Photos courtesy of Ballynahinch Castle
Double rooms: 185–370 euros
Suites: 325–450 euros
Rates include breakfast
Special packages available.
Open: all year except for last two weeks of December and end of January until 3rd week of February.
Along N59, watch for a small signpost that reads “Ballynahinch.” Drive carefully; sheep wander freely on the road. After a few minutes, another signpost guides you onto the estate.
On site: salmon and trout
fishing; shooting; croquet
Nearby: bicycling; hiking; horseback riding; sailing; golf
When you step through the door at Ballynahinch, you enter a charming world of faded glory. Wherever you look, you see old photographs, oil paintings of fishing scenes, and souvenirs of the castle’s former owners.
Burnished wood paneling, wooden floors covered with Oriental-style carpets, and deep, comfortable chairs give a homey feel to public rooms warmed by crackling log fires.
The best guest rooms are in a new ground-floor wing that blends flawlessly with the old architecture. Four-poster beds and Georgian-style mahogany furniture decorate these deluxe rooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the river. A few even have fireplaces. Rooms bear names such as Salmon Leap, Elephant Walk, and Grace O’Malley.
The dining room overlooks the river and gardens. As befits a fishing haven, lunch and dinner menus feature the catch of the day and several entree selections of salmon.
The Fisherman’s Bar is a popular meeting spot for locals.
Special fly fishing tutorials