that is Mourne Park
Northern Ireland is fast becoming the destination of choice for both domestic and International tourists seeking recreation, history and of course craic!
Mourne Park Hotel, now with full planning approval, is on course to be the first major hotel development within the Kingdom of Mourne, an area key to tourism in Ireland, specifically earmarked to be promoted over the next five years with the aim of making the Mournes the top destination in Northern Ireland.
The overall Estate has already got a Championship Golf Course, Kilkeel Golf Club, which has hosted the British Amateur Golf Championships and the Senior's Tour, amongst other tournaments. There is also a section of Whitewater River which is considered one of the best Salmon and Trout fishing rivers in Ireland and the potential for coarse fishing in the lake.
The Mourne Mountains form a semi-circle around Mourne Park and there are miles of breath-taking walks for all abilities right on the doorstep. But perhaps the most remarkable element of Mourne Park is the arboretum. With 4 Irish Champion trees, 26 varieties of Rhododendrons, the first Dividia to grow outside of China, species of palm growing together seen nowhere else in the world, and so on and so on – this feature alone establishes Mourne Park Hotel in a class of its´ own.
Mourne Park House is of built from local granite. Situated in over 140 acres of parkland, woods, fields and paddocks the property benefits from excellent views over the lake towards Carlingford Lough.
The house is approached off the coast road through wrought iron gates up a beech and oak avenued drive with the Whitewater River adjacent to the boundary on the west side of the Estate. The drive leads up to the striking west facade. Mourne Park is remarkable for its presence, history and arboretum, with specimen trees laid out around the formal lawns and parkland running down to the lake. The property is ring fenced by the coast road to the south and the Championship golf course to the East. The Whitewater River is adjacent to the boundary on the Western side and the mountain and forest fringe the northern boundary.
Specimen trees include a North American Indian Bean tree, reputedly the largest monkey puzzle tree in Ireland, Ilex trees, a handkerchief tree (Dividia) and Macrophylla Beech. A statue of a semi naked 'Black Jack' the 2nd Earl of Kilmorey resides in the gardens. It is an enchanting peaceful place interspersed with ponds and quiet areas, laid out for both smell and colour.
The Park benefits from three avenues; The Front and Back Drives and the Jubilee Drive which runs from the Back Drive to Mourne Park House- There are two Gate lodges; The Whitewater lodge and the Green Gate Lodge. Across the coast road from the front gate is an amenity area with access to the river and fishery.