13TH CENTURY LAKESIDE CASTLE IN 7 ACRES OF PARK AND WOODLAND

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Bedrooms 6
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13TH CENTURY LAKESIDE CASTLE IN 7 ACRES OF PARK AND WOODLAND

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Castle, 6 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 10-12)

For 700 years, Carraigin Castle has been a landmark on the eastern shore of Lough Corrib, one of the biggest lakes in Ireland. In recent years, this castle has been authentically restored to its former glory using the same materials and techniques as the original thirteenth-century builders. Modern comforts have been incorporated without detracting from the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dwelling, a rare and beautiful example of the medieval 'hall house'.

Surrounded by seven acres of lawns, woodland and meadows, it is an idyllic holiday home in a beautiful lakeside setting. There one can enjoy walking, boating, fishing, riding and sightseeing, or simply relax and contemplate the gothic geometry of the roof timbers.

Family groups or close friends will love the relaxed atmosphere of this authentic 13th-century castle on the shores of Lough Corrib.

Carraigin's church-like structure grows out of a field on a slight rise in the land reached by a short avenue across a tree-lined park. The ancient-looking, nail-studded front door on the ground floor was actually made by the owner during the building's restoration in the 1970s. Round the corner, an imposing stone staircase leads to another grand entrance, into a lofty, oak-beamed great hall of truly feudal proportions. There's a comforting smell of turf and wood-smoke in the air and the decor is happily unstudied.

The great hall features a mix of old oak and modern furniture, white walls hung with tapestries and brass rubbings a wide welcoming hearth and a tiny, well-equipped kitchen with a view over the water. Off the hall is a baronial double bedroom with a king-size bed and bathroom. Stone staircases wind upwards to a family room overlooking the hall and to a little single bedroom in the corner tower. From both of these second-floor rooms you can stroll out onto the castle

parapets with fabulous views of Lough Corrib and the hills of Clare, Connemara and Mayo. The rest of you sleep in the three cozy medieval vaults below. They are a lot of fun and work if you know each other well as the rooms lead one into the other. However, discrete and rather beautiful free-standing screens are provided.

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Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms2
Property type castle
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13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
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13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p942845
+44 794 670-3539
Headford Area County Galway
5

Can't top this!

Can't top this!
  • 5 of 5
This was a special family gathering for us - 1 grandma, her 2 daughters and their husbands, and 5 kids aged 7-14. While not for everyone, as there are many steps between floors, and there are only 2 bathrooms, and the kitchen is for 2 people max, this was an amazing and unbeatable Irish experience none of us will ever forget. The kids loved exploring the castle and it's grounds, taking out the boat for excursions, island explorations and fishing. They had the 6 or 7 beds on the first floor, and a bathroom, to themselves. The adults loved walking to the local rural pub. We took wonderful hikes, and visited many sites. The cousins played card games at night or read in an alcove somewhere. Really special. We loved Ireland and its people.
  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p942845
+44 794 670-3539
Headford Area County Galway
London
5

Awesome.

  • 5 of 5
Quite simply spellbinding. I will definitely come back to this magical castle.
  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
business
13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p942845
+44 794 670-3539
Headford Area County Galway
DeLand, FL, USA
5

A Castle retreat

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed here for the first time last week & wished we were still there. Like many of the other reviews the first sight of this beautiful place is when you get to the driveway. It is a "wow" factor! Marion was there to greet us and walk us around. The Lake is gorgeous. There were swans with their babies swimming along the shore line with the cattle, sheep and the geese on the property across from the castle. The sights & sounds were wonderful. We used the main bedroom & bathroom attached & the downstairs bathroom, plenty of hot water. Large, wonderful fireplace in the living room. Even though we had Perfect weather, mid 60's with lots of sunshine we did use the fireplace each evening after our touring around. My husband used the boat a lot & enjoyed both the fishing & the beauty of being out on the Lake. I would recommend it. The castle is private, beautiful and quiet. Washer & dryer was nice to have, the kitchen was small but fine, wi-fi is available. Like I said, we wish we were still there enjoying the views, the fire and the sheer beauty of Carraigin Castle.
  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p942845
+44 794 670-3539
Headford Area County Galway
Boston Ma
5

Amazing place

  • 5 of 5
My family and I stayed in the castle many years ago. There were 10 of us and we had room to spare. It has been 17 years since our stay but I can still see the white walls and green grass I saw as we drove up to the castle like it was last week. The beautiful view of Loch Corrib was breath taking. All of us felt welcome and as if we were in our own home. I hope to return to Ireland and if I do I can now imagine ever staying anyplace else. The caretaker and her family were wonderful. If you ever have the chance you have to stay here.
  • Submitted: May 17, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p942845
+44 794 670-3539
Headford Area County Galway
Germany
5

Simply amazing.

  • 5 of 5
I stood in front of this castle on my first trip to Ireland in 1994 and never could forget it. Now after 19 years I finally went and lived there with friends. Words do not do this place justice. It was simply magnificent. We brought about 3 pounds of CDs with us but didn't listen to a single one of them since we rather preferred the medieval and classic music we found there. For the first few nights we sat by the peat fire, mouthes open still in awe of the place with the images of the knights gazing down on us. As a reviewer commented earlier, and I have to agree fully, take the time to fully enjoy and appreciate the castle and don't spend your entire time on day trips. The castle in itself is worth a trip to Ireland. I simply can not recommend this place enough. But a little word of advice, check weather before renting the boat as the weather was pretty miserable (nobodies fault) and we didn't take the boat out. Again I can't praise this place high enough.
  • Submitted: May 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p942845
+44 794 670-3539
Headford Area County Galway
5

Magical

  • 5 of 5
Can't match the price, location and family friendliness of Carraigin. Restored in the 1970's, it blows my mind the amount of work, creativeness, finances, put into building this place from a pile of near rubble(I saw the before picture)! The grounds are gorgeous with walled off entry and gate; adjoining "enchanted forest" looking quite primevil- the kids and I spent tons of time there; and the hauntingly beautiful Lough Corrib, covered with islands and the occasional swan.

The castle provides a rustic, comfy lived in feel with medieval touches, "great room" with fireplace(we made a fire every night, easy to do with firestarter and peat bricks that produce a wonderful smell). Plenty of heat, turned furnace off at night. No drafts or mosquitoes.

One enters through the side on ground level: an entry way, straight ahead bathroom with large tub and stacked washer/dryer(Yes, a dryer, my wife loved it. Easy to use); the 4 vault rooms, each with their own door, cute and comfy; moreover, every room in the castle has it's own window. Go up the original stone stairs to the mainfloor, great room, master bedroom and bath(with small gargoyle which the kids named Gregory).Good secured wifi; cable TV.

Opposite end, tiniest most well equipped kitchen ever. Full size fridge, and the spiral staircase to the small but romantic tower room. If I were alone or a kid, I would stay here: small bed, sink, 2 lights, windows to all directions, doorway to roof

The parapets are about a meter up- little chance of falling off unless one stupidly stands up on the edge. Rules for the kids: not out by the lake or on the roof without a parent. The level above the great room has large comfy bed and small one and entrance to roof.

We rented the boat, no time to use. The boatman took us out, showed us how to avoid the rocks/ shallow spots. Get a boatman if you really want to fish or visit an island.

A caterer lives down the road and made a great meal, leftovers for 2 days. Both her and her husband are warm and welcoming. Indeed, better than the castle is the genuine Irish kindness.

Cute town 3 miles; good grocer/atm, Chinese + hotel bar food. Stay local: Our sights- Cliffs of Moher; must do Ashford Castle/Cong + falcon school; Galway(get gelato), Connemara, Kinvara/Castle Banquet, Aran Isl. Dublin airport 2 1/2 hours on great motorway.

Housekeeper always quick to help. I talked to the owner- thanked him for making a kids dream come true. Indeed, thanks to all!
  • Submitted: May 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

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Headford Area Castle Rental Rates

Notes

  • €725-€1450/wk
  • Euros;
    Special reduced letting rates for 2012:;
    For self-catering parties of 2-12 guests;
    Rates quoted are for 2 guests;
    Every additional guest is an extra €45 Euros/week;
    Low rates (Jan and Feb; Nov-Dec) ............................ €725 Euros - €1450 Euros/week;
    Mid-season rates (Mar-May; Sep-Oct) ....................... €725 Euros - €1450 Euros/week;
    High season rates (Jun-Aug, Christmas, Easter, New Year) .. €725 Euros - €1450 Euros/week;
  • Weekly rate in US dollars: $928 - $1856
    Dates Available: Year Round

Amenities

Amenities

Headford Area Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
General:
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mobile Phone
  • Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 -
    Full 2 -
Bedrooms:
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 child bed
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • VCR
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • outlet shopping
  • horseback riding
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • fishing