County Meath, Ireland

Bellinter House

Rates from (ex tax)$130.09

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR119.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Urbane Palladian mansion


Rolling riverside parkland

A modern makeover has thoughtfully blended the original stately Georgian elegance of Bellinter House hotel with modern luxuries, creating a beacon of high-style less than an hour’s drive from Dublin. No sleepy country estate, this is a contemporary marvel with playful-clever furnishings and 21st-century accoutrements. The restaurant’s seasonal and inventive menu is not your typical Irish country fare.

Smith Extra

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A 55-minute seaweed bath in the Bathhouse spa (must pre-book).


Photos Bellinter House facilities

Need to know




12 noon; check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $130.09 (€105), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR104.85), via, using today’s exchange rate.

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Rates include breakfast.


Designed by Richard Cassels, 18th-century architect of the Irish Parliament, Bellinter House is of significant historical interest; the grounds and building are therefore open to the public daily from noon until 4pm.

At the hotel

Gardens, library, games room, spa, sauna, steam room, hot tub. In rooms: flatscreen TV and Voya bath products.

Our favourite rooms

Main House rooms have high ceilings, huge bathrooms and cracking views; Main House 1 has a tub for two. For a peaceful, pampering-focused stay, rooms in the Ruin are tranquil, secluded and close to the spa; Ruin 3 has a copper bath, Ruin 4 a roll-top tub.

Packing tips

Swimwear (Bellinter House has an excellent spa with an outoor hot tub, steam room and sauna), horse riding gear and boots made for walking.


The countryside here is rugged and gorgeous – explore on foot in a pair of Bellinter House’s loaner wellies, or on horseback from one of the five local equestrian centres.


Welcome, with advance notice. Cots and foldaway beds provided; babysitters can be arranged. The split-level duplex rooms in the Stable block are best for families.

Food and Drink

Photos Bellinter House food and drink

Top Table

A corner table by the wine-rack wall. On sunny days, on the terrace; or order a pre-packed picnic (complete with wine, champagne and blanket) and roam the gardens until you spy the perfect spot.

Dress Code

Tongue-in-cheek tweeds and cosy cashmere.

Hotel restaurant

Eden, set in the bright, vaulted basement, is where the chefs conjure up Modern Irish bistro fare from fresh seasonal ingredients. The Drawing Room serves classic British dishes, from shepherd's pie to beef fillet. 

Hotel bar

In the Bellinter Bar, pints are pulled perfectly and cocktails are cunningly crafted (we defy you not to like the honey-sweet Bees Knees martinis); oenophiles could spend a happy afternoon tasting their way around the Wine Bar’s impressively stocked cellar.

Last orders

Till 9.30pm in Eden Restaurant and the Drawing Room; 11pm in Bellinter Bar and the Wine Bar. Children are allowed in the Eden Restaurant at sittings before 7pm only, at both the 6pm and 6.30pm sittings.

Room service

8am–9.30pm. Between 11.30am and 9.30pm, you can also also dine in the Drawing Room.


Photos Bellinter House location
Bellinter House
County Meath

Worth getting out of bed for

Bellinter House can organise all manner of outdoor activities, from clay-pigeon shooting to horse riding and golf. The  Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; drop in at the Brú na Bóinne visitors centre near the village of Donore for information about Newgrange and its tomb complex. There are several interesting historical sites along the Boyne Valley, including Mellifont Abbey, the Hill of Slane, the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle – the largest extant Norman castle in Europe. 

Local restaurants

Get a real taste for local fare at Zucchinis; everything, from the Clonakilty black pudding salad to the honey-glazed pork belly and lemon tarte is made on site – no pre-prepared fare here – with Irish ingrediants; the chefs are so proud of their locally-sourced food they list its origins down to a specific farm on the website. Informal Room 8 on Watergate Street is an elegant cafe serving a delicious selection of gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts and daily specials; they also make the best Java Republic coffee and cup of tea in the area and are open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Local cafés

In Navan, get a caffeine fix or wholesome lunch at Chekhov’s Coffee House on Trimgate Street – the home-made desserts are lovely (+353 (0)46 909 3734).

Local bars

A mere moment from Bellinter, atop the historic Hill of Skryne, O’Connell’s (affectionately known to locals as Mrs O’s) is an authentic Irish country pub with buckets of charm (+353 (0)46 902 5122).


Photos Bellinter House reviews
Serena Rees

Anonymous review

‘It’s a grand place you’re headed,’ says Danny Fitzpatrick in as fine an Oirish accent as can be heard. Danny, our driver from Dublin airport to Bellinter House, County Meath, hasn’t so much kissed the Blarney Stone as settled in for an all-night love-in, judging by the rich, anecdote-filled commentary he provides as the lush countryside rolls by. It has been a hard week. So, we can’t think of a better way to start the weekend than to sit back and let Danny’s lilting soundtrack waft over us, while we gaze out at the luminescent green fields, and the watery sun sets through the mist. I was too whacked even to ask the origins of an anomalous herd of buffalo.

As we swish up the long drive towards the Palladian splendour of our boutique stay, Bellinter House, the 18th-century mansion looms ahead, all twinkly and inviting. It feels as though we’re in a Jane Austen novel, arriving at a much-anticipated ball hosted by the local catch. All that’s missing is the horse-drawn carriage and an empire-line frock.

The period-drama spectacle continues inside – as finding our room involves an expedition up a cantilevered staircase and along an opulently plastered landing, beneath an elaborate, oval-domed ceiling that’s propped up by slightly bonkers Doric columns. Those Georgians certainly never stinted on their proportions. Our room has the requisite high ceilings, floor-length sash windows and impressively heavy shutters that come as standard issue in country piles. Apparently Bellinter takes its name from the Irish words Baile and Saoir, which means ‘home of the carpenter’ and, judging by the wood panelling that’s everywhere, the place has evidently kept many a craftsman busy over the years.

Despite the grand lines, there’s still something refreshingly up to date about Bellinter House. With modern art on the walls, contemporary furniture dotted about and some very non-18th-century fabrics fulfilling the soft-furnishing function, it’s more like hanging out in the country pad of a design-savvy, modern-day squire than being trapped in a stuffy museum. There’s even technology that’s so complicated I can’t manage to switch the lights on. Luckily, Mr Smith has more perseverance with that sort of thing and, before long, he’s cracked it – and is happily reassessing the mood and readjusting accordingly (on what seems like an hourly basis).

A quick glance at the clock stirs us into action and we rush down for a pre-dinner livener, keen not to miss last orders. I needn’t have bothered, as the barman tells me that they only really close when the last guest drifts off to bed. Now that’s my kind of watering hole.

Our table awaits and, after a quick aperitif, we head for Bellinter House's Eden Restaurant – which is the sister establishment to the award-winning Dublin eatery famous for its seasonal Irish menu. Danny had mentioned something about Smokies, which we notice on the starter menu. The smoked haddock, spring onion, crème fraîche and melted cheese combination makes me wish I’d paid more attention to his recommendations, because it’s absolutely delicious. As is the hearty beef and Guinness stew (when in Ireland and all that), which comes with earthy wild mushrooms and a creamy mash. We haul ourselves back upstairs and tumble onto a springy marshmallow cloud of goose down and crisp white bedlinen. And, with those sturdy shutters blocking out the big bad world, our sleep is long and tranquil.

The next morning, I pull back the shutters dramatically, inviting in the kind of rural Irish view that stars every colour under the sun (as long as it’s green). In the far distance, the river Boyne winds languidly through our framed picture, adding focus to the composition. Happily, Bellinter House is not the kind of hotel where the breakfast service is always ending just as you’re heading down for it. We’re able to indulge in a deliciously lazy full Irish breakfast in bed. It could be early afternoon for all we know. Not that anybody would care if it was.

With so much scenic action happening out the window, we’re drawn from our cocoon to go and explore. There’s a selection of wellies in all sizes, which is handy – who’d ever think to bring their own? We grab a pair each and meander through lush meadows along the banks of the Boyne, wading through long grass, over fields dotted with nonchalant cattle, before resting up by the river’s edge, allowing the countryside’s natural powers to work their restorative magic.

Funny how time flies when you’re busy not doing much at all. Not that there isn’t plenty to occupy restless spirits. For anyone who wants to curl up with a good book, the library’s packed: with everything from a Joan Collins biography to Irish artists from the 1600s. Then there’s a games room and fishing, golf, horse riding and clay-pigeon shooting for the energetic. But after our extensive walk, I’m more in the mood for a lie-down. And there are worse ways to fill a few hours than to visit the Bathhouse spa, where a seaweed bath and body wrap leaves my skin feeling velvety, dewy and soft – a description equally germane to the Meath landscape.

We retire to the forest-toned drawing room where, gazing at the pretty plasterwork, I’m reminded of an ornately frosted wedding cake. As if on cue, afternoon tea arrives and we hunker down on an elegant sofa. Other guests congregate and soon we’re chatting about life and love, and wondering why we don’t do this sort of thing more often. Maybe it’s the fine food and favourite tipples. Or the promise of a comfy bed and a sound sleep. Perhaps it’s the soothing emerald tones. Whatever. Danny Fitzpatrick was right: ‘It’s just grand.’

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Bellinter House’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The rooms. the staff and the relaxing weekend. The milk and honey baths were very relaxing.

Don’t expect

A decent breakfast! The breakfast was so disappointing – a buffet of tinned fruit, kelloggs cereals and a fry up that you would expect from a mid-range hotel. Really disappointing.


Stayed on 6 Jan 2018

We loved

The Drawing Room food was delicious and we loved the relaxed atmosphere in all of our dining during our stay. The area is beautiful and we enjoyed our visit to Knowth and Newgrange.

Don’t expect

Super timely or responsive service. We waited nearly three hours for our room to be ready after being told it'd be ready imminently upon our arrival. In fairness, we had arrived closer to 1:00 than 3:00 but we were told our room would be cleaned next and that we'd be able to get in quickly. After two hours of waiting, we were offered a different room that wasn't in the stables, which was disappointing because we had specifically chosen the stables since we were traveling with our daughter and wanted the extra space. It seemed like they were very busy and struggling to keep up with the turnover on that day and so we had to wait another hour for the room we had chosen. Once we were in our room, we realized it didn't have hot water, which was disappointing because we were all in need of warm showers. It took several requests and nearly 12 hours to get it fixed. All in, this wasn't the best Mr. and Mrs. Smith stay we've had.


Stayed on 25 Jun 2017

We loved

Huge room with fabulous bathroom. Dinner in the cellar and lunch in the lounge. Lots to see and do all around - plenty of history and culture.

Don’t expect

High speed wifi- it was a bit flaky


Stayed on 30 Mar 2016

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