“Through hills at the foot of Bessy Bell …we come to Baronscourt, Lord Abercorn’s magnificent seat….the great number of fine oaks and three long narrow lakes which ornament this place give it an air of great grandeur.”
Situated in a sheltered valley in the foothills of the Sperrin mountains in Ireland’s County Tyrone, you come across an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Baronscourt, the home of the Duke of Abercorn’s family since 1612, is among that handful of old family Estates in the British Isles which combine great historical and architectural interest with a landscape of outstanding natural beauty.
This private Estate is vibrant working farm, rural business, and spreads over the valley floor at Baronscourt, and throughout its history each generation of the family has continued to ensure a programme of constant planting and landscaping of the park and gardens. It is not open to the public for walking except on the specific dates advertised on social media to raise funds for local charities.
Baronscourt is a “multi award winning” food producer for its wild venison. In 2016 the Estate won one gold star from the Great Taste Awards (GTA) for its Venison French Rack. 2015 Golden Fork Winner for Northern Ireland. In 2015 the Estate was nominate as a Top 50 Great Taste Awards, 3 gold stars for the French Rack, 1 gold stars for the Venison Loin, as well as 1 gold star for its handmade venison sausage. In 2014 the Estate was nominated as on the top 50 Great Taste foods, by the prestigious Great Taste Awards, for its wild venison, and won 3 gold stars for the venison loin, and 2 gold stars for the venison french rack. During the shooting season game is sold. The management of the Estate’s wild herd of Japanese Sika deer has been recognised with the Laurent Perrier Award for wild game conservation.While the forestry enterprise, an integral part of the Estate, won the Royal Forestry Society’s ‘Duke of Cornwall’s Award’ in 2003.
Guests staying on the Estate can enjoy the beautiful rolling countryside and spectacular walks, enhanced in spring and early summer by the magnificent displays of bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas. The carefully tended woods frame wonderful vistas that together with the lakes create a truly enchanted location in which to relax away from the pressures of modern living.