Of the many trips our family has taken over the years Ballaghmore Castle was one of the most memorable. One must be ready for an adventure and not looking for a conventional experience to appreciate this wonderful, authentic property.The travelers were myself, my 80+ year old parents and my 3 college age sons.My parents stayed in the manor house where Grace made them welcome and comfortable. My sons and I shared the suite of rooms which were very beautiful & spacious with a WC. However, shower facilities are in the lower level using the castles original exterior walled staircase. Each morning my eldest would get up and take the stone staircase down to the next level to the great hall and get a roaring fire stared . Then my parents would come over and we all would have breakfast which I prepared in the galley kitchen (up a few stairs from the great hall). We would sit by the fire and have our tea & toast & plan the day. Arriving back in the evening we would restock the fire and sit down to an evening of Irish tales and home cooked ,locally sourced food. Most evenings we would invite Grace over for wine, dinner & stories . She would end the evening with some lovely Irish ballad. A truer Irish experience would be hard to find.
- 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