The castle is a genuine ancient Irish castle (1480 according to the web site) which has been restored to basically its original apart from the obvious mods such as electricity and plumbing etc. Now, this is not your en-suite everything type of location, it really is a castle so don't expect to be pampered. Our party consisted of fifteen friends having two nights of celebration, dancing and relaxing in front of a huge log fire that was lit for us when we arrived. We set up our own music, stocked the bar, cooked in the kitchen and slept in the two bed rooms (dormitories) that had enough beds for us all. A couple of the beds are like four posters so quite regal really and then there are a couple of small bed rooms off the main rooms for privacy .. no complaints. What is great about this place is that you really are experiencing the whole castle thing. We were allowed to get on with our own thing and the owner and her helpers were very friendly and around to help if we needed anything but otherwise we had the run of the place. The surroundings are lovely, fields and hills etc and yet it was handy enough for the town of Roscrea for us to do our shopping. The showers and toilets are okay, like I said, not en-suite luxury but they did the job and the place was clean and warm. I would recommend this place to anyone who is doing a week end party with a bunch of friends where you want something really different and special. You have to see the main hall where the big fire place is to believe it and there is another huge room at the top of the castle where we set up the music.
- 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