Kiltariff Hall Country House
Kiltariff Hall is a Victorian Country House on the outskirts of the small market town of Rathfriland. Built by our great-grandfather William Fegan in 1888, the house is set at the end of a short drive and is surrounded by mature oak, sycamore and pine trees. It is run myself, Catherine and my sister Shelagh who grew up in Kiltariff when it was a working farm. We are both passionate and knowledgeable about the Mourne area and believe that providing good locally produced food is key to ensuring guests enjoy their stay.
The reception rooms are beautifully spacious with high ceilings and ornate cornicing. The dining room boasts a large antique table and a Broadwood grand piano alongside the original fireplaces, pitch pine doors and woodwork. Upstairs the bedrooms are comfortable with well appointed en-suite bathrooms. There are exquisite views of the Mourne Mountains from one side of the house. Outside there is a vegetable garden and a patio for relaxing. Kiltariff Hall is only 45 minutes drive from Belfast and an hour from Dublin.
Attractions close by include Castlewellan, Tollymore and Kilbroney Forest Parks and the award winning Murlough National Nature Reserve and Blue Flag Beach. The picturesque seaside town of Newcastle, which inspired Percy French to write "The Mountains of Mourne," is 20 mins drive away and many Game of Thrones locations, such as Castleward, Inch Abbey and Tollymore Forest Park are easily accessible.
Kiltariff Hall was built in 1888 by our Great Grandfather and it has been lovingly cared for down the generations. Our family has been part of the history of Rathfriland since the 1750s when our ancestor John Fegan started a candle and soap making factory in the Rathfriland town square. With the advent of electricity they had already diversified into farming and milling and the townland of Kiltariff was a perfect spot to build a house and start farming. Some of our pioneering ancestors settled in New Zealand and the USA like many other Irish families .You can browse many of the old family photos on display and Catherine is on hand to tell you some of the family stories!
The rooms will be refreshed daily with filtered water and fresh milk as well as some delicious home baking.
Many of the trees in the garden were planted when the house was built and guests are free to enjoy the grounds and patio area.
Local Wildlife Tours
Guided wildlife tours, tailor-made to suit your interests lead by our expert Shelagh. Ask for more information on our Red Kite roost tours, The Starling Murmuration Experience or The Estuary Birds and Butterflies Walk.
Broadband Internet is available throughout the house.
Please ask us for more information on the many varied activities in the nearby towns and cities. The Brontë Homeland Drive, the FE McWilliam Centre, Game of Thrones tours , St Patrick's Trail , Neolithic sites, romantic Norman castles or even a recommendation for a good Irish pub or restaurant!
Traditional Irish Breakfast
Enjoy a traditional "Ulster Fry" or smoked salmon and scrambled egg in the dining room which looks out into the garden. For a lighter breakfast, a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereal is available from the buffet on the sideboard. Some of the berries are from our own walled vegetable garden when in season. Taste my own homemade preserves and freshly homemade wheaten bread. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available upon request.
"What a wonderful welcome! 5 *+ service. Really felt at home. My only regret is not having come earlier and booked a whole week. Thank you very much for our lovely stay here at your wonderful house! We really enjoyed being here drinking coffee in the drawing room next to the fire and having breakfast with a view onto your beautiful garden . Thank you very much for your hospitality. My wife and I had 2 very comfortable days at your house. They were some of the most memorable days of our lives."