Newforge House

Magheralin, Co. Armagh

Set on the edge of a small village, in mature gardens and pastureland, this creeper-clad Georgian mansion offers a taste of country house living only 40 minutes from Belfast. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Set on the edge of a small village, in mature gardens and pastureland, this creeper-clad Georgian mansion offers a taste of country house living only 40 minutes from Belfast. John and Louise Mathers are sixth-generation owners, and the house is filled with antiques and family possessions. Readers praise the ‘very good’ hospitality at this ‘lovely place’; John was awarded a British Empire Medal for hospitality in 2018. Bedrooms are furnished in period style, with fresh flowers, a cafetière and china teapot. Hanna has a four-poster, floor-to-ceiling windows; a bathroom with a fireplace, bath and walk-in shower. Small but pretty Waddell has a canopy bed draped with toile de Jouy fabric. At 8 pm, after maybe a Newforge plum fizz or an Armagh Appletini by the drawing-room fire, guests sit down to a three-course dinner with either/or choices – perhaps roast cod loin with lemon dulse butter or dry-aged lamb with rosemary and garlic pan juices. Breakfast is just as tasty, with an Ulster fry and eggs from hens in the orchard. ‘One of our main holiday requirements is good food, and we certainly were not disappointed.’ (PH, SM)

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 £145, singles from £115. À la carte £50.

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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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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide