The K Club: Ireland Par Excellence
The small village of Straffan in Ireland’s County Kildare is home to a church, a pub, and one of Ireland’s most esteemed private estates. Having hosted The Ryder Cup as well as numerous celebrities and heads of state, The Kildare Club, universally known as The K Club, is counted among the foremost golf resorts in the world. The main building’s grand entrance hall is a harbinger of the luxury and artistry found throughout a property home to a highly regarded art collection and an equally valuable wine cellar, not to mention Mr. Michael Davern, The K Club’s debonair of general manager. The K Club is a prime destination for Dubliners wanting a country weekend escape less than an hour from the city. It’s easy to understand why.
Appointed with classic European furnishings, spacious rooms and suites convey the sense of country-house living at its best. A separate section of townhomes adjacent to the main building is one of Ireland’s provides accommodation for discreet visitors seeking a maximum of discretion. Beyond the townhomes are the spa and fitness centre, both large and well equipped as would be expected of a resort that hosts professional athletes on a regular basis.
The exquisite meals served in the atmospheric surrounds of The K Club’s The Byerley Turk dining room provide exceptional culinary experiences accompanied by fine wines from that special wine cellar. The Byerley Turk is named for one of the three horses which together provided the original bloodlines of all the thoroughbred racehorses in the world. The importance of horses in the area’s history, as reflected in the restaurant’s name, continues to this day; the Irish National Stud is a short ride away, making The K Club a favourite place to stay among the world’s top horse breeders. Even for those without equine inclinations, a visit to the Irish National Stud provides interesting insight into the multibillion-dollar business of horsebreeding, in which Irish stock is among the most coveted in the world. On the grounds of the Irish National Stud are some very impressive gardens, including a stunning Japanese garden recreated in complete authenticity by a master horticulturist more than a hundred years ago. Very close to the Irish National Stud in the town of Kildare is Kildare Shopping Village, an outlet centre where the souvenir hunter can load up on products from top brands in fashion and homewares.
For the ultimate in luxury and privacy, The K Club’s Straffan House, a private mansion set in a secluded area of the estate’s expansive grounds, is a self-contained resort unto itself complete with cinema and indoor swimming pool. The same excellence in cuisine enjoyed by guests dining in The Byerley Turk can be had by guests staying in Straffan House, though of course a private chef can be arranged along with any other request of the residents, which in the past have included Prince Albert of Monaco, whose mother was one of the world’s most famous women of Irish descent.
The company Ireland Chauffeur Travel can easily arrange airport transfers from Dublin Airport (or any other place in Ireland) to The K Club as well as all transport needs to visit County Kildare and points beyond. The courteous and experienced drivers of Ireland Chauffeur Travel have a sense of humour superseded only by a knowledge of their country that well serves to enhance the client experience.