9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, Sleeps up to 16
- english, Irish
About Zane Everard
Lisheen Castle was purchased by my parents in 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 was really a labour of love. Lisheen Castle was built in the early 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 1995 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
Why Zane Everard chose Thurles
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.
What makes this Castle unique
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.
Check-in: 3:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Trip of a LIFETIME Staying in a castle
What a fabulous vacation the Lisheen Castle offers. We immediately felt comfortable in our home away from home. The tranquility of the setting immediately takes you in and makes you feel like you are truly a part of the surroundings.
We received excellent service throughout our stay. The food was of the highest quality. Superb choices were offered for all of our meals both breakfast and dinner. The day tours were very organized and well planned. We were able to make adjustments according to our own personal wishes when the need arouse. The flexibility of the driver and tour guide was greatly appreciated. We had evening entertainment in the castle after dinner several nights. The head cook even gave us hands on tips on how she made some of her signature meals. The sit down morning breakfast was such a delicious and fun way to start our day. The availability of a washer and dryer made for light packing.
This was one of the most enjoyable travel experiences we ever had and we look forward to returning to the LISHEEN Castle.
An amazing place to vacation, we had a family group of 12 ages from 12 to 65. Zane was on site to greet us when we arrived, gave us a quick tour and some suggestions of some local places to visit. All of us were in awe of the castle and the property that it sits on. It was just beautiful and comfortable. Zane was just a phone call away for anything that we may have needed. Just think about it, a vacation in a castle, in Ireland, don't get any better than that!
Beautiful castle in an amazing setting. The scenery is gorgeous! The grounds were perfectly manicured. The castle is beautiful on the inside as well. The restoration is unbelievable considering it was once in rubble. The rooms are plentiful, all with their own titles and most their bathrooms as well. The decor is historic and beautiful but comfortable at the same time. Equipped with modern conveniences such as washer/dryer, restaurant style kitchen and wifi throughout. Zane is a very gracious host, he even took us on the roof. Shhhh:) He was also extremely helpful in guiding us to local restaurants and attractions. I'm so glad we didn't choose the B&B hop thing. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me and my family!
A perfect holiday in a perfect place.
My group of 14 rents a place each year and the challenge is to top the year before. Lisheen Castle is now at the top of the list, which includes a chateau in Normandy, villas in Italy, a palace in Spain, and a castle in Austria. The host and the staff were wonderful, and the setting is something out of a story book. In short a great experience. Don't hesitate. Go there.
A Thing of Fairy Tales
It's not everyday you get to stay in a castle. Our family of 14 had an amazing experience staying at the Lisheen Castle. From the little touches of antiques, paintings, and old photographs to the amazing views of the Ireland countryside and the beautiful Castle grounds. The central location was great with the town of Thurles a short drive away and many other main attractions of Ireland within manageable distances. We had our own personal driver in the wonderful Tom, who did a terrific job managing the narrow windy roads and getting us place to place safely! Tom and Mary were even kind enough to make the two hour drive to the Shannon Airport twice when we had late arrivals and early departures in our group. A family favorite of the trip were the meals provided by Ursula, Anne Marie, and Michelle...not only were they delicious, but they provided us with lots of laughter each morning to start our day off on a great start.
Zane not only assured that everything was perfect upon arrival, he continuously throughout our stay made sure that everything was perfect and ensured that we wanted for nothing. The first night in the castle we were without wifi (God forbid!!) and we informed Zane, the next day someone was at the castle fixing the problem and we had no more problems the rest of the stay. His quickness and attentiveness to the fix the problem was greatly appreciated, especially with the internet obsessed young members of our family. :) Our family would recommend the Lisheen Castle to anyone who asks. We all hope to go back someday in the future!
This was a once in a lifetime experience for us and our family! The castle was magnificent, Zane was helpful and informative, and Ireland was fantastic!
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