Temple House

Location Ballymote

Postcode Co Sligo

Telephone +353 (0)7191 83329

Why we love it...

A gracious world of its own

The Place

Is this a dream? It begins as you pass through the Temple House gates into a gentle, gracious world of its own. In parkland filled with fat sheep, this is a whopper of a Georgian mansion, the home of the Percevals since 1665. Much of what you see was refurbished in 1864; electricity was not put in until 1962. To be overcome by awe and wonder would be easy were it not for the charm and kindness of Roderick and Helena Perceval. The two-storey vestibule is so enormous that our host waited until we had absorbed it before she spoke: “There’s no conversation when they arrive, they are usually speechless”.
Bedrooms, with marble fireplaces and much of their original Victorian furniture, seem to be the size of football pitches – one is called the half-acre. Bathrooms have been put into what used to be dressing rooms. As shadows fall, you can take a walk to the ruins of a 13thC Knights Templar castle and a Tudor house down by the lake. The family silver comes out for dinner; delicious dishes and freshly-baked bread emerge from the all-electric kitchen, which, of course, is vast. Big breakfasts.

The Essentials

Price Band
Rooms 5; 2 double, 2 twin (1 double and 1 single bed), 1 single; 2 with bath, 3 with shower; all rooms have hairdrier
Food breakfast, dinner
Facilities garden, woodland, lake fishing, boat
Children welcome, high tea in kitchen for under-5s
Disabled access difficult
Pets dogs on leads (sheep); sleep in car

To Book

Contact Roderick and Helena Perceval
Call +353 (0)7191 83329
Email stay@templehouse.ie
Website www.templehouse.ie

Good To Know

Address Templehouse Demesne, Ballymote Co Sligo
Payment

The Location

Find this place: on 1,000-acre private estate, sign 6 km south of Ballinacarrow off N17 6km from N4/N17 jct; parking available

What's nearby: Sligo 12 miles (19 km); Yeats Country; Lissadell House, Eagles Flying