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Carrigeen Castle
Ranked #3 of 7 Cahir B&B and Inns
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Chicago Illinois
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Reviewed June 19, 2006

This is a very cool and fun place to stay. This is a two hundred year old prison and you stay in the original cells with walls that are one and a half feet thick. My wife and I stayed on the third floor (top floork, ask for it) and had a lovely view of the of the town and the nearby Castle Cahir. To get to the upper floors you have to go up the old winding stone staircase which is very narrow and you may have to duck your head as you go up, I did.
There are two cells (bedrooms) and one bathroom on each floor. The rooms are nicely decorrated, a good size with queen size beds and a TV. At night if you leave your windows open you can hear the sheep out side, whichs adds to its caracter. You are only five minutes from downtown and the breakfast is good. The only bad thing was the lady who ran it was not the most friendly, but we only saw her at breakfast so it was o.k.. I have stayed in many hotels and B&B's around the world but this was one of the most unique and interesting. If you stay in county Tipperary I Irecommend you stay a night in prison.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed June 5, 2006

Terrible in a good way! If you are a sweet boring couple that goes to bed before 10 and follows the rules, you may not get to see the creepy underpinnings of the Iron Lady of Ireland. This is a prison castle and she is definitely the warden. BEWARE: If you have a few at the pub and are SLIGHTLY loud, and want to have a few more outside so as not to disturb others, let's say, at 11 pm, watch out for the witch in the nightgown and cap bestowing her wicked judgement on you. If you thought Sunday's Fire and Brimstone was bad, you have got to see this. After a very interesting confrontation concerning the late hour, our bad behavior and our laughter being too loud, we defied her & continued to have some vino outside on the bench under the creepy old castle. The moon and stars were out which made it even more eery. Sitting there we had some of the best laughs of the trip all at the Iron Lady's expense. To clue you in there were many "Psycho" references. We quietly made our way to bed slightly after the witching hour. I jammed a chair in front of our bedroom door as we were both very creeped out. So, in general, if you like to have fun and make some noise, please, please, please go here and have some fun with the legendary Iron Lady of Ireland. But you better watch out for flowing night gowns and shivs that pluck your eyes out!!! (As far as the actual bed and breakfast part, both were below average. The castle was very cool though. If you just need somewhere to sleep, go somewhere else.)

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed March 26, 2006

We stayed one night in this castle in Cahir, Ireland. The place is amazing. From the outside it is every bit a castle. From the inside, it is a charming, comfortable home, run by a charming and fun owner, Peig. Peig sat and talked with us for an hour and had us all in stitches. She was a great host. The only drawback was that the place was a little cold. Ireland was experiencing the coldest weather they had had in years. The castle was obviously a little cold too. I would not hesitate to stay there again. It was the most unique place we stayed on our 10 day stay in Ireland. It was great! And have Peig show you her monkey puzzle tree. You've probably never seen anything like it.

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Reviewed October 13, 2005

Stayed here one night but spent the day walking the town and down to the Swiss Cottage. There is a Tourist Office 5min away in the centre of town (walking)and a great coffee shop across the street on the 2nd floor.Cahir Castle is very nicely restored (4min away walking). Excellent guided tour! Plus you could explore on your own which is great for us who like to take lots of time (care)with our pictures. The B&B was an old prison turned into a castle like structure. Best looking place we stayed at in Ireland. Inside was clean and pleasant but not much space as you might expect. For the price I would reccommend it as something different the most B&Bs. The pictures of the B&B are very impresive. We stayed in a castle. Definitely worth a night.

Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed September 11, 2004

Just back from a pleasant three-night stay at this former prison (bridewell) which is full of character both inside and out. I can't agree with the previous review writer - we had an orthopedic matress (checked it personally!) and antique furnishings...and this is a family home, so we weren't expecting hotel quality linen, but it's not far off. Very spacious grounds and interior, and very authentic prison doors - original I believe. Very reasonably tariff of 65 Euro per night ensuite for 2B&B. Would certainly return, and recommend.

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Reviewed July 30, 2004

It might sound cool to stay at a castle B&B, but this isn't the place. It's cold, dark and damp inside, the beds are old, the towels are older, the proprietor is passive-aggressive and miserly, the castle used to be a jail, and you will feel like you are in prison. The place was full the night we were there-- travelers obviously get attracted to the castle exterior. We couldn't wait to get out.

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Reviewed November 15, 2015
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  • Stayed: November 2015, traveled as a couple
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Address: Cork Road, Cahir, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Tipperary > Cahir
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Ranked #3 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Cahir
Price Range: $81 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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