360 degree sea view, 14 meter high medieval tower with 3 (bedrooms).
Pool / Spa
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Smoking allowed - Smoking is only allowed on the terrace Smoking is only allowed on the terrace
Max guests: 6
Minimum age of primary renter: 6
- The Rental Agreement will be sent to your by mail . Before you complete to the final payment, please fill it out and send it back to me.
- Optional use of Jacuzzi - needs to be determined beforehand. Additional costs of Euro 50.- terms and conditions specified in Rental agreement
It’s what you dream about, only reality.
You ever wonder what it was like to have a personal castle (but with modern conveniences)? This is definitely a place for you, if you have. It’s surreal. Be mindful that the location gets very blustery in the off-peak months. But this is to be expected for Ireland weather. Thank you for the wonderful experience! We hope to be back.
Excellent stay in this truly unique property
Wild Atlantic Christmas Adventure
You are sitting on the edge of the Wild Atlantic, in a medieval tower, so how can your expectations not be met? We slept in comfort - on the top floor with the full force of the winds and even hail. The previous reviews were helpful though - ear plugs and eye patches were very useful.
We had many fun nights playing cards in front of the fire on both the ground and top floors.
Showering is a bit challenging, but doable. There’s everything you need to cook - we had an amazing lamb shank Christmas meal - but the lime scaling needs to be monitored if there are high winds.
Definitely an adventure. Well worth every minute.
The property was a lot warmer than we expected
The room at the top however is impossible to sleep in if there is a strong wind as the glass is not particularly well fitted and there is a constant noise as if there is a swarm of bees in the room
Would I return , in all honesty No
I appreciate your review.
nevertheless, it is recommended not to sleep in the top room in case of heavy winds during autumn and winter. There is a comfortable sofa bed on the first mezzanine surrounded by thick walls through which no noise will penetrate.
Thus sorry that you didn't follow this advice.
Everything about Rincolisky Castle is just wonderful! Stephanie is a great host, and was in contact within the hour to check we had arrived okay. Her housekeeper, Niav, was also responsive to texts and popped round to see that we had everything we needed. We asked for a couple of things and those were given to us.
The castle is an adventure for young and old (we are a family with two young teens, and two older children who joined us later in the week), though stamina is needed for sleeping on the top floor! That said, do not miss the chance to sleep on the top floor.. no curtains means, on a clear night, the stars can be seen in all their splendour! You will need eye masks for those early mornings, but it's worth it!
The castle has everything that you need for your stay; the oven is a little small, but we still managed to feed six! There's a great BBQ which would cook most meals efficiently.
The views are spectacular, even when it's foggy ;) We never became bored with the views.
Skibbereen is your local large town with good facilities, but do make a trip to Ballydehob, which is a great little town with some wonderful restaurants (Budds and Antonio's are the two we went to), and Levi's is definitely worth a visit to see its shop come bar, and the music they host is great!Such a lovely welcome from them all.
Do also try Minihan's bar which is not far from the castle; looks like someone's house, but the welcome and the guiness is good!
All in all, a fabulous holiday was spent here, and we will definitely return to the area, and maybe even the castle! We visited Blarney Castle on our way home and it was good to see some of the same castle features there; shows that Rincolisky is the real deal!
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.
- 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.