to 2 Championship Golf Courses – The Palmer Ryder Course, venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup, hailed among Europe’s greatest courses, and The Palmer Smurfit Course, host to the European Open from 1995 to 2007, a challenging Links inspired course. In addition to two 18-hole championship golf courses, The K Club also hosts the luxurious – 20,000 sq-ft K Spa that is hailed among the finest spas in Europe and certainly the best in Ireland.
Located approximately 35 kilometers (22 miles) drive from Dublin City and just 38 Kilometers (24 miles) from Dublin Airport, The K Club 5 star hotel resort Ireland pair’s old-world charm, service and ambiance with modern comforts in a luxurious residential setting. Opulent, classical surroundings reflect elements of Ireland’s history and reveal the best of luxury accommodation.
The K Club
County Kildare, Ireland
Total Rooms & Suites:
140 Hotel rooms and suites
Each bedroom and suite is individually appointed, with no two alike in terms of size and interior, making The K Club one of the only resorts in Ireland that can boast this unique characteristic.
Although unique in style, 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 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 140 guestrooms comprise the following categories:
Superior Rooms (34 m square)
Deluxe Rooms (36m square) – Deluxe rooms are slightly larger than Superior rooms and offer garden views
Liffey Deluxe Rooms (38m swaure) – Liffey Deluxe rooms feature views overlooking the River Liffey, our magnificent gardens and woodland of the resort
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 Finbarr Higgins. “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 Byerley Turk.
The Byerley Turk
Hailed among the finest restaurants in Ireland and celebrated for its award-winning cuisine and extensive wine selections, The Byerley Turk is a modern gastronomic dining experience using classical undertones with the highest quality Irish ingredients, many of which are grown on the estate. The Byerley Turk is the passion of our Executive Finbarr Higgins. Rich brocade wall coverings; marble columns and lofty draped windows accent award-winning cuisine. Candlelit tables are laid with crisp monogrammed linens, Irish crystal and gleaming silverware. Award Winning Wine List including the entire Top Bordeaux Chateaux’s & Burgundy Vineyards. With Some Expertly chosen quality wines form around the world. The restaurant is named for Byerly Turk (also spelled Byerley Turk), one of three horses which were the founders of the modern thoroughbred horse racing brood stock.
The River Room Restaurant
The River Room is a stunning, open and bright dining locale, which features all of the beautiful attributes that the Byerley Turk offers in its own, enclosed private area. This elegant restaurant situated in the Hotel is one of The K Club’s gems overlooking the extensive landscaped gardens and the River Liffey. The River Room has its own private entrance and powder rooms. A wonderful dining location for a family occasion or a casual evening.
Legends Bar & Restaurant
Located in the Palmer Clubhouse and recently refurbished, Legends offers a relaxed atmosphere with stunning views from the windows and glass doors that lead out to a large balcony overlooking manicured greens and lakes of The Palmer Ryder Course. This renowned restaurant is decorated with golf memorabilia and portraits, and is suitable for all tastes and palates with its traditional Irish dining and sumptuous five-course gourmet meals. A La Carte with a Mixture of Irish and European Cuisine with fresh local products. The Legends wine list brings the top quality of French, Italian, New World & Mediterranean choices with some old Favorite Grape Varieties
The K Thai & South East Asia Restaurant
Located in The Smurfit Clubhouse, The K Thai is a new exciting dimension to the already impressive list of K Club Restaurants. Offering fusion meals, The K Thai mixes the best of Thai & Asian recipes with Irish produce to create delicious meals, and many with great health benefits.
Vintage Crop Cocktail Bar
No evening would be complete, without a nightcap at the Vintage Crop Bar, named after Dr. Michael Smurfit’s Irish gelding that won the 1993 Melbourne Cup and the 1993 and ’94 Jefferson Smurfit Memorial Irish St Legers. Purveyor of Rare Spirits, Fine Wines, Premium Champagnes & Cuban Cigars
The Media Puzzle Lounge
Named after Dr. Smurfit’s Melbourne Cup winning horse the Media Puzzle Bar is painted in a classic racing green and features large windows and French doors to the gardens. The ‘Gatzby’ style chandeliers were taken from the old swimming pool in the hotel which were fitted by one of the previous owners, Iranian Air Force founder, Nader Jahanbani (1977) who was executed around the time of the downfall of the Shah Reza Pahlavi government.
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 Smurfit Clubhouse
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 Smurfit Course’s signature hole. The Legacy Suite is the perfect venue for any event including conferences, weddings, product showcases, car launches and fashion shows. (Capacity: 460 theatre style; 185 cabaret style, 320 Dining)
The Deacon Suite
Located on the first floor in the relaxed atmosphere of The Smurfit Clubhouse, The Deacon Suite, dedicated to the memory of Arnold Palmer’s father Deacon Palmer, is subtly decorated with photographic golf memorabilia. This spacious room is ideal for meetings, receptions and dinners. (Capacity: 56 theatre style, 70 round tables, 26 block style)
The Palmer Clubhouse
The Arnold Palmer Room
Replete with a terrace overlooking the 18th green and 10th fairway of the championship Palmer Ryder Course, 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. (Capacity: 130 round tables, 120 theatre style, 96 classrooms style, 70 cabaret style)
The main hotel houses three meeting rooms, including the Tower Room, John Jefferson Smurfit Room, and Hotel Members Room, 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. (Capacity: 19 guests)
The John Jefferson Smurfit Room
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. (Capacity: 50 Round tables, 60 theatre style, 32 classroom, 28 block style, 28 U-shaped)
The Hotel Members Room
Once the library of the original Straffan House, with a large collection of books still remaining, the Hotel Members Room has a distinctively warm, traditional ambiance complimented by an open fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. (Capacity: 30 Round tables, 20 meeting block style and 30-theatre style)
Leisure activities include golf (The Palmer Ryder Course was the venue for the 2006 Ryder Cup while The Palmer Smurfit Course 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 Ryder Course
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 Smurfit Course
Founded in 2003, The Palmer Smurfit Course 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 Ryder Course 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 Smurfit Course 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 Ryder Course 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 charge of €50 for a half-day (three hours) on the riverbank includes equipment, bait, tackle and clothing. For an extra €45, guests may hire a Ghillee to enhance the experience. 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. Occasionally, salmon are found – the best time to catch one is usually during autumn. 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.
Sir Michael Smurfit, KBE, LL.D*