Ghan House

A beautiful Georgian country house full of personality, cosy corners and astounding views of the nearby mountains.

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The Restaurant at Ghan House

The restaurant is located in the grand Drawing Room. In keeping with the Good Food Ireland message, ingredients are local and seasonal, and may feature herbs and vegetables from the house's own kitchen garden when available. Fresh fish, local mussels and lobster, suckling pig, and fine Irish beef make up the core of the menu, all treated respectfully in order to keep flavours true. Five courses are served by attentive staff who know their business. Owner, Paul Carroll is very often in attendance himself so you really do get the personal touch.

Refresh the Mind with a Stay at Ghan House

Ghan House, Co. Louth, Good Food Ireland®

Stay in a Private and Intimate Setting

This 12 Bedroom Georgian House has been lovingly restored with period pieces proudly on display allowing you to marvel at the architecture of the period. Its generous proportions don’t rule out cosiness. The views of the mountains are refreshing to the mind. A private and intimate setting shuts the rest of the world away. And most importantly, the service is stylish and attentive, with guests given a warm welcome the minute they pull up in front of the house

Our Review of Ghan House

Paul Carroll is a host among hosts. On arrival at his wonderful Ghan House, just outside the town of Carlingford, expect to be welcomed in warm style. That usually means a big hello, help with your luggage, and if you fancy it, a drink or a cup of tea or coffee by the fire in the cosy bar, before you are shown to your room.

Ghan House is a haven of escape for those who want to get away from it all, but still have access to a village setting and quick road motoring to north or south of Ireland. Perched as it is, on the water at Carlingford, this house makes for an easy relaxed stop off. Drive in the tiny gate and enter a  peaceful world of days gone by.

What can we tell you about Ghan House? Well for a start, it’s a twelve bedroom Georgian home, lovingly restored, so you can marvel at the architecture of the period. It’s generous proportions don’t rule out cosiness. The views of the mountains are refreshing to the mind. A private and intimate setting shuts the rest of the world away. And most importantly, the service is stylish and attentive. That even extends to a polite phonecall if you are late in arriving, just to make sure you’re not lost on the road  - and to assure you that there will be a drink waiting for you when you arrive, whatever your tipple.

Paul knows how stressful it can be, travelling on Ireland’s quirky lanes and roads – so he’ll happily make sure that your journey is easy and your arrival smooth. Step in the door here and shed that stress immediately. There’s no need to carry that baggage into this house! The only baggage you need is your overnight one. If you are holidaying, you’ll soon get into the swing of kicking back and enjoying the house, its grounds and herb gardens with the lough coming right into the garden, and a stroll around the water’s edge just across the road.

For those travelling alone in a professional capacity, this house makes a healthy change from busy bustling hotels. Here you will be able to unwind after your day’s work and enjoy the feeling of a home from home. When eventually you go to your room, find a hospitality tray for tea and coffee and a jar of home made cookies to nibble on. Enjoy the antique furnishings and comfortable beds. Take a soak or a shower in the spacious en-suite bathrooms and wrap yourself in fluffy towels and robes afterwards. There’s usually a couple of books lying around, so chill out and have a read.

For those having dinner, this is served in the house’s Grand Dining Room each evening and what a feast you’ll be getting. Breakfast is also served here. A central table holds yogurts, cereals, juices, home made breads and scones. Then there’s a cooked to order menu with lots to delight. Including the Ghan House Fry – a giant plate of local rashers, sausages, black and white puddings and eggs. You might choose to finish with homemade preserves and bread. A satisfying kick start to whatever your day ahead entails.

Weddings and special family celebrations at Ghan House are magical. The Grand Dining Room is decorated accordingly, and food follows the house ethos of local and seasonal. A separate function room upstairs, which also doubles as a cookery demonstration area and school when classes are planned, has corniced ceilings and an intimate atmosphere. No matter what the occasion, personal, business or party, Ghan House is one of Ireland’s ‘must visit’ places. Paul Carroll is one of our favourite hosts. We know you will love it here.

Opening Hours: Open every day except ~ 24th, 25th, 31st December & 1st, 2nd & 3rd January

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