You truly understand the magic of Tulfarris while sitting on our bar terrace watching the deer and stag amble across the 18th fairway. This is the outdoors at their best.
The Elk is a perfect place to meet with friends and soak up the atmosphere. It lends itself to relaxation with an open fire for those long evenings in winter, summer or spring! When weather permits, we have a beautiful terrace overlooking the 18th green and fairway with kids’ play area and BBQ facilities to cater for up to 150 people.
We host live music in the Elk Bar on selected dates.
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We believe in honouring the past as often as we can, which is why we chose to honour the many deer that roam our estate. The Ancient Irish Elk (giant Irish deer) is believed to have roamed the lowlands of central and eastern Ireland. It weighed up to 800-1000 lbs and stood at two metres to the shoulder, with an antler width of up to four metres. The antlers were palm like antlers, similar to those of a Fallow deer, and alone weighed up to 35kg, the largest antlers known to have existed on any deer. It is understood they were a victim of the Ice Age finally disappearing from Ireland around 10,500 years ago. They had very few enemies due to their size, with the wolf posing very little threat.
Even though they are known as the Irish Elk, fossils have been found in such countries as France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Britain, Italy and Central Asia. However, the best collection of fossils can be found at the National Museum of Ireland.
There have been many fossil finds throughout Ireland, with the most famous discovered in Ballybetagh Bog, Glencullen, Co. Wicklow where over 100 deer skeletons were found.