Lough Rynn Castle Estate Leitrim

The 4 star castle and grounds once belonged to one of the most notorious landlords of 19th century Ireland: William Sydney Clements, who met an unseemly end in the late nineteenth century at the ends of two murderous assassins.

Set amongst 300 acres of rolling countryside (a remnant of the once almost one hundred thousand acres of land owned by the Earl of Leitrim centuries before), following extensive restoration while keeping many original Victorian furnishings including the decadence of hand-painted silk wallpaper from Paris, the very thing one needs to be surrounded by in the best of times, the worst of times.

Wind your weary way through the wooded approach road through the wrought iron gate from a bygone era towards the warm welcoming light at the front door Settle yourself in the opulent drawing rooms and lose yourself in the library in the fine company of the works of John McGahern and enjoy your own private world. ‘But that private world, once it’s dramatised, doesn’t live again until it finds a reader’ (John McGahern)

Leitrim itself is one of Ireland’s best kept secrets with great trad music still played nightly in many of its small charming towns including Manorhamilton, Mohill, Carrick on Shannon (where you can also find lots to entertain you at the beautifully restored Dock) and of course at the heart of the county is the river Shannon.