It's soo nice to stay somewhere that has such a different feel from the typical chain hotel. We loved the decor, it's quirky and charming. If you want 'Ikea style' modern furnishings with burgers and chips on the menu then book yourself into a Premier Inn or the likes; the Enniskeen is not a high volume/quick turnover type of place. It has a quiet but central location with spectacular views and great hospitality from every single member of staff. Okay so it might be labeled 'old fashioned' but it also has modern conveniences like flat screen tv's and free wifi in all the rooms.
I have to disagree with a previous reviewers comments re the standard of food. We are a young couple and fairly picky when it comes to eating out. We had lunch and dinner at the hotel and enjoyed both meals, no problems with over boiled, non gravy dishes for us! The breakfast was especially nice, with plenty of choice and it's all served promptly and by friendly staff.
We walked into the centre of Newcastle (20 mins) and Tolleymore Park (10mins), there's also a bus route so you don't necessarily need a car. We also took the River Trail which meanders through the hotel grounds, just lovely.
Would certainly recommend if you're on a 'child free' mini break like we were. It's a fabulous setting, soo quiet and yet within easy reach of Newcastle with its bars, shops and restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enniskeen Country House hotel; a mountainside hideaway, this family-run hotel rests in the lush Shimna Valley just outside Newcastle Co Down; Explore the hotels stunning 12 acre estate and winding woodland trail down to the Shimna river; And enjoy the striking views over Northern Ireland's highest mountain Slieve Donard and the Irish Sea. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Enniskeen Country House Hotel Newcastle, Northern Ireland