The K Club Hotel & Resort

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• Forbes Travel Guide 4 Star Hotel 2019 • Best Wine Experience in Leinster 2019 – The Restaurant Association of Ireland • Best Golf Resorts in Great Britain & Ireland – 2019 GolfDigest Editor’s Choice Awards • No. 18 in CVENT’s Top 25 Europe Independent Hotels 2019 • No. 27 in Top 30 Resorts in Europe – 2019 Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards • No. 5 in Best Resorts in Ireland - 2019 Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards • IGTOA Service Excellence Award for Best Golf Course 2019 • Best Luxury Golf Resort in Ireland – The World Luxury Hotel Awards 2019

Venue Highlights


Room features and guest services

  • Concierge services
  • Internet access
  • Laundry service
  • Luggage storage
  • Room service
  • View (garden)


  • Onsite catering
  • Onsite gift shop
  • Onsite restaurant
  • Onsite security
  • Rental car service
  • Space (private)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Business services

  • AV capabilities
  • Business center
  • Video conference
  • VIP services

Recreational activities

  • Golf course on grounds
  • Health club
  • Indoor pool
  • Spa or salon
  • Tennis courts

Venue accessibility

  • Bus
  • Taxi
  • Train


  • Dance floor
  • Loading dock
  • Piano
  • Portable heaters
  • Staging area

Getting Here

Guests & Visitors to The K Club can get here by car using the directions below. Alternatively we would be more than happy to arrange an Airport Transfer. This can be a car for smaller groups or a coach for larger groups. Car- Directions from Dublin Airport - N4/M4 route: Take the M1 from the Dublin Airport and follow the signs for the M50 to the Westlink Toll Bridge. Immediately after coming off toll bridge, exit at junction 7 and head right to N4- Galway/Sligo & The West. Continue on this road past the Lucan Spa Hotel and on to the M4 Motorway. Exit Motorway at Naas/Maynooth signpost and a junction take left for Naas. Continue for approximately 5 miles/8km – cross Clane Road and follow sign for Straffan Past Barberstown Castle and into Straffan Village – continue through village – entrance to Hotel ½ mile/800 m on right hand side.


  • Complimentary parking
  • Paid parking
  • Valet parking

Distance from airport

  • 24 mi. from venue

The K Club Hotel & Resort Meeting Space

Total meeting space15,479 sq. ft.
Meeting rooms14
Largest room5,307 sq. ft.
Second largest room3,283 sq. ft.
Space (Private)Available

Guest Rooms

Total guest rooms128

Local Attractions

The Irish National Stud Company

40 km away
The Irish National Stud Company was formed in 1945 to promote the interests of the Irish Bloodstock industry with a view to improving the quality of bloodstock in Ireland by providing the services of the high-class stallions on the farm. The Stud at Tully consists of 958 acres of land and 288 horse boxes. Visitors may enjoy walks close to the paddocks, view the foaling unit, and visit the saddler shop and forge. The visitor centre includes a museum which was opened in 1977, a craft shop and a full Restaurant. The Japanese Gardens were created between 1906 and 1910 and are acclaimed as the finest in Europe. The Gardens incorporate a Tea House and miniature Japanese village. The National Stud and Japanese Gardens are well worth a visit during your stay. Opening Hours: 12 February - 12 November, 9.30am - 6.00pm, Monday - Sunday Last Entry: 4pm, car park closed 6.15pm sharp Directions by Car: Travelling from the M7 take Exit 13 in the direction of Nurney on the R415 as far as Newtown Cross. Turn left and continue to the T-Junction. Turn right at the T-Junction for the Visitors car park, drive a short distance and then turn left. The car park entrance is 200m on the left. Distance from Exit 13 to car park 1.3 miles. Travel Distance: 40 km Travel Time: 45 minutes

The Curragh Race Course

Historical landmark
33 km away
The Curragh is the headquarters of Flat Racing in Ireland, hosting all five Classic Races and up to thirteen other quality racedays. It is owned and managed by the Irish Turf Club, founded in Kildare in the 1760s to encourage the sport of Horse Racing and which continues today as the regulatory body for Racing throughout Ireland. The County Kildare venue hosts some of the most famous races in the world including the Abu Dhabi Irish Guineas Festival, Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby, Darley Irish Oaks and The Irish Field St Leger. The best Thoroughbred Horses and jockeys in Europe compete over 18 race days from March to October. Directions by Car: From Dublin take Exit 9 off the M50 onto the N7 southbound. Take Exit 12 off the M7. When you arrive, you'll find plenty of free car parking. Regular racegoers can opt for annual preferred car parking at a nominal rate. Travel Distance: 33 km Travel Time: 35 minutes

Kildare Village Outlet Shopping

40 km away
For a great day out, nestled within landscaped grounds and presented in an authentic village environment, Kildare Village Outlet Shopping is label heaven. You will find it difficult to resist temptation with 60 brands such as Louise Kennedy, DKNY, Juicy Couture, Anya Hindmarch, Aquascutum and Hugo Boss offering up to 60% off all year around. L'Officina, Dunne & Crescenzi’s ultra-modern Italian restaurant offers breakfast, mid-morning snacks, lunch and wonderful wines for you to imbibe while you deliberate over your next purchase. Starbucks is the perfect spot for a restorative coffee and treat. A morning or afternoon spent browsing 60 exclusive brands offering luxury for less in a chic and casual open-air environment is truly time well spent. Opening Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 10.00 - 18.00 Thursday - Saturday: 10.00 - 19.00 Sunday: 11.00 - 18.00 (Please note the restaurants and the Tourist Information Centre open 30 mins before boutique opening times and last orders for the restaurant is 30 mins before boutique closing times). Directions by Car: Kildare Village is located just off the M7 motorway at exit 13, signposted Nurney/Kildare Town. Follow the N7 until it becomes the M7. Leave the M7 at exit 13 for Kildare Town/Nurney. Take the third exit off the roundabout for Kildare; crossing over the motorway take the first exit at the roundabout and at the next roundabout take the third exit for the Kildare Village. There are 850 free car parking spaces available to shoppers at Kildare Village. Disabled parking is also available. Travel Distance: 40 km Travel Time: 45 minutes

Russborough House in Blessington

Historical landmark
40 km away
Russborough House in Blessington is situated near the borders of counties Kildare and Wicklow. Nestled in spectacular natural surrounding, there is no other Palladian house in Ireland to rival it aesthetically or architecturally. Russborough House was built for Joseph Leeson, later Earl of Milltown. Building began in 1741; the architect was the German, Richard Castle. Russborough House houses The Biet Collection of paintings along with a selection of paintings on loan from The National Gallery of Ireland. In exchange, the National Gallery lends paintings to Russborough for exhibition there. Opening Times 10.00am - 6.00pm (Last admission 5.00pm) April Sunday & Bank Holidays May to September Every Day October Sunday & Bank Holidays Travel Distance: 40 km Travel Time: 35 minutes The

Punchestown Racecourse

20 km away
Punchestown is the home of Irish National Hunt Racing and the venue for the famous 4 day Irish National Hunt in April. Punchestown Racecourse is the headquarters of National Hunt Racing in Ireland and host to the famous Irish National Hunt Festival that takes place in April each year. The Punchestown Festival is of course one of the highlights of the sporting and social calendar in Ireland and it really signals the end of the National Hunt season in the UK and Ireland. Increasingly more and more trainers from the UK are sending their horses to Punchestown for the glory of winning one of the big races. Directions by Car: From Dublin take Exit 9 off the M50 onto the N7 southbound. Take Exit 12 off the M7. When you arrive, you'll find plenty of free car parking. Regular racegoers can opt for annual preferred car parking at a nominal rate. Travel Distance: 20 km Travel Time: 15 minutes

The Glendalough Valley

83 km away
The Glendalough Valley is located in the Wicklow Mountains National Park and has many attractions to entice, entertain and enthrall visitors from its world famous Monastic Site with Round Tower to its scenic lakes and valleys, as well as a selection of walks and trails in the area including The Wicklow Way. Glendalough’s most prominent landmark is a round tower which provided the monks with a refuge when attacked by Viking or Irish raiders. Glendalough is a remarkable place that will still your mind, inspire your heart and fill your soul. Glendalough has long been an area renowned for its natural beauty and history and it is one of the most visited places in Ireland. There are nine way-marked walking trails in the valley of Glendalough. The walks vary from a short half hour stroll to a long four hour hillwalk. Large maps of the walks are displayed at the Visitor Centre beside the Monastic City and on the Notice Board at the Upper Lake car park. All the walks start at the National Park Information Office near the Upper Lake. Each trail is signposted with colour-coded arrows. Staff at the Information Office can help you choose a suitable route. Travel Distance: 83 km Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Castletown House

Historical landmark
20 km away
Castletown House is the largest and grandest Palladian country house in Ireland and is just 15 minute’s drive from the Hotel. It was built for William Connolly (the speaker of the Irish House of Commons). Building commenced c. 1722 and the building was designed by the renowned Italian architect, Alessandro Galileo and also in part by the Irish architect, Sir Edward Lovett Pearce. The West Wing Restaurant is situated in the original old kitchens. Lunch/dinner is available for groups - booking is essential. Opening Hours: Our opening times from 16th March - 31st of October 2012 will be: Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10am with the last admission to the house at 4.45pm. About the Tour: Access to the house is by guided tour only. The tour covers all aspects of the history of Castletown House, from 1722, when it was built, right up to the present day and the recent work which has been undertaken. The diverse and fascinating Connolly family members who lived in the house are explained, and visitors get a chance to view the fine architecture, original furniture and vast collection of paintings within Castletown. 2012 Admission Prices: Adults €4.50 Senior Citizens/Students/Children of 5 & over €3.50 Family €12.50 Groups (of over 20 people) €3.50 Directions by Car: There is Free Car/Coach parking from Exit 6 off the M4 at Celbridge West. The house is located 20km from Dublin off the M4 Sligo Road, from the M4 take the R449 Celbridge West/ Leixlip West Exit 6, stay in the left hand lane and before the top of this slip road there is a third lane on the left, go into this lane and then after approximately 100 meters you will see the Castletown Estate gates on the right. Travel Distance: 20 km Travel Time: 25 minutes

The Guinness Storehouse

Historical landmark
30 km away
Fondly called the Storehouse, the Guinness Storehouse is the leading tourist destination in Ireland having received more than 4 million visitors since it opened in 2000. It can be reached by bus, by tram or by foot if you’re coming from the Dublin City Centre. It is situated in St. James’s Gate, specifically in the fireplace of the well-known Guinness Brewery of Dublin. In the Storehouse, the visitor will find a fascinating educational tour detailing the history of Guinness. In 1904, the Storehouse was put up with the original intention of being the site of the fermentation process in the creation of Guinness, and it remained so until 1988. Opening Hours: The Guinness Storehouse is open 7 days a week from 9.30am - 5pm (last admission is at 5pm. Late opening during July and August until 7pm (last admission is at 7pm). Ticket Prices: Adult €12.96 Student over 18 €10.60 Student under 18 €8.50 Family €32.50 Senior Citizen €10.50 Children 6-12 €4.80 Travel Distance: 30 km Travel Time: 35 minutes


For centuries The K Club has allured, captivated and entranced visionary men and women from all walks of life. Throughout our colourful history we have been a place where courageous folks have hatched bold plans to change the world. Just 30 minutes from Dublin city and airport – we offer an unrivalled choice of meeting and conference rooms where you and your team can be inspired to hatch your own plans. Our resort is a prime setting for top-level meetings, corporate events, teambuilding challenges, boardroom meetings and conferences. Each of our meeting and event options provides a flexible – and often reconfigurable – space for creative collaboration, high-level meetings and innovative conferencing. Our 550-acre resort, unparalleled in its scope and beauty, boasts 128 modern rooms and suites built around a remarkable architectural centrepiece, the magnificently restored Straffan House, originally established – via a trailblazing passion for the good life – by legendary Bordeaux winemaker Hugh Barton in 1832. Captivatingly moreish, varied yet fantastically focussed; dining always comes with a generous dollop of passion and creativity at The K Club. Across our seven different food and drinks spaces, guests are guaranteed superb taste and flavour sensations, thoughtful attention to detail, produce-led dishes and drinks of distinction. Across the resort, an unreasonable amount of leisure, relaxation, active and recreational opportunities await. Encompassed by two Arnold Palmer-designed championship golf courses, The K Club is highly regarded for its unrivalled golfing experience, but it’s not just world-famous fairways, our onsite golf pros are also on hand to offer lessons to both adults and children, while our K Golf World simulators utilise the most innovative and personalised golf training technologies. Set in lush countryside overlooking elegant gardens and woods, our outdoors options extend well beyond tee boxes and greens, however. Our formal gardens, for instance, feature a forest of important tree species, planted beds and beguiling sculpture, all of which can be discovered via our resort map. You can also discover oodles of the estate’s magical nooks and crannies via The K Trails, a six-kilometre network of riverside walks and cycling trails accessed on foot or via one of our complimentary bicycles. Guests can indulge their passion for angling, paddle boarding, shooting, archery and air rifle, falconry, horse-riding and tennis tuition. While youngsters seem to very much enjoy having their scientific enthusiasm ignited via The K Club’s Junior Einsteins Science Club. Meanwhile, water babies, fitness fanatics and wellness aficionados also have their own dream activities to crave. Dive into our performance swimming pool to push out some lengths or simply take a leisurely dip followed by rejuvenating relaxation in one of our hot tubs, or steam rooms. The K Health & Fitness Centre hosts a gym, juice bar, yoga studio and choice of onsite specialised personal trainers, while The K Spa offers luxurious wellness treatments in serene surroundings. Back indoors there are personalised wine cellar tours, or whiskey tastings available as well as an unparalleled choice of bars, restaurants, dapper drawing rooms and magnificent interiors in which to spend one’s time exceedingly well. Meanwhile, our location: a relative hop, skip and a jump (half an hour by car) from Dublin Airport means that The K Club is as accessible as it is guaranteed to leave you craving more. Welcome to a unique resort where we are always warmly on-hand, ready to encourage you in your pursuit of glamorous escapade or luxuriant relaxation, a place where it’s always Time to Play.


High season
May 1 – Sep 30
Shoulder season
Oct 1 – Oct 31
Apr 1 – Apr 30
Low season
Nov 1 – Dec 31
Jan 1 – Mar 31

Facility Restrictions

Pets not allowed Non-Smoking

Additional Information

The K Club has been influenced by a long line of visionaries and mavericks – people unafraid to look at things differently. We’ve been trailblazers right from the start. The resort, then known as Straffan Estate, was purchased by Hugh Barton in 1831. Barton had built up an immense fortune via the vineyards he had inherited and expanded from his Irish grandfather, Thomas Barton, in Bordeaux. The dynamic younger Barton’s Bordeaux ambitions were temporarily put on hold, however, when he was forced out of France as an intrus étranger (foreign intruder) during the infamous Reign of Terror period of the French Revolution. Returning to Ireland the entrepreneur invested his remaining fortune into developing the estate, creating a homeplace that would eventually become a much-loved refuge for the dashing exile with a taste for the finer things in life. The extravagant original house built by Barton, now the east wing of the hotel, with its distinctive mansard roof, is said to have been based on a chateau at Louveciennes, located just outside Paris. The estate stayed in the Barton family for multiple generations until it was eventually sold by the last Barton heir, Derick, to dapper motorcycle manufacturer and veteran car enthusiast, John Ellis, whom, at one time, kept Ireland’s largest privately-owned collection of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles on the estate. Straffan then came under the stewardship of the suave, Dublin-born Kevin McClory, a gallant adventurer who had made his fortune as a film producer in London of the 1950s and 1960s. The bon vivant’s most famous and lucrative production, was Thunderball, the fourth, and arguably the most successful film, of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series. Subsequent owners included Iranian Air Force founder, Nader Jahanbani (1977), and property magnate Alan Ferguson (1981). In 1988, the estate blazed a trail once again when it was purchased by the Jefferson Smurfit Group, controlled by Sir Michael Smurfit who renamed the resort The Kildare Hotel & Golf Club, better known today as The K Club. This chapter also facilitated the development of the estate’s two Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses; one of which became home to the 2006 Ryder Cup. The K Club’s current owner is gregarious entrepreneur Michael Fetherston, whose passion to continue and enhance the estate’s trailblazing reputation is fuelling the next chapter of this unique destination.


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