Our History

Wood Lodge is a family run affair which was opened by George and Margaret Lavery back in 1983 and since this day the commitment to providing personalised and individualised care has made Wood Lodge one of the finest nursing and residential homes in Northern Ireland.

Their son, Mr Liam Lavery, took over the running of the home in 2001 and is now the Registered Provider. Their daughter Elizabeth-Ann also works within the home as the Accounts Manager. Both Liam and Elizabeth-Ann have qualifications from Queen’s University Belfast in Residential Care Management and have been dedicated to ensuring that the high standards for which the home is known for continue in earnest.

Located in Castlewellan at the foot of the famous Castlewellan Forest Park the home provides a tranquil and relaxing environment for our residents.

Situated within 7 acres of manicured lawns, shrubs and trees, Wood Lodge Residential Home occupies the original Georgian Style Building, which was built in 1890 for the Manager of the Flax Mills in the surrounding area. In its past history it has been used as a young ladies finishing school during the war years. It is also interesting to note that a time capsule, with the original plans of the building, was encased in one of the porch pillars at the time of the building and is still there to this day.

It was bought in 1982 by Margaret and George and, after restoration and renovation, was opened in 1983 as a residential home for the elderly. After 4 years of operating solely as a residential facility it became apparent that the area had a great need for a facility which could provide more nursing focused care and from this need Wood Lodge Nursing Home was born.

The nursing home is a purpose built building adjoining the original house and was built in 1987. Since their inception, the homes have continued the tradition of high quality personalised care, as homes where the needs of the patients come first.

In substantiation, all inspection reports are available for perusal in the general office.