Montalto is a privately owned estate nestled in the picturesque surroundings of the County Down countryside.
Convenient to Ireland's airports, famous links golf courses and the attractions of nearby Belfast, this special hideaway is one of Ireland's best kept secrets.
The estate is undergoing a transformation. Owned by the Wilson family, this estate is being developed into a flagship tourism visitor destination which will open to the public later in 2018.
October - February:
Wed - Sun
10am - 4pm (Last admission 3pm)
March - September:
Wed - Sun
10am - 4pm (Last admission 3pm)
Located in the town of Ballynahinch just 30 minutes from Belfast and under 2 hours from Dublin Airport.
There are public transport links to Ballynahinch town.
Car park on site
- Free of charge
Value Cabs 028 9080 9080
Child (Age 5 – 16): £5.00
Child (Under 5): Free
Senior Concession (65+) £7.00
Family (2 adults and up to 3 children): £22.50
Mini family (1 adult and up to 3 children): £15
Group – not available online – min 15 adults. Please contact us directly for group bookings: £6
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
- Guide dogs welcome
In 1660 the estate was first purchased by the Rawdon family from the McCartans. A two storey house was then built by the Earl of Moira in 1765. The plaster work on the ceiling of the Lady’s Sitting Room, attributed to Robert West of Dublin, from that period still survives to this day.
In 1798 the Battle of Ballynahinch took place on the outskirts of the estate.
The Carriage Rooms at Montalto is an exclusive private wedding venue set in the stunning County Down countryside. As you drive along the tree lined avenue taking in the views of the surrounding Montalto Estate, it will become apparent that you have arrived somewhere very special indeed.
The lavish settings of The Carriage Rooms at Montalto are truly picture perfect. The venue is licensed for both indoor and outdoor ceremonies with indoor ceremonies taking place in The Sawmill offering distinctive stone walls and illuminated arches. Romantic outdoor ceremonies take place in the beautifully manicured gardens.
Guests can spend the afternoon meandering here with a drink in hand while you take advantage of the wonderful photo opportunities on this 400 acre estate. After this everyone moves into the banquet hall for dinner. With its exposed walls, vaulted ceilings and 19th century beams, this room provides an elegant setting for your sumptuous meal served by our award winning caterer, Yellow Door. A bespoke menu will be created by their expert team working alongside you to make sure that everything is exactly how you imagined it would be. After dinner, you and your guests will move downstairs to dance the night away.
In addition to providing these exceptional venues, we also offer wedding accommodation with nine superbly appointed ensuite double bedrooms in the historic Montalto House.
Your venue is unparalleled and we have received countless comments regarding the beauty of the building, grounds and gracious ambience. It was a pleasure to work with such a professional organisation. Thank you!
The Carriage Rooms only host one special occasion per day, so you can be sure of our undivided attention at all times.
More intimate weddings, of up to 50 guests, can be accommodated in the house itself.
The Carriage Rooms
With its exposed walls, vaulted ceilings and 19th century beams, this room provides an elegant setting for your sumptuous meal served by our award winning caterer.
Montalto House showcases an outstanding example of how the conservation of a building can successfully lead to its reinvention and revival and provide guests with a place to stay like no other. Nestled in the rolling countryside of County Down, Montalto Estate offers over 400 acres of private natural woodland and park, and is an ideal base for anyone exploring Northern Ireland.
The character of the building is its greatest asset due to its carefully conserved architectural features. The house offers a wonderfully intimate place to stay, accommodating guests in seven exquisitely decorated bedrooms with two additional bedroom suites in the adjoining Courtyard Annex. A fine collection of Irish and European art and antiques furnish this meticulously restored Georgian country house.
Upon arrival, guests are warmly greeted by their knowledgeable and experienced personal host, who will make sure they feel like Lord and Lady of the manor during their stay. Guests will enjoy a meal with locally sourced ingredients home cooked by our chef in the evening before tucking into our famous ‘Montalto Breakfast’ the next morning.
From a board meeting in sumptuous surroundings to team building and outdoor activities throughout the Estate, Montalto is the perfect location to 'get away from the office' in unparalleled luxury and privacy.
From board meetings in sumptuous surroundings to team building and outdoor activities on Montalto Estate, we offer the perfect location to 'get away from the office' in unparalleled luxury and privacy.
Montalto House itself offers a range of meeting facilities in sumptuous surroundings. The Carriage Rooms at Montalto offers a purpose-built conferences and events venue, with an 1850s listed mill building at its heart. This can accommodate a broad spectrum of activities suitable for both corporate and private clients. These include clay shooting, zip line, fly fishing, falconry, archery, wine tasting, kayaking, cookery demonstrations and much more.
We welcome primary and secondary schools on walks throughout the estate.