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“Castle Carrigeen” 5 of 5 stars
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Carrigeen Castle
Cork Road, Cahir, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Cahir B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
1 review
“Castle Carrigeen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at Castle Carrigeen four out of the six trips that we have made to Ireland since 2006. Our stays have been anywhere from one to eight days. Our first trip to Ireland was undertaken in large part to research my husband’s family roots. We had learned that his paternal grandfather and grandmother both had been born in Tipperary not too far from Cahir. And although we had some genealogical information on his grandmother, we knew very little about his grandfather other than the dates of his emigration and that he had come from Ballyporeen. I looked on line for a B & B near Cahir in Tipperary and fortunately found Castle Carrigeen. It location was perfect as a springboard for our search.
On the afternoon of our first arrival at the Castle, our hostess, Peig Butler greeted us, made us a cup of tea, and then showed us to our room which we were told was used as the judge’s chambers when Castle Carrigeen was a bridewell. Breakfast the next morning (and on all subsequent mornings) was the best Irish breakfast we have had anywhere else in Ireland. In addition to being gracious hosts, Peig and her son, David Butler, have a wealth of knowledge about the entire area. Helping with our search, they directed us to woman who had grown up in Ballyporeen, who in turn pointed us to a couple who have a pub in Ballyporeen and know most of the families who have lived in the area. Through contacts with these people and others, we gathered a wealth of family information.
In 2007, on our second trip to Ireland we stayed again at Castle Carrigeen; this time for more than a week –part of it with our son and his fiancé who joined us. They were thrilled to stay in an Irish castle and to see exactly where our son’s great-grandmother had been born. Then in 2008 we stayed for five days during the 150th anniversary celebration of the Skeheenarinky National School, which my husband’s grandmother had attended. We were honored to stay in the same place where Garret Fitzgerald, a former Taoiseach of Ireland, also was staying for the celebration. Finally, on our most recent trip to Ireland with one of our grandsons in Sept. 2011, we stayed once again at Castle Carrigeen. He came to love Castle Carrigeen just as we do. We are most grateful to both Peig and David Butler for all of our amazing experiences meeting the wonderful Irish people in the small towns of Ireland. None of it would have been possible without them. We consider them now to be cherished friends.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nowra, Australia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

My duaghter and I stayed at this wonderful castle when we visited Ireland due to our horse business. Peig is an interesting character and while my 18yo daughter found the somewhat lengthy conversations a tad boring, I loved it and could have stayed talking with her for hours. Peig was a mine full of Irish information and interestingly, her opinions and information regarding the horse industry were uncanningly accurate so I suspect the rest of our Irish introduction was also spot on. She was also wonderfully thoughtful lending me a warm hat before we went out on a walk.
The breakfast was the best! The rooms were cosy and furnished tastefully as was the rest of the castle which was well positioned for a walk to the shops and nearby forest walks.

If/when I return to Ireland, this is where I shall stay!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarrigeenCastle, Public Relations Manager at Carrigeen Castle, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our B&B home.

We appreciate your feedback and comments in all categories very much.

Looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.

The Butlers.
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Kiel, Germany
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

An interesting alternative to the usual B&B houses, Carrigeen Castle is a lovely house to stay for a few nights in Co. Tipperary. I enjoyed the conversations with the landlady; for me as an experienced British Isles tourist it is always helpful and interesting to exchange impressions with landlords/ladies in not-so-vibrant parts of the isles. Because of the thickness of the walls TV is badly received, but that is the only drawback. I cannot share the unfavourable impressions of some clients and would come again if I should travel again to Co. Tipperary.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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CarrigeenCastle, Public Relations Manager at Carrigeen Castle, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you, indeed, for your memorable recall of your stay in our home.

It is great to see your memories of the history of the place, and also your feedback on our facilities.

Looking forward to welcoming you back in the future,

The Butlers
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Italia
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012 via mobile

The B&b is an amazing castle, the hostess is very kind.
Breakfast was excellent.
The room was spacious with big and clean bathroom.
Very near to the centre and to cahir castle.
We eat at Galtee inn and everything was delicious.
Everything lovely, we would recomend it.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Old Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Reading the unfavorable reviews I made the decision to discount them as I had stayed here 23yrs ago and had a positive experience. Peig Butler is still the proprietor. Well, do not discount the unfavorable reviews, they are accurate based on our stay here. We too we scolded like children, bossed around and made to feel as if our very presence was a bother. It is obvious that Mrs Butler is quite stressed and that vibe permeates the entire place. From being told where you should sit, what you should eat, what time to get up or shouldn't get up. (I am an early riser and was scolded for same) it might be time for Mrs Butler to get out of the business as clearly she has lost her hospitable touch. It is a shame, I feel sorry that she is so tense, it is not healthy for her or her guests.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Fargo, North Dakota
2 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

My family and I made our first trip to Ireland in Jun of 2008. We had rented a townhouse and it was not to be ready until a day after our arrival. Not having a definite place to stay, we figured we would find one, no problem. Come late evening, we happened to be driving in Tipperary and placed a call to Carrigeen Castle where we found they had just enough room for the five of us. We had a wonderful sleep and woke up to the soft bleating of sheep in the adjoining pasture.

We headed down for breakfast which was very good and found the hospitality even better. We spent a good two or three hours just chatting with Peig and her son; taking their recommendations for sights in the area. Peig told us we just had to go see the Rock of Cashel and we did. It was a fine recommendation to see such an important place that we otherwise might have missed.

Anyway, I did not forget the Butlers and on my return to Ireland in 2011 was delighted to see that Peig's son was teaching at the college I was attending for the semester. We met again and I had many a good time with him and met his mother on several other occasions and found the both of them to be as pleasant and hospitable as ever. In fact, knowing them made my study abroad experience as fruitful as it turned out to be.

As for the detractors, not sure what their troubles were but I would doubt the Butlers were at fault.
Stay here. You will certainly not regret it.

Room Tip: Try and get the room on the upper floor furthest from the door (the South end?). It has a wonderful...
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarrigeenCastle, Public Relations Manager at Carrigeen Castle, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review our B&B home - it is always great to have people recall their stay, years and months later, and their own particular recall of their visit.

It is good to see 5-star feedback on all six categories and it is obvious you recall the historic nature and layout of our home with great affection.

Looking forward to meeting you again in the future.

The Butlers.
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Spokane, Washington
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2011

We really enjoyed our stay at Carrigeen Castle. The location was perfect: about a half block from Cahir Castle, town center, and the scenic river walk to the famous Swiss Cottage. The castle itself is beautiful, and the dining room is tastefully decorated with antiques. Since even the interior walls are over a foot thick, we were guaranteed good nights' sleep. After sightseeing all day, we were greeted by an inviting fire, hot tea ,a nd sweets. Our hostess greeted us every night with friendly conversation while we drank our tea. An ecellent breakfast is provided, and it is served immediately upon arrival in the diningroom, so be sure to arrive on the time you requested because the hostess makes an effort to have it ready at that time. Dan & Janice McF

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CarrigeenCastle, Public Relations Manager at Carrigeen Castle, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you very much indeed for reviewing our home in such a complimentary manner, with 5-star treatment across all six categories.

We particularly appreciated your observance of the historical furnishings and spacious rooms, and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.

The Butlers
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Address: Cork Road, Cahir, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Tipperary > Cahir
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Cahir
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
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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