Castle Leslie

Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

A ‘splendidly labyrinthine' Victorian pile overlooking a lake, this castle in name only is Ireland's brilliant riposte to the corporate blandness of many modern hotels. More

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A ‘splendidly labyrinthine’ Victorian pile overlooking a lake, this castle in name only is Ireland’s brilliant riposte to the corporate blandness of many modern hotels. In the care of Samantha Leslie, it goes from strength to strength (self-catering cottages in the estate village were added this year). Castle rooms come with a story. Sir John’s, reclaimed from the cellars by the late Sir Jack Leslie, fourth baronet, has a glitter ball in the bathroom. Shane’s Room has a Gothic bath in a curtained alcove. Theatrical Aggie’s room, with four-poster and in-room bath, recalls wartime secret agent and cabaret star Agnes Bernelle, ‘Ireland’s oldest punk’. ‘Very smart’ Lodge rooms have a boutique feel. Public rooms are a feast for the eyes, with panelling, oil portraits, a grand piano. Locals and residents chat in Conor’s bar with its brick arches and open fire, where ‘simple country fare’ includes beef and Guinness casserole; fish and chips. In Snaffles restaurant Philip Brazil creates such dishes as roast loin of estate venison, venison burger, crispy kale, celeriac, chestnuts, fermented blackberries. The service is ‘polite and attentive’; breakfast is as lavish as everything else.

Hotel details

Address

Glaslough
Co. Monaghan
H18F Y04
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 47 88100

Bedrooms

50 bedrooms. 29 in Lodge (2 suitable for disabled); self-catering cottages, mews.

Open

all year except 16–27 Dec.

Facilities

drawing rooms, bar, breakfast room, restaurant, conservatory, billiard room, library, cinema, free Wi-Fi, some in-room TV, wedding facilities, spa, equestrian centre, 14-acre gardens on 1,000-acre estate, public areas wheelchair accessible.

Background music

in public areas of Lodge.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed on estate, not in Castle, Lodge.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B €140–€290. Set dinner €65. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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