Temple House

Ballymote, Co. Sligo
Bed & Breakfast

Genuine Irish grandeur, ancestors gazing down, a relaxed young 400 year-old family and a huge sheep-grazed park: fabulous for house-parties


6 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4


The gardens rolling down to the lake past some very special trees and the ruins of three earlier Temple Houses – medieval, Tudor, Jacobean – announce rich history. The present house, built in 1864 by the ‘Chinaman’ ancestor (he made fortunes out east), reveals grandeurs galore in the most welcoming family atmosphere you can imagine, aristocratic relations gazing down on the monumental hall, tall morning-room windows sporting gorgeous pink velvet against cream furnishings. After that echoing hall where a hundred could waltz, the ‘Half-Acre’ bedroom confirms the scale: 50 more could shimmy among the antique beds. Other rooms – some have had the Helena touch – exude serenity; bathrooms have been revamped and retiled. Roderick and Helena, natural, unpretentious people, full of enthusiasm for house, farm and estate wear their treasures lightly. The 1,200 acres are shared with sheep and the lake is full of pike; boats and kit are for borrowing, so wander where you will. Meet fellow guests over drinks or dinner – or bring your own house party.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 3.30pm
Check out
December - March.
Dinner by arrangement, from €50 (Mon-Sat). Wine from €24. High tea for under 10s at 6pm.


Nightly price
from €170
Singles €110.
4 Doubles
From €170
1 Twin
From €190
1 Family room for 4
From €190


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Roderick & Helena Perceval

  • Eagles Flying. The Irish Raptor Centre is just 2 mins from the gate with shows at 11am and 3pm each day. Fantastic for all the family.
  • Carrowmore. Megalithic Cemetery (20 mins). A very good interpretive centre.
  • Carrowkeel. Megalithic Tombs ((25 mins). unspoilt tombs perched on Bricklieve Mts. You can drive to within 5 mins walk for wonderful views over 5 counties.
  • Strandhill (25 mins) : World class Surfing and surfing schools. VOYA seaweed baths.
  • Lough Gill & Parkes Castle (15 mins): picturesque lake with W B Yeats' Lake Isle of Innisfree, and 15th century restored plantation castle
  • GOLF: Sligo/Rosses Point (35 mins), Strandhill (25 mins), Enniscrone (45 mins). All fine championship links courses.