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Castle Leslie Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glaslough
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 August 2011

From our entry into the foyer that has a welcoming fireplace to our room resplendant with antiques, this was a truly unforgettable stay. The grounds are immaculate with lots of opportunity for walks and exploring! The first floor of the castle, where we were free to explore, is a beautiful home. We felt like a guest in a grand old house - this is no ordinary hotel stay...
Breakfast was wonderful. The dining room (for dinner) is located at the Lodge at the entrance of the estate (1 minute walk), this is a first class restaurant. There was no TV or phone in our room - this made for a welcome and true retreat experience.....

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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

Take a trip back into another century and stay at Castle Leslie. You feel like you have entered the TV series "Monarch of the Glen", except in Ireland, of course. The castle is a beautiful antique. It has signs of wear as any good antique should; but it is an absolute "MUST" if you are going to Ireland.
First, what they don't have: TV's, Internet, Lifts, modern plumbing
What they do have: Masive estate, large castle/manor house, Unbelievable views, high tea, horseback riding and absolute peace and beauty. They have cheaper lodging on the castle estate; but I would recommend staying in the Castle. (Check out their website for a description of every room and the person who lived in it.) We had Papa Jack's room on the top floor and it was 68 stairs up. For us old people, that was a hike. But worth it!
Our bathroom had a tub so deep that I was afraid to get in it. It had mirrows, marble carvings and columns around the room. There was no toilet as we know it. There was a wooden box with a wooden lid and a toilet below. It did flush when you pulled the huge chain attached to something on the ceiling.
Fine dinning was down the road at the Castle Leslie lodge. But for a cheaper option, choose the Bar at the same lodge.
Time seems to stop at Castle Leslie. You spend your time exploring the castle and the grounds. We found pool tables back in a hidden room and a library that actually had WiFi, although I think they keep that a secret. Spoils the ambiance.

Room Tip: Go to the Castle Leslie website and read about every room. All are different and named after it'...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank hhwlm
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

To be fair we really enjoyed our stay. We stayed in the Lodge which is fantastically renovated section of the estate where allot of the rooms overlook the stables courtyard.

The rooms themselves were beautifully decorated and the bathroom was brilliant (... roll top baths and fantastic wet room showers etc). We ate in Snaffles restaurant, where the food was reasonable/good. Overall the service was very good.

The estate is lovely to walk about and the history of the estate is quite interesting including the main house/castle. If you like really old houses then stay in the castle but if you prefer a little more modern accommodation then stay in the Lodge. The village where the castle is located is also quite nice and quaint and has a few nice pubs and one or two small shops.

The only issue we had was the noise of the horses at night and early morning. The room we were in was located directly above on of the occupied stables. During the night the horse would bang his hoof off the ground and make a fairly serious riot and again the activity in the stables kicked off very early (between 6 and 7) and was quite loud.

We did enjoy our stay but if you are a light sleeper or are looking for a lazy weekend I would not recommend taking a room which is located above a stable (although the balconies are really nice and provide a great viewing point for all the activity).

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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

Stayed here for Valentines weekend this year...this was our 4th stay here and we keep coming back for a romantic treat away from the kids for the night....the food the service but most of all that 'je ne sai quoi' feel.....its different to anywhere else you'll stay.....eccentric and slightly mad...but wonderful...like living in an Agatha Christie novel.....just one tip .....try and get one of the 4 castle master rooms ...they're worth it......

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

I am almost reluctant to write this review as clearly from reviews here and having stayed here, the management don't care about their clients and are not interetsed in return custom. My one piece of advice would be; if you are not staying in the castle but want to see it and wander around etc be sure to ask if you have access to it. We booked to stay in the lodge about 6 weeks ago before travelling last weekend. At the time I asked were any of the castle rooms available and I was told the castle was fully booked but that rooms were available in the lodge and they offered us a package deal. However, what they failed to advise us is that the castle would be off limits for the days we were there due to weddings. This is what I call very sharp practice and I consider it dishonest as from the original request it was obvious that is what we were interested in. The reception on arrival was a very loud group of people in the courtyard who had clearly been drinking for quite a while. On check in we were advised that they were the remnants of the previous days wedding...great! tThe room, Mihail, had a connecting door to the room next door and we could clearly hear conversations next door. We were told they were fully booked so we reckoned there was no point in saying anything. The room was cold and both days we had to request heating from reception with not much improvement.
The restaurant food (Snaffles) was bland and boring, no taste or seasoning.
The breakfast was mediocre: buffet, meats, yoghurts etc. However, the best food I had was on the second morning, eggs benedict. The bar food is a little better. The staff do not seem very enthusiastic. I could go on and on but to be honest with you I really don't feel like wasting any more time or energy on the place. When asked on checking out if we enjoyed our stay we complained about the reataurant the receptonist just smiled so it clearly fell on deaf ears. We were delayed at the spa and it was only when I enquired what was happening we were told that they were running late and we hadn't been forgotten about,. This had been booked weeks in advance. Again I consider this very poor treatment of customers and a total lack of respect for other peoples time but it seems to be the modus operandi of the management of Castle Leslie. Very disappointing and never again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

I wish there was a higher number for service. Maybe 10 out of 5!! The staff give a new meaning to friendliness. The castle is beautiful. The food is great and you feel like a guest of the house.

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

Stayed in the Stable bedrooms in the Lodge at Castle Leslie in June 2011. Very impressive renovation to what was an old hunting lodge- had actually been here before several times for family lunches etc both before and after the renovations.
Checked in late afternoon & took a walk around the beautiful grounds. Had a light meal in the bar, tasty & not particularly expensive (for an ROI Hotel)- only complaint was that main didn't come with any sides and server didn't mention that these might be an idea- but a bowl of chips was produced quickly once this came to light when meal was served. Stayed on a Sunday night & not much to do in the Lodge or the village but we weren't there for entertainment so that was grand...
Bedrooms were beautifully done, only points to note were layer of dust on bedside table & among the very attractive bath products was a clumsy looking cardboard box of cheap bath salts, not really appropriate among the 'white company' premium products!
And so to the high point after a fantastic night's sleep- the breakfast! A fantastic selection of home made breads and preserves, fruit, pastries, and delicious hot breakfasts cooked to order- could highly recommend smoked salmon and scrambled eggs.
Paid a quick visit to the equestrian centre for a chat with the manager- seemed like a fantastic location for a short riding holiday, we didn't have time (and have too many horses at home for this to be a novelty) but can see how much fun could be had.
Didnt get the chance to sample to Victoria Spa either, but it also looked very appealing.

  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Glaslough Village, Glaslough H18 RX05, Ireland
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Region: Ireland > County Monaghan > Glaslough
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glaslough
Price Range: £125 - £177 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Castle Leslie Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Castle Leslie Estate, nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Castle Estate is waiting to be discovered. Located in Co. Monaghan, Ireland, the Estate is only 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast. The Castle (20 individual guestroom), at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world. The Lodge (29 guestrooms) is the social hub of the Estate and brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. The two bedroom Old Stable Mews and four and five bedroom Village Cottages are the perfect spot for families and groups that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private luxury home rental. Whether your idea of a holiday is a romantic retreat, a relaxing break or an action-packed adventure, there is something for everyone at Castle Leslie Estate. A host of activities are on offer including pike fishing for the nature enthusiast, a private cinema for movie buffs, exceptional walking trails for those who want to breathe in fresh country air, kayaking and clay pigeon shooting for the more adventurous, hot air balloon rides for those looking for exhilaration, falconry for those to experience nature up close, a fabulous spa for rejuvenation and of course the famous world-class equestrian centre which offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels. ... more   less 
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