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.