Nestled down a gravelled driveway on the outskirts of the County Armagh village of Magheralin is a real hidden gem. Newforge House is one of those places which feels steeped in history yet has all the comforts of the 21st century. They think of everything from fresh fruit and shortbread in your room to a thoughtful book stand in the roll-top bath.
John Mathers grew up in this six bedroom Georgian pile. He and his wife Lou opened it in 2005 and since then it has been picking up awards like Georgina Campbell’s Best Country House in Ireland 2014 and the Best Hotel Restaurant in Ulster from the Restaurant Association of Ireland
As for the food, know that you will eat remarkably well. Their orchard provides fruits for desserts, chutneys and preserves, and is home to their friendly chickens who lay wonderful eggs for breakfast. Homegrown vegetables also feature in their dinner menu as well as Peter Hannan’s meat. Their extensive drinks list includes no fewer than 20 gins. It’s a wonderful place for a romantic break but if you’re like us, you won’t want to leave.
Dinner is by reservation only. Formal dining for up to 26 people. Informal dining and receptions for up to 45.
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Parking Disabled Access on ground floor only Dietary requirements catered for with 24 hours’ notice Cards Accepted except AMEX Licensed Wi-fi Weddings