Carton House Completes the First Phase of a Property-Wide Renovation

Carton House, a historic luxury resort set on 1,100 acres of private parkland in Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland, is debuting their newly renovated banqueting suite and meeting space. The initial phase of the renovation is intended to elevate the property for corporate groups, social clients, and wedding parties, drawn by the resort’s unique history, beautiful setting, and proximity to Dublin, which is just a 25-minute drive away.

The enhancements bring forth new design touches and upgrades inspired by the rich history of Carton House and the beauty of its surrounding estate, whose origins date from 1176 when the land belonged to the FitzGerald family, one of the most influential families in Irish history. Carton House was once the residence of the Duke of Leinster and is the sister house to Leinster House, the current Parliament of Ireland. It is also said to have been a favorite retreat of Queen Victoria of England.

The refreshed space includes the Carton Suite, located on the ground floor of the resort’s conference centre and the Kildare Suite on the first floor. Both with their own dedicated entrances, each room is available as a single suite measuring 510-square-meters and 288-square-meters, respectively, or divisible into three suites. The Leinster boardroom, also located on the first floor and measuring 34-square-meters, has too has been fully refreshed with bright yellow leather armchairs.

Improvements include a brighter color palette to bring the beauty of the outdoors indoors, with interiors cast with striking highlights of blues, greens, greys and taupe. New carpeting features enlarged floral graphics bursting with color over mottled backgrounds to add drama. Simple and elegant neutral grey walls further animate each room in keeping with refurbishments planned for interiors throughout the rest of the property.

The pre-function area located on the ground floor was similarly enhanced with new finishes and features, including neutral wall paint, burnished black vinyl coverings on ceiling recesses, rich jewel tones, floral-patterned carpeting and imagery that bleeds into striated blues, greys, and taupe.

Finally, the renovation added new artwork to provide a unique sense of place, with colorful landscapes, florals, still lifes, and other imagery created by contemporary Irish artists, including Jean Bardon, Ruth O’Donnell, Stephen Vaughan, and Nick Hayden. Taken together, the works carry the sense of grandeur of a country estate in keeping with artwork already displayed throughout the original Manor House.