Conrad Hotels has signed a Hotel Management Agreement with
Mount Juliet, Ireland’s premier golf and sporting Estate. This Agreement, which will take
effect at the end of March 2002, will involve Conrad managing and marketing the hotel and
conference facilities for Mount Juliet.
These operations will be marketed under the name of Mount Juliet Conrad and include Mount
Juliet House, the Hunter’s Yard and conference rooms, the recently developed Spa facility
and the Rose Garden Lodges.
An award winning property, Mount Juliet is part of one of the world’s most prestigious
championship golf estates, which hosts many international competitions on its Jack Nicklaus
designed golf course. It will welcome the WGC American Express Championship 2002 in
September. In addition, its Mount Juliet Golf Academy attracts golfers of all levels.
Located in South East Ireland, in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, 75 miles South of Dublin, the
1,500 acre estate allows all hotel residents to enjoy a wide range of activities, including
relaxation and health & beauty at its exceptional spa, complemented by a heated pool.
Horse-riding, golf, clay shooting and archery, rod and line fishing, shooting in woodland,
tennis, cycling, and croquet are also some of the outdoor leisure options available to the
business and leisure residents.
The accommodation is luxurious and diverse. Guests may choose between the classical
Georgian elegance of Mount Juliet House, the informal sporting atmosphere of the Courtyard
Rooms, set around the stableyard or the spacious Rose Garden Lodges, ideal for longer stays
and families. The culinary experience is memorable. Renowned chefs offer international and
creative cuisine in the Lady Helen Dining Room, with panoramic views over the river Nore,
or at the Kendals Restaurant in the Hunters Yard. Traditional and sophisticated Irish bars are
also favoured by guests.
Commenting on the Agreement Dr. Tim Mahony, Chairman of Mount Juliet said:
“This is a tremendous boost for all of us at Mount Juliet. Our aspirations have always been based on
the highest international standards, while maintaining a very distinctive Irish personality. We are
happy that Mount Juliet is now established as a significant luxury destination within Irish tourism.
Personally, I believe this Agreement will not only have significant advantages for us in Mount Juliet
but indeed for Ireland as a top quality tourist destination”.
Mr. Clement Barter, President, Conrad Hotels added:
“I am delighted that Mount Juliet selected Conrad Hotels for this Management Agreement. It’s a
perfect match, as Mount Juliet has all the qualities we are looking for: an ideal location, an
international reputation - made through its championship golf estate’s achievements - and excellent business and leisure facilities. It is an exceptional property which reinforces our presence in Ireland
and complements our growing portfolio of fine city and resort hotels.”
The management of Mount Juliet’s golf facilities and operations and the residential
development operations carried out by Mount Juliet Properties are separate from this
Agreement and will remain under their existing management.
The Killeen Group acquired the Mount Juliet Estate from the McCalmont family in 1987.
The Estate was then transformed into one of Europe’s leading leisure destinations with the
conversion of the house into a luxury hotel, the building of a Jack Nicklaus signature
championship golf course and academy and the development of residential properties set
discreetly through the land.
The hotel has won major awards for its hotels and restaurants, including the AA Hotel of the
Year in 1999, the RAC Gold Ribbon for Excellence in 2000, the AA Rosette Awards for the
Lady Helen Dining Room and Kendals Restaurant. The golf course has hosted three Irish
Open Championships from 1993 to 1995, and many other prestigious competitions. The
WGC American Express Championship 2002 in September will also welcome the world’s