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Cashel Palace Hotels opens March 2022 in Ireland's Golden Vale

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New Relais & Chateaux member is a restored palace in the shadow of Rock of Cashel.

CASHEL, IRELAND - Set to open in March 2022, as a five-star hotel in the heart of County Tipperary, Cashel Palace Hotel, epitomizes the finest of Irish hospitality. Set within a magnificent Palladian manor, built in 1732, the landmark address has been meticulously restored by conservation architects to create a truly desirable destination hotel offering 42 unique bedrooms including 9 opulent suites. Steeped in history, this former Archbishop's grand country house became a hotel in the early 1960s and hosted many famous visitors and friends alike; coming to view the world-renowned Rock of Cashel from the hotel’s historic gardens and to explore Ireland from this charming market town in Tipperary. 

Optimally located between town and countryside, decadent rooms and suites are impeccably designed for rest and relaxation, while the gardens offer three tranquil acres of rolling lawns, ancient trees, and modern landscaping. Deeply luxurious and palatial, each room draws on the heritage of this great house, celebrating history and championing modern comforts. You will find everything you could possibly need for an indulgent and memorable country escape. Once home to the Archbishops of Cashel, Cashel Palace sits at the foot of the Rock of Cashel, a dramatic limestone outcrop featuring the most impressive cluster of medieval buildings in Ireland. With a private pathway to this historic site, the gardens, spa, and many bedrooms offer impressive views of this astonishing attraction.

The world-class Spa takes full advantage of the glorious views, with a light-flooded and heated 17-meter swimming pool including 5 meters outdoors and outdoor seaweed baths designed to enjoy a therapeutic soak. Guests can partake in an invigorating session in the hot and cold experience showers, relaxing Jacuzzi, and superior Klafs steam room and sauna. The facilities extend to a fully-equipped gym, hair salon, and yoga studio, where you can enjoy a healthy smoothie in the outside spa terrace overlooking the gardens. The elite therapists work with Bamford and Skin by Olga products to deliver a selection of indulgent spa treatments and rituals for guests. Choose from calming, nurturing, and balancing skin and body therapies and feel your stresses melt away. 

A proud Relais & Chateaux member, Cashel Palace Hotel’s dining offering is exceptional in every sense and the hotel also has two atmospheric bars. With a deep connection to the Golden Vale, the rich pastures that surround the hotel, Director of Culinary, Stephen Hayes serves exquisite modern Irish cooking utilizing a seasonal menu sourcing from the freshest local produce. The Bishop’s Buttery offers formal dining, with casual dining, outdoor dining, and afternoon tea all served across an array of beautiful settings. Today, Cashel Palace’s basement proudly houses the original Guinness Bar. In the 1740s, the Archbishop’s Land Agent, Richard Guinness brewed ale using hops grown in the Palace’s garden and passed on his expertise to his son Arthur who used the 100 Pounds inheritance from his Godfather, Archbishop Arthur Price, to buy the 999-year lease in St. James gate and start his famous Guinness brewing empire. Cashel Palace is an impressive choice for intimate private dining too, with the ballroom a glamorous choice for larger celebrations and events. On adjacent grounds, Mikey Ryan’s Bar & Kitchen, a casual dining option welcomes locals and hotel guests alike to enjoy indoor and al fresco dining. Lovingly restored and reopened in 2017, Mikey Ryan's has remained a firm town favorite and is an ever-popular choice for brunch, lunch, and dinner.

Cashel Palace’s dedicated Equine Concierge curates exhilarating equine adventures for guests across Tipperary’s Thoroughbred Trail. The Magnier Family, owners of Cashel Palace, have been at the very heart of Ireland’s rich tapestry of thoroughbred racing and breeding legacy for generations, with their world-renowned Coolmore Stud Farm just mere miles from the hotel. This passion for all things equine is expressed throughout the hotel and passed on to guests through an exciting program of equestrian experiences and exclusive access to some of the most prestigious racing and breeding facilities in the world.

This landscape sets the stage for hotel guests to get active and make the most of their stay amid stunning lakes, and quaint country roads. From casual kayaking to exhilarating rides down rapids, there's something for every level of kayaker on the River Suir's Blueway, located 20 km from Cashel. It is perfect for a romantic amble along the riverside or a family adventure cycle while sampling Ireland’s beautiful countryside and rich cultural heritage. Spectacular hiking and biking trails and private fishing trips and golf tours provide experiences for every type of guest.

Home to some of the most fertile rolling hills in the country, Tipperary is an incredible place to enjoy the delights of the land with some of Ireland’s finest food producers on its doorstep. There are a number of culinary tours being offered by some of the farmers, growers, and artisanal food producers for a true taste of Tipperary and exciting adventures in food and drink.

True to their aspirations of excellence, Cashel Palace has followed best practices in construction, restoration, sourcing, and energy to ensure the blueprint for sustainability stands up to the highest scrutiny. They have embraced the Relais & Chateaux manifesto of making ‘the world a better place through cuisine and hospitality,’ following an ethos that is better for the environment and their guests.

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