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Marlagh Lodge Country House


... a classic of its era, double fronted with spacious

high-ceilinged reception rooms

of human proportions.

(Georgina Campbell - The Guide)




My home in Ireland

and a restorative for the soul!

(Guest Book)




Wonderfully tasteful restoration...

a true labour of love.

(Guest Book)




Wonderful quirky Victorian furniture everywhere

goes well together and suits the building.

(The Good Hotel Guide)




The highlight of our trip!

(Guest Book)

Best B&B we've ever encountered.

(Guest Book)




... a certain formality downstairs,

a lighter quirkier touch informs the luxurious bedrooms.

(Alastair Sawday - Special Places to Stay in Ireland)





... baths with character and the view,

(Alastair Sawday - Special Places to Stay in Ireland)





The best bed in the world

and whiskey in your porridge!

(Guest Book)



Some people know exactly

the right place

for the right object.

(100 Best Paces to Stay in Ireland)





Loved it, loved it, loved it

... gracious living and eating!!

(Guest Book)




...thoroughly and comfortably restored

and filled with antiques, books

and interesting and unusual objets.

(The Hidden Ireland)



A first class operation

in every way.

Thank you!

(Guest Book)



Karen Brown's Ireland

Exceptional Places to Stay and Itineraries 2008

Marlagh Lodge dates back to 1853. It was originally built for Henry Hutchinson Hamilton O'Hara, son of local landowners and residents of nearby Crebilly Castle. Now a listed building, it is described as an interesting Victorian mix of picturesque and Georgian elements, gabled bays and roof overhangs. Standing in its own grounds adjacent to the A36 secondary glazing helps to keep the high-ceilinged bedrooms warm and reduces the traffic noise to a minimum. Current owners Robert and Rachel Thompson have brought the property back to its former glory with the careful eye of experienced practitioners, a four-poster here, a brass bed there, antiques and collectibles, black iron and tile fireplaces. The piano in the study attests to the Thompsons' musical talents. A hearty breakfast is served in the breakfast room, home-made bread, local produce, porridge or a traditional Ulster Fry. A twenty minute drive finds you at Belfast International Airport. Marlagh Lodge is ideal for visiting Belfast but the great draw lies in the opposite direction where you find the Giants Causeway and the lovely Antrim coast.

Alistair Sawday's

Special Places to Stay Ireland 2009

A couple of young musicians take on a Victorian house, devote intense energy to saving and restoring it all: fine proportions, original fireplaces, "servants' quarters"(where they now live), the old garden... and declare themselves "Victorians at heart". Voracious readers, Rachel and Robert prefer long walks and great food to TV. Passionate about their house, they have treated it to stacks of books, antique pianos, prints, furniture and beautiful William Morris papers, and shrouded it from the road with shrubs and trees. After strong colours and a certain formality downstairs, a lighter, quirkier touch informs the luxurious bedrooms: salvaged baths with character, imperfections and the view; ovely furniture, fabrics and linens. These delightful, energetic people did all the decorating themselves, invented Ballymarlagh Tummy Warmer porridge, among other breakfast marvels, and beyond the pretty courtyard where the bell-tower still crowns the stable, have planted herbs at the foot of the monkey-puzzle tree. New are the hens, and the big patio at the back. It is a delight to stay.

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