Autumn at Castle Leslie Estate

Today is the first day of Autumn, and for many of us it’s our favourite time on estate. It is a beautiful time to admire our 1,000 acres.  With the leaves changing from green to red, it is a very special time of year as the temperature cools and the days get shorter. Castle Leslie Estate is the absolute perfect place to escape to for a short Autumn break.

Our open spaces are just ripe for an early morning excursion. It’s worth getting up early for the autumn mist alone… after a hearty breakfast of course!

There is no doubt that the reds, golden-yellows Read more

Summer BBQ Ideas

Our Executive Chef, Aaron Duffy has some really tasty BBQ ideas for you to enjoy this summertime…

The key to any good BBQ is a decent size BBQ as you don’t want to be back and forth in the kitchen relying on your oven to help out. BBQ food is quick, easy and full of flavour! The day prior, I would recommend making all your salads and desserts along with any homemade juices!  In addition, you should marinade any meat as this will add extra flavour to your dishes.

Firstly, have your table set up and arrange your salads along with any additional Read more

Easter Recipes


Leg of Irish Lamb and Hassleback Potatoes with Rosemary & Garlic

Ingredients (Serves 6)

• 1 3-4kg Irish Lamb leg

• 18 Medium sized New Potatoes

• Rosemary

• 1 Bulb Garlic

• Rind Of 1 lemon

• 100g Irish Butter Method

• Preheat the oven to 160°C/gas mark 3


• To prepare the lamb, cut 8 small holes into the upper, fleshy part of the leg. Push the garlic cloves, rosemary sprigs into the holes, equally distributing the ingredients across the meat.

• For the Potatoes irst, prep the potatoes. Put them, one at a time, onto a wooden spoon and starting at one end, cut across their Read more

International Women’s Day




Happy International Women’s Day!! We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight all of the amazing work that our owner Sammy Leslie does. She’s a pioneering businesswoman and the guardian of Castle Leslie Estate. The Estate is one of only a few still in the hands of its founding family who have lived here since 1665.

Sammy returned home to run the estate with her siblings in 1991 at the age of 24. At a time when all border areas were affected by the Troubles and much of the 350-year-old Estate had fallen into disrepair, Sammy took up the reins, starting up Read more

Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas

They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach but we say a way to ANYONE’S heart is through their stomach!  During this pandemic, it goes without saying that there’s a huge number of us who are spending a lot more time in the kitchen and surprising ourselves with the wonderful dishes were are creating and baking!!

Well, as it’s Valentine’s Day, we thought we’d give you some recipe inspiration for treating your loved one to some delicious homemade dishes including some indulgent desserts!

Our Head Chef has made these suggestions for the perfect at-home dining experience;

For Starters, he’s chosen Read more

Christmas Gift Ideas

December at Castle Leslie Estate is the most magical time of the year and we’re excited to announce that we’ve just launched our ’12 Gifts of Christmas’.  Indulge your loved ones with a very special gift from Castle Leslie Estate. There’s something for everyone from casual lunches in Conor’s Lounge, gourmet 5-course dinners in Snaffles Restaurant and delightful Afternoon Teas for two with a glass of bubbly to spa treatments and the ultimate indulgent day at The Victorian Treatment Rooms to Fishing on Glaslough Lake. We’ve horse riding vouchers and horse-drawn carriage rides around the Estate. Plus we have perfect overnight Read more

Sammy Leslie & Staff Sleep-Out Virtually in aid of Focus Ireland

Sammy Leslie together with some of the staff from Castle Leslie Estate will be doing a virtual sleep-out on Friday 16th October 2020 to raise awareness on the issue of #homelessness in Ireland. It is a cause very close to our hearts and we are joining other Irish companies to raise much-needed funds to support the vital work of Focus Ireland. Focus Ireland’s aim is to end homelessness in Ireland. You may be shocked to realise that today there are 8,728 people homeless in Ireland and 1 in 3 is a child, often unable to get to school, rarely getting a Read more

Castle Leslie Estate Honoured as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travellers on the World’s Largest Travel Site.

Castle Leslie Estate has been recognized as a 2020 Travelers’ Choice award winner by TripAdvisor. Based on a full year of TripAdvisor reviews, prior to any changes caused by the pandemic, receiving this award means that Castle Leslie Estate is known for consistently receiving great traveller/diner feedback, placing them in the top 10% of hospitality businesses around the globe. We are delighted to be part of this exclusive group.

Commenting on the award, Estate CEO, Brian Baldwin said;

“Castle Leslie Estate is thrilled to receive this accolade. We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this award is evidence that our Read more

Castle Leslie Estate ‘Drive Through’ Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea.

Here’s a novel idea about how to celebrate Mother’s Day!
The Castle Leslie Estate ‘Drive Through’ Mothers Day Afternoon Tea.  Mother’s Day is taking place this Sunday 22nd March but this year is going to be very different to those of the past. It’s difficult to shop for that perfect Mother’s Day gift but what’s going on in the world doesn’t mean we can’t show our mums how much we love them.

Arrive at the gates of Castle Leslie Estate between 1pm – 4pm this Sunday 22nd March, present your voucher and drive through to collect an exquisite Afternoon Tea to take home Read more

Six ways to improve your dressage scores this spring.

1. Have a lesson on a schoolmaster horse

One of the best ways to increase your comprehension of a particular movement, or improve your flatwork skills in general, is to book a lesson or training break at a BHS approved training centre on a schoolmaster horse. These horses are suitably experienced so that you can learn how it feels to perform a movement in the right way. Many wise schoolmasters will not respond as to your aids unless you have asked the question of them correctly!

2.Write for a dressage judge

If you write for a dressage judge, you will find it invaluable to Read more


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