My wife and I visited Ballaghmore Castle as newlyweds because we are descendents of the Fitzpatrick line and carry the honorable last name, so we wanted to see a little of the history and experience a true castle. We were not disappointed. Grace was incredibly helpful in getting us to the castle, and Grant, our guide, immersed us in history centuries old, walking us around the grounds and transporting us back to the time of MacGiollapadraig. Then we went inside the castle, which is a true testament to the power of restoration. They have the castle fully-functioning for an authentic stay in a medieval atmosphere. With a basic minimum of amenities, it is comfortable without losing its magic. The view from the castle windows is stunning, and the inside truly magnificent. Don't just visit ruins -- see the real thing still being used. We couldn't afford to stay this time, but next time we're coming with an army of people, and look forward to having a celebration in a fantastic castle. To the Fitzpatricks!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ballaghmore Castle Ireland/Borris-In-Ossory