When you discover Castle Leslie Estate, part of you want to keep it a secret so that it remains so unspoilt, while part of you will want to tell the world. So we’re telling the world.
Nestled in the picturesque village of Glaslough, Co Monaghan, Castle Leslie Estate rose to fame in 2002 when it hosted the marriage of Sir Paul McCartney to Heather Mills - but those links are instantly forgettable as the venue has a lot more to shout about today and a surprising contender for a great family holiday. We found out what is making more and more people fall in love with Castle Leslie Estate when we visited on a self-catering family break. This hidden gem has so much on offer, it’s quite unbelievable until you see it for yourself!
Castle Leslie Estate is set on 1,000 acres of woodland and countryside which is dotted with lakes and wildlife – your children will love spotting all sorts of creatures and animals but the star of the nature show will definitely be the roaming ponies which fill the fields on the way to the Old Stable Mews where we stayed. It is an estate steeped in the rich history, still in the hands of the founding family who came to Ireland in the 16th Century.
There are several options for accommodation on the estate
The 4* Lodge, which is home to the spa known as the Victorian Treatment Rooms, the Equestrian Centre, Snaffles Restaurant, Conor’s Bar and 29 exquisite bedrooms.
The 5* Castle itself is a real step back in time treat of sheer escapism and more suited to adults. Be prepared to be dazzled by the lake and views on the other side of the castle which are not visible from the front and there’s even a private cinema inside.
The Village Cottages which are luxurious 4 and 5 bed houses located just outside the estate walls and ideal for large family and then there is the Old Stable Mews (where we stayed) – a courtyard of truly splendid self-contained two story cottages which I cannot recommend highly enough for a perfect family break.
Our mews had a large open plan dining and living area with high ceilings, an open fire and a small but totally contained kitchen, a flatscreen TV, two bedrooms (one en-suite) and a family bathroom. We even had a games room next door with table tennis, pool, giant Jenga, Connect 4 and loads more. It’s a big of a stroll to the Castle and Lodge (10/15 minutes) but with so much to see and do along the way, this was all part of the adventure!
Evening one for us
... consisted of use of the playground and tennis courts, a delicious evening meal in Conor’s Bar followed by a stroll around the Castle which was breath-taking and exhilarating to little minds who were so eager to learn more about the fascinating history.
the children enjoyed a trip to the Saddle Club at the equestrian centre, while I took advantage of some spa time and my better half soaked up some morning rays with the newspaper on the al fresco dining area at Conor’s Bar. That evening, after the kids had worked up quite an appetite after their outdoor activities, the reception desk arranged for some pizzas to be delivered with some family movies and we had pizza and popcorn while watching Brave in our family Mews!
On our last day after a sumptuous breakfast in Snaffles Restaurant (which boasts 2 AA Rosettes) it’s sadly time to depart.
When you discover Castle Leslie Estate, part of you want to keep it a secret so that it remains so unspoilt, while part of you will want to tell the world. So we’re telling the world. This place is pure magic and it’s right on your doorstep for a fantastic little family getaway. We will be back!