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“Amazing, Relaxing place, Loved it!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Castle Leslie Estate
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Glaslough Village, Glaslough, Ireland   |  
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Gilbert, Arizona
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“Amazing, Relaxing place, Loved it!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was one of the most relaxing places of our trip. We stayed in the castle & had 2 rooms (Blue room & Nursery). The staff were constantly cleaning the place. We had afternoon tea, massages, horseback riding, clay shooting and dinner at Snaffles. All of our food & experiences were top notch. We also had their breakfast & it was wonderful. I can't say enough about how wonderful & friendly the staff were. The property was so lovely and peaceful! The room windows opened to bring in fresh air & the rooms were quite spacious. The stable area was open & visitors could walk around and see the horses. Adorable little town nearby within walking distance. The beds were very comfortable, fluffy & cozy. we would definitely stay here again!!!! The only down side for us were the baths. No shower, only baths with a hand held shower head.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We took our parents here for an 80th birthday present, they absolutely loved it and so did we. They stayed in the Lodge and we stayed in the Castle. The reason behind this is that the Castle is not great for the elderly or infirm as they don't have a lift and it has sixty stairs to the top floor. The Lodge is all modern style and the Castle is in the old style decoration. The room that my parents had was called Sweeny (they are all named after horses in the Lodge). They have zip and link beds so they can either be a twin or double which is great. The bathroom has a walk in shower and also a bath. The room that we had at the Castle was the Governess room. It was tastefully decorated with a double bed. (They only have one twin room in the Castle which is on the top floor). The bathroom has a nice long bath. The only issues that we had with the room is that you could not lock the bedroom door when you were in the room all they have is a safety chain on the door which was not very comforting and secure. The other is that they don't have any shower facilities. We knew that the did not have an actual shower in the room but they do have a mixer tap on the bath which could easily have had a shower attachment so that you could at least wash your hair. We also knew that the rooms in the Castle don't have TVs in them but that not a problem as you don't go away somewhere nice to sit and watch TV.
While we were staying the weather was not great which was a shame as the grounds looked lovely to walk around.
Our dinner in Snaffles restaurant was fabulous, every course was just brilliant. They have a separate Gin menu with over fifty to choose from. The waiting staff were very good, happy and polite. One thing that they slipped up on was not refilling your wine glass, because I'm sure if they had done that for us we would have easily ended up having another bottle. The only let down of the whole meal was the petit fours with the tea and coffee - very bland and not very appealing.
The most disappointing thing about our stay was the breakfast next morning. As we were staying in the Castle, when we made the reservation we asked if we could let my parents join us for breakfast rather than eating at the lodge, this was no problem, and on checking in the reception at both the lodge and castle were aware of this request. On arrival in the restaurant the next morning however, the waiting staff were not expecting a table of 4. The issue was the way that we were treated during our breakfast. My mother was still eating her mixed fruit salad when they brought out her cooked breakfast, when we said that she was still eating the lady said Oh OK you want me to take it back then, which she did. As you just finished your last mouthful and put your cutlery down the plate was whisked away while the rest of us were still eating. My Father had just finished eating a piece of toast and then had his plate taken even though there was still more toast on the table to be eaten. The same happened with a glass of orange juice. We were then rather abruptly asked to leave the table and take our tea and coffee into the next room as they needed our table, even though there were three empty tables. You do not expect this kind of attitude and service from this style of hotel. We like to have a leisurely breakfast when we are away somewhere nice and especially if you want to take in the atmosphere. What a disappointing end to our stay at Castle Leslie. We did complain on check out and the Lady did remove the charge of one breakfast from the bill and apologised several times and said that she would pass on our complaint to the restaurant manager.
Would we stay again? I think so as the room was lovely and the Snaffles meal was just fabulous.

Room Tip: Elderly and infirm need to stay in the Lodge if you have trouble climbing lots of stairs.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Five nights for the price of four in the self catering mews was well worth the money. Very stylish modern accommodation in a fantastic setting. A ten minute walk from the mews through their beautiful picturesque grounds to the historical castle itself. My family took longer than ten minutes every day while they took their time tempting all of the horses with grass. Good food can be found in the lodge and absolutely fantastic service. The equestrian centre is very professional but friendly, providing lessons and treks through the castle grounds. Great for wild life too, with birds of prey, deer and bats at dusk. Just over an hours drive from north Dublin and Belfast, we will definitely be back. You do need a car for your visit.

Room Tip: Mews are 10 minute walk from the hotel, you can drive up to the castle, or the hotel will drop you i...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I loved, loved, loved Castle Leslie. During our trip to Ireland, we stayed in four Castle Hotels, but this one was the only one that felt like a castle. The accommodations were not "modern", more of an antique feel, but not medieval, either. We stayed in the Castle (not the Coach House or Stable Mews). We were in the "Chinese Room" which is the room directly above the castle entrance. There were very heavy blackout curtains, and also wooden shutters to cover the windows. This is an important feature if you're staying in Ireland in the summer--the sun didn't set until after 10PM and it didn't get dark until after midnight. The sun rises just after 5AM. The bed was comfortable, and the bathroom interesting. It had a huge pedestal tub, but no shower head. Water pressure was outstanding, and it only took a few minutes to fill the tub. I brought my own toiletries, but used theirs instead--Handmade Soap Co, made in Ireland. No TV, but I didn't watch TV the whole time I was traveling anyway. There was wifi, so I was able to keep in touch with the kids back home. We ate in the bar, and the food was excellent. We considered the fine dining experience, but at a cost of about $200 for two people, we decided to pass. I don't eat enough to make the cost worthwhile. We walked the grounds, they were beautiful, St. Salvador's church next to the castle is the one that Paul McCartney married Heather Mills in. (Beatle trivia)
Loved every minute, would love to go back, don't hesitate (Unless you really love showers over baths and watching TV.)
A very elderly Leslie heir still lives there, and we saw him both nights we were there. He is an excellent host. Thank you, Jack, for the unforgettable experience.

Room Tip: The "Red Room" is supposed to be haunted.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

My partner and I stayed in Castle Leslie through a deal we got on Groupon. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left it was just amazing.

Reception is friendly and Owen helped us to our room and he's just so pleasent. We stayed in Anita's Room which we could not recommend enough. It is large with a separate bathroom which has a massive bath and shower. The spa was so relaxing and dinner was beautiful. The service in there is second to none. I cannot recommend Castle Leslie enough. Perfect, dream place.
And if you get a chance take a walk around the grounds or take the boat out on the lake, it is excellent.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Irlanda
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Went to a wedding in castle Leslie and stayed in the coach house. Perfect venue for a wedding, top knotch everything! The accommodation in the coach house is of a good quality and a lot of attention to detail. Loved the bathroom toiletries... Well recommended!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lisburn, United Kingdom
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I recently got engaged to my Fiancée Laura, and as you can imagine we are extremely excited about beginning our search for the perfect venue to host our Wedding Day. Castle Leslie Estate was our first choice due to its location and surroundings.

In a burst of excitement the following day we couldn't wait to take a trip down to the Estate to get a feel for a number of things: the drive to the location; the grounds of the Estate; the staff on site; the food and drink …etc. We made a quick telephone call at 8am to the reception and were informed that the person we needed to speak to was Helen McManus, Events Manager.

Helen returned our call at approximately 12 noon, by which time my Fiancée and I had already set off to on our journey to Castle Leslie Estate. I passed the telephone to Laura to take the call whilst I was driving. Helen thanked us for thinking of Castle Leslie as a potential venue to host our wedding, but said that unfortunately she would not be able to see us this day, as she had a number of other appointments and due to the fact that there was a wedding being hosted in the Castle in the afternoon it would not be possible to show us around. Laura said to Helen that she understood that it would not be possible to meet with her but that we would still like to come down to take a look at the area and get a feel for the place. Helen’s response was a little surprising, she was very firm in saying that we would not be able to see the castle at all, due to the fact that there was a wedding being hosted later in the afternoon. Laura said that this is unfortunate but we would still like to come to look around the Estate, even if just to see the castle from the outside and the surrounding area. Again Helen’s response was clearly a frustrated one, saying that we would not be able to do that, and that we required an appointment to see the castle.

We left Castle Leslie Estate feeling really excited – we loved the grounds (that we saw), the staff were so friendly and went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed our experience, and the food was of a high standard. We couldn’t believe that the first place we visited we would have such a good feeling about and we set off home on cloud nine!

Helen called us again at approximately 3:30 pm and apologised for not being able to meet with us. We said that we would be very keen to arrange a date for a more formal appointment, to which she said that we would need to book quickly if we wanted to see her on Saturday, but her preference would be to see us mid-week. I then enquired about potential dates for our wedding. We are keen to have the wedding in August so I asked if the castle had any availability on the first or second Saturday in August 2015. Helen said no problem, what size is your wedding party? I said that we would have approximately between 60-70 guests. Helen’s response was that the castle would not be able to accommodate a Saturday in August unless we had 150+ guests. To our disappointment, we asked was there nothing that could be done to help accommodate us. Even if we were to pay for full exclusivity of the castle on the Saturday including paying for all the rooms at the nightly rate on the Saturday, and a number of rooms if not all of the rooms the Friday evening before, in addition to accommodation in the Old Stable Mews. She said the only way that we could be accommodated is if we paid for food and drink, equivalent to a wedding party size of 150 guests, which she would expect to be unreasonable.

Helen made it very clear that there was nothing that could be done to accommodate a wedding of 70 guests on a Saturday in August, even if the dates were available. I questioned if the dates were not booked up in August, would it not be something they would want to consider at all? Surely it would be better to have a date secured than not secured. Helens response was – that would NEVER happen.

I queried why the minimum guest requirements is not provided in any literature either online or in the brochure that we received from reception. She said that it is not provided in any literature, we would only find this information during an appointment to discuss the details.

Helen’s tone on the phone to us on both occasions was very blunt and very “matter of fact”. In particular during the second phone conversation, where she made us feel very insignificant and that our wedding of up to 70 guests was of NO importance to her or Castle Leslie.

Further to the phone call Helen emailed Laura, re-iterating some of the details of our phone conversation, finishing by saying “I wish you every success in your venue search”. Making it very clear that she did not care or want to try to help us in any way. She was more than happy that we search elsewhere for a venue.

I have to say that we are beyond disappointed, in particular with the attitude of your Events Manager. The search for a venue should be an exciting one, and although I can’t speak for every couple, of particular importance for us in selecting our venue of choice will be: 1) knowing that the people behind the venue we select will do everything they can to show us that their venue is the right one for us, and 2) that we know without question that they will go above and beyond to make the entire experience an unforgettable one (in a good way).

We have also sent a letter off to the hotel management and surprise surprise no one has bothered to reply.

I hope no one else experiences such arrogance.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Glaslough Village, Glaslough, Ireland
Location: Ireland > County Monaghan > Glaslough
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Glaslough
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Castle Leslie Estate 4*
Number of rooms: 62
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. 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 Old Stable Mews (12 two bed Mews) & Village Cottages (12 four and five bed cottages) are the perfect spot for families and groups that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private self catering.The Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. It’s the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the countryside on horseback or foot. You can spend a few hours fishing on one of Ireland's best-preserved lakes. Alternatively, you might prefer to enjoy a massage in the Victorian Treatment Rooms at the end of an activity packed day or relax with a book in one of our many beautiful rooms. Other activities include Hot Air Balloon rides, carriage rides, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, and the Kids Saddle Club. ... more   less 
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