Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ten Years of Carton House... and now they're celebrating

Francis Howley on the par three 14th 
... with a month long festival of celebration offers in August.

An interesting, little known fact about Carton House… it’s a 1,100 acre walled estate. And when I say walled, I mean its perimeter is a wall measuring over 5.5
miles long. On the Montgomerie course you’ll play alongside it on a number of holes but on the O’Meara, such is the vastness of the estate, you’ll never see it. Oh, and the estate stretches across two counties: Kildare and Meath. In other words, expect an expansive experience.

Carton House is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special month long festival of offers this August, including complimentary upgrades, special B&B rates and free activities… including golf.

A panoramic view over the Monty par four 16th
Should you claim a reward/prize of some free Irish golf you’re left with the sticky decision of which course to play. Do you take the picturesque, elegant parkland route of the O’Meara… or do you take on the more strategic and challenging ‘inland-links’ of the Montgomerie? They may sit side by side, but they are world’s apart in terms of their golf experience. Personally, I prefer the Monty (when the rough is up and golden), but most visitors will favour the O’Meara where you don’t have to fear the bunkering quite so much. Besides, any conversation about golf at Carton House tends to centre on the run of three O'Meara holes beside the River Rye. Par three, par five, par three… all thrillers, all instantly memorable.
Views of the approach to O'Meara's par five 6th

A touch of history 

Carton House was commissioned by the Earl of Kildare, in 1739. In 2006, the house was beautifully restored and the new modern wing was added to transform the property and create a unique venue which combines the old with the new. Carton House has achieved many milestones over the last decade, and will undoubtedly achieve many more.

To mark their 10th anniversary, Carton House has created a month long festival of celebration offers, including:

  10 dates for only €110 B&B for a double room
  10 dates of complimentary upgrades to the original house bedrooms
  10 dates with complimentary wine in your room on arrival
  €10 credit for use in the spa or golf with you stay during August
  10 rooms per night for only €90pps B&B with free round of golf
Nailing one on the O'Meara par four 12th
Whether it’s a romantic weekend away, a family break, a sporting trip or a Sunday lunch outing, Carton House has something for everyone. Here are the top 10 activities at the resort:

1                    Play a round of golf on one of two championship golf courses
2                    Visit The Kildare Gallery, home to paintings and sculptures by well- known Irish and international artists
3                    Fish at the famous boathouse
4                    Experience off road driving, zip wiring and a Bear Grylls experience at
5                    Relax with a treatment at the Carton Spa
6                    Book your summer BBQ at The Arch or enjoy award winning cuisine in the Linden Tree restaurant
7                    Play tennis
8                    Swim or gym at the resort’s leisure centre
9                    Take a 17th century history tour through the old house
10                Enjoy a walk along one of the resorts famous walking trails

If you like, you can share your memories of Carton House over the last 10 years by sharing a photo on Facebook (@CartonHouseIreland), Twitter (@Cartonhouse) or Instagram (@Cartonhouse). Do so and you're in with a chance to win a luxury overnight stay in the stunning presidential suite with a champagne breakfast. Not a bad return!
Panorama over the par five 15th - green to the right of the River Rye
My abiding memory is a crow stealing my burger at the O’Meara halfway house. I wasn’t happy. It was a damn fine burger. Surprisingly, I didn't get a photo of that moment... although someone may have got a snap of me hurling my 7 iron at the offending bird.
Views from the driveway over the Monty 18th green to the 'House' (hotel)
For more information or to book one of Carton House's birthday offers go to or call 01 5052000.

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