Places to See | Co. Down, Northern Ireland.
This beautiful country house set in lush grounds originally belonged to the Innis family, but for many years now has served as the centre of operations for the Society of Missions to Africa.
Visitors to Dromantine – which is open during European Heritage Open Days – invariably are impressed by the stunning beauty of the early 19th century house, extensive grounds, lake, colourful woodlands and pleasant walks set in the 320 acre estate with the Mourne mountains and Slieve Gullion in the in the background.
This Historic House in Northern Ireland, with its beautiful grounds, tranquil, peaceful atmosphere along with the modern facilities make Dromantine a perfect venue for retreats and conferences.
The history of Dromantine estate dates back to the middle ages. The ancient Irish clan of Magennis dominated most of South County Down from the 14th – 17th century and owned vast tracts of land in that area; including what is now Dromantine Estate. Following the political upheavals of the early 17th c. one of the Magennis clansmen, Murtagh, became the owner of an estate of 4200 acres within the precinct of Clanagan
In 1741 the Manor of Clanagan passed from Magennis ownership to that of a Scottish Family called Innes. In 1806 Arthur Innes built the original part of the existing house in Neo-classical style. When he died in 1820 he left a magnificent house within a beautifully landscaped demesne complete with a newly formed lake. His grandson, Arthur Charles Innes, became the owner of the property and in the 1860s extended the original house (now called Dromantine House) making it even more stately and imposing.
Address: Dromantine Retreat & Conference Centre, Newry, Co. Down BT34 1RH