There is a history to ROSS CASTLE , Old Castle...- several ghosts are said to haunt it - including - The Black Baron, Myles Slasher O'Reilly, and the young lovers - Sabena and Orwen. who decided to run away, as their families belonged to tribes who fought and each other. They went for a last trip - out in a boat on Lough Sheelin, prior to running away, - when a sudden storm blew up and the boat overturned - Orwen was drowned and Sabena died a of a broken heart a few days later. On your approach to Ross Castle, you can see where they were buried together.
Many people have heard Sabena crying, and sense her presence in the castle. Footsteps and the moving of furniture are also frequently heard by guests. - So if you want the experience and are brave enough - this is the place for you! The castle is decorated with interesting antiques, indeed a full suit of armour is the 1st thing you see when you enter.
Sam and Benita Walker are the caretakers - but they dont stay in the castle at night - they return to their own farmhouse close by.
You have use of the kitchen to prepare meals for yourself, or the local Chinese take-away does a delivery to the castle.
There is heating throughout the castle, and a large open fire in the sitting room - logs and turf are supplied for this.
In the morning you are wakened to the scent of a large farmhouse fry being prepared by Benita, for whatever time you have requested breakfast.
I hope to return in the near future! Thank you for your hospitality Benita and Sam......
Sam and/or Benita will tell you and give you directions to other interesting places in the locality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ross Castle is situated on the shores of Lough Sheelin, County Meath, in the heart of Ireland. It features unique en-suite bed-and-breakfast accommodation in a historic setting. The castle offers beautiful waterfront views across a lake, famous for trout, perch and pike fishing. Our tourist accommodation is ideal for family holidays and romantic couple getaways while touring in Ireland. This remarkable Irish castle provides the fitting base for your Irish vacation. As a B&B, we provide the flexibility of individual travel combined with the comfort of Old World charm, history and modern conveniences in a location, which is as central as any can be in Ireland. ... more less
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