Castle Leslie Estate wins Service Excellence award

Castle Leslie Estate has become the first hotel in Monaghan to complete Failte Ireland’s Accredited Service Excellence Programme.

The Service Excellent Award is a wonderful tourism initiative in which the customer is always seen as king.

The Programme is aimed at helping tourism attractions and businesses to put the customer first and foremost in everything they do and to reach the highest standards in customer care. The upshot of which can result in major benefits such as business growth, additional repeat business, increased visitor spend and positive recommendations.

Commenting on the award, Castle Leslie Estate CEO Brian Baldwin said, “Guest-focused service has always been Read more

Kevin Kenny wins IHI Award


Huge congratulations to our Deputy General Manager, Kevin Kenny on taking home the Irish Hospitality Institute Hotel Deputy Manager of the Year Award 2018 at this years awards which took place on Thursday 22nd November at The Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin. We’re so thrilled and immensely proud of him! Well done also to Philip Brazil who was a finalist in the Executive Head Chef category. A terrific achievement for both! Kevin is pictured with award sponsor Joe Higgins of the IHI and IHI President Mathias Muller.

The most common riding mistakes

Our Head Trainer Jenny Richardson BHSAI highlights the most common riding mistakes we ALL make!


A rider who loses his or her own balance will compromise the balance of the horse, which will affect the horse’s way of going. Whether riding a simple upward or downward transition, or over jumps, imbalance may create one or more of the following problems: hollowing, wobbling, the wrong bend, the wrong canter lead, running or leaning.

(2)An insecure position

Ensure your position is central, straight and fluid, so that you move as one with the horse, and not in any way against him. Simple Read more

Our staff sleep out to support homelessness

Some of our staff slept out on Monday 15th of October to raise awareness on the issue of homelessness in Ireland.  They joined other Irish Companies to raise much needed funds to support the vital work of Focus Ireland and their ‘Shine a Light’ campaign with an aim to end homelessness in Ireland.
Family homelessness has reached historic proportions with 2,777 children currently living in emergency accommodation in Ireland, often unable to get to school, rarely getting a home cooked meal and sinking into darkness.
You can support this wonderful cause by donating what you can by clicking HERE.

Thank you in advance Read more

Castle Leslie Estate Scoops The Award For Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay.

CASTLE LESLIE ESTATE once again was a winner at the 2018 Gold Medal Awards held in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine. The stunning Monaghan estate triumphed at the 30th Annual Gold Medal Awards, winning the hotly-contested Gold Medal People’s Choice Award for Ireland’s Favourite Place to Stay.

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 ceremony in the Lyrath Read more

Autumn Show Jumping

Now that Autumn is just about here, it is time for many equestrian enthusiasts to enjoy some indoor show jumping training and competition. Jenny Richardson BHSAI, our Equestrian Centre Business Manager here, shares her top tips!

We welcome many riders here at Castle Leslie Estate for autumn and winter show jumping practice and training. Jumping indoors for some horse and rider combinations can provide somewhat of a challenge! The space is often much tighter, and often, spooky horses find the indoor environment more intimidating. It almost always takes riders by surprise, when they first compete or even attend a clinic indoors, and have to Read more

The skinny on jumping narrow fences

The skinny on jumping narrow fences – By our Head Trainer, Jenny Richardson BHSAI

 Many guests come to Castle Leslie Estate to hone their riding skills over tricky fences – the kind that you may not have at home, or that you need some assistance with! A good example is the narrow fence; which can be anything from 3-6 feet wide!

These fences can be more troublesome to jump, as they do invite the horse to take the easier option and run out, or go straight past them! Riders can often get more tense or worried because of this, which can then transmit a Read more

Aspirations to be a dressage diva!

Our Equestrian Centre Business Manager, Jenny Richardson BHSAI, poses the question – when should we ‘move up’ the dressage levels?

As a trainer, I know that many riders are keen to move up the competitive dressage levels; many of my clients here at the glorious Castle Leslie Estate see this process as an integral part of progression, whereas others can find this transition nerve-racking! So, with so much to consider, how do you know when the time is right to move up the levels in dressage?

There are usually many reasons behind wanting to move up the levels, just as there are some Read more

Local primary school designs the artwork for Castle Leslie Estate’s environmentally friendly compostable cups.

At Castle Leslie Estate we are always seeking environment friendly options to help the planet. That’s why we have decided to introduce compostable cups on the estate. In doing so, we are helping our guests to also help the environment.

We are also big supporters of our local community so we asked our local primary school to design the artwork for our compostable cups.

Here is the finished product, which we think are wonderful and are currently in use on the estate.

The students who worked on the design came for a visit in June for a tour of the Castle followed by a Read more

The benefits of hacking your horse or pony.

 The benefits of hacking your horse or pony – By Castle Leslie’s Equestrian Business Manager, Jenny Richardson BHSAI

We’re renowned for our lovely hacking, here at Castle Leslie Estate. If that’s all you and your family would like to do with us when you come for a riding holiday, or spend some time riding if you’re visiting us for another reason, then you can be sure of enjoying glorious woodland rides with us, on well-trained, safe horses.

Hacking is one of the most basic pastimes that’s necessary for any horse or pony to learn. If you’re a horse (or pony) owner, I am Read more


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