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Wish to be King or Queen of your very own castle?

Bedrooms Studio
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 0 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
0 - 3 nights


Clomantagh Lower Castle Rental Photos and Description

Unique settlement of tower house, farmhouse and bawn in a country setting

Sleeping up to 10 people Clomantagh Castle is a wonderful setting for anyone wishing to be King or Queen of the of the castle. Perfect for family or group gatherings there are 4 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedroom with 2 bathrooms and a separate shower room.

Cooker is a range (Waterford Stanley), Washing machine, Dishwasher, Iron and ironing board, Travel cot, on request, Radio, Garden and Garden furniture

Please Note: 1 of the 2 staircases is a narrow, spiral staircase. Also, the Castle is surrounded by a working farm; therefore the main gate must always be kept closed.

  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Irish Landmark Trust
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Manager indicates their response time is:
Within 12 hours
Calendar last updated:
December 9, 2016
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About Irish Landmark Trust

Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and we give them new life. Since 1992, we’ve been turning historic buildings into truly special self-catering holiday accommodation. Our properties range from lighthouses and schoolhouses, to castles and gate lodges.

As an educational charity, our primary aim is to conserve and sustain iconic buildings. That’s why Irish Landmark properties are living buildings, not museum settings. Irish Landmark always respects the history and architectural integrity of the structures we conserve, but we also ensure they have all the contemporary comforts you want in a holiday home.

Over the past two decades, we’ve conserved 25 quirky, eccentric, and distinctive buildings across Ireland. Irish Landmark uses only the best artisans, builders and craftspeople, and we give them scope to revive traditional skills that might otherwise be lost.

Conservation projects like ours can lift the morale of communities, and the tourist revenue from Irish Landmark guests brings cash infusions and new energy to these areas. Keeping the buildings truly relevant means offering the romance of a medieval spiral staircase, along with a modern kitchen and a shower that works.

It might not feel like your holiday is anything but a relaxing indulgence, but when you stay in an Irish Landmark property, you’re part of a community that’s keeping heritage alive.

A stay in an Irish Landmark property is memorable, comfortable, and elegant without any manufactured lifestyle gimmicks. Our trustees and funders, along with our growing network of Irish Landmarkers, help us fulfill our aims as an educational charity, and as leaders in conservation practices. Together we live our ethos to share both our heritage and the responsibility to be its careful and caring stewards.

Be a part of our mission to save, share, and sustain Ireland’s heritage by booking a stay, or becoming an Irish Landmarker.

Why Irish Landmark Trust chose Ireland

Clomantagh originally belonged to Pierce Ruadh, Earl of Ormond (died 1539) and his wife, Margaret Fitzgerald (Mairghréad nee Gearóid/Moll Gearailt). It subsequently passed, with many other castles and lands, to his second son, Richard Butler, the first Viscount Mountgarret. The 3rd Lord Mountgarret was President of the Confederation of Kilkenny, and forfeited the castle and a third of the townland under the Cromwellian regime to Lieutenant Arthur St.George, ancestor of the Kilrush family. The Castle was also owned by the Shortalls of Ballylarkin, and latterly by Mr. Willie White, a vet in nearby Freshford.

Inside, the kitchen still has the original flagstone floor whereas the walls have been coated with a white limewash. Some very old beams are visible in the roof and these date from the construction of the castle. Various nooks, crannies and large storage holes exist in the stone walls. These would have been for accommodating milk churns and buckets and have all been kept open.

On walking from the castle into the house one can see the transition between the kitchen (medieval) and the parlour. All the skirting boards, window and door details are original and so is the marbleised fireplace. The distemper colour chosen for the walls here is based on fragments of a similar colour found beneath layers of paint and wallpaper. The snug (small room off the parlour) was originally used as a pantry/store room but to give extra living accommodation it has been made into a small sitting room. The stone and floor are new and there is a limewash on the walls. The formal entrance hallway is painted in a Victorian “gold” colour; similarly, there was evidence of such a colour found beneath layers of paint. At the end of the corridor lies a bedroom that would originally have been a parlour. Most of the finishes in the room are modest Victorian mahogany pieces with original the Kilkenny limestone fireplace intact.

What makes this castle unique

Clomantagh Castle is part of a unique settlement of tower house, farmhouse and bawn. The tower (1430s) and the farmhouse (early 1800s) are linked by doors allowing guests to wander freely between two periods of history. A mixture of simplicity and rustic charm, Clomantagh also features a Sheela-na-gig - a symbolic pagan nude carved on one of the stones.

Of outstanding importance because of the collection of buildings spanning the period from the 12th - 18th Century, the complex at Clomantagh includes a 12th Century parish church, an early 15th Century tower house, an almost intact boundary or bawn wall with a medieval dovecote, and a 19th Century farmhouse.

High on the tower house, above the roof of the farmhouse, there is evidence on an external wall, of an earlier attached structure. This is most likely the banqueting hall, which we know from contemporary descriptive accounts of Irish life was used for entertaining, the lord and his family only returning to the safety of the stone castle to sleep.

On the site of this banqueting hall stands the Victorian farmhouse, which is a fine example of this building type retaining most of its original features, apart from the roofing material which was changed from thatch to slate This house, which is linked to the castle on ground and first floor, was built about 1850 by the Shorthall family. It has been restored and furnished to its Victorian origins, whilst the Tower keeps its medieval character. The limewash on the outside of the house is slightly tinted by using fine particles of red sand.

The castle kitchen and a bedroom are located in the tower house - a medieval turret stone staircase leads from the kitchen to the main bedroom.



Nearest Airport
147 Kilometres
Dublin Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
In Freshford
Nearest Train
21 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
In Freshford
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Rates & Availability

Clomantagh Lower Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 22 2016
0 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2017 - Mar 12 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 13 2017 - Mar 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mar 21 2017 - Apr 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 25 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay


  • Damage deposit: EUR200.00
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Clomantagh Lower Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub
    Bathroom 2 - shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub
  • 2 Bathrooms and Seperate Shower Room
  • Studio, Sleeps 10
  • 4 Double Bedrooms and 1 Twin Bedroom
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
  • water tubing
How do I get the keys? - When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date. Can I arrive early? - Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. The standard earliest arrival is 4pm. Guest MUST agree actual arrival time with the local House Manager in advance of the start date. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date. What is the latest departure time? - 10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.

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