Ballyteige Lodge sits on an elevated site above the Ow River and along the quiet road between Aghavannagh and Aughrim. When walking the Wicklow Way from Glenmalure, the house is a little over 1km beyond Iron Bridge and is just 300m off the trail.
Ballyteige Lodge is a family run guest house. The period property has big airy rooms with large sash windows and double height ceilings. There are two double bedrooms on the first floor. In order to maintain the original features of the house, the two bathrooms are separate to the bedrooms.
Tea and coffee are served downstairs on arrival. Guests are welcome to use the lounge and watch the television which carries all the main satellite stations.
Ballyteige Lodge was originally built as a hunting lodge in 1900 for a prominent Dublin-based surgeon of the time, John McArdle. The weekend retreat was used for entertaining and down through the years, some significant figures from Irish political history have visited the Lodge. Amongst the list includes John Redmond and Charles Stewart Parnell. Today, the house is owned by a distant descendant, Sean Mcardle.
Aside to being the host, Sean has been instrumental is setting up many of the Farmer's Markets right across Ireland. His connection to these markets provides him with the best access to a wide variety of fresh organic ingredients for meals at Ballyteige Lodge.
Whilst a continental/light breakfast is included in the price of the stay, other meals can be ordered. With at least 24 hours advance notice and a little correspondence on a preferred choice of food, Sean can offer 2-3 course evening meals to guests, as well as packed lunches for those tackling the Wicklow Way.
As an additional bonus for walkers, there is a private 1km trail which skirts around the 20 acres of land which surrounds Ballyteige Lodge. The route traverses the Ow River by a suspension bridge, followed by a wooden humpback bridge crossing a secondary river which was once panned for gold.
The grounds also feature a 100+ year old 'Himalayan Garden', where mature specimen trees such as Sequoias and Monkey Puzzle trees tower above a range of Azelias and Rhododendrons.
Renowned botanical artist, Patricia Newman, occasionally holds art courses at Ballyteige Lodge. Having previously exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society, Patricia now spends a lot of her time painting in the South of France.
With the remote and secluded location of the Ow Valley, there is minimal light pollution in the night sky above Ballyteige Lodge. Guests with the proper knowledge of how to use a telescope are welcome to use the one located on the main landing.