Experience: Lyrath House

This is a beautiful hotel set in stunning gardens on the outskirts of Kilkenny city. Most of the rooms and facilities are in a modern building but the original Lyrath House has been restored and is incorporated into the hotel building. I stayed during the early summer and it was a particularly warm day when I explored the reception rooms in the old house. As I entered the Mourning Room, I felt a distinct chill and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. The old house (obviously) has no air conditioning and the doors and windows were closed. The house was very warm but walking into that room, I felt that sensation very clearly. It wasn’t in any way threatening but I was strong enough that I acknowledged it aloud. I was on my own at the time.

Lyrath Estate

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