Location: Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland.
Built: c. 1870.
Ownership / Access: Leslie family.
Opening times: Check their website for more info.
Price of admission: Check their website for more info.
Notes: Castle Leslie Estate, home to an Irish branch of Clan Leslie and located on the 4 km², Castle Leslie is both the name of a historic Country House and 1,000-acre Estate adjacent to the village of Glaslough, 11 km (7 mi) north-east of Monaghan town in County Monaghan, Ireland. The Estate has three lakes: the largest, Glaslough (from the Irish Glas Loch or Glasloch, meaning Green Lake), shares its name with the local village; Kilvey Lake is to the north; and, finally, there is Dream Lake, which features a crannog. The 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) estate comprises park land, meandering streams and several forests. The house is still home to the Leslie family with Sir Jack Leslie in residence and principal owner Samantha (Sammy) Leslie. Other family members still assert their influence on the running of the estate through a family trust. The estate is open to paying guests, who can stay in the former Hunting Lodge, the main house itself, the recently constructed traditional-style holiday cottages located in the village or the fully restored and refitted "Old Stable Mews". While restoration of the house and grounds is ongoing, many new features have been added to the estate, including a spa, a bar and restaurant, and a Cookery School. A new pavilion, adjacent to the long gallery of the main house, facilitates conferences, weddings and other large events. Work on restoring the walled garden is also continuing, though for now they remain overgrown and locked. 2002 Saw Castle Leslie's chance to grab Fame due to former Beatles and Wings singer Paul McCartney and Model and Actress Heather Mills Marriage in the St.Salvator's Church. After this (Read Below) guests flooded the Estate and Pay rates were going through the roof. The Money was used to Make the refurbishment that they planned some 3 years ago. 2004 saw the return to the estate of the Equestrian Centre and Hunting Lodge which had been sold out of the family twenty years previously. The estate now features miles of new horse trails and jumps, a state-of-the-art indoor horse arena and new stabling. Walkers are also catered for with many trails upgraded and clearly signposted, a new estate map being available from the Hunting lodge. 2005 saw 5 new sub-ground floor bedrooms being added to the castle, including the Desmond Leslie room, the Agnes Bernelle Room, the Helen Strong Room, and the only room in the castle not named after a family member, The Calm Room.
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