Built in 1760 under the instructions of Jacob Nicholson, Crannagael House is still owned by the Nicholson family and is very much a family home – the four daughters of the current custodians returning with delightful regularity (complete with the new generation!) – Christmas is always a major event – and a lot of days in between!
The house is set in its own well maintained grounds and guests are invited to walk around and enjoy the tranquillity of a unique setting in the heart of the apple county of Armagh. Charles Nicholson, some years down the road from Jacob, is credited with bringing over the Bramley Seedling cooking apple, which has PGI status, from Southhall, in Nottinghamshire, in the 1870s which went on to create the world famous cooking apple so synonymous with Co Armagh. There is now a thriving cider industry in the county with many cider companies utilising the Bramley in a way never envisaged by those early pioneers!!
The self catering accommodation is on the east side of the main house and converted from a dairy, laundry and servants’ quarters – (we’re now the servants!) There is a fully fitted modern kitchen with electric cooker, fridge, washing machine and various appliances, microwave, food processor etc etc. – everything needed for a self catering holiday. (A tumble drier is available in the main house wash room)
There are three bedrooms, a single downstairs, twin and kingsize beds upstairs. Shower, wc and wash hand basin downstairs and bath, shower, wc and wash hand basin upstairs – plus a fantastic view across the Co Armagh countryside!
The sitting room is comfortable furnished with a three seater sofa, two matching armchairs, an additional armchair and a rocker. It looks out onto a Bramley apple orchard which is just amazing in May when the blossom is out – early morning and evening the smell is wonderful! In addition there is access to our extensive vegetable garden – we supply three local fine dining restaurants – and if you talk nicely to us you can avail of the produce!!
We are 5 miles from Portadown, say 7 miles from the golf club, and something similar for Tandragee Golf Club. Loughgall Golf Club, set in lovely rolling hillsides, is just 3 miles away and is a favourite place of mine for walking the dogs.
Combine a golfing experience with a relaxing stay in a unique part of the British Isles – we’ll welcome you with open arms – and two dogs – Jack and Toby, Rita the donkey, Mabel the cow, 12 guinea fowl and assorted hens, rooster and chicks.