2016 Award Winners COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2016

Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo

Temple House, Ballymote, Co Sligo

You can’t beat a real country house for a refreshing short break or to provide a atmospheric setting for special occasions - and this extraordinary house is a destination like no other.

Taking on an established business that was started by parents, or even grandparents, is a challenge that many young owners have to face, and it’s not always easy putting your own stamp on a business that’s been going for decades.

So imagine what it must be like if the property in question goes back to the Knights Templar (that’s the 12th century to you and me), the house that is also your business is the largest family home in Ireland - and Queen Victoria was on the throne last time it has a major revamp (and some of those furnishings are still in place).

But that mind boggling situation is just the way things are at Temple House in County Sligo, which is a very unusual and charming place to stay whether for the huge range of outdoor activities (everything from Eagles Flying to kayaking or winter shooting parties), places to visit (including Lissadell) or simply cosying up to a big log fire with a book.

And what’s really impressive is how the second generation to run it as a B&B (!), Roderick and Helena Perceval, have come to terms with it and now have the confidence to enjoy developing it (a lovely wedding venue has recently emerged from a clatter of half-used rooms) and have fun sharing it with guests. It’s a huge achievement - and the food is great too!


19 votes

Temple House

Ballymote, Co. Sligo
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Has Good Hotel Guide Url Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
One of Ireland’s most unspoilt old houses, this is a unique place - a Georgian mansion situated in 1,000 acres of farm and woodland, overlooking the original lakeside castle which was built by the Knights Templar in 1200 A.D. The Percevals have l ...

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