Historic Houses

National Trust properties in Co Armagh

Ardress House
Ardress is nestled deep in the orchards of Co Armagh and offers an afternoon of fun and relaxation for everyone. The pretty seventeenth century farmhouse, with its elegant eighteenth century additions, has a character and charm all of its own.

The farmyard with its traditional farm implements is popular with all ages, as it is a hands on experience, and children can also let off steam in the play area. There is a quaint garden to explore with woodland and riverside walks amid the famous apple orchards.

Ardress House is only a ten minute drive from the Argory.

Derrymore House
Derrymore may be small but it has a big and fascinating story. This elegant late eighteenth century thatched cottage was built by the politician Isaac Corry and it is popularly believed that the details of the Act of Union were drafted in the Treaty Room, which is the only room open to the public.

The surrounding landscape was laid by the celebrated Irish landscape gardener John Sutherland (1745-1826), a disciple of Capability Brown. A picturesque park with beautiful views surrounds this romantic idyll.

Standing amid a picturesque landscaped estate less than two miles from Newry, Derrymore makes a perfect stopping point on the drive between Belfast and Dublin, with scenic walks and great views of the Mournes.

The Argory
Entering Mr Bond’s house and you will feel that he never left, in fact maybe, just maybe, he has gone fishing for the afternoon. The Argory is a treasure trove, where the clock ticks but time stands still, and where nothing has been thrown away for 100 years. A guided tour will take you deep into this handsome Aladdin’’s Cave of Victorian and Edwardian taste and interests. Watch out for the musical house tours when the Bishop’’s cabinet barrel organ is played.

The Argory is built on a hill and has wonderful vistas over the gardens and 320 acre wooded riverside estate. And you don’t just have to look, you can explore on foot using the marked trails along the River Blackwater or through the woods. For the less energetic there is the stable yard to enjoy with horse carriages, an acetylene gas plant, or the tea room for a cup of tea and award winning scones.

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