I know Roderick and his gracious wife Helena and had been meaning to visit - I had to make the time as they are one of the leading Hidden Ireland houses. Plus, and perhaps more importantly, they are fun. As an American with historic ties to the Perceval's this place will put a lump in your throat as you drive up to the house. The infrastructure and work they have done to keep this important part of history alive is exemplary. My house is built on a limestone slab and Temple House has so many gorgeous (and giant) family portraits, my house would sink. Also, they have been pressed for years and years to do weddings, apparently. You should see the new ballroom - good Lord!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Temple House, in Sligo, is a classical Georgian mansion set in a private estate of over 1,000 acres, overlooking a 13th-century lakeside castle of the Knights Templar. The Perceval family home since 1665, the present manor was redesigned in 1864 and exudes the authentic and unpretentious country house atmosphere. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Temple House Hotel Ballinacarrow