Joris Minne: Kiliwi Castle Estate’s tasting menu needs some reworking

Ambition and confidence can be two key qualities needed to make any project successful, but when both go wrong things can quickly unravel. The Killewy Castle Estate, which is in a commanding position on the lower slopes of South Armagh’s Slieve Gullian, to the east and south towards the Morne mountains and Louth, is a marvelous restoration. Clearly, investment, good design and management have resulted in a hotel that has beautiful bedrooms with some of the most stylish and accessible bathrooms anywhere.

There are two main areas: the palace itself, a beautiful neo-Gothic shack where events and weddings can be hosted and, a few yards from the hill, the new block containing hotels, bars and restaurants.