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#10 of 82 B&Bs / Inns in Kilkenny
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4.9
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4.6
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4.5
Value
4.2
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Butler House, Luxury Guesthouse - formally the Dower House of Kilkenny Castle built in 1770. This historical house is situated in the centre of Kilkenny City, adjacent to Kilkenny Castle. An integral part of the Kilkenny Castle Estate, Butler House was home to the Earls of Ormonde, who also built the castle, stables and coach houses at the rear. Sweeping staircases, magnificent plastered ceilings and marble fireplaces are all features of this 18th century house. The house is a combination of contemporary furnishings and period elegance. Butler House boasts seventeen special rooms and suites, all with their own individual character. Designed to provide maximum comfort, each has a modern bathroom, and is decorated with soft coordinated fabrics and furnishings. The balance of old and new is prevalent throughout the rooms – contemporary furnishings are combined with the magnificent original features, which afford guests an impressive sense of comfort and space.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Children's television networks
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Non-smoking hotel
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723MarkB23 wrote a review Nov 2022
Minneapolis, Minnesota149 contributions70 helpful votes
We were only in Kilkenny a short while, but our stay in the Butler House was pleasant. The hotel had a good breakfast and was very central to the town. The staff were helpful with planning logistics and had good recommendations for dinner. Hopefully in our next run through Kilkenny, we can spend more time.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us and we hope to welcome you again.
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Jacqueline R wrote a review Nov 2022
Cork, Cork, Ireland542 contributions298 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our stay here. Perfectly located within walking distance of Kilkenny Castle and the shopping area. Lots of restaurants and bars close by. Hotel is old by very well maintained and decorated. Check-in was so welcoming and friendly. Rooms were spotless and very well appointed. Unfortunately our shower wouldn’t turn off and the sink wouldn’t drain. We reported this to reception and the issue was resolved by the time breakfast was finished, Gorgeous lounge area to relax and order a quiet drink. Great fireplace in the foyer made the entrance very welcoming. Definitely a great place to relax, beautiful gardens & welcoming staff. We will certainly return. Great choices available for breakfast, staff were happy to bring whatever you needed. I would suggest that a larger container of butter be supplied to avoid having to request constant refills. Also bringing the toast with the pastries just led to toast going uneaten and hot toast being requested when the food arrived.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for your feedback. I will pass on your comments. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again.
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Joe 23 wrote a review Oct 2022
234 contributions149 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night in a suite which was huge with a great view of the garden and castle. If you want to stay in your room and enjoy the view, great. If you want to have a meal or drink you won't get it (mid week). No food is available and the receptionist will get you a drink. The room was very comfortable but the small bathroom is a let down. Breakfast was not good. Our order was taken and toast and tea was brought with our cereals so the untoasted toast was cold when our hot food arrived. It was served on a tiered tray with a tiny tub of butter. It felt we were constantly looking for something when we asked for hot toast, more butter and marmalade. Throughout our stay all of the staff were great and helpful.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 17, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. I apologise for the experience you had at breakfast and will be sure to pass on your comments. I am glad the staff were helpful and friendly. The Team at Butler House
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Nacho5 wrote a review Oct 2022
Dublin, Ireland12 contributions5 helpful votes
We’d a fantastic stay in Butler House. The location is excellent and within walking distance to all the main attractions in Kilkenny. The reception staff were welcoming and attentive whilst the rooms were spacious and clean. We especially enjoyed the eclectic decor and paintings. The breakfast was also delightful with beautiful views of the castle and garden. The only small negative was the weak WiFi coverage and the lack of shower gel/shampoo holders near the bath. I would highly recommend the accommodation when staying in Kilkenny. We would especially like to thank Wendy for being so attentive and funny with our daughter.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Oct 17, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave us your review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and I will be sure to thank Wendy for you. We look forward to welcoming you again. The Team at Butler House
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MWeisensel wrote a review Oct 2022
Cincinnati, Ohio174 contributions39 helpful votes
Beautiful accomodations on the outskirts of the main area .... An easy walk to all the sights in town ... The staff was great, the complimentary breakfast very good, the grounds/garden were very pretty.... This was the nicest place I stayed during my visit to Ireland.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded Oct 10, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us your thoughts. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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tcm1111 wrote a review Sep 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia3 contributions
The Butler House is a great hotel! This is the third time I have stayed there and I highly recommended it. The hotel is beautiful and the formal gardens are very peaceful. All of the staff were professional, friendly and helpful. The breakfast was the best we had in Ireland on this trip. The hotel is conveniently located and is walkable to all of the sights, restaurants and pubs.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Oct 3, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great review. We re delighted that you continue to stay with us and enjoy our ambience here at Butler House and Gardens. We will be sure to relay your lovely comment to the staff here. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Neil5007 wrote a review Sep 2022
Armagh, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom4 contributions
Stayed here late August. Staff were really friendly. Our room opened up onto a lovely view of the beautiful gardens. I have travelled alot and I can safely say that the fry I got for breakfast was absolutely amazing. The best I have ever tasted. And was presented beautifully. Neil and Aideen Armagh city.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 3, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a great review Neil. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. I will be sure to relay your comments to the chef about the breakfast. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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gerrymcguigan wrote a review Sep 2022
Dublin, Ireland34 contributions10 helpful votes
I’ve traveled all over Ireland and visited some really nice places. This beautiful house is way up on the list and not just because of the house itself. I had the privilege to be welcomed by the amazing Freda at the front desk. She was fantastic, friendly, generous with her time and just a downright really nice person. What a great woman to have greetings guests.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
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Responded Oct 3, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. I will be sure to inform Freda of your lovely comments. She will be trilled. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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Cathy H wrote a review Sep 2022
94 contributions16 helpful votes
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Wonderful bed and breakfast right next to Kilkenny Castle. We chose to upgrade to a suite, and ... wow! We felt like we were staying in a grand suite at Downton Abbey! The Lady Eleanor suite was massive, beautiful and had a full view of the castle. Loved it! Great breakfast, good service at the hotel. Very nice. The only minor thing was that it didn't appear the carpeting in the room had been fully vacuumed. But it wasn't dirty at all.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Responded Oct 3, 2022
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and your valuable feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will be sure to relay your comments about the room. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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TurkeyVisit wrote a review Sep 2022
Kamloops, Canada100 contributions93 helpful votes
The castle view room was extraordinary with a curved bay window with seating. The large king bed was extremely comfortable with a duvet cover. There was still and sparkling water provided each day. The bathroom had a large tub with shower and a very handy shelf for bath products. Of great use was the elevator and parking was secure and free. Only downside for us was breakfast, the flavours were not too our taste and the meats were very salty. The pleasant staff made up for any shortcoming. The location was perfect, the street was quiet and there were no bright lights shining in the room
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Ask for a castle view room.
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review and your valuable feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. We apologise that the menu was not to your taste but thrilled the staff were very helpful. We look forward to welcoming you again.
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$133 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
IrelandProvince of LeinsterCounty KilkennyKilkenny
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Butler House
Which popular attractions are close to Butler House?
Nearby attractions include Medieval Mile Museum (0.2 miles), The Hole in the Wall (0.2 miles), and Kilkenny Castle (0.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Butler House?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Butler House?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Butler House?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Butler House?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Butler House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Petronella Restaurant & Cafe, Truffles Restaurant and Wine Bar, and Indique.
Is Butler House located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Kilkenny.
Does Butler House offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Butler House?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Kilkenny Castle (0.1 miles), Rothe House and Garden (0.4 miles), and Kilkenny Famine Experience (0.5 miles).
Does Butler House have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the park view available here.