Castle Leslie is one of the top castle hotels in Ireland, set on 1,000 scenic acres filled with forests and pristine lakes in Glaslough, Monaghan, just 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast. The hotel has a luxurious spa, Equestrian Centre and many outdoor activities, perfect for a romantic getaway or a family holiday. The beautiful Drawing Room has a grand piano and De La Robbia fireplace. You will be able to choose from diverse accommodations which range from historic rooms in the castle, to lodge rooms and charming cottages in the village of Glaslough, a five-minute walk from the main facilities.
The Equestrian Centre
Castle Leslie Estate is a great place for a horseback riding vacation. Explore the 1,000-acre estate on horseback and test your skills on cross-country jumps, 21 miles of bridleways, gallop and a 50×30 metre indoor arena. If you’ve never been riding before, you can get started on the Horse simulator, a virtual horse for beginners.
Children over 5 can participate in games and competitions, take riding lessons and learn about ponies and horses.
The hotel spa offers seven treatment rooms, a relaxation area and a hot tub overlooking the stables. Relax with a diverse menu of massages, wraps, facials and other traditional organic therapies from the ‘Eminence Organics’ & 'Voya'.
The Castle has been completely restored, preserving its original historic touches and adding a host of modern amenities. Ask for a room with a wood-burning fireplace if you are planning a honeymoon.
The 20 guest bedroom in the Castle are furnished with authentic touches and family heirlooms. Each bedroom is individually decorated and offers a unique view of the grounds. There are no televisions, radios, or minibars in the Castle bedrooms which invite guests to rest, sleep and relax. You will, however, have complimentary WiFi access in your room and throughout the Castle. Many bathrooms have large soaking tubs and throne toilets.
- Red Room: The Red Room is one of the most luxurious at the hotel. It accommodated the famous Irish poet W B Yeats and many ambassadors to Dublin. This beautiful room has stunning lake views, a magnificent four poster bed from Periggia, Italy, and a huge bath which was the first bath ever installed in Ireland.
- Eagle's Nest: The Eagle's Nest lives up to its name, offering scenic views of the surroundings from its high location in the castle. The balcony offers sweeping views of the beautiful lake and gardens.
- Mauve Room: The Mauve Room has accommodated royalty and celebrity guests, including Queen Margaret of Sweden, The Duke and Duchess of Connaught, Prince Pierre of Monaco and Mick Jagger.
- Blue Room: The Blue Room features beautiful blue décor, sketches and paintings.
The Lodge houses 29 guest rooms and the spa. It is situated close to the Equestrian Centre. Complimentary WiFi is available in all public areas and bedrooms at the Lodge. Book one of the superior bedrooms which have balconies overlooking the Equestrian Centre's courtyards.
Village cottages offer four- and five-bedroom layouts which are perfect for family reunions and groups. The cottages have sliding sash windows and nine-foot ceilings. The cottages can accommodated up to 10 guests and have spacious living areas with an open fire, TV, DVD, stereo music player and complimentary WiFi. The open-plan modern kitchen is fantastic for preparing a great family meal and hosting a party.
Dining at Castle Leslie is a treat for the senses. Enjoy daily-baked breads and scones, homemade preserves, and dishes prepared using fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Executive Chef Andrew Bradley put a modern twist on the centuries-old family recipes. Celebrate a special occasion with a candlelit dinner at the award-winning Snaffles restaurant, have traditional Afternoon Tea in the Drawing Room and visit Conor's Bar to relax with a drink.
The estate can host wedding parties of up to 260 guests. Plan a grand wedding at the historic Castle, a more casual ceremony at the Lodge or a large wedding in the Pavilion which overlooks Glaslough Lake.
Travel Tips & Best Time to Go
The estate is open year round. While each season has its charms, visit during the warmer season to take riding lessons, go fishing and explore the grounds. Holidays at the Castle are especially magical, perfect for a multi-generational family reunion. If you are looking for a romantic spot to propose, get in touch with the hotel concierge who can help you pick the perfect spot to pop the question.
The hotel offers many great packages with rates starting at 125 Euro per person including dinner.
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