Ballyteige Lodge is more than just a guest house, it's a piece of Irish history nestled in the beautiful landscape of Co. Wicklow. With its rich heritage, family-run hospitality, and stunning surroundings, Ballyteige Lodge offers a unique and unforgettable experience.
Originally built as a shooting lodge in 1890 for the prominent Dublin-based surgeon, John McArdle, Ballyteige Lodge has historically been a weekend retreat for entertaining significant figures from Irish political history (including John Redmond and Charles Stewart Parnell). Today the house is owned by descendant, Sean McArdle, who continues to uphold the legacy of Ballyteige Lodge.
Situated on an elevated site above the Ow River, Ballyteige Lodge is an oasis for those walking the Wicklow Way. Just a little over 1 kilometre beyond Iron Bridge and 300m off the trail, Ballyteige Lodge offers a peaceful respite for travelers and adventurers.
With big airy rooms, large sash windows, with hegh ceilings, Ballyteige Lodge retains the charm of its period property. Three double bedrooms and one twin room on the first floor and separate bathrooms maintain the original features of the house.
All our fruit and vegetables are sourced from local organic growers within a 20 kilometre range, we also use our own produce when available or in season, all our meat comes from free range farms systems and our seafood is sustainably sourced.
Guests are welcome to explore the 20 acres of gardens and grounds of Ballyteige Lodge which include the Himalayan Gardens over the River Ow. Traverse the river by suspension bridge and cross the beautiful Japanese bridge over the waterfall and discover the 100+ year old 'Himalayan Gardens' with towering Sequoias and Monkey Puzzle trees.
Ballyteige Lodge is a natural wildlife sanctuary, living within the lands of the lodge are red fox, badgers, stout, pine martens, red squirrels, Sika deer, Mountjack deer, Irish hare, colony of natural wild Irish black bees, woodpeckers, buzzards, sparrowhawk, red kites plus a huge range of seasonal visitors and nocturnal bats. Living in the river systems, pond and water garden are mountain trout, a family of otters, Kingfishers, Dippers, Grey Herons, Emperor dragonflies, Mayfly, Banded Damsels, water boatmen and back swimmers, wasp spiders, Painted Lady butterflies, white tailed bumble bees, Mallard ducks, coots, reed buntings and frogs.
Interesting specimens planted on the estate around 1895 include many Sequoidendrom giganteum (the tallest is 58 metres with a 9 metre girth), Araucaria Araucana (Monkey Puzzle) with of up to 30 metres, Eucalyptus Globulus (Southern Bluegum) Sessile Irish Oak, Canadian Red Cedar, Rowan, Beech, Copper Beech, Alder, Ash, Aspen, Silver Birch, Crab Apple, Elm, Hazel, Holly, Willow, Irish Yew, Whitebeam, Scots Pine, Wild Cherry and Aspen.
Ballyteige Lodge is a place where history, nature, and hospitality converge. Whether you're tackling the Wicklow Way or seeking a tranquil retreat, our doors are open to welcome you.