Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Temple House is one of the finest estates in the west of Ireland. The great house, which was remodeled in 1864, nestles in a wooded demesne, looking out over the Templars’ castle to Templehouse Lake. Despite its vast size this is a comfortable, welcoming family home with many original contents. The owners are Roderick and Helena Perceval, whose family has lived here since 1665. Temple House is surrounded by an area of outstanding natural beauty, with beaches, mountains and numerous sites of archaeological interest. It is a haven for the outdoor enthusiast, with pike fishing on a private lake and miles of lovely woodland walks.
A Haven For The Outdoor Enthusiast
Temple House is a vast classical house in the Georgian style, set in the centre of a beautiful 1000 acre west of Ireland estate. It overlooks Temple House Lake and the 13th century castle of the Knights Templar, who owned this land in mediaeval times. The Perceval family have lived here since 1665 though the present house was built in 1864 by the owner’s forebear, who returned from China with a rich wife and an enormous fortune, and trebled the size of his home, leaving his descendants with something of a white elephant on their hands.
Roderick & Helena are welcoming and consummate hosts taking great pride in the character of their home, north west Ireland and the special nature of Temple House Estate.
Temple House still retains its authentic decoration and furniture from that period and delicate Chinese porcelain is intermingled with solid County Sligo squires and their ladies. The main reception rooms are large, bright and comfortable, while the bedrooms – several have canopied beds – are particularly pleasant, with superb views. One is so large that it has long been known as ‘the half-acre’.
Relax in the terraced gardens
Guests can relax in the terraced gardens or stroll down to the lake, while the more energetic can explore many miles of woodland walks, take a boat around the lake, or fish for pike. Within easy reach are beautiful beaches, numerous archaeological sites, riding schools, trout lakes and three championship golf courses, while traditional music and dancing sessions are often held in the nearby village.
Temple House is an ideal stopping point when travelling between Connemara, Slieve League in Donegal and the Giant’s Causeway, and is a really terrific base for exploring Sligo along the Wild Atlantic Way.
We asked some of our guests how they enjoyed their stay with us in Temple House and here is what they had to say….
“One of the Best in Ireland! My husband were very fortunate to stay for our 25th anniversary. The host and staff were extremely gracious and made us feel like royalty but down to earth and very social. The chef prepared meals were beyond exquisite.This is by far well worth the stay and one we will definitely come back to!” (MOT94, Tripadvisor)
“We loved our stay at Temple House!!! It’s better than Downton Abbey because it’s REAL . Roderick and Helena are wonderful hosts. Roderick is the 5th generation of Perceval’s to own the land and manor and has done a wonderful job of keeping it’s character. The food is 5 star and the atmosphere is like stepping back in time. Staying at Temple House has been the absolute highlight of our trip!” (CostaRicaSue, Tripadvisor)
“Words don’t do Temple House justice. We stayed there recently to celebrate our first anniversary having married there last year. This is a magical place with amazing food, accommodation and atmosphere.” (Aoife Karen R, Tripadvisor)
Half a mile of avenue wanders through parkland, its green grass maintained in perfect order with the assistance of sixteen hundred sheep and their lambs. Fine old trees provide the flock with a measure of shade on hot days and in all directions, there is a screen formed by the natural woods that cover more than half the demesne. Temple House is a magnificent Georgian mansion set amidst a 1,000 acre private estate in Co Sligo, Ireland. That means it is private on your special day!
A magical backdrop to your day
Perhaps it is because it has been the family home since 1665 that makes the atmosphere here so peaceful and special for weddings. Temple House boasts rooms of enormous proportions and grandeur and yet there is a real sense of intimacy here too.
Hold your civil ceremony in the Great Hall, or maybe celebrate with a wedding blessing by the Knights Templar lakeside castle, or just make merry. We can welcome small intimate gatherings or larger parties. The croquet lawn is also an ideal spot for a marquee so the options are limitless. The gardens are spectacular, the whole setting breathtaking.
Food is important here too, taking enormous pride in our reputation. We look for fresh local ingredients and go from there. The sheer size of the house is particularly well suited to a buffet and dance but also provides a beautiful backdrop for a sit-down. Buffet style guests do have tables at which to perch. Your guests can mingle, inside or outside; it is all very flexible and relaxed.
The big house sleeps 14 so exclusivity is easy. A cottage sleeping 8 on the estate plus local hotels and B&Bs offer a flexible approach to accommodation. We would always suggest that the wedding party take the house for more than just the day. You will enjoy your stay all the more. There is a special ambiance at Temple House and it loves a #celebration..
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Temple House, Templehouse Demesne, Ballymote, Co. Sligo, F56 NN50, Ireland
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