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A Day with Mum | Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan


I took a little impromptu break home last weekend. I'd started to feel a little overwhelmed by uni life and felt like a trip back home would just help to clear my head a bit, which it definitely did. Because I was home from uni my mum took last Friday off work and we both set off on a little road trip to Castle Leslie, a stately home in Co. Monaghan, just over the border into the South of Ireland, that also doubles as a hotel and spa. This is one of my mum's and my favourite places to go when we have a free day together because the grounds are just so beautiful. Aside from the castle itself there's a number of stunning outbuildings and even a church, as well as a lake and some gorgeous walks.

We normally start off our visit with some tea or hot chocolate in the restaurant before paying a visit to the horses on the yard at the castle's adjoining equestrian centre- always my favourite part of the day!- and taking a stroll through the grounds. Despite it's appearances, however, would you believe that Castle Leslie is actually said to be one of the most haunted castles in Ireland? I've personally never seen a ghost on any of my visits, but the stories surrounding the castle and its history are truly fascinating. I think my personal favourite is that of Norman Leslie who was killed in action during the First World War. Around the time of his death, however, he was spotted walking through the grounds of the castle by a gardener who, assuming Norman had returned from war, hurried off to alert the family of his arrival. Though as the day passed and night fell, Norman did not return to the house. A week later a telegram was delivered to the castle confirming that Norman had met an unfortunate demise charging a German machine gun armed only with a sword. His figure has apparently been seen wandering the castle even in very recent years. Spooky, huh? 

30 comments

  1. Oh my these photos are just gorgeous! What a lovely way to spend the day with your mum! Xx

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  2. These pictures are stunning! x

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  3. Beautiful photos! They really make me wanna go and visit Castle Leslie (also ghosts..! haha) Definitely looks like you had the most perfect day with your mum :)

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  4. This looks lovely! Also that hot chocolate is to die for, so many marshmallows! I don't tend to have a lot of mother-daughter days with my mum but I think it's something I need to find more time for xx

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  5. Mother-daughter days are always so lovely :) Looks like you and your mother had a really good time. That castle is beautiful!

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  6. Looks absolutely gorgeous! Definitely want to go here one day!
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  8. that's so spooky! but the castle is beautiful! Great post

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  9. Aw thank you! Yes it really was a lovely day! :) xx

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  10. It's such a beautiful place, I don't think photos could really do it justice! xx

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  11. Mmmm I know, it was so yum!! It came with really nice shortbread too. Yeah, me and my mum would do this quite a lot. It's just me, her and my sister at home so we're quite a close unit I suppose xx

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  12. Aw we had a lovely day! It's one of my favourite places for sure :) xx

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  13. If you're ever in Ireland you should definitely pay a visit! :) xx

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  14. Thank you so much, Diana! :) xx

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  15. I know! They say there are 8 ghosts at Castle Leslie. Maybe I'll write a post on them some day :) xx

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  16. This is such a lovely post! I've always wanted that Lithuania would have castles like this one, these are so beautiful and these spooky stories make them even more fascinating.
    Seems like you've really had a great day. And you look so beautiful! :) x

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  18. So lovely! It sounds like you had the most wonderful day <3 x

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  19. Awww thank you so much, Migle! Really? For some reason I would have thought Lithuania had lots of castles! I really want to visit someday, your photos of it are so beautiful xx

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  20. Thanks Jennie! I really enjoyed it :D xxx

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  21. Aww thank you so much! And thank you for following!! xxx

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  22. Well yes, there are quite a few castles over here but they are completely different. I hope you could come here someday, I could show you around! :) x

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  23. I just googled some photos and they're like proper fairytale castles!!! :O ah, definitely! I would love that :) xx

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  26. I'm so glad you managed to get a bit of headspace by going home for a bit! Castle Leslie looks like a beautiful place to wander and chat. Oh, and your hair is looking absolutely GORGEOUS. Haircare for long locks post please? xx

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  27. Awww Tamsin, you are sooo lovely!! :) Oh gosh, anything going on with my hair is always completely by accident haha, but thank you so much! Also tho, YOU have the most beautiful hair in all the land! I should be asking you for advice <3 Maybe I will try and put something like that together, it'd be nice to do something a bit different from what I normally write about :) xxx

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