BALLAGHMORE CASTLE 1480 CELTIC CASTLE - PERFECT FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS.

Grace Pym

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Sleeps20
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay nights

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BALLAGHMORE CASTLE 1480 CELTIC CASTLE - PERFECT FOR FAMILY HOLIDAYS.

County Laois Castle Rental Photos and Description

Ideal for family groups of up to twenty people.

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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed

Grace Pym

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Ballaghmore Castle was built in 1480 by the Gaelic Chieftain MacGiollaphadraig (now called Fitzpatrick), meaning son of the servant of Patrick. Lords of Upper Ossory. They defended North Munster, strategically placed as they were on the old Irish Road to Tara. A Sheela-na-Gig carved in stone is on the front facing wall, a pagan fertility symbol to ward off evil.

Ballaghmore was partially destroyed by Cromwell's forces in 1647. It was restored in 1836 by a Mr. Ely who found a hoard of gold on the land. Ely was shot by an angry tenant and never lived in the castle. The castle was then used as a granary and afterwards fell into disuse, until the present owner Gráinne Ní Cormac, bought it in 1990 and restored it.

Gráinne (Grace) will delight you with stories of the history of the MacGiollaphadraigs (changed to Fitzpatrick by order of Henry 8th of England) which goes back to 500 B.C.

Sleeps20
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay nights
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Map

Nearest Airport
135 Kilometres
Dublin
Nearest Ferry
135 Kilometres
Dublin
Nearest Train
5.5 Kilometres
Ballybrophy
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
M7 Junction
Nearest Beach
131 Kilometres
Killacolla, Glin, County Limerick
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Roscrea or Borris in Ossory
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Roscrea
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Roscrea or Borris in Ossory
Car: necessary

Ballaghmore Castle is a unique and beautiful place. Positioned just one and a half hours West of Dublin on the R445 between Borris in Ossory and Roscrea (exit 18 off the M7 Dublin to Limerick motorway signpost to Mountrath).

Situated in beautiful historic country side renowned for its ancient sites, fishing, shooting, riding, hunting, hill walking, mountain climbing, sightseeing and golf.

Set in 30 acres, Ballaghmore Castle provides privacy and peace. The castle was built in 1480 by the Gaelic Chieftain MacGiollaphadraig (now called Fitzpatrick), meaning son of the servant of Patrick. Lords of Upper Ossory. They defended North Munster, strategically placed as they were on the old Irish Road that led to the High King's seat on the Hill of Tara. A Sheela-na-Gig carved in stone is on the front facing wall, a pagan fertility symbol to ward off evil.

Ballaghmore was partially destroyed by Cromwell's forces in 1647. It was restored in 1836 by a Mr. Ely who found a hoard of gold on the land. Ely was shot by an angry tenant and never lived in the castle. The castle was then used as a granary and afterwards fell into disuse until the present owner Gráinne Ní Cormac, bought it in 1990 and restored it.

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County Laois Castle Rental Rates

Notes

  • 1. A security deposit of €500 is required at the time of booking which is in addition to the rental fee. The security deposit will be returned after the tenant vacates the castle at the end of the agreed rental period subject to the property and its contents being in the condition that they were in at the time of the tenant occupying the castle and all rental and additional charges being fully paid. Breakages and/or missing items will be chaged at their repair or replacement cost.
    2. Fees retained from the security deposit as a result of cancellation of a booking or 'no show' on the due date of occupation will be calculated in strict accordance with the recommandations of National Tourism Development Authority of Ireland. - Fáilte Ireland.
    3. Full rental for the agreed rental period must be paid by the tenant and received by the landlord in full by cash or electronic transfer prior to the occupation date.
  • 4. Electricity consuption during the occupation period will be charged at cost thus, the electricity meter will be read upon occupation and vacation of the castle and the reimbursement fee calculated according to the current electricity charges of the electricity supplier. The electricity fee will be paid in full upon vacating the castle.
    5. The tenant is at liberty to supply their own heating fuel (wood and coal only) however, if the landlord provides heating fuel it will be charged at a rate of €12 per 15 kilo bag.
    6. The tenant is requested to remove and dispose of all rubbish accumulated during the tenancy prior to vacating the castle. However, if the landlord is required to dispose of rubbish on their behalf it will be charged at a fee of €50.

Amenities

Amenities

County Laois Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Washing Machine
  • Toilet Paper
  • Linens Provided
  • Heating
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Activities Guide
  • Parking
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 40 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • The full bathroom is off the second dormitory bedroom. The main dormitory bedroom has it own seperate WC. The sower room with WC and further separate WC are situated off the basement at the ground floor of the castle.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 5 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 5 twin/ single
  • The two bedrooms are the original sleeping dormatories of the castle are they are furnished for shared sleeping accomodation. The main bedroom has two of its single beds in ante rooms off the main bedroom. Additional beds are available and the castle can sleep up to twenty people.
Entertainment:
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Pool Table
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Barbecue
  • 16 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • museums
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • autumn foliage
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • medical services
  • laundromat
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • tennis
  • mountain climbing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • fly fishing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
Notes:
The castle was been restored and maintained as closely as possible to its original design from 1480. Accordingly, it is important to understand that it is not accessible to wheelchairs nor suitable for very small children unsupervised or for people who find stairs and uneven floors difficult. It is a genuine ancient Celtic castle and a true experience of castle living. The Manor House B&B beside the castle offers further comfortable accommodation in a homely atmosphere. Accommodation in the B&B is available to guests by separate arrangement with the castle's owner. Whilst the castle is not equipped with internet broadband, we will be happy to assist guests with their internet needs from our office for important communications. We are delighted to welcome our guests and we are always happy to assist as much as we can in ensuring that they have a fabulous holiday. So, please ask and we will do our best to help.

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