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“Ghan House Excellence”
Review of Ghan House

Ghan House
Ranked #11 of 27 Restaurants in Carlingford
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$39 - US$55
Cuisines: Irish, International
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Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Built in 1727, Ghan House is a 4* AA rated, fully restored, family run Georgian House now in its 24th year of continuous business with 19 years of awards and nominations (see bottom of page). We are one of the oldest private houses of its' type in Ireland a tree length from Medieval Carlingford with 3 acres of walled mature gardens. All of Carlingford's ancient buildings dating as far back at 1210; from King John's Castle, the Dominican Friary, Mint. Taaffe's Castle and old town wall are within a 2 minute walk from our front door. The Tholsel, Medieval Carlingford's old town gate is just 30 metres from our walls. We are in a wonderful location just one hour from both Dublin and Belfast and two of Ireland's three World Heritage sites are within easy driving distance - just 45 minutes to Newgrange and a 120 minute drive to the stunning Giant's Causeway. In addition the recently opened Titanic museum in Belfast and the Dublin Convention Centre are both just a one hour drive from our gates. Ghan House is an oasis of Georgian ambience, gardens and fine dining with beautiful views from every room of Carlingford Lough, The Mourne mountains or Slieve Foy . We have 12 bedrooms in total ~ 4 in the Main House (1 single and 3 double) and 8 Garden bedrooms located 10 yards to the side of the Main House. All double & twin bedrooms have bath & shower en-suite, mountain views, CD/ipod player, digital 32" smart TV and Wi-fi is free. The combination of old world charm allayed with modern requirements seamlessly dovetail together to give a thoroughly unique experience. The individuality of the house lends itself to weddings, usually on an exclusive use basis, private dining for special birthdays & hen nights and corporate hospitality - all enjoying the comforts of a private bar, log fires & candlelight.We also have private parking, a lockable shed for bicycles and 2 little homes in the stable for dogs. We have a small dedicated team - Orla & Sarah in the office, Clare & Olavi front of house, Dara, Leanne and Orla 2 serving breakfast and of course our award winning kitchen team led by Head Chef, Stephane le Sourne. All of this is overseen by Paul Carroll. His mother Joyce Carroll is semi-retired ~ she attends to the herb & vegetable gardens, the flowers in the house, some cookery demonstrations and visits to approximately 14 grandchildren.
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Ghan House Excellence”
Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

Went on Saturday for a pre - Christmas meal with family and what a terrific night. A truly lovely way to start the festive season. Great welcome, fabulous food and wine that was just perfect. The food was outstanding in terms of quality, freshness, taste and presentation. If you want to have a truly memorable meal that hits all the right notes, then do yourself a favour and give Ghan House a try. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Ghan House for another evening of enjoyment that will live long in the memory.

Visited December 2013
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best Wedding Venue”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

We stayed here in 2010 and we were so taken with the house that we had our wedding here in 2011, we went back for our first anniversary.

The food and service is fantastic. The rooms are lovely and are decorated according to the period of the house. Lovely warm, old fashioned house, just exactly what we were looking for.

Staff are welcoming and look after you so well too. Definetely recommend this venue for a small intimate wedding or party.

  • Visited December 2012
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Rueil-Malmaison, Ile-de-France, France
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2013

Ghan House hosts cooking lessons so you won't eat your regular meal there but rather a surprising burst of flavors in a beautiful setting.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank Nicolas G
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Northern Ireland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Stunning experience”
Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Decided to eat eat here, while staying the night in Carlingford for two reasons. First we walked around looking at different menus and their taster menu was the most exciting and most reasonable and secondly because it looked like an enchanting place to go. We were not disappointed. The house was grand but comfortable and inviting. The staff were friendly, knowledge and extremely professional. The food, oh my the food I can't say enough. I can't remember the last time I ate food that was prepared with such passion, consideration for flavour and presented in a way that made me want to clap my hands with delight! Ghan house has made Carlingford seem not so far away from Belfast and we are already planning our next trip back, bringing as many friends and family as possible to let them experience something that is simply stunning.

Visited October 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Delicious dinner”
Reviewed 9 October 2013

Ghan House is an ideal spot for a romantic dinner. Beautiful dining room, friendly staff, and excellent dinner

Visited October 2013
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