Inside the grounds of Castletown House, Irish Landmark Trust has three properties available to rent and two of these accommodations extend a warm welcome to dogs, namely Batty Langley Lodge and the Gate House. Staying in these two properties makes for an ideal break for you and your dog where inclusivity is on the agenda and not just an after-thought.
The grounds of Castletown House are immense with acres of land to walk and explore. They present an ideal surround for a walk with your dog. Meander through gates, jump over ridges and weave through hedge-rows right on your doorstep or if feeling more adventurous the Liffey Walk is an additional route well worth exploring.
Lady Louisa’s influence at Castletown can be seen not only inside the house, but also in the carefully laid out parkland that surrounds the house. Influenced by the improvements made by her sister Emily at Carton, Lady Louisa turned to the Castletown parkland south of the house towards the River Liffey and created a designed landscape in the ‘natural’ style championed by Capability Brown. The parkland includes meadows, waterways and woodlands with man-made accents carefully inserted into nature for the walker to discover and enjoy. (ref. OPW notes at http://castletown.ie)
These Irish Landmark properties offer the scope to enjoy a relaxing stretch in the countryside but equally rest within very easy reach of Dublin city. There are numerous coffee shops in Dublin which have been designed with dogs in mind. Castletown House is only 40 minutes from Dublin where you and your dog can experience a dog friendly café society. Forget being left outside holding your cup in the rain while you tend to your dog and keep them company, these cafés are dedicated to dogs and dog owners alike: Pupp Cafe, The Fumbally, or Two Pups Coffee.
A day trip in a different direction, again approximately 40 minutes by car, will transfer you from Castletown House to Ardgillan Castle and here the onsite café ‘Paws at Ardgillan’ has also been specifically created and tailored for dogs.