16 Nov 2021
A secluded rural retreat in Northern Ireland has been named winner of the Luxury Castle Hotel (Europe) Award at the prestigious World Luxury Awards 2021
Killeavy Castle Estate, nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Gullion mountain in County Armagh, was recognised for epitomising the ethos of luxury and fine service throughout its hotel and grounds.
The World Luxury Awards recognise establishments for world-class service excellence and are presented on a country, regional, continent and global basis. Winners are selected by public vote and are judged on brand, location and overall guest satisfaction as received from online reviews, amongst other criteria.
The unique estate only opened in July 2019, and has as its centrepiece the stunningly refurbished Killeavy Castle – a Grade A listed nineteenth-century gem that lay derelict for many years before being sympathetically restored to its former glory.
Alongside the castle and estate, there is 45-guestroom boutique style hotel, a luxury gate lodge, a high-end spa for those looking to relax and unwind, a walled garden and a restaurant, bar and café.
Located an hour away from Belfast and Dublin and ten minutes out of the city of Newry, the estate offers wide open spaces in a tranquil setting, with a wide range of nature experiences allowing guests to explore the mighty and mysterious Ring of Gullion mountains that surrounds the hotel.
A food lovers delight, guests can also delve into ‘farm to fork’ dining experiences and unique tasting menus at the hotel, with all the food served coming from the 350-acre estate’s working farm and walled garden, or sourced from local suppliers within a 30-mile radius.
Drawing Room, Killeavy Castle
Whether for relaxation or excitement, experiences such as forest bathing, estate walks, cycling, golf, distillery tours and guided walks to the top of mystical Slieve Gullion are available, providing a range of things to see and do on site to suit all ages, tastes and abilities.
Depending on the season, guests can also enjoy the sights and sounds of a working farm as an expert team of farm hands deliver new lambs and calves, shear sheep or extract honey from the estate’s bee hives.
As well as giving guests first-class accommodation, dining and outdoor experiences, sustainability is at the heart of Killeavy Castle Estate. From its inception the hotel was built with eco-credentials front and centre, and all future developments will be in the light of responsible tourism.
When you stay at Killeavy you won’t encounter any single use plastic. There are no plastic water bottles in rooms, no takeaway coffee cups, no plastic straws and no one-use bathroom sundries. Even the hotel’s pens are made from recycled cardboard, while the cleaning products used on site are environmentally friendly and the reuse of bedding and towels is encouraged whenever possible.
With the aim of eventually becoming carbon neutral, the hotel has launched several new green initiatives, including the development of a further estate garden and a farm store. In partnership with the Forestry Service, the Woodland Trust and the local council, the hotel is also increasing the level of broadleaf woodland planted in the nearby Slieve Gullion Forest.
Killeavy Castle Restaurant
Killeavy Castle and Hotel
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