2014 Award Winners COUNTRY HOUSE OF THE YEAR 2014

Newforge House, Magheralin, Co Armagh

Newforge House, Magheralin, Co Armagh

You can’t beat a real country house for a refreshing short break or to provide a perfect setting for special occasions and this lovely Georgian property has it all, as it’s handy to Belfast (and the M1) yet, set in mature trees, gardens and green fields on the edge of a quiet village, it feels like worlds away.

There’s luxurious accommodation in stylish, individually decorated and thoughtfully appointed rooms (all with beautiful bathrooms, five of which have separate bath and shower), fine reception rooms with log fires - and, best of all perhaps, delicious dinners based mostly on local and organic produce.

There’s a real feeling for the seasons and the cooking style is pleasingly direct, so you get the true character of carefully sourced ingredients - probably including the renowned Himalayan salt chamber 45 day dry-aged beef from Hannan's in nearby Moira. Service is delightful - friendly and professional - and this lovely house should be on everyone’s treat destination list.

20 votes

Newforge House

Craigavon, Co. Armagh
Country House
Has Good Hotel Guide Url Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
In the Mathers family for six generations, John and Louise Mathers’s lovely Georgian country house is only a short drive from Belfast, and handy to both Belfast International and City airports and Ferry Terminal - yet, set in mature trees, garden ...

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