360 degree sea view, 14 meter high medieval tower with 3 (bedrooms).
- english, french, german
About Stephanie Jaax
I have inherited this tower house in 2000 as it belonged to the land of White Hall house, which my parents bought in 1962. After the main house was sold, I renovated this ruin which required a lot of patience and persistence with all the official procedures I had to undertake as to be granted permission, this being a listed historical building. During these first years I was spending the summer holidays with my family in a caravan on site in order to oversee the building work. No electricity or running water was available during these first years, but it was important for all of us to pass through this period in order to appreciate the castle now in it' s final state. I speak French, German and English so please feel free to write to me in the language you feel comfortable.
Stephanie Jaax purchased this Castle in 2000
Why Stephanie Jaax chose Skibbereen
I chose to renovate this ruin because I spent my holidays in West Cork since 1962. This area is still unspoilt by the developments of the Celtic tiger that invaded Ireland in the 90's and still reminds me of the country I knew in the sixties and seventies. The tower house is ideal for someone who appreciates a combination of culture and nature, who seeks a hide-away from stress and daily routines and who loves sailing and the sea. A laser dinghy is available, other dinghies are available for rent in Baltimore. The different islands in the bays are ideal for picnic or overnight camping.
What makes this Castle unique
When I first sat down in the new top room of Rincolisky Castle shortly after it was finished, I said to the builder, that I am the luckiest woman in West Cork to be able to enjoy such a view. Even at night time, when I sleep on my Futon mattress on the floor, I communicate with the moon and the stars, which seem so close. The beauty of the moon's reflection on the calm water during the night is spectacular, during the day it is the sun lighting up the water. Opposite lies Kilcoe castle, facing Roaring Water Bay, it's real beauty can only be seen from the sea, not from the land.
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What a magical place indeed! If you don't stay here you are missing out. The most unique accomodations I've ever stayed in by far. Hosts where professional and kind, tending to our every need. The wood burning hot tub while watching the sunset over the bay was magical.
Thank you Stephanie and Neiv!!
Philip was a great tenant, flexible and cooperative.
He understood the uniqueness of the castle, its surrounding and history.
I hope to see him again next year.
It took my family and I over six hours to drive to Rincolisky tower and it was 100% worth it. A medieval tower with stunning views, it retains more than enough originality to provide an authentically unique experience but enough mod-cons so as not to put the younger members of the family off. Originally we booked the tower to provide my son (a keen astronomer) with the sort of clear skies you can't get in a town environment and on the one clear night we were rewarded with magnificent views of the night sky. We all loved the downstairs hall with it's huge table and pews and the smell of woodsmoke from the open fire made for memorable nights, having family meals and playing cards etc.
There are steps down to a private rocky beach where we enjoyed crab fishing and there's a hot tub which we didn't use but has fantastic views.
The top floor is in contrast to the rest of the tower with contemporary furnishings yet with the underfloor heating, it provides the perfect retreat after an exhausting day to enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst taking in some of the most fantastic views.
Unique memorable experience
Excellent base for exploring the South West of Ireland
Internet was excellent, kept our data hungry kids from complaining.
Super facilities which the owner has clearly put tremendous effort into.
Niav (the housekeeper) was lovely and was a wealth of local information.
The stone steps to the top floor would be challenging if you're not reasonably fit.
There's no blinds on the top floor so if you don't like getting up at sunrise you'll need eye masks (provided).
Be prepared as there's no local shops so no popping out for a pint of milk.
Finally, thanks to Niav and the owner for a fantastic holiday in truly remarkable surroundings!!
Very cool place to stay with amazing views
Great experience with my wife and 3 kids in picturesque castle on Roaring Water Bay, bucket list item checked. Top floor room warm w space heater even in December, and views are amazing. Kids were fine w warm PJs sleeping on the 2nd level loft. Niav, the local hostess was very nice and made sure we had everything we needed.
How many can say they stayed in a real castle? I can ❤️
This is a bucket list cross off for sure! I absolutely loved it! Now remember it is a castle which means that it is not a 5 star resort lol You will need to build a fire for warmth...they have one downstairs and one upstairs. You need to turn on the hot water and wait about 15 minutes to shower and move quickly before u run out of water lol Enjoy the whistling sounds of the wind outside! Oh and the beauty....the castle is sitting alone on the most amazing landscape! Fall asleep staring at the amazing stars and wake up to the beautiful sky’s... At night...if you leave the castle make sure u bring a flashlight to find your car because it is seriously dark :) I would highly recommend this experience! It was one I will always remember ...LOVED IT ❤️
What a wonderfully unique holiday in Ireland!! We loved the Tower, property, & spectacular views.
It was stormy & blustery (& chillier than I expected) for several days while we were there, but that’s always a possibility in Ireland, on the coast, by the sea:) But the Tower was great for the four of us (2 kids, 11/14). There are lots of stairs to manage, so not for the too young or old. But the ambiance is so unique, we happily obliged. We cooked at home often and used the fireplace in the kitchen/dining area daily. Jumped in the Sea down the steps a couple of times (although not very easily managed). The wood burning jacuzzi was a huge plus, over looking the sea, with the cows lowing in the background. A stones throw from several wonderful towns- West Cork is incredible. Would love to return there over a winter holiday, to use all the fireplaces:)
A lovely warm and friendly family. Delighted they enjoyed their time at the Castle and got to use all the facilities. They would be very welcome to stay if they ever plan a return visit to West Cork.
An Incredible Experience - not just accommodation and not for everyone
The restoration of this Irish (O'Driscoll) castle was a labor of love, with perfect antique furnishings. A stay here should be the same. Mobility impaired doesn't work - steep stone steps to the toilets (both of them). 3 beds were ok; sofa bed not so much. Has more conveniences than the original; plumbing is a challenge - shower and washer in boat house - no dryer. I recommend it if you don't have unrealistic expectations - it's a 900 year old tower home. But you should have seen our teens live streaming to their friends about living in a castle! We saw a fox, heard swans calling, basked in the incredible sunsets and peaceful beauty all around. We didn't do the tourist Ireland and this was the culminating experience. Niav was a wonderful hostess, leading us into the castle and showing us how everything worked. Stovetop cooking is easier if you are not familiar with the AGA. Kitchen was well furnished. Whitewash flakes a little powder off the walls, but it wasn't a problem at all.The orange on the castle across the bay is stone preservative and will gradually fade. The castle is pretty remote, but only 13 km from Skibbereen (explore there) and easy to get to Brow and Mizen Head, Baltimore, and a lot of other interesting places. We would go back if ever we could. Oh, we had unusually warm weather and upper room got very hot - because it has glass walls.
Description of Rincolisky Castle
Located at the edge of Roaring Water Bay, this 500 year old tower of Rincolisky Castle is surrounded by the green fields of the still untouched scenery of West Cork.
Across the bay lies Kilcoe Castle, both share a similar history.
Constructed by the O’Driscoll clan around 1495 on a rock,
(see front page of ‘O’Driscolls’ Past and Present’), Rincolisky Castle overlooks the beautiful islands of Heir, Cape Clear and Sherkin. These are the largest and most inhabited of the hundred Carbery islands.