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.
- 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