Butler House

Set amidst the charming and historic streets of Kilkenny City, a stay at Butler House ensures an experience as rich as its surroundings. A central facet in the history of the Kilkenny Castle estate, Butler House was formerly home to the Earls of Ormonde, who built the castle, stables, and rear coach houses. Impressive staircases, plastered ceilings, marble fireplaces, and an enchanting walled garden are all highlights of this distinguished Georgian property. In 1972 a wonderful restoration by Kilkenny Design brought the home back to its former glory, before being purchased and opened in 1989 as the hotel you can enjoy today. The delightful surroundings and professional and warm staff at Butler House ensure a truly memorable visit to Kilkenny City.

Rooms & Amenities

Butler House boasts 14 bedrooms and suites, all with their own unique flavor. Each space features a modern bathroom, and is beautifully appointed with soft fabrics and contemporary furnishings. A tasteful fusion of the old and new can be seen throughout the rooms with modern fixtures amidst the magnificent features of the original house. From standard to superior and suite options, every room provides an impressive sense of comfort and space.

All Guestrooms Feature:

  • Complimentary WiFi Internet Access
  • Multi Channel HD TV
  • Telephone
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Complimentary Mineral Water
  • Iron & Ironing Board (On Request)
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe


Butler House is proud to offer a wonderful range of dining options. With spaces available for both private occasions and informal meals, you can delight in a traditional breakfast, hearty lunch, or an afternoon tea during your stay. The kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Gerard Dunne, who pays homage to local traditions in every plate. Regionally sourced fare ensures the very freshest and organic dining experience. For their special 1-2 night packages, Butler House is partnered with the award-winning Ristorante Rinuccini, who serves delectable Italian dishes in an intimate and classical setting.