Castlemartyr Resort & The Knights' Bar - Co. Cork
The unspoiled rolling countryside of Castlemartyr in East Cork is steeped in rich history. Here an 18th century classic Manor House lies adjacent to the ruins of an 800 year old Castle originally built in 1210. The estate, then known as Ballyougthera, had been granted to Maurice Fitzgerald, who landed in Ireland with Miles de Cogan, Raymond le Gros and other knights, as part of the Henry II invasion, under the leadership of Richard Earl de Clare, known as Strongbow. Fitzgerald was one of the founders of the Knights' Templar and the castle in Castlemartyr formed part of their estate. Later, the estate was granted to Sir Walter Raleigh, and then acquired by Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork.
The 18th century Manor was magnificently restored and elegantly enhanced, and in 2007, opened as a 5 star luxury hotel and golf resort. It comprises 103 deluxe rooms and suites, an extensive luxury spa and wonderfully welcoming and impeccably styled interiors, all on the impressive and tranquil setting of a 220 acre estate.
Castlemartyr Resort is only about a 5 minute drive from the Midleton Distillery. With such a famous neighbour, and steeped in tradition itself, it was inevitable that Castlemartyr would take particular interest and pride in their local whiskey heritage. The Knights’ Bar, in the heart of the old Manor House, was originally an 18th century ballroom and later, became an oratory, when the house became a Carmelite college. Framed by huge windows and a magnificent rococo ceiling – once described by the famous English travel chronicler Arthur Young as "the best room in Ireland" - it is home to one of Ireland’s very best whiskey collections. It's a spectacular place to drink whiskey and guests will find there a spectacular whiskey collection - everything from the full range of whiskeys produced in Midleton, to rarities such as the Willie Nappier, a 44 year old whiskey from the old Tullamore Distillery and Ireland’s oldest bottled whiskey. Their whiskey collection isn’t just limited to whiskey of the Irish variety and fans of Scottish malts and American bourbons will find plenty of different whisk(e)ys to savour alongside their Irish cousins.
The estate grounds offer a myriad of possibilities for outdoor pursuits including clay pigeon shooting, archery, croquet, perhaps a stroll through woodland trails, or boating on the tranquil lake, famous for its bevy of swans. The renowned Ron Kirby, who honed his design skills on such famous courses as The Old Head in Kinsale and Gleneagles, designed an 18 hole championship inland links golf course on the Estate, which provides the perfect golfing challenge.
The hotel has two restaurants, the Garden Room for fine dining and the Bell Tower for more informal menus. The staff are masters at delivering charming hospitality and the finest levels of service, tailored to the unique setting and style of Castlemartyr. Castlemartyr Estate is only 20 km east of Cork City and 25km from Cork Airport. For summer 2009, Castlemartyr are offering very special rates, so don’t hesitate to check out their website below for further information on the hotel, the on site facilities and the golf course.
Castlemartyr Estate - Castlemartyr, County Cork, Ireland
Freephone: +800 0405 00 00
Tel: +353 21 4219000 - Fax: + 353 21 462 3359