Weekend Hotspot: Kilashee House Hotel Co Kildare

Killashee House Hotel a majestic Victorian Manor house, dating back to 1861 is located outside Naas in Co Kildare 40 minutes from Dublin. From the introduction of Christianity to Ireland to the present day, Killashee has been home to many interesting events and people. The hotel itself is set on two hundred acres and features several gardens with views of the Wicklow Mountains & Blessington Lakes. There are 141 guestrooms each with an en suite private bathroom and colour television. The larger suites feature king size beds, separate living areas and turn-down service. Guests can also benefit from a babysitter service as well as extensive parking facilities, conference rooms business centre.

The Villa Spa with eighteen treatment rooms focuses on international massage techniques and skin therapies. For a more casual dining experience check out Jack’s Bar & Bistro. It is a great alternative to the more formal dining experience of Turners a classically themed restaurant with chandeliers, white table cloths and views of the fountain gardens. The food here is also delightful and the ambiance elegant without being pretentious. Situated in a rural location, Kilashee is close to Craddockstown & Bodenstown Golf Clubs and Mondello Park.

For shoppers nearby Naas Town offers an abundance of chic boutiques while ten minutes’ drive away Kildare Village offers a mecca for shoppers seeking designer labels at discount prices. A second phase expansion completed by late 2015 will add a further 36 shops. When completed there will be 100 boutiques along with two new restaurants, a Visitor’s Centre and an additional 437 new parking spaces. www.kildarevillage.com

From traditional cutlery to modern jewellery "Newbridge" is one of Ireland leading brand names and their visitor centre is a must see when visiting this scenic part of County Kildare. Since the 1930's, Newbridge Silverware has been designing and producing quality giftware and tableware. An addition to the visitor centre is the Museum of Style Icons dedicated to design and style excellence. Expect to find signature pieces from Ireland’s most distinguished designers including exhibits from the legendary stars of the silver screen including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Barbara Streisand. 

Kilashee is also an ideal base for those of you interested in the sales at Goff's or the National Stud for a leisurely day out or enjoying a day's racing at Punchestown, Naas or the Curragh Racecourse. From Dublin, locate the N7. Continue on this motorway once you see Newlands Cross. Take Exit 9 for Naas and take the second exit at the first roundabout. Take the first exit at the second roundabout at Big Ball. Continue straight and take the second exit at the third roundabout. Continue to Kilcullen Road and Killashee House Hotel and Villa Spa will be on the left.

The Kilashee "Shop & Stay" offer with Kildare Outlet Village includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and an evening meal from only €95 per person sharing including a 10% Kildare Discount Card. www.killasheehouse.com 

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