Jenkinstown House is a truly magnificent residence, having been the subject of a major programme of renovation and redecoration to provide an extremely elegant residence. Every design detail has been meticulously considered in the restoration to create a fine landmark in the Kilkenny countryside.
Great flair and craftmanship has gone into creating a stunning property which retains its period style with accommodation fit for the 21st century.
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From the chapel which also doubles as an acoustically-treated auditorium, to the Gothic Banquet Hall with stairs leading up to the Renaissance-style Drawing Room, there are plenty of choices for you to explore for your next event.
The Thomas Moore Theatre is a 106-seater live venue. With tiered seating and acoustically-treated walls and ceiling it provides the ideal atmosphere to experience whatever entertainment you would like to provide on the stage. The space can be used for anything from film screenings to lectures, weddings to music recitals, or drama rehearsals and performances.
The Gothic Hall
The Gothic Hall is an impressive example of Gothic architecture. The Main entrance to the house leads to this great hall complete with 2 fireplaces and a 16-seater banquet table. Candleabras are available to complete the desired atmosphere of candle-lit dining.
The Drawing Room
The drawing rooms is the perfect space to host your after-dinner coffee or afternoon tea. Decorated in the Renaissance style it is complete with outstanding views of the Kilkenny countryside.
A garden gate gives direct entrance into Jenkinstown Woods. The wood was formerly part of the Bryan Bellew Estate. Thomas Moore wrote the Last Rose of Summer while staying at Jenkinstown House. There is a walled lawn area next to the house to commemorate this and it is a popular site for wedding photos.
Of particular note at Jenkinstown is a stand of beech trees with a magnificent carpet of bluebells in late Spring, also the Chinese necklace poplar tree which has survived from the original park planting of the 1870’s.
There is also a deer enclosure next to the car park which is very popular with children of all ages.
Experience a piece of history
Illustrated as designed and built by William Robertson, the domestic wing developed structural problems and soon had to be rebuilt. Rebuilt by Charles Frederick Anderson, it too had problems, partially collapsing, and probably led to the architect’s departure for the United States in 1849. Elizabeth Mandeville, the disgruntled wife of one of his clients, is said to have claimed that he fled after a very high tower which he had designed for another castellated house collapsed. This has been presumed to be at Jenkinstown. A a modest-scale house was reconstructed in a complimentary style reusing materials salvaged from these earlier ranges. This still exists connected to the private chapel – the lefthand range in illustration