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We welcome you to enjoy with us a piece of our history; the Castle of Lisheen, standing sentry among the rolling green hills of Munster since the early 19th Century. This historic Irish castle has been lovingly restored by the Everard family, and was opened in the year 2000 as a unique luxury accommodation option for the most discerning of guests. During your stay at Lisheen the entire castle will be exclusive to you and your party making it a unique experience to be remembered. The castle is located centrally in Ireland in the County of Tipperary making it very accessible to many of the magnificent and historic sites of Ireland.
Remaining true to the original vision of the castle, we have researched in detail the architectural and interior design of the historic castle structure. Every piece of furniture, light fitting, window and floor covering has been sourced, selected or specially manufactured for Lisheen Castle. The result is a stunning fusion of the grandeur of times past and the luxury of modern four-star accommodation.
Offering luxury accommodation for up to 16 guests, each room is uniquely decorated in a traditional style to suit this historic castle. The highest quality antique furniture has been coupled with modern conveniences you would expect of such a high-end property. There are six ensuite double rooms, two single rooms and one twin room in the castle.
The castle’s formal reception rooms; the drawing and dining rooms, both feature hand-painted murals on original vaulted Norman ceilings from which hang impressive antique chandeliers.
Both formal and family friendly traditional dining facilities are on offer at Lisheen Castle. The formal dining room seats 16 people in extravagant old world style, while the traditional Irish kitchen offers a cozy informal dining area. A fully equipped professional kitchen is available for your use, or we can organize a catering team on request.
Lisheen Castle is renowned for offering escorted touring vacations, suitable for groups of up to 16 people. Our week long tailored itineraries visit Ireland’s most popular historic, cultural and sporting attractions which have been personally chosen by the Everard family. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, Kilkenny Medieval City, The Rock of Cashel and the historic town of Cobh with its award winning Titanic Experience. In the evenings, enjoy traditional Irish Music sessions in local pubs and dining in the very best restaurants Ireland has to offer.
Lisheen Castle’s location in North Tipperary provides a fantastic base for touring Ireland. As Lisheen Castle overlooks a patchwork quilt of green fields and distant mountains, it is easy to see why Ireland is known in the USA as the Land of Forty Shades of Green! While the castle is located in a scenic rural setting, it is only minutes from some of Ireland main motorways allowing for easy driving for those who chose to hire a car. Dublin Airport is an easy 2-hour drive from Lisheen Castle.
The area also lends itself perfectly to taking advantage of all that Ireland’s great outdoors has to offer, within easy accessibility of Lisheen is an array of sporting and adventure activities such as hillwalking, angling, golfing and horse racing.
Lisheen Castle was purchased by my parents in the year 1995. The castle had been a ruin, close to my fathers dairy farm for all of his life. It was a lifelong dream of his to restore the historic castle to its former glory. The project took five years to complete, and really was a labour of love. Lisheen Castle was built in the 1800's and stood for over 100 years before it was burned to the ground during the Irish War of Independence.
It remained in ruin until 1999 when it was purchased by my family and in the realization of a life long dream my father and mother Micheal and Joan Everard began to restore the castle.
Where to begin? The castle had been burnt to the ground, only the stone walls were still standing, surprisingly the stone work to the front of the castle was in reasonably good shape. Good shape that is, when you consider that the building had mature trees growing in its interior! The ambitious and expensive project progressed slowly, working with local builder and craftsman Mick Cleary and using photographs donated by the descendants of the castles original family to guide the restoration.
The interior of the castle offered no such guides, there was no photographs of the interior of the castle in existence and there were very few people alive with memories of the castle in its prime. The restoration of the interior of the castle was researched thoroughly by my mother Joan Everard. She labored tirelessly to ensure that each piece of decor was the perfect choice to compliment the historic nature of the castle while ensuring that the finished project was one of luxury and indulgence to be enjoyed by Lisheen Castles guests for many years to come.
Zane Everard purchased this castle in 1995
Below is an extract from an article written by one of our guests who visited Lisheen Castle.
Driven By A Dream
How one Irish family traversed 200 years to rebuild Lisheen Castle
By John D. Adams
“By degrees the castles are built.”
- Irish proverb
For generations the hulking ruin of Lisheen Castle loomed a kilometer from the Everard family’s 300-acre dairy land in County Tipperary, Ireland. Everard children have played in the shadows of the ruin, perhaps unaware of their exceptional surroundings. But in the 1960s, a young Michael Everard watched more closely as severe Irish seasons slowly consumed the parapets, stone and mortar back into the peaty earth. While working on the family’s farm, young Everard envisioned saving the castle and restoring it to its former glory. Forty years later, alongside his wife, Joan and son Zane, that dream would come to astonishing fruition.
Lisheen Castle is in a truly enchanting location with stunning views of rolling Irish hills. The Castle shows itself as a majestic stone castle standing sentry on the landscape.
Inside its interiors offer not only luxury but a character that could not be easily emulated. Each room has its own personality which is reflected in the carefully chosen antique or custom made fixtures and fittings.
The formal reception rooms are impressive and offer a real sense of occasion, while the less formal library and kitchen dining areas create a homely feel in which to relax and unwind.
The location of Lisheen is perfect for a touring holiday, allowing you easy access to all of Ireland's top visitor attractions, and escorted vacations are on offer.
While the castle is offered as a self catering vacation rental or fully escorted touring holiday, it is owned and operated by the Everard family, which ensures a traditional Irish welcome to all guests.
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful our week at Lisheen Castle was. The accommodations were superb, and the surroundings just beautiful. You even arranged marvelous weather for us! We were able to spend time together as a family, celebrate and do some touring. My husband, my sister Bridget and I even managed to conquer Devil's Bit (on a previous trip, we had become hopelessly lost). The view from the top is terrific.
So, our thanks to you and the rest of the Everard family.
We had a group of 14 people and this made for a fantastic holiday. The property is in great shape; there are so many nooks and crannies to explore, including the grounds; the owners are so nice and responsive. We can't recommend Lisheen Castle enough!
Fabulous experience for my wife and I as well as our children and grandchildren. Living in a beautifully restored 19th century castle with all the modern conveniences was a unique experience my family will never forget. The central location allowed for easy day trips by car or rail to all our preferred locations. Zane, the owner, was a gracious host and always easily reachable to answer any questions.
Such a beautiful, peaceful, secluded place! There is plenty of space for the whole family and it's close enough to tour the beautiful sites of Ireland! The customer service was amazing, offering our family anything we needed. The castle was clean and very welcoming. There were so much to see and do by booking Lisheen! I would go back in a second!
Our stay at Lisheen far exceeded our expectations. From Ursula's incredible cooking, to Joe's wittiness during tours, to Tom's ability to navigate the roads of Ireland, to Zane's over-the-top hospitality - we were blown away. The tour package was incredible, taking us to places we hadn't thought of visiting and setting us up with private tours from the best tour guides at each location. Zane and Tom went out of their way to assist my mom as she needed rides to and from the train station so she could visit relatives she hasn't seen in years...Zane even personally drove her to her cousin's wedding nearly an hour's drive from Lisheen!! We fondly recall our memories from this trip and owe all our gratitude to Zane and his team.
It has been about a month since we spent an incredible week at the fabulous Lisheen Castle. We just can't stop thinking or talking about our stay there. We really were treated like royalty. The host, Zane and all the wonderful people who worked tirelessly to make our stay such a memorable experience, were all first class. Zane couldn't do enough for us. Ursula, the delightful chef, amazed us every single day with her huge, delicious, piping hot breakfasts and fine dinners served in the spacious, stunning formal dining room. Think..."Downton Abbey." Joe, one of our guides, was extremely helpful, entertaining and most charming. Paddy and Tom, our drivers, took us safely all over Ireland in a luxurious Mercedes coach. George, another guide, was an expert on the local history, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. All tours were well planned, timely and interesting. The castle itself exceeded all our expectations. The photos don't really portray it's true beauty. It is obvious that every effort was made to return the castle to it's former majestic beauty. Attention to detail is evident. Upon arrival, the WOW factor was overwhelming. The grounds were just as spectacular. We were blessed with gorgeous sunny skies, so we enjoyed beverages on the patio courtyard. The bedrooms and ensuites were spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Each bedroom was beautifully decorated. We truly felt like Lords and Ladies!! We will forever remember our time at Lisheen Castle with extreme fondness and gratitude for having been able to enjoy the wonderful people of Ireland and the gorgeous countryside, in a stunningly beautiful home. We would highly recommend Lisheen Castle. You will not be disappointed. Truly a trip of a lifetime.
My family and I cannot recommend Lisheen Castle and the Ireland Tour more highly! In every respect, this was the vacation of a lifetime, and my family will never forget it. To start with, the Castle itself is simply breathtaking. Inside and out, it has been restored with fidelity to its 19th century splendor and as guests, we felt as if we had been transported back in time 200 years--yet with all the modern conveniences of the 21st century. The interior design is exquisite, with each antique piece, from the suit of armor in the hallway, to the multiple marble fireplaces, to the wood-fired cooking stove in the kitchen, to each painting, tapestry, and plate on the walls--carefully selected to capture the spirit and mood of the Castle.
In addition to the Castle itself, the ground are simply stunning--pastoral and meticulously maintained. My partner and I planned our family trip around our 25th anniversary, and we chose Lisheen Castle in part due to the picturesque beauty of the location, with its manicured lawns and flower gardens against the rustic stone of the castle. The pictures both we and the professional photographer we hired for our re-commitment ceremony were extraordinary.
The Irish Touring Vacation package was worth every penny--and then some. The tour guides were friendly, knowledgeable, and funny. Each of the tours was carefully planned and every detail thought through in advance so we never had to worry about transportation, parking, admission fees, where to eat, or any other time consuming detail. We simply had to show up and enjoy! Which brings me to the food: perhaps the best part of the Package.
Chef Ursula was not only warm and friendly, with a big, perpetual smile; her food was out of this world! Each meal was perfectly planned, beautifully cooked, and artfully presented. While remaining authentically Irish, there was wonderful variety and inventiveness in the dishes, and the whole family just couldn't get enough of it. The kitchen team--Anne Marie, Ailish, Joe, and Sharon--were exceptionally fast and attentive and could not have been kinder, friendlier, or more accommodating. It was like eating at a fine dining restaurant every night.
Perhaps the most important element of our holiday at Lisheen Castle was the hospitality. From the tour guides, to the bus drivers (thank you Tom and Francis!), to the team at the Castle, everyone we encountered was genuine, outgoing, friendly, and just plain nice.
Ireland is an island nation and boasts a wonderful, almost unspoilt green landscape, it is a fantastic place to come to enjoy an active vacation. Lisheen Castle’s location lends itself perfectly to taking advantage of all that Ireland’s great outdoors has to offer, within easy access of Lisheen is an array of sporting and adventure activities such as hillwalking, course fishing, golfing and horse racing. Family Friendly attractions such as boat cruises, Fota Island Wildlife Park, horse riding and even a reptile zoos are all on offer!
If you are interested in a touring holiday of Ireland, Lisheen Castle is centrally located and is the perfect base to from which to visit Irelands top visitor attractions. From Lisheen you can easily visit famous tourist attractions such as the UNESCO Geo Park - The Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle and Medieval town, Waterford Crystal, Cobh - home of the Titanic Experience and many more. If you would prefer an organized touring holiday, our escorted group tour options could be the perfect vacation for you. Our tours incorporate all of the above visitor attractions and you don't even have to worry about the driving!
Lisheen Castles location in a rural setting Lisheen Castle does not adversely affect the fantastic range of restaurants, pubs and dining options that are all attractive options for an evening meal for visitors and locals alike, here are some of our favorites:
Chez Hans Restaurant
The whole style of the Chez Hans is superb and provides an unusual and atmospheric setting in a renovated church for the seriously fine food which people travel great distances to sample.
Chef Jason returned from working in some of London’s finest kitchens and joined his father owner of Chez Hans in the business in 1998. He opened the less formal bistro style Café Hans. Jason brought renewed energy to Café Hans and Chez Hanz, confirming the status of both eateries as one of the leading restaurants in Munster.
Inch House Restaurant
Expect exceptional standards of service and quality at Inch House Restaurant where the Egan family will host you. Inch House restaurant has built an excellent reputation for itself over the past 20 years. Far away from the hustle and bustle of urban life Inch House offers a uniquely luxurious experience, combining cooking with all of the comforts afforded by the 18th century gentry.
Mitchel House Restaurant
Located in Mitchel Street in Thurles, Mitchel House serves modern Irish Cusine in a relaxed environment. Owner Michael O’Dwyer is the third generation to operate a business from this property. Michael has come home to breathe new life into the well-known Thurles landmark.
Great company, great drinks and some fantastic traditional Irish music are on offer in some of Tipperary's finest pubs:
O’Gorman’s “The Monks” Pub Thurles
Pub trading, at ‘The Monks,’ public house, goes back to just after the Great Famine period in Irish History, around 1860, with the basic structure today little changed. Despite the name P.O’Gorman clearly displayed over the door, the pub has become known as ‘The Monks. If you are looking for the ultimate in a real Irish traditional pub experience, then a visit to “The Monks,” is essential at least once in anyone’s lifetime.
De Burca’s Pub, Thurle
This pub is owned by the family of fiddle player Theresa Bourke, of Bru Boru, Spirit of Ireland and Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance and as you may expect from a pub with such musical ownership, it is a fantastic venue to visit to enjoy some traditional Irish music while on your vacation in Tipperary. Scheduled music sessions are held every second Friday.
Jim of the Mill Pub, Upperchurch
A traditional Irish Shebeen recognizable as a public house only by a string of cars parked outside! A great venue to enjoy some traditional Irish music, with sessions taking place every Thursday night.
Situated on the banks of Lough Derg and the river Shannon, Larkins pub is an award wining Gastro Pub. Known for great food, drink and “craic” (fun), traditional Irish music sessions are played at Larkin’s every week
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Rate are based on up to 14 persons sharing including children, the maximum occupancy is 16 persons with a proportional charge for group with numbers in excess of 14.
Guests pay 50% booking deposit with remaining 50% payable 6 weeks prior to arrival. Payments are usually made by wire transfer through your bank and this is the preferred method of payment although we can accept Visa & Mastercard if necessary.