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Look inside Guesthouse of the Year 2019 - Blackwell House in Co Armagh

Blackwell House in Scarva, Co. Armagh, was earlier this year awarded the coveted title of Guesthouse of the Year 2019 by Ireland’s longest-running food and hospitality awards, Georgina Campbell’s Guide.

The guesthouse, which is owned by Steve and Joyce Brownless, is the first guesthouse from Northern Ireland to win the award in nine years.

The three-bed country house is nestled amid rolling countryside on a quiet country road, near the historic village of Scarva. This peaceful property, dubbed a haven by visitors, perfectly marries sumptuous, contemporary furnishings with cherished family antiques creating an eclectic but homely feel.

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Throughout the house, guests are spoiled by its character, thanks to its sympathetic use of reclaimed, local materials such as reclaimed bricks and beams sourced from an Old Mill at Tullylish, a neighbouring village in Co. Down.

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With comfort key to the owners, the property’s three bedrooms are spacious and warmly finished, all boasting luxury robes and slippers, and a sweet treat of homemade shortbread.

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The Colonial Room, Blackwell’s most opulent bedroom is bathed in light and warmed by reclaimed teak sympathetically placed to allow a hero fireplace and four-poster bed to stand out. Delivering a sense of grand romance, a roll top bath perfectly placed by the en-suite window ensures guests can soak in the sights of the sprawling countryside while relaxing.

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A keen foodie, Joyce’s kitchen is her domain and boasts six ovens, including her beloved Aga. Irish food tradition and provenance is very much alive at Blackwell House with Joyce’s great-aunt Maggie’s griddle, which is 100 years old, still used every day to make fresh bread.

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Only the best produced is served to guests - Quails’ Butchers in Banbridge is to go-to stop for meat, while St. Georges Market in Belfast is the only choice for cheese and fish. Joyce’s breakfast is made with homemade potato farls and eggs collected fresh from her own hens that morning.

In 2019, Blackwell House will add three more bedrooms, a luxury treatment room and a spa tub to its offering. Prices per room, per night for two people including breakfast start at £130.00.

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For more information visit blackwellhouse.co.uk

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