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

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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

Headford Area Castle Rental Photos and Description

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

Owner

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Speaks english
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Sleeps12
Bedrooms 6
Bathrooms2
Property type castle
Minimum Stay nights
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13th Century Lakeside Castle in 7 Acres of Park and Woodland
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 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
Germany
5

Simply amazing.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: May 22, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
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.
Helpful votes: 2/2
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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
  • Submitted: May 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 5/5
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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
Darwin, NT, Australia
5

Perfectly at home for a week

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
Our group of 11 friends had a fantastic time at the castle. Beautifully furnished in scenic surrounds. We enjoyed day trips in all directions, a visit to the local bar in walking distance (opens 9pm), being entertained by local musicians we hired for our own concert (highly recommended), country strolls and even some fishing (enthusiasts should take their own tackle). despite the unusually cold spring we were warm as toast in the castle.

The caretaker made sure everything was OK, phoned in occasionally but left us to enjoy the castle as if it was our own.

Just fabulous.
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 4/4
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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
Port Angeles, Washington USA
5

Perfect Castle Holiday

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
My family and I were so happy with our stay at the castle! I can't describe the feeling I got when we pulled into the driveway for the first time. The setting was absolutely beautiful and everyday I found something new to admire. The castle had everything we needed to make our stay perfect; the beds were comfortable, everything was clean, and there was even a cell phone we could use if needed. I was able to stay connected to everything back home thanks to the free wi-fi, and the town of Headford had grocery stores, take away, money exchange, and gas. I would recommend the castle to anyone looking for a comfortable, affordable, and magical stay in Ireland. I hope to stay there again very soon!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 3/3
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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

Dream Come True

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
When we planned our trip to Ireland, the one thing I wanted to do was stay in an Irish Castle. I was travelling with my wife, 6 year old son and his grandparents, so to find this amazing property on VRBO was a dream come true. By looking at the pictures on the site my expectations rose to a level that I thought could never be reached, and I worried that I would be dissapointed. That was not the case.

When we drove through the gates and first set our eyes on the Carraigin Castle our mouths dropped, and we couldn't believe that we were actually staying in a castle in Ireland. We were greeted by Marian the caretaker who did a great job in letting us know everything we needed to know about the castle and the grounds. We spent the entire week exploring the castle and enjoying the fireplace each night relaxing with a couple bottles of wine. We also hired the services of a caterer who lives just up the road, who made us amazing Irish supper and packed lunches for the next day.

The best part for me and my son was the enchanted forest right beside the castle. We spent hours and hours fighting off intruders and building forts in this area that looked like it was right out of Lord of Rings movie.

My son and I did a quick video tour of the Castle (it won't win an Oscar) that I have put on Youtube. Please search "Carraigin"

The pictures on this site do not do this place justice, it far exceeded my expectations, it was a DREAM COME TRUE. This is a week I will cherish forever!!

Thanks again to Anne-Marie for allowing others to enjoy her amazing property. I will be talking about this place and recommending it to whoever will listen.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 10/10

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Availability & Rates

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

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