I sure do hope to come back here some day...
I suppose Temple House isn't for everyone. Truly, the typical American TripAdvisor reviewer who's concerned with updated facilities, climate control, and elevators - yeah that person should maybe skip Temple House. But let's hope I never suffer the boredom of traveling with that person.
Who should book at Temple House? Anyone with an imagination, a sense of humor, a longing for the past, a bit of adventure, anyone of any age who craves beauty and whimsy.
Okay, enough of my reverie, here's the deal. Traveling with a large family group, ages 2 - 70ish, County Sligo was a priority for us because of family roots. I campaigned heavily for Temple House after viewing the website and deciding it looked like "Downton Abbey, but with sheep." So, we booked five enormous, beautifully outfitted rooms, full of old-fashioned (maybe slightly dusty) charm, and (to my mother's great relief) totally updated bathrooms.
Our hosts Roderick and Helena, along with their dogs Cocoa, Pepper, and Treacle, treated us to an outstanding stay of delightful breakfasts, great family stories, and invaluable advice about what to do and how to get there. Don't miss the nearby Eagles Flying birds of prey sanctuary, dinner at Yeats County Inn on your way to Temple House, and lunch at the Beach Bar near Temple Boy. On Temple House's grounds, there are boats for rowing, croquet for playing, an old castle for photographing and wilderness for walking through.
My only regret is that we didn't book dinner at the house, I've heard it's not to be missed. Sadly, the price for the tiny little picky eaters with whom we traveled just didn't seem doable. But we did enjoy drinks in the sitting room, complete with a fire for the cool August nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Temple House, in Sligo, is a beautiful manor set in a private estate of over 1,000 acres, overlooking a 13th-century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar. The Perceval family home since 1665, the present manor was redesigned in 1864 and exudes the authentic and unpretentious country house atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Temple House Hotel Ballinacarrow