“For the discerning traveller looking for a unique place to stay in Ireland, Temple House in Ballymote, just 12 kilometres south of Sligo should hit the spot. Roderick and Helena Perceval run their historic family mansion as a luxurious bed and breakfast, and offer their guests a taste of grand Irish hospitality. Entry to the house is through a magnificent hall with beautiful 19th century tiled floor. Sleeping accommodation is in grand, comfortable en suite bedrooms, plus guests are welcome to wander through various other spacious public rooms filled with antiques and artworks. The walls of the stately dining room where breakfast is served (or dinner if you book in advance) are crammed with family portraits dating back 350 years (and the charming hosts are more than happy to regale you with its history). The grounds offer miles of beautiful walks through mature woods and parkland, and there's a private lake for those who want to fish, or simply idle a few hours away in a boat. Temple House is ideally situated to visit the megalithic sites around Sligo, Yeats country and Lissadell House. Also within easy reach are the famous golf courses of Rosses Point, Strandhill and Enniscrone, with its famous seaweed bathhouse. A gorgeous country escape, for complete relaxation.”
Written by Georgina Sampson
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
Temple House is less hotel and more Country House so the atmosphere
and hospitality is akin to house guests.
What is there to do in the area?
Activities and attractions include Megalithic Cemetery at Carrowmore,
Megalithic Tombs at Carrowkeel, Surfing, hill walking on Knocknarea
and Ben Bulben, Lissadell, Eagles Flying, Kayaking, Canoeing, SUP,
Golf (Strandhill, Rosses Point, Enniscrone), Sligo Genealogy, Horse
Riding. Parkes Castle, WB Yeats grave at Drumcliffe, Lough Gill,
Glencar Waterfall, Foxford Woollen Mills, Aughris Head, Strandhill.
All these points of interest and things to do are in county Sligo on
the Wild Atlantic Way.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Full choice breakfast. Homemade granola, regular cereals, and homemade
soda bread, Irish Greek-style yoghurt and rhubarb compote.
Full Irish. Winner of Georgina Campbell’s Ireland Guide - Country
House breakfast 2016
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
Dinner by arrangement Mon-Sat 7.30pm. A set menu but we are pleased to
cater for dietary requirements.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Our Lake View rooms look down to the castle and beyond to Templehouse Lake.
What facilities do you have for children and can you fit extra beds in
your rooms ?
2 of our rooms are suitable for extra beds for children. One room in
particular has a single room in the suite.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
We are pleased to offer advice on things to do in the area so stay at
least 2 nights.”