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Castle Leslie Estate
Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland
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Nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Since the 1660s, the distinguished and somewhat individual Leslie family have lived on the Castle Estate, welcoming everyone from politicians to poets, ambassadors to ufologists; all the time making their home into one of the finest luxury Castle hotels Ireland has to offer.

The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world. The Lodge is the social hub of the Estate and brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. The Old Stable Mews and Village Houses are the perfect spot for groups on equestrian holidays that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private self catering.

The Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity, Ireland equestrian vacations and adventure. It is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. We welcome riders of all ability and offer expert tuition, gentle hacks and exhilarating cross-country rides.

The Equestrian Centre combines the authentic charm of a country estate with all the amenities you’d expect from one of Ireland’s best horse-riding locations:
* 1,000 acres of private estate
* 300 new cross-country jumps from knee high to knee tremblers built by Willis Bros. of Badminton Horse Trials fame
* 21 miles of meandering bridleways
* Mile-long all-weather gallop
* 56 stables
* Horse simulator - Virtual horse for beginners
* 50×30 metre indoor arena with indoor cross-country fences
* Tiered seating for 200 plus private dining/viewing room• Lounge and showering facilities
* 20 × 50 Dressage Arena
* 30 × 20 Outdoor Ménage
* Sand Gallops
* SJI approved show jumps
* Horse walker
* Lorry & trailer parking
* BHS, SJI & AIRE Approved

As one of Europe’s finest equestrian playgrounds, Castle Leslie Estate offers memorable horse riding holiday experiences for riding enthusiasts of all levels. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider, Castle Leslie Estate is the place for your Ireland equestrian vacations.

Horse Riding Vacations 

Learn to Ride in Five Days
For beginners or riders who wish to improve their riding skills while enjoying some gentle hacks around the Estate. Each rider will receive a series of lessons culminating in a 2 hour ride around the estate. This is a 5 day Ireland riding holiday. 3 hours riding per day, 5 nights Bed and Full Irish Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal in Conor’s Bar each night or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant. Activity will be part of a group session.
Rates: The Lodge or Castle $1,598 USD* (€1245) per adult double occupancy. $1,277 USD* (€995) per child.
 
Horse Sport 5 day Riding Vacation
For the more experienced rider looking to improve their riding skills. This package incorporates a mix of show jumping, cross country, dressage and estate rides. This is a 5 day riding vacation. 3 hours riding per day, 5 nights Bed & Full Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal each night in Conor’s Bar or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant. Activity will be part of a group session.
Rates: The Lodge or Castle $1,598 USD* (€1245) per adult double occupancy. $1,277 USD* (€995) per child.

Horse Sport 3 day Riding Vacation
For the more experienced rider looking to improve their riding skills. This package incorporates a mix of show jumping, cross country, dressage & estate rides. This is a 3 day riding vacation. 3 hours riding per day, 3 nights Bed & Full Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal each night in Conor’s Bar or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant. Activity will be part of a group session.
Rates: The Lodge or Castle $988 USD* (€770) per adult double occupancy. $809 USD* (€630) per child.

Happy Hackers 5 day Riding Vacation
Happy Hackers is for anyone who enjoys the simple pleasure exploring the countryside on horseback. This package involves daily estate rides. This is a 5 day programme. 3 hours riding per day, 5 nights Bed & Full Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal each night in Conor’s Bar or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant. Activity will be part of a group session.
Rates: The Lodge or Castle $1,598 USD* (€1245) per adult double occupancy. $1,277 USD* (€995) per child.

Happy Hackers 3 day Riding Vacation
Happy Hackers is for anyone who enjoys the simple pleasure exploring the countryside on horseback. This package involves daily estate rides. This is a 3 day programme. 3 hours riding per day, 3 nights Bed & Full Breakfast and a choice of a 2 course meal each night in Conor’s Bar or a main course in Snaffles Restaurant. Activity will be part of a group session.
Rates: The Lodge or Castle $988 USD* (€770) per adult double occupancy. $809 USD* (€630) per child.

* Rates are set in the Euro, so USD prices are subject to changes in currency conversions.

Learn more! Email Castle Leslie. Call +353 (0) 47 88 100 Visit Castle Leslie website.

Upcoming Special Events

Doagh Saddlery Pop-Up Stand
28th - 30th October 2017
10am-5pm
Peruse the endless great value offers from Doagh Saddlery with their three day pop-up stand at Castle Leslie Equestrian Centre. 

Dressage Competition
29th October 2017 
Starts at 1pm
Tests will be Intro A, Prelim 13, Novice 25
€10 per entry

Own a Pony for a Week
30th October - 3rd November 2017
From 10am-3pm
Get the opportunity to 'Own a Pony for a Week'.
This session is for advanced children only.
Children will get the opportunity to muck out, groom, tack out and ride. 
A show will take place on the final day.
Spaces are limited and booking is essential.
€225 per child

Show Jumping Competition
3rd November 2017
Classes include cross pole, 60cm, 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 1 metre.
Open to all levels of riders
€10 per entry

British Horse Society Equine Tourism Exam
13th November 2017 
For further details, please contact Susan Spratt directly on +44-7808-141079.

Margie Lowry Showjumping Clinic
26th November / 3rd and 10th December 2017 
Margie is a previous International Rider and she will be giving showjumping lessons. This is a series of three sessions and riders are asked to complete all three.
€35 per rider

Ladies Only Coffee Morning Hack
5th January 2018
Starts at 10am
Get the opportunity to hack your own horse or hire a horse and enjoy the lovely countryside Castle Leslie Estate has to offer.
Open to all but must be able to walk, trot and canter. 
€40 per person

British Horse Society Stage 1 Training
11th, 18th & 25th January 2018
1st, 8th & 15th February 2018
From 7pm – 9pm
Train Towards your BHS Exams
Riders must pay up front and booking is essential. Riders must be 15 years and over to compete the training. 
€180 for 6 sessions

Eventing Ireland Camp
2nd - 4th February 2018 
For further details, please contact Nicky Nesbitt on nickynesbitt@hotmail.co.uk

Mandi King Showjumping Clinic
15th & 22nd February 2018 
1st March 2018 
Open to all levels of riders
€35 per person

British Horse Society Camp
16th - 18th February 2018 
16th - 18th March 2018
For further details, please contact Susan Spratt directly on +44-7808-141079.

Learn more! Email Castle Leslie. Call +353 (0) 47 88 100 Visit Castle Leslie website.

Activities

Hot Air Balloon Rides, Boating, Walking Trails, Picnics, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Equestrian Training, Riding Lessons, Spa, Spectator Events, Irish Hunts, Golf nearby, Fishing, Dressage, Cross Country, Biking, Bring Your Own Horse- BYOH.

Accommodations

20 rooms in The Castle
29 rooms in The Lodge
12 x two bedroomed Old Stable Mews
12 x four and five bedroomed Village Cottages

Kitchen facilities are available in some accommodations, including self catering accommodations on the Estate (Old Stable Mews & Village Houses), a good option for groups.

Food

Snaffles Restaurant -2 AA Rosette award winning restaurant
Conor’s Bar – casual dining

Area Attractions

Patrick Kavanagh Museum, Armagh Planetarium, Concra Wood Golf Club. 

At a Glance

Nestled on 1,000 acres, Castle Leslie Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity, adventure and is the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the beautiful Irish countryside on horseback. 

Location

Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland, Castle Leslie Estate is only 80 minutes from Dublin airport and 60 minutes from Belfast airport.

Airport

Dublin Airport (1.5 hours)
Belfast Airport (1 hour)

Riding Style/Ability

English

Beginner to Advanced 

Group Size for Rides

usual max is 7

Season

open all year

Special Notes

Travel Agents Accepted- Castle Leslie works with travel agents! 

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes


Corporate Groups, Retreats, Meetings Welcome