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OverviewGhan House is an elegant Georgian country house full of personality, cosy corners and tranquil views of Carlingford Lough, the Mourne mountains and Slieve Foy. On arrival at Ghan House, just outside the town of Carlingford, you’ll be warmly welcomed by Paul Carroll, who is a stellar host. The 12-bedroom Georgian home has been lovingly restored, so you can marvel at attractive architecture of the period as well as enjoy the period furnishings and 3 acres of walled mature gardens. Breakfast and dinner are a feast of local and seasonal ingredients served in the magnificent Grand Drawing Room. It is a fantastic Read More
The restaurant is located in the Grand Drawing Room which has views of Carlingford Lough, the Mourne Mountains, the gardens and has a stunning Rococo ceiling and log fire. As you can imagine, it is a cosy and elegant space and one where you’ll want to linger over your meal.
All the food in Ghan House focuses on ingredients that are local and seasonal, with many dishes featuring herbs and vegetables from the house’s own kitchen garden. Fresh fish, local mussels and lobster, suckling pig, and fine Irish beef make up the core of the dinner menu, all treated respectfully in order to keep flavours true.
There is also an extensive wine list with some interesting vintages on the menu that pair perfectly with the dishes served.
Dinner is a leisurely, elegant affair in grand surroundings with magnificent views. It is a wonderful backdrop to a menu that has such a sense of place about it.
Taking inspiration and ingredients from the local area the menu is a feast of superb shellfish from the lough such as oysters, mussels, cockles, winkles and lobster and meat from the mountains and nearby farms including Cooley lamb and Cooley beef reared on the slopes of the mountain and Mourne Mountain lamb and beef. Herbs and vegetables comes from the garden and the bread, stocks, ice creams and sauces are all made from scratch in the kitchen.
The is always a vegan starter, main and dessert alternative and the chefs will do their best to accommodate all dietary requirements.
Breakfast is also served in the Grand Drawing Room and it is a marvellous way to start your day. A central table holds a bounty of yogurts, cereals, juice and homemade breads and baked goods. Then there’s a cooked to order menu with a great variety of options, including the Ghan House Fry – a traditional Irish breakfast of local rashers, sausages, black and white pudding and eggs.
For a little sweet kick to finish, slather homemade preserves on the freshly baked scones. Breakfast at Ghan House is a satisfying and hearty kickstart to your day.
Rooms & Facilities
Ghan House if full of charm and character and it has a real cosy atmosphere thanks to lots of comfortable seating areas, log fires and soft-touch fabrics.
There are four bedrooms in the main house all of which have mountain and garden views. These rooms also have elegant roll top baths and a separate power shower. The small but perfectly formed single room has the best power shower in the house but it doesn’t have a bath.
There are eight garden bedrooms all of which have lovely mountain views and are decorated in the same country house style with family antiques and heirlooms. The bedrooms are en suite with a bath and a power shower except for one ground floor room which has an easy accessible ‘wet room’ power shower.
Ghan House is in the middle of medieval Carlingford and is surrounded by eight-foot castellated walls with three acres of mature gardens and eight acres of horse fields. It is an idyllic spot for your wedding and special occasions.
That cosy atmosphere that you feel throughout the house extends to the bedrooms too where big beds with sumptuous bedding, large windows with heavy drapes, period furniture and a country house style create a warm and inviting feel.
Although the style is Georgian, you’ll find all the modern amenities you would expect from a luxury hotel including a digital flat screen smart tv, iPod dock/Bluetooth speaker, hairdryer, steam iron and ironing board, tea/coffee facilities and a lovely welcome treat of homemade biscuits.
Bathrooms are elegant and spacious and have big, deep baths which are perfect for a long, leisurely soak and then a pamper session with the 100% natural handmade toiletries.
There is a single room, a selection of queen and king rooms, a family room with bunk beds and a king superior room, which is perfect for those special nights away. As you can see, Ghan House has a variety of accommodation options to suit all types of traveller.
Ghan House is committed to sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. As part of its clean energy journey, Ghan House has put into practice a number of measures to be more energy efficient including redirecting rainwater to feed the pond, using gas and electricity from 100% renewable sources and using LED bulbs.
You’ll also find refillable toiletries in the bathrooms, there are segregated recycling bins and food waste goes into the compost or to the local pig farmer to feed the pigs.
When it comes to food, Ghan House uses seasonal, local produce with low food miles and from local suppliers with sustainable business practices, where possible.
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