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Belvedere House
Ranked #4 of 13 Carlingford B&B and Inns
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Stavanger, Norway
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38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Top food and top people!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

My wife and I had a wonderful time in Carlingford. Not the least thanks to Belvedere House and the staff there. The food there was among the very best we got in all Ireland and the staff's Hospitality and helpfulness were tabsolute top notch.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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dublin ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

I stayed here for one night with my mum and was very happy indeed with everything from the really beautiful rooms to the excellent food by proprietor chef . All in all this is a brilliant place to stay and eat whilst staying in the beautiful Carlingford. This is my second time staying here now and will return again .

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chesney123
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

We started our bicycle trek to the Belvedere House in Carlingford, with a virtually life-saving stop at Lumper's Bar, on R174, Ballymakellett, Ravensdale, Dundalk, County Louth (phone 042 9371382; johnlumpers@eircom.net) .

Being that we were making our way north from Dublin on a cycling safari, and getting terrific tans in an unprecedented Irish heat wave, we staggered into Lumpers, situated at the base of the Tain Trail, our anticipated afternoon climb over the Cooley Mountains down into Carlingford.

Suffering from heat exhaustion and hunger following the morning's 30 mile ride in 91 degree temperatures, we tottered into the pub. After pouring buckets of water over our heads in the restrooms, we were revived enough to dive into the many life-saving baskets of triangular-cut sandwiches, bowls of comforting homemade vegetable soup, and the seemingly endless pitchers of fresh water that John quickly placed in front of us. When we could eat no more, John entertained us with many tales about the famous lumper potato, the nearby Magic Hill where cars, when placed in neutral after traversing the fairy-inhabited hill, rolled backwards back over the hill, and hiking and camping adventures John leads on "his mountain."

Only the Tain Trail, translated as "herd" trail in Irish, lay between us and a comfortable rest at Carlingford's Belvedere House. Supposedly, Queen Maeve herself had led her cows on this trail that appeared to go seemingly straight up, climbing 700 feet to the sky, affording us incredible views of the farmsteads and the pastoral lands dotted with very loud and vocal sheep scattered about the Cooley Mountains. Once we reached the mountain's crest at Windy Gap's "The Long Woman's (in megalithic times, the final resting spot of he 7 foot Spanish beauty, who, upon moving to Carlingford, died of disappointment) Grave," we enjoyed the breath-taking views of the Mountains of Mourne "flowing down to the sea" (made famous in the Irish tune), as we coasted down the mountain into the lovely 12th century village of Carlingford.

One of Ireland's Heritage Towns, Carlingford, a linear settlement with defensive walls and narrow streets, is regarded as Ireland's best preserved village from the medieval period. The town's structure has changed little over the centuries, but it is rapidly becoming Eastern Ireland's outdoor adventure and water sport center (with hill walks on the Cooley Mountains and Slieve Foy, sailing on Carlingford Lough, golfing at Greenore Golf Course, and riding opportunities at the Equestrian Centre) and features the Restaurant Association of Ireland's "Best Restaurant in Louth" award-recipient, the Baytree Restaurant.

We made our way to our lodgings in the center of town--the Belvedere House, a Newry Street B an B owned by Kristina, our gracious host and resident vegetable gardener, and Conor Wood, her husband and the restaurant's master chef. Their Baytree Restaurant, which has earned a place in the 2014 Michelin Guidebook with a two star rating (very good, affordable) was to be, to our good fortune, the site of our many breakfasts and dinners.

We were shown to our second floor beautifully decorated rooms overlooking bustling Newry Street. Following a theme from the Irish epic story "The Cattle Raid of Cooley," and, also, the history of the town, the room's doors sported signs, which includes the names of Culchulain, Queen Maeve, D'Arcy McGee, and Taaffe Castle, respectively. A gentle breeze wafted in through the open windows bursting with colorful petunias in flower boxes. Celebrating the history of the village, the comfortable furniture was done in antique pine but, clearly catering to modern comforts, the rooms were en-suite with "power" showers, warmed towel racks, flat screen TV with satellite channels, bedside fresh water, coffee and tea service, hair dryers, and the gracious hospitality provided by Kristina and Conor. The earplugs, thoughtfully left on the room's night stands, were indicative of a potentially less than perfect night's sleep. I did not sleep well at the Belvedere House because of the inn's proximity to the vibrant pub scene. In afterthought, I should have gone out and joined the merry-makers!

Breakfast was beautifully presented in the adjoining award-winning Baytree Restaurant. A full Irish hot breakfast was available, but also any derivative of it, as Kristina catered to our needs. I enjoyed hot porridge, yogurt, fresh fruit, juice, and tea, as well as a toastie sandwich with Irish bacon (ham), fresh tomatoes, and grilled fresh mushrooms--quite satisfying. After a day of sightseeing, we returned to the Baytree Restaurant for their much-acclaimed dinner. The chef-owned family business places an emphasis on fresh produce from local suppliers, providing Kristina doesn't grow it in her garden behind the B and B. They advertise "classic dishes beautifully presented with a modern twist" and I was delighted with my fresh Caesar salad, grilled hake, mash (potatoes) with turrets to resemble Taaffe's Castle, garden veggies, and the most delectable traditional desserts--banofee, sticky toffee pudding, and rhubarb creme brulee.

The sights of the town were at the Belvedere's doorstep: the 12th century King John's Castle with its watch over Carlingford Lough, the original Tholsel toll gate into the town, two wealthy merchant townhouses--the Mint and haunted Taaffe's Castle, the ancient Abbey, and the lovely harbor lough with views of Northern Ireland on the opposite shore. Most exciting to our family was to discover that Carlingford's Slieve Foy mountain houses a Leprechaun Preserve. Founded in 1989, we were told that Carlingford pub owner, PJ O'Hare, had heard a scream from Slieve Foy and all he could find were traces of a wee folk's former presence--a little green suit, his hat, a fiddle, a bodhran drum, a harp, a tiny pint and a glass, a pile of wee bones, and a little purse with several gold coins in it. PJ deduced that these things belonged to leprechauns and he quickly gathered them up and displayed them in a glass case in his pub on Tholsel Street, where we ate one evening. The story goes that because PJ had possession of the leprechaun's gold, he could speak to them. The wee folk told PJ that if, upon his demise, he didn't give the gold to a man who had seven sons, the gold would revert back to the leprechauns and humans couldn't speak to them again. Luckily, he found a friend who had seven sons and seven grandsons, so humans would have the upper edge on the leprechauns for many generations. To protect their leprechauns, the folks in Carlingford convinced the EU to sanction out the area on Slieve Foy as a Leprechaun Preserve. Residents had been told that there were only 230 wee folk left and they needed to be protected. While my family trudged up Slieve Foy, they had the good fortune to encounter little stick teepees, bits of wool, and other things that the wee folks needed to make a cozy camp. A true highlight of our trip.

Our several nights at the Belvedere House in Carlingford made for a delightful, comfortable, and memorable stay after that brutally exhausting day prior conquering the Cooley Mountain's Tain Trail atop bicycles. It would be nice to go back to Carlingford another time when the village is immersed in their March Leprechaun Festival, with children scampering around Slieve Foy (not in the protected area) in quest of ceramic leprechauns hidden about the mountain, and to call upon Eimar, the headless ghost of Taaffe's Castle, as she wails to her beloved Nicholas Taaffe, who was beheaded at the Battle of the Boyne: "I will forever wait for you." And we would love to see Kristina and Conor again for a nice cup of tea, some rhubarb creme brulee, and some more of their wonderful Irish hospitality.

Room Tip: Our Taaffe's Castle room looked out onto Taaffe's Castle, Carlingford Lough, and the vibrant...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Susan J
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Belfast, NI
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

My boyfriend and I have stayed here twice and have really enjoyed both trips. The rooms are cosy and well decorated but the highlight really is the Baytree Restaurant. As well as tasting fantastic, each course is beautifully presented.

On our first occasion we stayed one a one night plus dinner deal. When my partner mentioned he was looking forward to mussels during the afternoon, we were told that they were not on the menu that night but they would get some for us...fantastic service.

If I was to pick a negative it may be that the bathrooms were not as we appointed as the bedrooms but only a minor point.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Katharine M
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Banbridge
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Myself and a group of girls went to Carlingford for a Saturday Night. Our accommodation was bright, clean, and we were more than happy with it. My sister and I got a room with a street view, which suited us as we got to see and hear all the antics that were going on outside on a warm summers evening. Breakfast was excellent, dining room was pleasantly decorated and very relaxing, The owners also let us leave our bags as we wanted to do some shopping on the Sunday. They also recommended another bar for lunch which we thought was very obliging. I will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: If you don't mind a bit of noise, that stops after the bars close then the front rooms are grand...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rrudenaid
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vermont
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87 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Imagine you're middle-aged travelers having driven all day hunting down dolmens up and down country lanes, hungry, hot, and about an hour late on stopping. All you want to do is unload your stuff and have a pint of Guinness. That was us; and did I say, a bit edgy? yep, we were. When we drove into Carlingford there was a street carnival in full force and we had no idea where the B&B was. Somehow we reckoned it was in the middle of the street scene, about where the band was playing. Intuition. When we stumbled through the street scene into the restaurant below the B&B, the staff member could not have been more welcoming and instantly soothed our weary nerves with his calm demeanor and his full attention. Immediately we made a dinner date for 30 minutes later (see Bay Tree Restaurant) and the holiday was back in stride. Our room looked into the owner's garden where he raises herbs and vegetables for the restaurant. We were concerned about noise as the kind proprietors had provided ear plugs in the room, but there was none. Turns out, that's just how they are - Conor and Kristina - they simply want their guests to enjoy their stay. Breakfast is included and one morning I had mentioned my love of traditional Irish music and soon as I came into the dining room, the music changed to my preference. Another guest asked about a particular walk and Conor gave them suggestions including offering to take them to a particular trailhead. On the day we departed at checkout, Conor had left a CD of trad music he thought I might like on the counter. Yes, the rooms were nice, clean, cozy, but the hospitality was what lingers like the aroma of freshly-brewed coffee early of a morning. And builds a reputation. This facility may or may not be handicapped accessible, check first before booking if you cannot do stairs.

Room Tip: Ask for a garden view if it's summer and you are bothered by sounds from the street below.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MacD-NC
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Tarbert, Scotland
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126 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was the last night of a quick tour of Ireland from Kinsale in the south to Carlingford. we were not dissapointed. We had a lovely room, very well appointed. The weather was superb. The staff could not have been nicer. We ate in their restaurant in the evening and had a lovely meal. Breakfast was arranged early so we could get away sharp to meet the ferry. A good experience all round.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Belvedere House
Address: Newry Street, Carlingford, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Louth > Cooley Peninsula > Carlingford
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Number of rooms: 7
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