Newforge House

Craigavon, Co. Antrim
Bed & Breakfast

Creative B&B with lovely rooms, fine food and a listed formal garden. This much-loved mansion has been in John’s family for 200 years


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


Beautifying, restoring, then inviting the world to share it is a splendid way to save and celebrate an old family house. John’s ancestors built this elegantly generous mansion 200 years ago. After two years of deep and respectful restoration, he and Lou hung up their tools, opened the door and put their creative talents at the service of independent travellers wanting gentle young style, warm and lovely rooms and good fresh home-cooked food. The Mathers love this house and its history, at every turn there’s an old family photograph (don’t miss the downstairs loo), a linen history memento, an original wall hanging. The blend of antique and modern gives the house easy charm, soft colours are mixed for serenity – peach, green, all the beiges – perfect foils for the lustrous furniture. Superb modern bathrooms and IT connections are unobtrusive extras. On leaving uni, John trained as a chef so come prepared to indulge in fine wines and food (much comes from their own veg patch). The estate is a labour of love, and a family affair – you can buy the watercolours by Lou’s father and admire the formal garden, deservedly listed, looked after by John’s.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
By 11am
Christmas, New Year, 1 January - 31 January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner £45. Wine from £15. By arrangement.


Nightly price
from £129
Singles £89-£135.
2 Doubles
From £129
3 Twin/doubles
From £129
1 Four-poster
From £199


We were only able to stay one night but everything about the place was wonderful. We had a very warm welcome with tea brought to us on arrival. The room was spotless ,well appointed and very comfortable. Dinner was a most memorable event. There is an excellent selection of wines and John`s cooking was divine. The quality, presentation not to mention the exquisite flavours of each course will be imprinted on my memory for ever. My allergy to cream was no problem and the service was most attentive. This was the best cooking that we experienced throughout our recent tour of the north of Ireland.


14 of us overnight just had a wonderful wedding celebration. A full house. Organised by the young couple themselves it was a wonderful surprise for 4 generations. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness about every comfort was admirable. Leaf tea and real coffee with real milk in the bedroom. The staff knew all our individual names. The children were very well catered for. Croquet while we drank champagne and had photographs taken. Delicious dinner and breakfast everything very fresh. A cheeseboard to die for. John was the perfect host. Thank you so much.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Lou & John Mathers

  • You are 5 minutes drive from Europe's only Himalayan salt dry aging meat chamber at Hannan Meats in Moira where you can by the best beef you will ever taste!
  • Oxford Island is 10 minutes drive and offers idyllic walks and birdwatching along the shore of Lough Neagh.
  • The beautiful Georgian town of Hillsborough with it's Castle, lakes , woodland walks, and lovely cafes and restaurants is within 20 minutes drive.
  • Take a tour of The Ferguson Linen Factory in Banbridge and buy some beautiful linen
  • Belfast is only 30 minutes drive. Visit the Titanic Museum and take the Wee Tram around the vibrant Titanic Quarter or spend the day on the fabulous Belfast Food Tour.