The castle itself is a wonderful structure, and we were so pleased to be staying in an actual castle. The inside is a home with great kick-knacks that make it homey and inviting. Peig is a friendly older women set in her ways. She was very welcoming to us, and we did in fact enjoy our stay--one of our highlights of the trip. The rooms were comfortable, if a bit drafty--bring warm pajamas if you visit in the winter. David was very accommodating, especially with our phone calls we received.
Again, Paig an older women set in her ways, and it may be ideal if she were to change a couple of things--one would be to point out to the guests which rooms were off limits. There was a living area with the door wide open, so we sat in it, and she felt the need to explain to us (for 10 minutes) on how in all of her 38 years that's never happened and we should be respectful of private living spaces, etc...goodness, if she is that troubled by such an act, she ought to not only inform her guests, but also keep her room doors closed. We would never have knowingly intruded on her personal space. The second suggestion is to ask her guests how they would like their breakfast. She informed us the night before that we would be served a traditional breakfast, and we were happy to hear that as it was our first night in Ireland. At breakfast time, she serves us plates already prepared...2 lightly-cooked sunny-side-up eggs, 3 large sausage links, 3 pieces of bacon and toast on the side (in addition to the fresh fruits, jams, breakfast pastries and yogurt on the sidebar). It was a wonderful breakfast, but much to much food for either my sister or myself, which we told her we would share a plate--however, Peig insisted we eat our own plates. We were also a bit surprised to receive the plates as we were not asked how we wanted our eggs cooked--unfortunately, I can only eat eggs if they are done over-hard, so I asked her to please cook them really, really, really well--much stress on the very cooked eggs. She brings the plate out a second time, with the eggs over easy. So I asked again, if she could please cook them longer, truly to over cook the eggs as I cannot eat them runny. On the third time, she told us that we should eat what is given to us like her mother used to tell her 'finish what was given to you and not complain.' Ironically, we didn't complain once, but rather made what I thought was a reasonable request as I'm the one to have to eat it. In the end, I had to leave them on my plate as they were still runny (I don't believe she even took them off the plate the third visit to the kitchen). This really isn't such a big deal; however I mention it as Peig made such a fuss over the breakfast and how it was our responsibility to let the B&B owners know how we like our eggs (although, we weren't even aware she was cooking them until the plate was placed in front of us) and how it's a shame to waste food...goodness she was upset about it. Perhaps in the future, she should ask her guests how they like their eggs.
Overall, it was a pleasant stay, and we would recommend staying at Carrigeen Castle...be sure to get all the house rules upfront. ;0)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Historic castellated (former bridewell prison) home. Bedrooms are in former cells and keeper's accommodation, with many original features, accessible via a cut-limestone staircase tower. A comfortable, spacious building overlooking the heritage town of Cahir, and encircled by a walled garden and extensive grounds. Architecturally listed and in family ownership since 1919. Centrally located in town: heritage amenities, restaurants and bus/train stations all within 5 minutes walk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Carrigeen Castle Hotel Cahir
- Carrigeen Castle Cahir, Ireland - County Tipperary