Welcome to Ghan House, Carlingford


We're open throughout the year! 

~  walled gardens, mountain views, seashore & mountain walks & Medieval Carlingford a treelength away - with shops, cafes, pubs & more restaurants.....


Private dining for your Christmas night out

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We have an upcoming event in February 2019; 

Lapostolle Wine Tasting Dinner  

Thursday 7th February 2019 7.30pm for 8pm.

€70, inc 5 course dinner & wines

in conjunction with;

Robb Wines & Ronnie Janssen

from Lapostolle vineyard in Colchagua valley,Chile


Ghan House, an eighteenth century Georgian house built in 1727 run by Paul Carroll and  our ‘family’ of loyal chefs, service & office staff – Stephane, Stephen & Kieran in the kitchen, Olavi, Claire, Orla & Charlotte front of house,  Dara, Leanne or Orla serving breakfast & housekeeping, Bernie & Lisa bedrooms and Sarah 1 & 2 & another Orla in the office! Paul’s now semi-retired mother Joyce attends to the herb garden and looks after the flowers in the house. 
Joyce and her husband John bought Ghan House in 1991 and rescued it from near dereliction.  After 2 years of restoring and replanting, Joyce opened the cookery school in 1993.  Along with bedrooms in the main house and a full vegetable garden (where the garden annex is now) and herb garden, she ran Ghan House virtually single-handed. 
However in 1997, after 6 years of hard work, Joyce felt Ghan House was too onerous to run by herself and her son Paul was able to make a clean break from his career.
Thus it was that on 17th September 1997 that the ship had a new joint captain, Joyce was still very active.  The restaurant opened in 1998, with Joyce as head chef, the garden bedrooms were built and opened in April 1999. 
In 1999, we were recognised by John McKenna as one of the; "Best 100 places to Stay in Ireland" and have been in his guide every year since – 19 continuous years.
The Restaurant Association of Ireland deemed us good enough to the win ‘Best hotel & Country House Restaurant’ for County Louth. For 3 continuous years. We gained our 1st AA Rosette for the restaurant in March 2011 and added to it in 2012 – 2 AA Rosettes – and have retained the 2 AA Rosettes every year since!
We are just 1 hour from Dublin and Belfast airports & sea ports – best junction to take travelling from the M1 (from south or north) is junction 18 - signposted for Carlingford. We are 5 metres on the left after seeing the 50kph slow down sign on entering Carlingford.
Follow signs for Carlingford rather than going cross country as your Sat Nav will indicate!
We are within a 45 minute drive of the World Heritage Site of Newgrange and 135 minutes from Ireland’s 2nd World Heritage Site - The Giant’s Causeway. Belfast and the Titanic museum are just 55 minutes away.
Closer to home, Trim & the round tower & ancient Celtic Crosses at Monasterboice are also less than 60 minutes drive.
The mesmeric Mountains of Mourne are a short car/cycle/pedestrian ferry journey on www.carlingfordferry.com from Greenore – 3 minutes drive. On the ½ hour from Greenore, on the hour from Greencastle, weather permitting!
The extinct volcano Slieve Foy rises up behind Carlingford which rolls into The Cooley Mountains – great for walks.
Medieval Carlingford is 50 metres walk from our walled gardens – with 2 castles, ancient mint, Dominican Friary, Heritage Centre and quality shops, variety of restaurants & pubs making staying in Carlingford a great location to explore the area on foot or by car.
In addition, the Carlingford ‘Greenway’ – approx 7km in length has opened. It is a walk/cycle way along the old railway line alongside Carlingford Lough – with magnificent views of the Lough & the Mountains of Mourne. The Greenway starts from Carlingford Marina.
Bicycles can be hired locally from ‘On yer Bike’ - www.onyerbike.ie or electric bikes from https://escapehq.ie/e-bike-escapes