Castle Leslie Estate appoints new CEO Brian Baldwin

Castle Leslie Estate have appointed Brian Baldwin as their Chief Executive Officer.

Brian’s appointment is a clear reflection of the company’s strong trading position as it continues to invest in the long term operational performance and growth of Castle Leslie Estate, into the future.

“The key aim of this appointment is to deliver the Estates Strategic Plan for the coming decade and to ensure we are best placed to take up the opportunities that lie ahead, whilst continuing to accelerate growth and build our brand further” says Sammy Leslie.

Brian brings a decade of experience as the former Castle Leslie Estate General Manager and Read more

GMA 2017 Press Release

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

CASTLE LESLIE ESTATE once again was a winner at the 2017 Gold Medal Awards held in association with Hotel & Catering Review magazine. The stunning Monaghan estate triumphed at the 29th 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 Read more

Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards 2018

Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre Scoops Prestigious Award

Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre triumphed at the recent Irish Sport Horse Industry Awards 2018 which took place at the K Club in Straffan, Co. Kildare by taking home the Irish Sport Horse – Best Domestic Equine Enterprise Award .  The awards recognize and celebrate the most original and innovative individuals, companies and organisations that have continually demonstrated excellence on a national and global scale. Attended by hundreds of Irish Sport industry professionals, winners received a unique Irish designed presentation piece in recognition of their contribution.  Speaking after receiving the award, Jenny Richardson, Castle Leslie Equestrian Read more

TripAdvisor Awards 2018

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

Castle Leslie Estate announced that it has been recognised as a winner in three categories in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.  They scooped the awards for one of the Top 25 Hotels in Ireland, Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Ireland and Top 25 Best for Service in Ireland.

These accolades, which honour hospitality excellence, are given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive these prestigious awards. Read more

Tripadvisor Cert of Excellence Hall Of Fame 2018




Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site.


Glaslough, County Monaghan – 28th May 2018 Castle Leslie Estate today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner.  The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.  Winners include Read more

IASI Silver Award 2018


Castle Leslie Estate is delighted to announce that they are the proud recipient of an IASI Silver Award 2018 for the second year in a row. The IASI Irish Accommodation Services Awards are the only awards in Ireland exclusively dedicated to the Accommodation sector. There are 6 different categories:

–     5* hotels

–     4* hotels

–     3* hotels

–     Schools and colleges

–     Hospitals

–     Nursing homes.

All of the categories are inspected by a council member and require a score of over 80% to pass the inspection.  There were over 120 applications for the Accommodation Awards 2018.

Speaking on the win, Castle Leslie Estate’s Accommodation Services Manager, Margaret Read more

Choosing a horse riding holiday

Many people are considering a riding holiday as spring beckons, and lots of us enjoy topping up our horse riding skills in a new location, as well as relaxing and unwinding on a riding trip. But if you’re planning a riding holiday, do you want a beach ride, a trek, or a training break like the fabulous ones on offer here at Castle Leslie Estate?


Winter fitness for riders!

by Jenny Richardson, BHSAI

In our last blog we discussed the importance of enjoying some indoor show jumping training and competition over the winter. Here, our head instructor Jenny Richardson BHSAI shares her top tips for maintaining rider fitness this winter…

Yes, Christmas is over, and many of us may have over-indulged! But now’s the time to regain health ahead of spring, as it is key that horse riders maintain fitness, especially if they compete. Being at optimum fitness and on top of your game will give you a huge advantage in the competition ring, as your thought processes and your reactions will Read more

Winter Show Jumping

by Jenny Richardson, BHSAI

It is time for many equestrian enthusiasts to enjoy some indoor show jumping training and competition. Our head instructor Jenny Richardson BHSAI shares her top tips!

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 contend with smaller warm-up spaces, and tighter turns.

Learning to jump well in at an indoor venue is all about making the most of Read more

Fast & Furious!

by Jenny Richardson, BHSAI

Here’s my tips on speeding up your showjumping round.

It seems that as we climb the showjumping ranks, e.g. by jumping higher fences or progressing from unaffiliated to affiliated shows, there’s more at stake. The class numbers get higher, as do our expectations. Initially, we entered for the experience – then we were hoping for a clear-round, and maybe a placing – and now we’re perhaps wanting a first place!

Accuracy is key, but time will of course play an important part in our success. The time allowed in any class should be viewed as a reminder not to go Read more


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