Straffan & Co Kildare - Ireland part 1



I married to an Irish man so every now and then we go to Ireland to his home town, or village is the more apropiate word, #Straffan. Straffan is in County #Kildare, 25 kilometers from #Dublin and has a population of 439 people (that was the number in 2006 so it might be more now, or maybe less?). So what do they have in Straffan? To be honest, not that much. Whenever we are there we end up in the local bar, #Friels (the acctually have two local pubs, Friels and Straffan inn). Let just say that they are typical local places in Ireland. However, I would recommend tourist to go to those bars (then I mean local places), as you do get a good feeling of the country side and the local environmet, culture and very friendly Irish people. Good pub grub as well.











As I said, not that much to do in the actual village of Straffan, they have some lovely buildings.....







A very good, fancy restarant and hotel, Barberstown Castle, which was build in the 13th century and have been running as a hotel since 1971. It has been recommended by Fodor's Chise Distinction 2010, The Good Hotel Guide and Michelin Guide. Barberstown Castle was also awarded  "Best Hotel Restaurant in Kildare 2011". I have been there for dinner myself and although it is a little bit expencive it is worth a visit, the food is great. Also remember that Barberstown Castle is privatley own and not a member of any chain so it has maintained its perfect victorian style for over eight centuries. 



 Almost right beside Barberstown Castle you can find Straffan Antiques. This great antique shop with three different furnuture shops and a lovely tea room will definetly have something for everyones taste, especially girls with an interest in furnutures and shabby chic accessories. 


















The Tea Room has become very popular amongst the locals and during the weekends they are almost full all the time. A great way of meeting the local people and cathing up/get to know one another over a cup of tea, coffe or maybe one of their great sandwiches. Try the salmon!











The one thing I would say Straffan and Co. Kildare is most famous for is The #K Club, hotel and golf resort. or as it is also called The Kildare Hotel, Spa and Country Club. Don't know if this is true, but in my eyes it could easily be. In 2010/2011 it was awarded with the title of 'AA Ireland Hotel of the year' and this five star hotel, spa and country club is well worth a visit. The Original house was modelled on a French Château and it was build in 1832. In 1991 it opened as a luxury hotel, which have been one of Irelands best in service and standards ever since. The hotel has 69 guest bedrooms including 9 hotel suites, and in the whole resort you can find four different type of restaurants. The River Room restaurant, in the main hotel, Legends Bar and Restaurant in The Palmer Clubhouse, Kwam Suk Royal & Orient and The Riverside Cafe, two last ones located in the Smuffit Clubhouse. 



















The K club has two famous courses desigend by Arnold Palmer, The (Palmer) Smurfit Course and The Palmer Ryder Cup Course. The Smurfit course has dramatic landscape and several very good spots for spectators to view all the golfers at a good range. With this type of landscape it is a true championship course with many different "twists and turns". The  Palmer Ryder Cup course, located just accross the River Liffy (wihich goes through a large part of the K Club) and is one of Europe's most spectacular courses. This course is very different from the Smurfit Course and it is regularly ranked the top 3 parkland golf courses in Ireland. It is no secret that Ireland has a lot of good golf courses. 














Golf is not the only activity you can do in the K Club, they also have things like fishing, Falconry, Clay Pigeon shooting, horse riding and of course you can go for a lovely walk along the beautiful gardens of the huge resort. And do not forget the five star spa! Here you can get many different treatments in the peace and quiet of the Irish countryside.


To be continued..........


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