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Castle Leslie Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glaslough
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Everybody likes to feel special and heaped with loads of attention once in their lives. Our experiance at Castle Leslie on the weekend of the 2nd of March 2012 certainly did this for my wife and I. We stayed at the lodge on a Special which included Dinner and and breakfast and from the moment we arrived ,booked in and shown to our room we had smiles on us like chesire cats. Our room was massive with a large and extremely comfortable double and furnished to a very high standard to suite the age and history of the building. a large bathroom with a antique style rolltop bath and seperate shower further enhanced the ambiance...in fact everything in the lodge was of a quality and design next to none. Dinner on our first evening was in Snaffles Restuarant....again from the moment we arrived here we were treated well .The food which consisted of seven courses with a bottle of house wine thrown in for good measure was up there with the best we,d experianced. After the meal we decided to have a look around ...it was perhaps 2230 hrs and had a quiet drink in connors bar with the crackling of a log and peat fire to keep us company...The following day after a hearty breakfast we went for a walk through the substantial grounds ending up tn the Castle itself....Think Downtown Abbey......we walked from room to room amazed at the decor , paintings and interior design...so this is how the other half lived...for that weekend we were the other half....so much so another weekend has been booked in November...oh and the anorak in me had to go to a local library to get a book on Shane Leslie ...father of the currant owner so as I could continue the experience....try it ...you deserve to feel special once or twice in your life!!!

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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2012

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for your very kind comments regarding your recent stay with us in The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in and found the room comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you also for your kind comments about our service and our cuisine.

We are delighted you took the opprtunity to explore the estate and of course the castle and thank you again for your very kind comments.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again in November to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
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Castle Leslie Estate

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Reviewed 16 March 2012

We were in Ireland a year ago and cannot stop talking about this place. The service was world class. The rooms were fit for a king and when we got to our room the curtains were blowing in the sweet breezes. The pool was magnificent. Someone once told me Irish food was boring. Wel they should really go here to eat. Breakfast, lunch and supper were all inspired. We booked this as part of a castle tour and we are both anxious to go back. But this time we would like to stay for a week. Lots of places to walk and a short drive from Donegal and Slieve league. Beautiful.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2012

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for your very kind comments regarding your recent stay with us at Castle Leslie Estate.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in and found the room comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you also for your kind comments about our service and our cuisine.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
General Manager
Castle Leslie Estate

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Reviewed 8 March 2012

Spent 2 nights in castle Leslie b/b plus evening meal, everything was just wonderful from the moment we arrived, the welcome from the staff, the service , food, atmosphere etc was superb! This is truly the ideal place to totally relax, the grounds on the estate are fab to take a stroll around! We certainly will be back!

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2012

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for your very kind comments regarding your recent stay with us at Castle Leslie Estate.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and found the room comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you also for your kind comments about our service and our cuisine.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
General Manager
Castle Leslie Estate

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Just spent a lovely night at Castle Leslie for Valentines weekend. The place is pretty remote and you really feel like you can relax and unwind there, the grounds are beautifully maintained and we enjoyed a refreshing walk around the estate - remember to bring appropriate footwear as it can get pretty muddy! I can't emphasise enough how stunning the grounds are.

The food was fabulous in Snaffles restaurant, although as others have mentioned it is a shame the Castle restaurant has closed as I am sure that offers another totally unique experience.

The room was so comfortable, and beautifully decorated. My only slight comment would be that we were a little surprised there was no turn-down service that evening.

We enjoyed spa treatments which were excellent, and the spa staff were just lovely and very professional.

Thanks to all of you. We will definitely be back, this is really a hidden gem and SO worth a visit.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2012

22nd February 2012

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for taking the time to write your review, regarding your recent stay with us in The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate.

Thank you, for your very kind comments regarding your guest bed room in The Lodge and our Castle and grounds. Our Accommodation and Maintenance and Garden Team will be delighted to read your comments and praise of their continued hard work. We will take on board your comments regarding turn down service for the Lodge bedrooms.

The Lodge has a boot room for residents on the estate who want to explore the outdoors; guests will find a selection of Wellingtons of all colors and sizes to use.

We are delighted you enjoyed your meal experience in Snaffles.

The dedicated team in the Spa will be delighted to read your positive comments.

We look forward to welcoming you and your friends back again to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
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Castle Leslie Estate

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

stayed in Castle Leslie recently as a birthday present from my boyfriend! He had booked the Valentines package which included a two night stay in hotel, breakfast and dinner in Snaffles restaurant.

I must say I was quite apprehensive about staying in castle after reading a number of comments on trip advisor in regards the rooms and the lack of shower facilities etc. I had taught maybe the Lodge would be more my taste given my love for all things modern!!

However upon arrival in the Castle I was blown away by the architecture and beauty of the building. We quickly got checked and were assigned the ‘Seymour’ room. This was a gorgeous room, with a massive bath, breathtaking views over the estate and the biggest bath I have ever seen!! No shower unfortunately, but I would not swap the bath for a shower any day!

After we had explored our room, we wandered downstairs to have a look around, the castle was not full that night I don’t think so it was like having the whole castle to ourselves, we were able to wander around room by room one more spectacular than the other and lounge around beside the open fires. There was lovely waiter on duty in castle, he seemed to be jack of all trades and would find us in castle and get us drinks when-ever we wanted! Best service I have ever got in a hotel! Unfortunately due to the castle only been open at the weekends at the moment, it was not possible to get any food in the hotel so we did have to wander down to Lodge which is only a 2min walk or you can ask for a lift down if you want to be really lazy!!

We enjoyed drinks and pub grub in O’Conner’s bar, the selection wasn’t massive, so I think one night was definitely enough to be eating there! The atmosphere in bar was great and O’Conner’s staff couldn’t do enough for you!

When we wandered back to castle, the staff member on duty showed us around the castle some more and showed us where the cinema room was. The castle bedrooms do not have TV’s...which even though I was little worried about I did not miss it at all! The cinema room have wide selection of DVD’s and sky TV with big comfy lounge chairs!

The next day, we started bright and early with a full Irish breakfast which was yummy, the only comment I would have on breakfast, would be maybe they put out bigger bowls of cereal, the muesli went v quick!! We then wandered around the designated walking routes, to be honest we found the routes very short, with the max walking time being less than 2 hours!! When were down there again were going bring our boots and get lost on the estate. The estate is over 1,000 acres so there is sure to be more to explore than the set routes!

In afternoon we had horse riding booked, which my poor boyfriend had a very hard time booking, it took a number of emails and phone calls to get confirmation of this booking!! We both had not being riding for a good number of years and had informed the stables that we were beginners; however that seemed to go unnoticed! We were given no instructions or pointers before we set out on the hack; we were included with what seemed to be regular Saturday kids on their lesson! There was no talking during the hack and the instructor did not seem to be bothered with how we were getting on!! The horses were lovely and it was great to see Castle Leslie by horseback but I don’t think I would be rushing back to horse-riding with them again! It may be different if you went during a week-day or if you were more experienced, but as a beginner just wanting to try something new on holidays I would not recommend it.

We had our booking in Snaffles for the evening and even though we were disappointed that the dining in the castle was not available during our stay we loved the meal in the restaurant. It was a 5course set menu and it was the best set menu I have ever had. We were very impressed by Snaffles and it’s clearly popular with the locals alike as it was booked solid on Saturday night.

Over-all I really enjoyed my stay in Castle Leslie, I feel that it is worth the extra money staying in the Castle as nothing beats the Castle experience and being able to have full use of the house on your stay. I would definitely return soon and stay in a different room and experience the spa next time! It’s definitely an experience and I personally think it’s worth the premium price they charge to stay there.

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2012

22nd February 2012

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for your very kind comments regarding your recent stay with us in The Castle at Castle Leslie Estate.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Seymours room and found the room comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you also for your kind comments about our service and our cuisine throughout your stay.

The Equestrian Centre team, will be disappointed to read your comments, however thank you for your constructive feedback and we will certainly take your comments on board.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
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Castle Leslie Estate

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Reviewed 11 February 2012

My fiancé and i stayed in Castle Leslie this month and had a brilliant time. The rooms are very unique, interesting and eclectic but in a refined way. I really enjoyed our room which had an excellent view of the countryside and really gives you a feel for the beauty of the surroundings. Our room didn't have a shower but we both embraced this and had a lovely relaxing bath on both days. (I would suggest a jug at the bath though, for ladies to rinse out hair .. and it would be in keeping with the character of the rooms).
We had dinner in Snaffles restaurant which was excellent, I enjoy my food by my fiancé is a real foodie, so if he's happy it must be good! I thought the decor was beautiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful and certainly lived up to their reputation, if i had one quibble its a very small one that all but one waitress were turned out very neatly, the other girls had their hair pulled back but one had a long fringe which i couldn't help but notice her persistently fixing into place.... In saying that they all appeared to be very informed regarding the menu.
Breakfast was excellent and there was more than enough food and choices provided, the views over the lake from the breakfast room were absolutely beautiful.
Overall our experience was very enjoyable and we are looking forward to staying again soon.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2012

February 13th 2012.

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for taking the time to write your review, regarding your recent stay with us in The Castle at Castle Leslie Estate.

Thank you, for your very kind comments regarding your guest bed room in The Castle and our Castle and grounds.

Our Food & Beverage Team will be delighted to read your comments regarding the team and thank you again for the kind comments regarding the quality of our food for both dinner and breakfast.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
General Manager
Castle Leslie Estate

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Reviewed 16 January 2012

Utterly fantastic weekend stay in the Castle. The food was outstanding in both the lodge bar and the restaurant itself. Our room was clean and had a lot of character. There are a few activities such as horse riding which you can do during the afternoon, and cant recommend them enough.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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CastleLeslie, General Manager at Castle Leslie Estate, responded to this reviewResponded 19 January 2012

Dear Guest

My team and I would like to pass on our thanks and appreciation for your very kind comments regarding your recent stay with us at Castle Leslie Estate.

The team will be delighted to read your comments and praise, thank you again for your recognition of their efforts.

We are heartened by your kind words and recognition of our guest bedrooms, quality of our food and of our other guest facilities.

We look forward to welcoming you both back again to discover more of the estate and its enchanting idyllic setting.

Kind Regards

Brian Baldwin
General Manager
Castle Leslie Estate

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Address: Castle Leslie Castle Leslie Castle Leslie Glaslough Village | County Monaghan, 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: $254 - $303 (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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