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First look: Inside Carton House’s multimillion euro refurb, from a new ‘whiskey library’ to a revamped spa

Carton House emerges from lockdown as Ireland’s first Fairmont resort. Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at the grand refurbishment that’s shooting for five stars...

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Carton House exterior

Carton House exterior

Outdoor dining at Carton House

Outdoor dining at Carton House

A double bedroom at Carton House

A double bedroom at Carton House

The Gold Room at Carton House

The Gold Room at Carton House

Falconry at Carton House

Falconry at Carton House

Sink into a chair at Carton House

Sink into a chair at Carton House

The Courtyard Bar at Carton House

The Courtyard Bar at Carton House

The retiled pool at Carton House

The retiled pool at Carton House

A bedroom at the K Club

A bedroom at the K Club

Adare Manor

Adare Manor

Dining at Mount Juliet

Dining at Mount Juliet

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Carton House exterior

“We want you to get lost here,” says Martin Mangan. “We want to create an oasis.”

I’ve just stepped through the new front door to Carton House, where its general manager greets me in a sharp suit and black face mask. There are no handshakes of course — but there is the warm feeling of one. Sunshine spills through floor-to-ceiling windows; my view carries over a new courtyard terrace onto the golf course outside. There are seats to lounge in, a Kilkenny limestone floor to sashay across; Ulster Carpets for feet to sink into.


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