Behind its austere but magnificent Baronial Scottish façade, Castle Leslie hides 1,000 acres of lush forestland and landscaped gardens complete with glistening tree-lined lakes. Situated in the beautiful County Monaghan, it is one of the finest 19th century country houses in Ireland and a wonderful haven if you want to get away from it all.
Opened in 1870, Leslie Castle is rare for an Irish estate in that it is still owned by the family who founded it. While it was once a family home, Castle Leslie is now a family-run luxury hotel. Understated from the outside, the inside is lavishly bedecked in Italian Renaissance style features and furnishings, making this ideal place for a luxurious romantic getaway.
Castle Leslie hit the headlines in 2002 when it was revealed as the venue for the wedding of Paul McCartney and Heather Mills. Afterwards, the country house saw a massive boost in visitors and it has since reopened its historic stables. Now boasting a number of equestrian routes to complement its lush parkland walking trails, why not make the most of the scenery from horseback?
Even if you aren’t looking to stay here, Castle Leslie’s award-winning restaurant promises an unforgettable dining experience. Alternatively, simply stop by for a traditional afternoon tea, head out on the waters of the estate’s peaceful lake or spoil yourself with a luxury Victorian spa treatment. Just 10 miles from Monaghan, you’ll quickly learn why Castle Leslie is such a popular pampering spot.