Chris Bogues, our Senior Instructor at Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre explains the benefits of horse riding simulators.

Riding simulators, or mechanical horses, can offer many benefits to improving one’s riding technique, and are ideal for any riders whose confidence needs developing.

Mechanical horses like ‘Prince’, our trusty mechanical steed at Castle Leslie Estate, are perfect schoolmasters; tuition on a simulator is intensive, which means riders can quickly progress. The instructor can concentrate on the rider’s core stability and posture, without worrying about what the horse is doing. Clients here at Castle Leslie Estate range from beginners to advanced dressage riders, who find that tuition on a mechanical horse is useful for improving their seat, balance and effectiveness. Prince is Read more

Fabulous Gift Ideas this Christmas

In the lead up to Christmas, we thought we’d give you some gift ideas which are available to purchase as a gift voucher for your someone special this Christmas.

There’s something for everyone from ‘The Ultimate Indulgent Day at The Victorian Treatment Rooms, Castle Leslie Estate books, Horse Riding at the Equestrian Centre, to Uncle Jack’s Afternoon Tea for Two, Fishing on Glaslough Lake, Dinner for Two in Snaffles Restaurant and a host of fabulous breaks on the Estate.

To view our array of Christmas gift ideas, please click here.

Winter Woes

Keeping up enthusiasm and progression for riding and training through the winter months can be tough! It’s cold, often wet, and if you’re fitting in your riding sessions before and after work, then it’s usually dark too. If you’ve only got half an hour or so to play with, then you need to utilise your time as best as you can, to ensure that your horse not only gets exercised, but that there’s some progression throughout the winter months. Without any progression, it can be hard to keep up the enthusiasm to go out there in the cold. By the time Read more

Touch Therapy at The Victorian Treatment Rooms

We are delighted to tell you that at our spa, The Victorian Treatment Rooms, we offer a thoughtful and innovative series of nurturing spa treatments, called Touch Therapy for anyone who has gone or is undergoing cancer treatment.

These unique spa treatments are offered by our highly qualified and knowledgeable therapists. We use a specialised skin care range which has been designed to soothe and benefit the skin which has been affected by chemotherapy and radiation.

The range of treatments on offer include:

The Chemo Comfort.  This treatment is suitable for clients going through chemotherapy suffering from side effects including dry skin, hand and Read more

Castle Leslie Estate Wins The Award For Ireland’s Favourite Place To Stay For The Third Year In A Row

CASTLE LESLIE ESTATE once again was a winner at the 2019 Gold Medal Awards held in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine. We triumphed at the 31st Annual Gold Medal Awards, winning the hotly-contested Gold Medal People’s Choice Award for Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay, for the third year in a row.

Run by leading hospitality industry magazine, Hotel & Catering Review, and judged by an independent jury of experienced hospitality practitioners, the Gold Medal Awards are widely regarded as the most prestigious and coveted awards in the business. A total of 31 category awards were presented at this year’s gala Read more

Our new head trainer,Emma Hobson offers her top tips for planning a horse riding break.

Our new head trainer, Emma Hobson offers her top tips for planning a riding break, and explains why you’ll love our exciting new riding and wellness holiday…

We recently welcomed a new head trainer and equestrian business manager to our Equestrian Centre – Emma Hobson BHSAI. Emma, a Dressage Ireland List Six Judge, Para-Dressage judge, working Mum and holder of three degrees of higher education, is excited to be joining the world-renowned team. Coming from horsey stock, with parents who were both riding instructors, Emma is known for her dressage prowess and has competed or ridden in almost every equestrian discipline. “Castle Read more

Castle Leslie Estate Opens New Multi Million Euro Extension

It was an afternoon of much anticipation as Castle Leslie Estate’s new extension to their 4 star award winning Lodge officially opened.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys cut the ‘red’ ribbon to mark the exciting occasion.

Invited guests were treated to a tour of the new wing including the breath-taking 21 bedrooms, the beautiful original art work by well-known local artists Geraldine O’Reilly, Joan Mallon, Neil Greig and Eileen Ferguson and the buzzing new 40 seater conservatory.

Over €4 million was invested in the build project which took just 9 months to complete.

CEO Brian Baldwin said “It’s a wonderful story to Read more

Recruitment Open Day

We are delighted to be hosting a Recruitment Open Day at The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate on Tuesday 9th July 2019 from 4pm – 8pm, for individuals looking for new opportunities within the hospitality industry.

Currently, we have a number of full time and part time roles available and are inviting suitable candidates to attend.

On the day we will interview for the following positions:

  1. Food and Beverage Assistants
  2. Bar Personnel
  3. Chefs of all levels
  4. Kitchen Porters
  5. Receptionist
  6. Accommodation Assistants
  7. Riding Instructors
  8. Spa Therapist

Please bring along your current CV or complete an application form on the day.

For further details, please contact, Sinead Read more

Getting the horse moving ‘off your leg’, for better reactions.

Eventing enthusiasts know that one of the key foundations of riding is to have your horse ‘in front of your leg’. This doesn’t mean going fast, it means going forward! And the way to have your horse going forward and in front of your leg is to have him super responsive to your leg aids.

“The other leg aids become a little hazy…”

I am sure we’ve all been there at some point; getting lulled into the habit of kicking at each stride to keep the forward momentum, and getting to the point where you don’t even realise you’re doing it, and the Read more

Summertime and the living is easy

Whether your idea of a holiday is a romantic retreat, a relaxing break or an action-packed adventure, there is something for everyone at Castle Leslie Estate. We’ve some amazing special offers for both couples, families and friends to enjoy this summer.

Our Advanced Purchase B&B Offer at The Lodge starts from just €150 per room. This offer includes overnight accommodation and a hearty full Irish breakfast over the Summer Months and save €10 a night with advance purchase.  This offer is available on selected midweek dates from May – August 2019.  It’s Advance Purchase and Non Refundable. We also have our Summer Read more

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