Ghan House

Carlingford, Co. Louth
+353 (0)42 937 3682
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Choose the quirky, atmospheric family house or the new annexe: Paul will make you feel genuinely welcome, and provide delicious dinners


12 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 2

Children welcome

The Experience

Enter the low, beamed hall with its blazing log fire – and know 18th-century Ghan House for the much-loved family inn that it is. Joyce and her son Paul give more than just love: warmth, comfort and attention to detail is paramount. The food is excellent: wild boar and venison terrine was on the menu when we visited. Enclosed within the ancient walls of Carlingford, probably the best-preserved medieval town in Ireland, the house looks over the tree-lined road, across Carlingford Lough to the Mourne Mountains sweeping down to the sea. Some guests prefer a room in the quirky timeworn old house, others the peace and quiet of the new annexe. There are arched doorways, mouldings, old-style velvet with tassels, proper bathrooms – everything is impeccably done, everywhere you find thick wool carpets, family antiques, personal bits, a sense of deep peace, plus books in the cosy little sitting room. The Carrolls know and enjoy what they are doing and are genuinely friendly with it. You won’t be short of things to do, either. Restaurants, pubs, watersports, hill-walking or the simple pleasure of sitting by a turf fire.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Dinner €25-€52.50. Wine €20. Book ahead. Restaurants within walking distance.


Nightly price
from €85
Dinner, B&B €130-€180 per person.
1 Single
From €85
11 Twin/doubles
From €170



We stayed in November 2019 for a "Dinner with the Phantom" special night - I can honestly say it was one of the most enjoyable evenings we've ever had. From the entertainment to the food, everything was absolutely superb. Our bedroom was in the garden rooms at the side of the main house and was beautifully decorated with antiques yet had lots of modern comforts and lovely homemade biscuits. It was great to have both a bath and a shower en-suite too. Overall I cannot rate Ghan House highly enough - I can't wait to go back this summer for a family wedding!

Sarah, Nottingham

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Paul & Joyce Carroll

  • Member of Ireland's prestigious Blue Book....narrow Medieval streets, lanes that lead to the harbour, majestic Slieve Foy mountain & the famous mountains of Mourne across the lough all combine to make Carlingford unique in Ireland.
  • Guided walking or bike tours, horse trekking through the mountains - sailing - yoga - yacht charter - windsurfing - canoeing - fishing - cookery classes - wine tasting - kayaking - hiking - water skiing and much more can all be enjoyed here in Carlingford.
  • Carlingford is at the centre of many historic special places, 1 hour - Newgrange - famous 3000BC prehistoric burial chamber. Proleek Dolmen - Portal tomb. Visit Giant's Causeway - world heritage site, within 2 hour's drive & Titanic museum - 55 mins
  • Ghan House is a tree length away from Medieval Carlingford which is on the stunning Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It is located just over an hour’s drive from Ireland’s two major cities of Dublin and Belfast.
  • Ghan House 2 AA Rosette Restaurant - has views of the gardens and Mourne Mountains. We use herbs from our herb garden and are fortunate enough to have an abundance of superb shellfish from the lough and the famous Cooley Mountain lamb and beef.
  • Awards - 21 Continuous Years ~'Best 100 Places to Stay in Ireland' ~Bridgestone Guide. Restaurant 2 AA Rosettes. Awarded last 9 years ~ 'Best Country House in Ireland' All Ireland Hotel Awards