Luxury hotels Down

A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow (Charlotte Bronte).


Rest your ruffled mind on a soft pillow at the Slieve Donard Hotel, in the shadow of the Mourne mountains.


The Bronte homeland where Patrick Bronte, father of Anne, Charlotte, Emily and Branwell Bronte is located in the region. As too is Down Cathedral, reputed burial grounds of St Patrick, St Bridget & St Columbus, considered giants in Irish Catholic heritage, while the city of Newry  contains St Patrick’s,  Ireland’s first ever Protestant church.


Down is largely a county of lush fields and fertile farmland, much quieter than it’s neighbours of Antrim and Armagh. The Hillsborough Oyster Festival is always sure to draw a crowd. Book into the luxurious Hastings Slieve Donard  to make the most of your weekend away.
Casting an eye further back  Down is home to one of the oldest golf clubs in Ireland, the Royal County, dating back a 100 years. An 18-hole Championship Course which is rated among the best in the world. The Old Inn in Crowforsburn is one of Ireland’s oldest hostelries whose notable guests included Messers Jonathan Swift and Charles Dickens (not at the same time of course) while higher ground to the south-east of the county is home to the highest of the Mourne Mountains (Slieve Donard).