A local of Ireland's County Monaghan, poet Patrick Kavanagh concluded, “But I knew that love’s doorway to life is the same doorway everywhere.” Kavanagh might not have been referring to his home country or even its most famous castle, Castle Leslie, but his sentiments ring true throughout both settings. Set in a scenic Irish countryside of rolling green goodness, Castle Leslie has become one of Ireland’s most esteemed luxury hotels.
The property is so much more than just a castle turned hotel however. It is a chance at time travel, at playing the role of a duke or duchess for an evening on a setting so idyllic, you might even rub your eyes to find out it is real. Spread across ancient woodlands and lakes, Castle Leslie has opened up its resume to not only service travelers in search of more than a night’s rest but also acts as a space for business and matrimony. If you are in need of a timeless event space, Castle Leslie makes a case for being one of love’s doorways that Kavanagh described.
No matter the event, from a wedding to a team building corporate retreat, Castle Leslie is ideally situated. Located in rural County Monaghan in northeastern Ireland, the estate can be reached from Dublin and Belfast. The castle is just 80 minutes by car from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast. Due to its central location, travelers, wedding guests and meeting attendees can reach the event space with relative ease.
County Monaghan is characterized as one of Ireland’s lesser-known counties but one with unending outdoor adventures to be had. Walks are popular in County Monaghan including routes through Sliabh Beagh Mountains. County Monaghan is also home to several Bronze Age megalithic sites.
The Chocolate Box of Accommodations For Guests
Wedding guests and business meeting attendees can continue to sleep in the dream of Castle Leslie before and after the events on site. The castle itself lends 20 rooms, each with its own theme and history. If you can’t snag one of the four master bedrooms or one of the 16 heritage bedrooms in the castle, the estate also boasts a Lodge, a stone structure composed of 29 rooms for guests. For those seeking a bit more privacy, Castle Leslie offers the Old Stable Mews. Set up 10 minutes from the main castle building, the old coach house consists of a two-bedroom home. The accommodations prove ideal for families or couples seeking a little extra privacy.
In addition Castle Leslie even has self-catering cottages in the village of Glaslough. The apartments can host 8 to 10 people and feature fireplaces, entertainment systems and Wi-Fi. Bottom line, whether it is accommodating wedding guests, honeymooners or the entire office, Castle Leslie has accommodation options to choose from for your type of event.
When staying in an Irish castle, one shouldn’t feel as though they need to lift a finger. At Castle Leslie this can be the case with meals and drinks served in the Lodge’s establishments. Breakfast and afternoon tea are hosted in the Castle. Aside from feeding you, Castle Leslie also pampers with an on-site spa, complete with Victorian-style treatment rooms. While not a necessity, Castle Leslie also has the history and antique furnishings to provide a well-rounded Irish castle experience. The massive estate has been in the family since the 1660s.
Whether you want to watch a film at the castle cinema or stroll the expansive grounds, Castle Leslie supplies the activities for a well-rounded event location. Some of the most popular activities in County Monaghan are walks. Aware of the fact, Castle Leslie provides ample space for wandering. The estate offers up 1,000 acres of land to stroll through woods or by lakes if you so please. Castle Leslie also features an equestrian center where guests can go on horseback rides. The grounds in essence provide endless activities such as hiking and kayaking.
The Hands-On Event Approach
From weddings to private gatherings, Castle Leslie takes on a hands-on approach to event organizing. For example, weddings receive a laundry list of complimentary extras such as personal planning meetings, accommodations for the couple on their wedding night, floral centerpieces, use of a PA system, a personalized menu and last but not least, use of the Castle Leslie sword to cut the wedding cake. Weddings at Castle Leslie lend a private rural escape with two unique locations to choose from. Couples can have their wedding reception at the Castle for up to 70 guests. The site’s Pavilion overlooking Glaslough Lake can handle large weddings up to 260 people.
The hands-on approach doesn’t end with weddings. It is also possible to host meetings and conferences at the estate. You receive a personal meeting organizer to handle all of the details, to set up and arrange the rooms and to help you figure out meals and activities for your guests. Meetings feature complimentary Wi-Fi in the meeting rooms along with indoor and outdoor spaces for event use. All of the business related event spaces are designed to keep those creative juices flowing with the Castle, the Lodge and the Old Stable Mews available for meetings and conferences. Businesses can also take advantage of the pre-organized team building activities available including scavenger hunts and archery.
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