Ghan House

Carlingford, Co. Louth
+353 (0)42 937 3682
Visit owner's website

€210 - €330
per night

Choose the quirky, atmospheric family house or the new annexe: Paul will make you feel genuinely welcome, and provide delicious dinners


11 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome

€210 - €330 per night

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, books in the cosy little sitting room, and views of either mountain or sea. 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.


  • EV charger
  • 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



Nightly price
from €210
Extra bed/sofabed available €40 per person per night.
1 Family room for 4
From €210
5 Family rooms for 3
From €210
5 Doubles
From €210


Booking information

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Other details
Room prices are the same all year round & discounts are for stays of 1+ night, including dinner. Singles €125-€165. Under 5s stay for free. For B&B and dinner packages, please go to the owner's website.
Christmas & New Year.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Book ahead for dinner, 3-4 courses, €55-€62.50. Mid-week local menu - 3 courses - €39.50. Wine from €27.


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

  • There is so much to see & do locally & within one hour drive - that we make our best rates for more than one night & include dinner in our 2AA Rosette Restaurant.25 Continuous Years ~'Best 100 Places to Stay in Ireland' ~John & Sally McKenna Ireland Guide
  • Guided walking or bike tours, horse trekking through the mountains - sailing - yoga - windsurfing - canoeing - fishing - cookery classes - wine tasting - kayaking - hiking - bicycle hire & Greenway and much more can all be enjoyed here in Carlingford.
  • Carlingford is at the centre of many historic special places, 1 hour - Newgrange - famous UNESCO 3000BC prehistoric burial chamber. Proleek Dolmen - Portal tomb. Visit Giant's Causeway - world heritage site - 135 mins drive & Titanic museum - 55 min
  • Ghan House is a tree length away from Medieval Carlingford on the stunning Cooley Peninsula in County Louth. It is located just over an hour’s drive from Ireland’s two major cities & airports of Dublin and Belfast. Always book direct with Ghan House.
  • 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.
  • 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 a great base to explore the area!