Ardtara Country House
Set amidst ten wooded acres, Ardtara is an elegant 19 th century mansion in the heart of Northern Ireland. It was built in 1896 by Harry Clarke as a romantic and lively family home. The Clark Restaurant at Ardtara is led by Chef Patron Ian Orr, who is renowned for his commitment to using local suppliers and fresh, seasonal produce.
The award-winning restaurant is the place to go for fine dining in the evening. There is a casual lounge menu, proper afternoon teas and superb Sunday lunches. The chips are fried in beef dripping, the greens are from the garden, the breads and chutneys are made in-house; you get the idea. The dining room is traditional with an air of formality in keeping with the style of the house, however, the service is warm, friendly and attentive.
Why not stay overnight and breakfast like a king or queen the next morning? The charming house features a plethora of original Victorian features including working fireplaces in the bedrooms, all of which are uniquely designed. That said, this place has all the modern conveniences you would expect.
Travellers Choice 2023 Best of the Best, AA 2 Rosette, AA Breakfast Award, Romantic Hotel of the Year, Hideaway of the Year, National Geographic one of the five best places to stay in Northern Ireland.