Kiltariff Hall Country House
Kiltariff Hall is a Victorian Country House on the outskirts of the small market town of Rathfriland. Built by my great-grandfather William Fegan in 1880, the house is set at the end of a short drive and is surrounded by mature oak, sycamore and pine trees. A stunning view of the Mourne Mountains can be enjoyed through the giant Horse Chestnut tree. Your host Catherine grew up in Kiltariff when it was a working farm. She is both passionate and knowledgeable about the Mourne area and believes 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.
The world class Game of Thrones Studio Tour is only 10 miles away and I am an authorised ticket seller .Please contact me for details if you would like to visit ahead of your tour.
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 my yummy Biscoff Caramel Squares .
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.
Broadband Internet is available throughout the house.
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 Red Squirrel Walk in Castlewellan Forest Park, or The Estuary Birds and Butterflies Walk. These tours include a packed lunch.
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 Studio 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 onto the garden. For a lighter breakfast, a selection of fresh fruit, yoghurt and cereal is available from the buffet on the sideboard. If breakfast isn't really your thing, I would be happy to make a packed lunch or a breakfast bap for you to take with you on your travels. Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free options available upon request.
Breakfast in Bed
Our Breakfast Tray can be delivered to your room includes;
Orange or Apple Juice
Clandeboye Vanilla Yogurt
Choice of White's Apple and Cranberry Granola, Cornflakes, Branflakes, or Coco Pops
Croissant or Pain au Chocolat
"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."