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Huntington Castle

Huntington Castle, located in Clonegal, Co. Carlow was built in 1625 as a garrison on the strategically important Wexford to Dublin route. After 50 years the soldiers moved out and the family began to convert it into a family home. Many generations of the family subsequently added various extensions and details giving the effect of a truly unique and interesting building. In the 1970’s the basement was converted into a temple to the Egyptian Goddess Isis, and the present generation continue to renovate and improve where possible.

The guided tour takes approximately 40 minutes  and brings the history and stories of the castle and its occupants to life. It takes in the living quarters and formal rooms of the castle, as well as the Temple of Isis in the basement.

House tours happen everyday in May, June, July, August, September 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm.

For more information visit https://www.huntingtoncastle.com.

Altamont Gardens

KNOWN as the most romantic garden in Ireland, Altamont is an enchanting blend of formal and informal gardens located on a 100 acre estate. Whilst still little known, it ranks in the top ten of Irish gardens and is often referred to as ‘the jewel in Ireland’s gardening crown’

LAWNS are bisected by sculpted yews sloping down to a romantic lake surrounded by rare trees, rhododendrons and shrubs. A profusion of roses, old fashioned and modern, and herbaceous plants scent the air. A fascinating walk through the Arboretum, Bog Garden and Ice Age Glen with its canopy of ancient oaks leads to the majestic River Slaney. Along the River Walk, you may see salmon and trout rising, perhaps even an otter, and throughout the garden, an abundance of birds and butterflies. On your return via the Hill Walk, there are wonderful views of the Blackstairs and Wicklow Mountains and Mount Leinster.

For more information visit http://www.altamontgarden.com

Golfing

Golfing – equidistant from the world renowned Championship courses, the K Club, and Mount Juliet, there are a number of other fine golf courses including Mount WolseleyCarlow Golf Club and Bunclody Golf Club, all within 10 miles of Sandbrook.

Fishing

There are a number of fine rivers in the South West of Ireland where fishing can be arranged.  Alternatively Rathcon Fly Fishing Lake is situated in natural surroundings and stocked with top quality rainbow trout. The lake is designed so that 90% of the water is coverable from the bank. Rods and tackle are available for hire. For more information please visit www.rathcon.com

Shooting

Guests have chosen Sandbrook for weekend shooting parties at Coollattin.  Additionally Rathcon Shooting School offers an ideal location for everyone from beginners to experienced clay shots to practice at a range of different clays under the guidance of professional qualified shooting instructors. The High Tower can offer sporting clays up to 30 metres. For more information visit www.rathcon.com

Horse Racing

Racing is a favourite and spectacular sport in Ireland.  This is most definitely the case in this part of the country with Gowran Park, Kilkenny or Punchestown, Kildare only a short drive away.  Going racing is a rather unique experience and with 26 racecourses in Ireland to choose from, every taste is sure to be catered for. If horse racing at its best is what you are looking for, Ireland is certainly the place to find it.

Festivals

There are a number of wonderful and growing festivals within easy access of Sandbrook, including;

Carlow Arts Festival https://carlowartsfestival.com

Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas https://festivalofwritingandideas.com/

Kilkenomics https://kilkenomics.com/

Savour Kilkenny https://www.savourkilkenny.com/

Other Activities

  • Mount Leinster, Lugnaquilla, the South Leinster Way and the Wicklow Mountain National Park are on the doorstep for hill-walkers, while gardeners will love Altamont House and Gardens, one of Ireland’s finest gardens and parklands, just five minutes away.

 

  • Horse riding on The Munny Trail is close by and, for those bringing their own horses, Sandbrook has 10 loose boxes, a dry arena and saddling area.

 

  • The vibrant medieval city of Kilkenny is a short drive, with its fine cathedral, thirteenth-century Kilkenny Castle, principal residence of the Butler family for over 600 years, and well-known design and craft heritage. Waterford has a number of fine small museums exhibiting asepcts of Irish history including the Viking, Cromwellian and Georgian periods.

 

  • Situated between the mountain ranges of Lugnaquilla and Mount Leinster there are stunning drives and walking areas and the beautiful coastline of Wicklow, Wexford and Waterford are all within easy reach.

Restaurants, Cafes & Shops

Sharoe Restaurant
Main St, Clonegall,
Co. Carlow
053 9375636
https://www.sha-roe.ie

The Green Barn @ Burtown House & Gardens
Athy,
Co. Kildare
R14 AE67
059 862 3865
https://www.burtownhouse.ie/green-barn-shop/

The Old Yard
Garterfarm,
Castledermot,
Co. Kildare
087 906 4570
www.theoldyard.ie

Tinahely Farm Shop
Coolruss,
Tinahely,
Co. Wicklow
087 816 8457
https://www.tinahelyfarm.ie

Malone Fruit Farm 
Closh,
Ballon,
Co. Carlow
086 847 2765
www.malonefruitfarm.com

More Information

For more information on what to do in the local area – please visit the Carlow Tourism website https://carlowtourism.com/