Temple House

Ballymote, Co. Sligo

A private drive loops through native woodland and pastures to this classical mansion overlooking a ruined Knights Templar castle and teeming fishing lake in W B Yeats country. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A private drive loops through native woodland and pastures to this classical mansion overlooking a ruined Knights Templar castle and teeming fishing lake in W B Yeats country. Home to Roderick and Helena Perceval and rich in history, it is an endearing mix of the palatial and personal, from its soaring double-height vestibule to snug lounges with log fires. Every surface is crowded with heirloom antiques, ancestral portraits and mementos. The aptly named Hundred Acre has a separate room for a child or two. We hear no complaints about storage space in Porch, with a half-tester bed and 14-foot wardrobe. The former master bedroom has a lake view, a bath and shower, a Victorian lavatory with delayed flush to spare a lady’s blushes. Guests gather for aperitifs before a dinner cooked by chef Vicki Scanlon with produce from the walled garden. Expect dishes such as baked salmon fillet hollandaise, couscous, honey-glazed heritage carrots; confit duck leg with kumquat jus. The meal is served communally at a long mahogany table, or separately if you wish, but, as Yeats wrote, 
‘There are no strangers here. Only friends you haven’t yet met.’

Hotel details

Address

Templehouse Demesne
Ballymote
Co. Sligo
F56N N50
Ireland

Telephone

00 353 71 918 332

Bedrooms

7. Plus 3 non-B&B reserved for house parties.

Open

Apr–mid-Nov.

Facilities

morning room, library, dining room, vestibule (table tennis), wedding facilities, 1½-acre garden on 1,000-acre estate, water sports on site, EV charging.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed €30, kitchen supper for 3–12s.

Dogs

not allowed.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from €195, singles from €139. Set-price 4-course dinner €59.

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.