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Ballaghmore Castle

Dublin Road, Borris-in-Ossory Ireland
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Ballaghmore Castle 1480 Celtic castle - perfect for family holidays. Only one and a half hours from Dublin yet set in beautiful peaceful countryside rich with activities and amenities. The castle is rented exclusively to your family group giving you the peace and privacy of the whole castle for the duration of your stay. Set in thirty acres of private grounds the castle offers sleeping accommodation for up to twenty family members over two floors of shared sleeping accommodation. The castle includes shower, bathroom and four WCs.The spectacular banqueting hall with its long tables, minstrels' alcove and roaring log fire forms the centre for gatherings in the castle. Off the Banqueting hall is a well equipped self-catering kitchen including large oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine and dryer. In addition, the fabulous Great Hall at the top of the castle also offers its cosy open fire, comfortable arm chairs and fun areas for table-tennis, snooker and games. On the ground floor of the castle is the generous flag-stoned basement that is ideal as a bar area if you are having a party whether inside or outside of the castle. The main entrance to the castle leads you to the beautiful mature and natural garden, ponds, woodlands and covered barbecue area with its long banqueting table for all the family. Adjacent to the castle is the owner's Manor House B&B which offers additional accommodation if required for those needing their own bedroom such as parents with babies and older members of the family (the B&B is offered at a separate cost). The Castle is positioned in the centre of its own land with a long grass lined avenue, surrounding paddocks and plenty of space to relax and for children to play. The countryside, small towns and villages within the locality of Ballaghmore Castle are rich with amenities including fishing, golf, horse riding, hiking, sightseeing, ancient heritage sites, eating out, shopping and pubs. A holiday at Ballaghmore Castle is a rare, unique and thrilling experience. The castle has been restored and maintained as close as is possible to its original and thus to stay here gives you a true experience of castle living.
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Nana7trad wrote a review Oct 2019
MPLS4 contributions2 helpful votes
Grace was a sheer delight in sharing with us the history of the castle and the surrounding area. She is very knowledgeable and just charming. We loved looking at the considerable work she has done to restore this ancient castle.
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
george wrote a review Sep 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
owner of the castle is rude and keeps checking in. never leaves you alone and has strict rules. castle is freezing. only one small dirty shower in the basement that doesn't hold hot water for long. bathrooms are awful with no lights at night. don't go here.
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Date of stay: December 2018
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Response from Ballaghmore_Castle, Owner at Ballaghmore Castle
Responded 21 Sep 2019
this is a scam these people were never here did not stay here we never met them ridiculous rubbish sorry for them Grace the owner
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Paul Ponte wrote a review Sep 2019
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Was heading west from Dublin when I thought I would take a break and ask Google Maps what was near me. I found Ballaghmore Castle and went to check it out. I was given a tour by the delightful Kevin. He was very frank by saying Grace was more of the historian, but he was able to rattle off quite a bit of history throughout the tour. I was not disappointed. As I was traveling solo, he offered to take photos of me at the castle which was appreciated. The renovation history is almost as impressive as the stories of Cromwell firing on the castle itself. When you see the photos of what the castle looked like before Grace took charge, it'll blow your mind recognizing the amount of work that was put in to it.
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Travelled solo
Colm C wrote a review Sep 2019
Belfast, United Kingdom5 contributions
Recently I and my girlfriend had the pleasure of doing a tour of this exquisite medieval castle while in the area, it was luck that we actually found it having been in nearby leap castle, we discovered it on the way back and went in for a nosy. The tour of the castle was great and the castle has been restored beautifully by its owner Grace who is a true custodian of history and culture. After the tour of the castle we had the pleasure of meeting grace who spent the best part of an hour showing us around her home and telling us all about the history of the area, the castle and indeed a little of our own personal history, or that of our surnames at least, which we where more than pleased to hear, it's fantastic to meet somebody who is so passionate about Irish history and this castle is a fine example of how it should be preserved all across Ireland, it truly was a pleasure to have seen this place and met both Grace and Martin, thanks again Colm & Iona
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Stacie P wrote a review Aug 2019
Saint Albans, Vermont5 contributions12 helpful votes
While driving from Kilkenny to Galway my daughter pointed out this castle. We noticed a sign that said visitors welcome so we drive up the driveway. As we walked up you could feel the history of this beautiful property. I approached the porch where I saw a man. He immediately got up and asked if we wanted to see the castle. He showed us the castle land gave us some history on it. He was very sweet and helpful with giving us directions along the way. After seeing many castles I felt that this was one of the most “original” and more realistic ones. If you’re in this area it’s certainly worth the visit.
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
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US$1,080 - US$1,208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
IrelandProvince of LeinsterCounty LaoisBorris-in-Ossory
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballaghmore Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Ballaghmore Castle?
Nearby attractions include Roscrea Castle (3.8 miles), Monaincha Abbey (2.0 miles), and Mount St. Joseph's Abbey (4.0 miles).
Is parking available at Ballaghmore Castle?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballaghmore Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Cosy Kitchen, Parker's Restaurant @ Roscrea Golf Club, and The Ugly Duckling Deli.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballaghmore Castle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kinnitty Pyramid (9.6 miles), Abbey of Aghaboe (8.5 miles), and Saighir (6.4 miles).