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Ballyportry Castle Ballyportry Castle Ballyportry Castle Corofin lane, Corofin Ireland
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’Medieval Splendour in The Heart of The Burren’, this is a 500 year old Gaelic Tower House in Co. Clare Ballyportry sleeps eight guests comfortably. It has six bedrooms with four double beds. There are two large doubles, including a king-size heated waterbed in the master bedroom on the first floor and two small single bedrooms, with two beds in each.To cross the threshold at Ballyportry is to step back in time 500 years. Protected by an outer wall or bawn, this Gaelic tower house rises 90 feet from turf to battlement. It is an authentic restoration, evoking medieval Ireland at a turbulent time when allegiance was not so much to a sovereign, as to a family, and a man’s home was truly his castle. Renovated without compromising its integrity, Ballyportry offers the convenience of a modern house, within the protective walls of an ancient fortress. Here you can experience the comfort, and solace of an open hearth, and the distinctive smell of a turf fire. See brilliant sunsets and dazzling rainbows from the battlements, or simply savor the quiet serenity of rural Ireland. There are three stone bathrooms, one on the ground floor, a full bath with shower off the master bedroom, and a bath with shower for the second and third bedrooms. Recessed into the window nook of the master bedroom is a deep, hand-carved stone tub (wide enough for two) which once was a horse trough on a local estate. The fridge freezer and dishwasher and a large six burner gas range for cooking are the 21st-century contributions to comfortable rustic living. The under floor heating and the thick limestone walls retain the heat well. The 6 floored Tower House is furnished in an authentic way using fabrics in keeping with the late 15th century. The sheets and pillowcases are of linen, and wool blankets from Co. Tipperary complete the dressing of the beds. All the furnishings reflect the time of late medieval Ireland, a time of hospitality, song, and poetry in Gaelic Tower Houses. To this end the best of craftsmanship is used through out in the ongoing process of furnishing the five hundred year old Gaelic Tower House. From the entrance a stone spiral steps leads up to the other rooms. At the top of the Tower House is the impressive Great Hall with exposed oak roof trusses, an open fireplace, couches and a table for dining. There is a second kitchen with dishwasher, fridge and electric cooker that serves the Great Hall. The narrow stone windows are built to capitalise upon light in ways that have been forgotten. Full moons are to be savored from the battlements, as are August mists over the stream, and bog lakes below. Guests may imbibe the clear air, and stillness, as they gaze from the battlements, particularly on starry nights. Dinner is consumed in an atmosphere of lofty leisure which permeates the elegance of the Great Hall and its open hearth turf fire. The geography of the building takes a bit of getting used to, and one has to be careful on the curving stone stairs, but the feeling of discovering another time, and place more than compensates for any adjustments you have to make in the tower house. Residing within the thick stone walls is a bit like being on a boat – you are cocooned from the outside world. It is actually very comfortable, and great for a relaxed break from the stress of contemporary life. Please note that the wonderful curving late medieval stone staircase may not suit small children or those with walking disabilities. Along with the guest WC on ground floor level there are two bath rooms. While the water supply will cope with several showers at a time, guests may need to stagger the times of ablutions!
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sayclan wrote a review Jan 2020
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Potential to be a once in a lifetime experience. Full of character and has all the charm expected of an ancient monument. Original stone walls, floors and hearths for roaring fires. But the property comes with a warning around cleanliness, H&S basics and exorbitant fuel and energy costs charged on top of rental. Cleanliness is not just ancient cobwebs as would be expected but recent cobwebs, dust and mould. H&S basics (fire extinguishers and First Aid boxes) out of date. Energy costs are ridiculous - passing on costs to warm up the property for a week before you arrive as they don't maintain it in an habital condition, rates are above market rates and standard charges added if you don't reach the minimum use. Be warned!!!
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Date of stay: December 2019
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JaakkoTapio wrote a review Jun 2019
Helsinki, Finland577 contributions133 helpful votes
I would say this is a high small hidden gem, especially for people who are interested in past history / old buildings / castles. We found it by accident when driving through small narrow roads toward connection into M18. It's located north from Ennis, at Corofin, via road R460. It comes from 15th century and have been restored basics, but fully private owned now. Inside they told to have small rooms which can be hires for celebration or similar happenings. So we didn't got inside as it was closed.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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pwilk7 wrote a review Aug 2018
Raleigh, North Carolina43 contributions37 helpful votes
Staying in this castle is like a step back in time. While rustic and involving a lot of stone spiral stairs it was truly a unique experience. Did not have all the modern comforts but beds were nice, great fireplaces and beautiful stone and wood. Really was a lot of fun be kings and queens for a week. Definitely worthwhile as long as you can do without a few modern conveniences like wifi and central heating. You will love it!
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Paul C wrote a review May 2018
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If you want to experience authentic Irish castle lodging with a touch of modern amenities surrounded by a Medieval flavor this the place to be. I strongly recommend you have at least one meal prepared by chef Fiona. It’s reasonably priced and a great way to start your ‘Castle’ experience.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Shelly B wrote a review Jul 2017
Chico, California41 contributions3 helpful votes
I cannot begin to explain in words how truly spectacular our stay at Ballyportry Castle was. From the moment we entered through the iron gates in the castle wall, we were surrounded by a past we could only imagine. The beautiful rock spiral staircase lead up from the kitchen and bathroom on the main floor to the bedrooms and great room and battlements. The beds were very comfortable and the castle was unexpectedly warm and cozy with the heat turned on. The shower and tub were great...hot water and all. The kitchen provided all we needed for preparing a breakfast of eggs, toast and coffee. Tanya came and made us the most amazing dinner and was so friendly and welcoming. The location of the castle was a great home base for exploring the Cliffs of Moher and Galway. I will definitely return with my two daughters the next time I visit Ireland. Thank you for sharing this amazing piece of history with us!
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled with family
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Hanneke H wrote a review Apr 2017
14 contributions3 helpful votes
We held our Celtic wedding ceremony here and it was just beautiful. What an extraordinary place! Tanya, our host, was amazing, kind and a great cook. All you can wish for! Downside; not so clean so wash up and do some housework if you are a perfectionist. Don't try to get rid of the cobwebs in the far ends; I think they are mandatory considering the environment you are in. And probably have been there for ages. So be reasonable while judging. 😉 If you love history, authenticity and romance. This is THE place to be.
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Date of stay: October 2016Trip type: Travelled with friends
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knowlesr wrote a review Mar 2016
Cary, North Carolina6 contributions3 helpful votes
Our group of four booked three nights at Ballyportry in mid-March. We had an amazing time and would highly recommend a visit. No matter how many times you've looked at the photos, first entering the castle and taking the initial tour with the wonderful host, Tanya, is truly overwhelming. It is a wonderfully authentic restoration and lets your imagination run wild. The views from the upper levels and roof are amazing, and friendly donkeys braying in the mornings add an endearing touch. Keep in mind, though, that staying at Ballyportry does require some work. The main living area is amazing and will likely be where you'll spend the most time, but it is the very top level, which means that all wood for the fire and anything you wish to eat/drink/read, etc must be carried up all of the winding stairs. It's quite a workout, but worth it! We made a difficult decision to spend a full 24 hrs in nearby Galway for St. Patrick's Day, but would've been more than content to spend all three nights under blankets with music on and the fire going in the great hall. A truly memorable experience, and we are very grateful for our stay.
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Date of stay: March 2016
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ShanaSLC wrote a review Jan 2015
Morgan, Utah17 contributions32 helpful votes
We were unable to stay at Ballyportry Castle as it was already booked, but the owner was so helpful, kind and prompt in her replies that I wanted to give the castle a positive review for customer service. I'm sure the owner gives the same amount of care to her castle as she does her customers, which would make it a truly wonderful place to stay!
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Date of stay: January 2015Trip type: Travelled with family
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Emma H wrote a review Jan 2015
Dublin, Ireland108 contributions28 helpful votes
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We rented Ballyportry Castle for New Year's Eve 2014. It was such a magical time! It is self catering, although there is an option for someone to come and cook for you. Of course, it's very cold, but we had the fire lit and electric blankets are provided. There are two kitchens, with all mod cons, one on the ground level and one at the very top. The twisty stairs are quite daunting at first, but you get used to them fairly fast, even in heels! The view from the roof is amazing and watching the sun come up was spectacular. It certainly was a great experience!
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Date of stay: December 2014
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Carrie M wrote a review Sep 2014
Minooka, Illinois4 contributions2 helpful votes
My husband and I had a wonderful time at Ballyportry Castle. We were welcomed warmly by Tanya and given a tour of our home for the week. It is a rustic 15th century castle with modern amenities. We found the castle to be warm and inviting, with decorations and furnishings that appeared to be consistent with that time period. We took advantage of a home cooked meal by Tanya on the day of our arrival. The meal was delicious and exactly what we needed after a long day of travel. Prior to our trip, my husband and I looked at every possible picture of the castle that we could find and found all of them to accurately portray the castle. We enjoyed exploring the castle and sitting by the fire in the evening. The view from the rooftop was amazing. This was truly the trip of a lifetime for us and we are grateful for the experience.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ballyportry Castle
Which popular attractions are close to Ballyportry Castle?
Nearby attractions include National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock (7.6 km), Tom O' Hawks Indoor Axe Throwing Events (4.1 km), and Blake's Castle Ballyglunin (4.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Ballyportry Castle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Ballyportry Castle?
Guests can enjoy a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Ballyportry Castle?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ballyportry Castle?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Abbey Restaurant, Knockdoe, West Wing Restaurant, and The Quay Tea-Rooms.
Are there any historical sites close to Ballyportry Castle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Abbeyknockmoy (8.1 km) and Grave of The Yellow Men (16.0 km).