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3 Days Culinary Tours Ireland with Good Food Ireland

Ireland's Ancient East Food Tour

Escape to the Kilkenny countryside for a 5-star weekend in the luxurious Mount Juliet Estate. Take in the wealth of Kilkenny’s food heritage and add a dash, or five, of opulence, this is country living with elegance. Steep yourself in the estates heritage, history, and food traditions, visit the bustle of Kilkenny’s medieval town and experience Irish food with an Italian twist.


  • Private tour of Mount Juliet Estate
  • 3-course dinner with tea & coffee at Rinnucinis
  • 9-course tasting menu with wine pairings in a Michelin star Lady Helen Restaurant
  • Stay at Kilkenny’s luxurious 5-star Mount Juliet Estate
  • Relaxing spa massages


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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You will spend two nights in a manor house superior room at Kilkenny’s luxurious five-star Mount Juliet Estate. Mount Juliet’s tradition of hospitality dates back to the 18th century, when young Somerset Butler and his new bride, Juliet, moved into the newly refurbished house, renamed in her honor. Over the years, a great many illustrious persons have dined, fished, and hunted before resting in one of Mount Juliet Estate's 31 sumptuous bedrooms, which are named after previous guests, such as The King of Ossory, The Black Earl, Lady Juliana, and Fitzwilliam Le Gros.

A stay at Mount Juliet is a truly unique experience. It is a place to come and be who you want to be, whether that involves fishing, riding, golfing, archery, falconry, or the absolute indulgence of treatment rooms and the health club. Mount Juliet was designed during the Georgian era, so you will find the rooms as bright and as generously proportioned, as they are luxurious. Each individually decorated room is equipped with the latest technology and conveniences, including complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV, trouser press, individually designed en-suite, a built-in safe, and a tea and coffee station.

Manor house superior room

The big houses of the 18th Century were built around the idea of hospitality. Travel by carriage was slow and uncomfortable, so visits from family or friends were special occasions, often lasting days or weeks. The superior rooms in Mount Juliet Manor House are designed around that tradition and you will find a discrete and private space, with ample room to make yourself at home, and a level of comfort and luxury to remind you that you are an honored guest.


Day 1 - Arrival

  • Arrive to the Kilkenny countryside on Friday afternoon.
  • After a warm welcome and being shown to your manor house superior room at Mount Juliet Estate, you can drop your bags.
  • Step through the front doors, to a sweeping staircase, and make your way to a room where no luxury will be omitted; eye the gorgeous bath tub and plan a well-deserved soak.
  • Before you settle in for the evening, visit Kilkenny for a little food and heritage. Wander narrow streets with ancient medieval buildings, quaint little shops, pubs, and the sound of Irish traditional music that seeps out the doors.
  • Make your way to the castle and, across the parade, a dining experience will be waiting for you at Ristorant Rinnucini, where food is served the way Chef Antonio remembers it from his childhood.
  • He cooks with the ingredients of his region: olive oils, Italian charcuterie, cheese, and wines, which are sourced from selected suppliers and artisan producers in Italy, and the fresh fish, meat, and seasonal vegetables coming from Ireland.
  • Rinuccini provides the perfect marriage between Italian cuisine and fresh Irish produce.
  • After your delicious meal, retire to Mount Juliet for a peaceful night's sleep.

Day 2- Tasting menu

  • Wake to an impressive breakfast brimming with Ireland’s finest yogurts, cheeses, oats, and meats. Enjoy a tour of Mount Juliet Estate, taking in a church ruin, rolling golf courses, fishing lakes, and the stud.
  • Enjoy the many little walk ways and picturesque surroundings as your host, Des, explains the history of the grand estate.
  • Indulge in a little more luxury at the Mount Juliet Spa, where you will smell the essential oils burning, feel the softness of a fluffy robe, and the gentle ease of total relaxation as you unwind with a series of massages, that will leave you putty in their hands.
  • Perhaps enjoy a cup of elegant tea in the lounge, a stay by the fire, or head upstairs to get ready for your extravagant last supper.
  • Today's dinner will include a 9-course tasting menu, paired with wines that will mingle and enhance the flavors.
  • You will meet Chef Ken Harker, who will explain the wonder that’s in store, and then sit back and sip, as plate after plate of culinary brilliance is placed before you. Discuss each dish at length, you will not be able to help yourself, and drink in the elegant dining experience that is The Lady Helen Restaurant.
  • After this amazing experience, retire to a long soak in the tub and one last night curled up in the lap of luxury.

Day 3 - Departure

  • Awake to breakfast with all the trimmings and one last stroll, or perhaps a bit of golf on the estate; make the most of your last day.
  • Return to check out with happy memories of your luxury Kilkenny weekend.


This vacation will take place in Kilkenny, Ireland.


During your holiday, your palate will be surprised with daily tasty breakfast; a 3-course dinner with tea and coffee at Rinnucinis Restaurant and one 9-course tasting menu with wine pairings in a Michelin-star Lady Helen Restaurant.

Things to do (optional)

  • Go fishing at river Nore
  • Learn and practice archery and falconry
  • Make some equestrian activities
  • Relieve stress and get in shape or stay in shape at Mount Juliet Estate's health club

Spa treatments

During your vacation, you will release stress with a relaxing spa treatment, which includes a 20-minute Indian head massage and a 30-minute foot and hand massage. Mount Juliet Estate also offers a wide variety of spa treatments in the most relaxing and restful surroundings, so you can return to the world revitalized and rejuvenated.

Beautiful beginnings

Maternity treatments given 16 or more weeks into your pregnancy. Pregnancy is a time of great emotional and physical changes and, some of them, can bring discomforts. Enjoy a wonderful series of treatments to promote a sense of well-being for you and your baby. The therapists will tailor your treatment specially to your needs ensuring mind and body are completely relaxed.

Body wraps

Each wrap includes an invigorating full body exfoliation and intensely nourishing scalp treatment. The body wraps are only for women, unless otherwise stated.

Facial treatments

The treatment suites at Mount Juliet uses Spa Find exclusively. Spa Find’s luxurious products and mineral treatments use the natural power of mud, salt, and seaweed to help normalize the body’s mineral levels and help bring your inner health back into balance. All facials include a deeply relaxing shoulder, face, and scalp massage, unless otherwise stated.

Holistic treatments

By taking into account your physiological and psychological well-being, the holistic treatments help bring your mind and body back into a state of equilibrium.

Hot stone therapy

A hot stone massage is an unforgettable sensory experience. Hot basalt stones and warm oils are used to massage the body, gently soothing the nerves and muscles to bring about a deep state of relaxation. The heat from the stones penetrates the muscles, helping to ease tension, soothe, and stimulate circulation, all of which promotes self-healing.

Luxury spa day packages

A luxury day spa package is the perfect way to experience uninterrupted ‘you’ time. All of the packages include full access to the facilities such as the pool, the steam room, the sauna, and the delicious lunch menu in the President’s Bar.

Massage journeys

Spa Find has developed a distinctive range of spa treatment journeys. By bringing together the therapeutic power of minerals and ancient techniques from around the world, they have created a suite of immensely pampering, truly effective massage rituals.

Men's treatments

Even though almost all of the treatments are suitable for men and women, treatments specially designed for men are also offered.

Therapeutic massage

Massages can be traced back over 5,000 years to prehistoric cave paintings depicting the laying on of hands for sick and injured people. Over the time, a great deal has been learned so that today, these therapeutic massages can promote healing at all levels, by balancing emotional and physical energies.

Other treatments

  • Color polish
  • File and polishes
  • French polish
  • Hair removal
  • Hairdressers on-call and available on request
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Tanning
  • Threading
  • Tinting
  • Waxing

What's included

  • 1 foot and hand massage of 30 minutes
  • 1 Indian head massage of 20 minutes
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • 3-course dinner with tea and coffee
  • 9-course tasting menu with wine pairings
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ireland food travel map
  • Meet and greet with executive Chef Ken Harker
  • Private guided tour of Mount Juliet Estate

What's not included

  • Additional drinks and meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Other spa treatments
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

The closest airports to Kilkenny are Dublin Airport (DUB) or Waterford Airport (WAT).


  • Dublin - 1 hour
  • Kilkenny - 20 minutes
  • Waterford - 30 minutes

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.
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