Castle Leslie

Monaghan Ireland: (IT-IRSR04)

Monaghan Ireland
A secluded and private estate in Co. Monaghan nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Since the 1660s, the distinguished and somewhat individual Leslie family have lived on the Castle Estate, welcoming everyone from politicians to poets, ambassadors to ufologists; all the time making their home into one of the finest luxury Castle hotels Ireland has to offer..

The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world.  It is rich in unspoiled rural splendor and breath-taking artifacts.  A haven of tranquility, you won’t find televisions, radios or minibars within the bedrooms. The Castle features twenty unique bedrooms and bathrooms - whether your idea of heaven is a romantic boudoir designed with relaxation and privacy in mind or flamboyant room decorated with rich deep colours, there’s a room to suit your tastes.

The Lodge is the social hub of the Estate and brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. It offers a completely different experience to that of the castle. Complete with 29 rooms - each of which remain true to the building’s original structure - and buzzing with activity, there is plenty to keep yourself occupied at the boutique, country house style Lodge. The Old Stable Mews and Village Houses are the perfect spot for groups that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private self catering.

The Castle Leslie Equestrian Center is the perfect location for a horse-riding holiday in Ireland. It is the perfect place for adventure and offers an idyllic setting for horse enthusiasts visiting Ireland. Imagine over a thousand acres of rolling hills, parkland and lakes to explore on horseback. Combine fun and thrilling cross-country riding with relaxing trail rides in the countryside and come home to luxury accommodations each day to unwind! As one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, Castle Leslie Estate offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels.  So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, Castle Leslie Estate is the place for you.


This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent at the lodge or the castle.

Hunting Lodge 
Located at the entrance of the Estate, the Hunting Lodge is the social hub of the Estate, the ideal spot to relax with family, friends or new acquaintances. The Lodge at Castle Leslie Estate, with its 29 rooms and cut-stone stable courtyard, has been lovingly restored and imaginatively decorated retaining its period features and original character. It provides cozy and charming accommodation. Each bedroom has been decorated in keeping with the building's period features and designed with comfort in mind. Our superior bedrooms are particularly spacious and offer balconies overlooking the Equestrian Centre's courtyards or a comfortable sitting area where you can relax with your favorite book. Our classic bedrooms in the original building and stables are decorated in a cozy, traditional style while the ones in the newer wings are more contemporary in style. All bedrooms contain a king-sized bed or two twins, private bath with Victorian roll top bath and separate shower, and a TV.
All of our packages are confirmed in Superior rooms unless you prefer to stay in one of the classic bedrooms (very charming).

Buzzing with activity, there’s always something going on at the Lodge. It is adjacent to the Equestrian Centre and perfectly located for those who wish to explore the countryside and parkland on horseback. It also houses the organic Victorian Treatment Rooms – the perfect place to luxuriate in a relaxing massage following an activity-filled day. Wireless internet access is available in all public areas in the Lodge. And if you just want to escape with your newspaper or book or enjoy a game of scrabble with your partner, there is an abundance of nooks and crannies and common areas in which to do so.

Castle Leslie -
when available we are happy to reserve a room at the castle at no extra charge.
With its authentic interiors and old-style hospitality, the Castle at Castle Leslie Estate exudes old world grandeur and offers complete respite from the world. The Castle is not a typical hotel experience – you won’t find televisions, radios, or minibars in the Castle bedrooms. However, we do offer all of our guests complimentary WiFi in all public areas and bedrooms in The Castle.
The unique and dramatically different bedrooms are tranquil and calm – havens for sleeping and dreaming. The Castle is filled with beautiful furniture, antiques and heirlooms. It has twenty original and uniquely decorated bedrooms and bathrooms. From romantic boudoirs designed with relaxation and privacy in mind to more flamboyant bedrooms decorated with rich deep colours, there’s a room and a view to suit every taste. Each bathroom is unique and features include the first plumbed bath in Ireland, a throne toilet and a complete bathroom hidden away in a doll’s house. Some baths are fabulously large, ideal for a romantic soak for two. There is no pressure  to do anything except relax and indulge yourself.

Log fires crackle in the hearths and there are several elegant rooms in which you can relax in privacy or in the company of friends. You can sneak off to a special screening in the private cinema or test your skills at the full-sized Snooker table. You may prefer to relax in the magnificent Drawing Room with its grand piano and famous De La Robbia fireplace, all these features combine making Castle Leslie Estate one of the most sought after luxury escapes in Ireland.

Room Occupancy
Triple occupancy is available in some rooms.
Single supplement is mandatory for solo travelers. 


Included in your package are breakfast and a 2-course dinner at the O'Connors Bar. Lunches and meals at the Brasserie or at the Castle are not included.
No matter where you eat on the Estate, you will enjoy the best of classic Irish cooking.  We source regional and artisan foods locally and prepare and present them with imagination and flair.  Freshness is our by-word.  Our daily-baked breads and scones and homemade preserves are enough to tempt any guest.

Lunch is available at 1:00 p.m.
Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m.

Andrew Bradley, the Executive Chef at Castle Leslie Estate, combines years of Michelin experience and personal passion with some tried and tested delicious recipes of the past.  Cleverly re-inventing the Castle Leslie Estate Cook Book – a compilation of dog-eared family recipes dating back for centuries – Andrew has cleverly stamped a whole new meaning on the expression ‘old meets new’.  He and his team cater for all guests’ needs with style and a smile! We cater for those looking for casual dining as well as those seeking a more formal, elegant and romantic experience.  Guests can look forward to lazy breakfasts, light lunches or picnic lunches in the woodlands, Irish country cooking in the bar or brasserie and candlelit dinners and formal afternoon tea in the Castle.  So there’s little chance of anyone going hungry.

Conor's Bar at the Hunting Lodge
The social hub of the Estate, Conor’s Bar is the ideal place to relax with a pint of Guinness or enjoy traditional country home cooking in a casual setting. It brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. Guests can unwind here after an activity filled day while enjoying relaxed conversation with friends. Or retreat to a cosy corner with the newspaper or a good book. With a variety of dishes served throughout the day, there’s something to suit all guests from hungry horse-riders and starving walking-enthusiasts to health-conscious guests on a breather between treatments at the Victorian Treatment Rooms. Seasonal dining times may vary. Please check with reception.

Snaffels Brasserie at the Hunting Lodge

At our 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant, you can enjoy delicious meals in a relaxed setting. Set on the mezzanine floor in the Lodge, Snaffles welcomes both residents and local guests. Snaffles is a beautiful open-plan restaurant and is light and spacious with a dramatic hand-carved ceiling and robust oak beams that blend effortlessly with a striking wall of contemporary glass. Signature dishes are cooked with superb locally sourced food which is prepared and presented with imagination and flair. Full of flavour, the diverse courses available make Snaffles Restaurant one of Monaghan’s top restaurants. Seasonal dining times may vary. Please check with reception.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.


We welcome riders of all ability and age groups, as long as you are over 7 years old!

We have 27 horses including Irish sport horses, draught horses, thoroughbreds and ponies.
The horses range from the 'Baby-sitters' & 'Flying Armchairs' for the more novice or nervous rider, to typical spirited Irish hunters who provide more of a challenge for the experienced rider.
Our horses’ welfare is of paramount importance to us. Our aim is to provide an extremely high level of care to our horses and we work with a number of key suppliers including an equine chiropractor, equine dentist, farrier and vet.
All horses will be groomed and tacked up prior to the arrival of the guests. We do try and change the horses on a daily basis, but if a guest would like to ride a particular horse, we do try to accommodate this although cannot be guaranteed.

Qualified instructors up to B.H.S.I.I. lead the cross-country rides and teach all levels, making sure that everyone can make the most of their holiday with sympathetic instruction or just the right amount of encouragement for the rider who does not want 'formal tuition'.

The Estate is nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodlands and glittering lakes. There are 21 miles of meandering bridleways on the Estate with natural and man-made obstacles spread over a wide area. In addition, riding on adjacent farmland and a competition course is available with a large number of fences to suit all levels.
The riding center is BHS, SJI & AIRE approved and has a mechanical horse for beginners.
Facilities include an indoor arena (50×30 meter) with indoor cross-country fences, a dressage ring (20 × 50 meter), an outdoor arena (30 x 20 meter) and a horse walker.


You can choose between 3 packages:
- Horse Sport Package: this package is for experienced English riders (Good intermediate and above) and includes daily riding of approx. 3 hours. This is a daily lesson package and includes flat work/dressage, cross-country jumping and show-jumping.
- Happy Hackers Package: like the name implies, this is a hacking (trail riding) package for low intermediate riders and above.
- Learn to Ride in 5 days Package: this package is designed for beginner to intermediate riders who wish to improve their riding skills. Each rider will receive a series of daily lessons culminating in a 2 hour hack (trail ride) around the estate.

On your first day, arrive early in the afternoon for an orientation ride and in time for dinner at 7.30p.m. (rooms are generally available from 6 p.m., although we will accommodate people arriving earlier if possible).
On the first morning, you will chat over breakfast with the instructor about your riding ability, aims etc. An initial assessment of riders takes place in the indoor or outdoor schooling area on the first riding day. 

Each day, morning rides start at 10:30 am & afternoon rides at 2:30 pm.

On your last day, you can enjoy a last ride in the morning before your departure.

The Equestrian Center is located around five new courtyards and tucked behind the Hunting Lodge.
It offers the following amenities:
- 1,000 acres of private estate
- 300 cross-country jumps 
- 21 miles of meandering bridleways 
- Mile-long all-weather gallop
- 56 stables
- Mechanical Horse
- 50×30 meter indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences
- Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room
- Lounge and showering facilities
- 20 × 50 Dressage Arena
- 30 × 20 Outdoor Arena
- Sand Gallops
- SJI approved show jumps
- Horse walker
- Lorry & trailer parking
- BHS, SJI & AIRE Approved

The center provides a wide variety of programs to non-riders who can enjoy golf nearby or cycling in the surrounding countryside. Other activities that can be booked are the Spa, fishing, clay target shooting, hot air balloon ride, horse drawn carriage ride, boating, walking trails, games room, falconry, and archery. Please inquire for prices. There are numerous places of interest to visit within easy driving distance.

Rates and Dates for Castle Leslie

Rates include:

Accommodations at the hunting lodge or castle, All breakfasts and Dinners at the Conor's Bar & 5 Riding days
Helmet and boots can be provided

Packages and Options

  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    20226 day trip, BB Learn to Ride in 5 Days (Lodge or Castle)€1570$1885
  • B
    20226 day trip, BB Horse Sport (Lodge or Castle)€1570$1885
  • C
    20226 day trip, BB Happy Hackers (Lodge or Castle)€1570$1885
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:

2022 Transfer from Dublin or Belfast (1 pax), one way
- to be paid locally
140 $170
2022 Transfer from Dublin or Belfast (2 - 5 people) pp, one way
- to be paid locally
60 $75
2022 Transfer from Dublin or Belfast (6 + people) pp, one way
- to be paid locally
50 $60
2022 Single supplement 415 $500
2022 Discount for children 7 - 11 years old -310 $-370
2022 Non-rider rate, dbl, pp 970 $1,165
2022 Non-rider rate, single 1,385 $1,650
2022 Non-rider rate, child 7-11 y.o. (with adult) 890 $1,070

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2022 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, BB Learn to Ride... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2022 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, BB Horse Sport (... 1 /8 Reserve
C 2022 01/01 - 12/31 6d / 5n 6 day trip, BB Happy Hackers... 1 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: Available any time throughout the year. Weekends sell out early !
Longer packages available on demand

Rates do not include:

Lunches, Additional riding, Gratuities & Transfers


Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Castle Leslie Equestrian Extravaganza (IT-IRSR04):

We are closed until further notice due to the most recent government announcement.  For 2021, once we do reopen, our opening days of the week will now be Thurs – Sun only and if this changes, we will of course let you know.

The entire country is on lockdown. We’re hoping that we will be back open by March but we cannot say definitely as we are essentially ‘controlled’ by what the government says. We are expecting an update from the government by the end of February. 
The 14 day quarantine rule is still in place in Ireland and we think it will remain this way for a number of months.  People can opt to get a Covid test before they travel but you still have to quarantine on arrival into Ireland for 14 days, even if you test negative. 

We have implemented changes to make our hotel safer, without diminishing the atmosphere and our friendly service.

Following updated government guidance you are asked to wear a face-covering whilst using the indoor public areas unless you are seated at a table.

We have successfully completed the Failte Ireland approved COVID-19 Safety Charter which means we are confirming that:
-We are following the recommended cleaning and safety guidelines.
-All staff has completed hygiene and safety control training.
-We are subject to being spot-checked.

Finally, in terms of the riding that we will be offering, due to social distancing we will only be able to cater for intermediate to advanced riders until further notice.  Regrettably we will not be able to facilitate beginners or novice riders.

Here are some ways we are supporting our team:
- Prior to returning to work, all employees will complete online training in line with our return to work safety protocol to include enhanced Covid-19 awareness with certification a prerequisite to a return to the workplace.
- Ongoing training: Our employees will receive training on housekeeping, hand hygiene and Covid-19 protocols introduced within the hotel.
- Our team members are trained and briefed to report all guests presenting Covid-19 symptoms on property to the Covid-19 committee. This allows us to take immediate action to assess their medical condition and ensure guests can self isolate in their room or be referred to a medical facility for further assessment.

Our team is practicing ‘social distancing’ from team colleagues and guests, where possible. The Health Service Executive is recommending that we keep a space of 2 meters between each other and to reduce the number of people we meet everyday.

Cleaning products and protocols:
A cleaning and frequent sanitising program for all public areas and high touch points is in place throughout the estate. We use industry leading cleaning and sanitising products and protocols mandated by Irish and European authorities that have been approved for use against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.

Guest Rooms:
All linen is washed to medical grade procedures. In light of measures required to minimise hard surface touch points in our bedrooms, steps have been taken to remove or modify various standard items from the bedrooms.
Cleaning and disinfecting protocols to clean and sanitise rooms after guests depart and before the next guest arrives, with particular attention paid to high-touch
items like remote controls, televisions, telephones, kettles, hair dryers, seat backs, door handles, light switches, table tops, ironing boards, safes, taps, toilet handles and seats. Should you require additional amenity items, these can be delivered promptly to your guest room by contacting our reception team.

Public Spaces:
We have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in public spaces, with a focus on the surfaces of our front desks, lifts (and lifts buttons), door handles, public bathrooms, bar and table tops, chair rails, and shared computer keyboards. We are sanitising our restaurants, guest rooms, bar and public spaces with disinfecting fogging units.

Temperature Checking programme:
In the interest of mitigating risk to our guests and staff, anyone entering Castle Leslie Estate will have their temperature taken.
This is a very quick process using a laser body temperature reader. If the temperature reading is 38 degrees Celsius or above, guidance will be given to seek
further medical advice.

Guidelines for guests:
Consider the following advice on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection.

1. Wash your hands properly and regularly:
- Before and after eating or drinking
- After going to the toilet, nose blowing, sneezing or coughing
- After cleaning procedures, handling waste and waste bins
- After handling contaminated (dirty) items
- Whenever hands become visibly dirty

2. If in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms;
- Cover mouth when coughing and sneezing:
- Cover nose and mouth with disposable tissues. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve (not hand)
- Place used tissues into a sealed bin – wash your hands
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
- Review travel guidance from your own country’s Department of Foreign Affairs and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at

Other Info
Meeting: Glaslough
Airport: Dublin /Belfast
Transfer: Dublin/Belfast

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The climate is temperate and maritime. Consequently, we di not suffer from the extremes of temperature experienced by many other countries at similar latitude. Daily conditions generally are highly changeable, but there are no extremes of heat and cold. The region is exposed to the ameliorating effects of the North Atlantic Current, a northeastward extension of the Gulf Stream.
Most of the weather comes from the southwest in a series of low-pressure systems bringing the rain and clouds that often lend character to the landscape. High winds are also frequent.
Mean annual wind-speed varies between about 4 m/sec in the east midlands and 7 m/sec in the northwest. Strong winds tend to be more frequent in winter than in summer.
Average rainfall varies between about 800 and 2,800mm. Rainfall accumulation tends to be highest in winter and lowest in summer.

What To Bring:
Full service laundry is available at the Hunting Lodge for cost. Cell phone rental is available and can be pre-booked through If you are traveling from the USA you may wish to check into unlocking your cell phone to use with an Irish SIM card. Check out   

Please note, that from the 1st January 2016, there has been new regulations passed with regards to riding hat standards and from this date, all hats with just BSEN 1384 are no longer legal to ride in.  You are more than welcome to borrow one of ours if needed.  If you are taking part in one of our Cross country jump rides, it is compulsory to wear both back protectors and skull caps, again you are more than welcome to borrow ours.  It is vital that you wear proper attire for any Cross country jump rides, ie long sleeves, correct back protector ie Beta 2009  Level 3 purple badge.

A client's helmet will need to meet one of these standards:
  • EN 1384:1996
  • PAS 015:1998
  • SNELL E2001
  • ASTM F1163   
We do however, have some hats that we can lend to guests.
If you bring your own helmet there is a form to be signed upon arrival stating that you were informed of and understand the standards they require.
This list is only a guideline for you


Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Personal Travel Insurance
Visa (check with your consulate)


Jodhpurs or comfortable jeans (used if possible!)
Long riding boots: leather or rubber or boots and mini chaps.
Riding helmet  (mandatory- able to borrow)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Waterproof pants and jacket or long riding coast. No capes
Eventing vest for cross country (able to borrow)
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Underwear and socks
Bag for dirty clothes
Light summer jacket
Warm jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm