Winner of the prestigious Gold Medal Award and voted Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Castle Leslie Estate is a five-star retreat offering indulgent accommodation, award-winning cuisine and a wide range of outdoor activities.
Set within 1,000 acres of the Irish countryside, this rural estate has been run by the same family since the 16th century and boasts woodlands, lakes and trails to explore – available for horse riding, fishing, archery, clay target shooting, hot-air balloon rides and falconry.
The Castle accommodation comes with original features and exquisite styling, free from modern technologies and designed for a particularly relaxing snooze. The individually styled rooms retain their castle character with cosy nooks and crannies and antique furniture.
The stylish Lodge bedrooms have been imaginatively decorated retaining their period features and country house boutique character.
Snaffles Restaurant boasts two AA Rosettes, serving signature dishes made with locally sourced ingredients amid hand-carved ceilings and oak beams. Snaffles is light and spacious with a striking wall of contemporary glass. Lavish afternoon tea is available in a hand-painted Blue Room in The Castle with large windows and period-style furniture. The Victorian Treatment Rooms offers pampering packages that range from chocolate truffle wraps to revitalising facials. The Equestrian Centre offers memorable horse riding experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels, offering expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides.
Groupon’s Guide To County Monaghan
Known mainly for its surrounding Area of Natural Beauty, County Monaghan is part of the Border Region in Ireland, in the province of Ulster.
Sports and nature lovers will find plenty of activities throughout Monaghan, ranging from clay pigeon shooting and fishing to greyhound racing, horse riding and paintball. Water sports including water-skiing, wakeboarding and kayaking may also be enjoyed in the area, while adrenaline junkies may indulge in rally racing and quad biking.