Newforge House

Magheralin, Co. Armagh

There is a happy sense of continuity at this classic Georgian country house, where sixth-generation owners Louise and John Mathers have been welcoming guests since 2005. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There is a happy sense of continuity at this classic Georgian country house, where sixth-generation owners Louise and John Mathers have been welcoming guests since 2005. Standing in extensive, mature gardens, it is filled with heirloom antiques, paintings and mementos. Bedrooms bear the maiden names of past chatelaines. Bijou Waddell (after John’s grandmother Emily), overlooking the rockery, has candy-striped wallpaper, a canopy bed draped with toile de Jouy fabric, a marble-floored bathroom. Beaumont has a half-tester bed, floor-to-ceiling windows, a bathroom overlooking the rose garden. In the evening, guests gather in the drawing room for aperitifs – perhaps a Newforge rhubarb and rose gin fizz or apple whisky sour. An accomplished chef, John cooks a seasonally inspired dinner while Lou turns her hand to desserts. Imagine turf-smoked wild salmon, horseradish panna cotta; roast loin of wild halibut, tarragon and dulse beurre blanc; chocolate nemesis, cardamom ice cream, blackberry coulis. After a full Ulster with eggs from the contented hens, have a dander round the grounds, discovering the walled garden and orchard.

Hotel details

Address

58 Newforge Road
Magheralin
Co. Armagh
BT67 0QL
Northern Ireland

Telephone

028 9261 1255

Bedrooms

6.

Open

Feb–mid-Dec, restaurant closed Sun/Mon evenings.

Facilities

drawing room, dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), wedding facilities, 2-acre gardens (vegetable garden, wild-flower meadow, orchard, woodland) in 50 acres of pastureland, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in dining room.

Children

aged 10 and over welcomed.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £155, singles from £125. À la carte £55.

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Comments about Newforge House

This hotel was very good and matched perfectly the description in the Guide. John and the other staff could not have made us more welcome. One of our main holiday requirements is good food and we certainly were not disappointed here. Thoroughly recommended. - Paul Hogarth - September 2019
Lovely place to stay, and the food was outstanding. - Sally Mehalko - May 2019

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.