|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Welcome to Bansha Castle, one of Ireland's best kept secret get-aways. A former home of the Butlers of Ormonde, Bansha Castle is now yours to experience as a haven of rest and relaxation. This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. Once owned by General Sir William Butler, the Butlers of Ormond crest is still evident on the facade of the Round Tower, highlighting the rich heritage of this unique residence. Don't feel like cooking every night? The owners occupy a completely separate wing to the main house and are available to provide award winning catering at an additional cost should you require it. Bansha Castle is a perfect location for historical and cultural pursuits. Bansha lies at the centre of the heritage trail; The Rock of Cashel, Holycross Abbey and the Medieval City of Kilkenny are all near by.
Activities: There is a variety of leisure activities on offer. Walking/Cycling - forest and mountain trails. Fishing - five minutes away is the River Suir, one of the best trout rivers in Europe. For golfers there are a selection of excellent courses within easy driving distance. Horse riding, swimming and tennis can all be arranged upon request.
Prefer something less energetic? Why not pamper yourself with a massage or beauty treatment in the comfort of your own room. Your hosts will be happy to make all the arrangements.
A group of 16 adult friends stayed at Bansha Castle for 10 nights to explore south and western Ireland . It is perfectly situated to make easy day trips to Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Cork, Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Penninsula and the Cliffs of Moher. John and Teresa were perfect hosts who were always available if we needed them but rarely even knew they were around as they live in a separate section of the castle. Their knowledge of the area is a great resource to plan your stay. We all rented cars but was advised to hire a coach to drive us to the Ring of Kerry which was good advice and John & Teresa can arrange that for you. We also had Teresa prepare dinner for us on our first night and again on our last night. Both meals were amazing. You also have to get to know some of the local people of Bansha. Nellies Bar is a must, she is a real gem. The butcher across the street has great prices and ready made local meat products. A short trip to Tipperary (8 min drive) to the Kickham House, a pub where locals gather for traditional Irish music, a wonderful place to spend an evening (check with John as he is one of the performers). Enough cannot be said about the castle itself. Bedrooms are all a good size and comfortable. Lots of space throughout the castle for our large group. The covered patio is equipped with lots seating, BBQ and heaters which we all enjoyed. Bansha Castle was the perfect base for our memorable holiday in Ireland
Our group of 11 friends and family stayed at Bansha Castle the first week of June 2015. Not only were the accommodations wonderful, but Teresa and John went above and beyond to make our experience extra special. We especially enjoyed the heated outdoor space overlooking their perfectly groomed garden and on the chilly evenings gathering around the fireplace in the living room. Besides the amazing aspects of the castle, it was the special touches that Teresa and John added that made our stay memorable including arranging a birthday dinner our first evening, helping us coordinate a tour bus rental, introducing them to their friends in the community and just simply being there if we needed anything. We hope that one day we'll get the opportunity to come back to Ireland and stay at Bansha Castle again.
Our eleven member group stayed at the beautiful castle in August and included three generations (teens through grandparents). The castle was a wonderful place to serve as a base for travel in southern and central Ireland.
Each of the seven rooms is beautifully done and includes a private bathroom. It has a wonderful kitchen, dining room, and living area. The snooker table was a great addition but the gem is the heated and covered patio.
John and Teresa are great hosts with excellent recommendations and we appreciate them opening up up their home. I'd also note that we used Bansha Bus instead of driving. Richard was a great driver/guide and made the trip much more enjoyable.
We used Bansha as a base to get to Galway, Cliffs of Mohr, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Wexford, Waterford, Blarney, Cork, and Kinsale. It's centrally located and a great location. Bansha is a small town - not a lot of places but Nellies was a great pub.
We loved it and hope to return again!!
Our group of ten people spanned three generations and we used Bansha as a base for travels. It's an amazing place with seven beautifully equipped rooms - each with its own bathroom.
It's has a great culinary kitchen and dining room. The outdoor heated patio was a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a drink.
John & Teresa are excellent hosts and offer great recommendations. Bansha is a small town but we walked to the pub for a freshly poured Guiness on many nights! We used a Bansha Bus (Noel and Richard) so we didn't have to drive. It was great having a local guide so we could enjoy trips every days.
Bansha Castle is ideally located. We made trips to Galway & the Cliffs of Mohr, Killarney & Ring of Kerry, Cork & Blarney Castle, Kinsale & Old Head Golf Course (amazing), Waterford & Wexford, and local sites like the Rock of Cashel. Amazing scenery in Ireland.
We would love to come back and would definitely use Bansha Castle. It's a unique opportunity to have your own castle for a week!
Seventeen of us arrived at Bansha Castle on August 3 for a week-long stay. The owners, John and Teresa, were ready for us and welcomed us with a tour and important contact information. The Castle is great and exactly as portrayed in all information sheets! It is well maintained and clean. While it is in the countryside, nothing is too far away... and our hosts were always available if we had any questions.
The Castle bedrooms are well appointed and comfortable and many of the common rooms are especially inviting. The kitchen is modern and stocked with whatever utensils one might need. And the outside patio was particularly outstanding. Some of us sat there at least once a day and in fact we used it twice for a BBQ.
The Castle is nicely located to many of Ireland's important sites, including Cahir and the Rock of Cashell. It is also less than a 2 hour drive to the Cliffs of Moher and the Ring of Kerry. And, most importantly, there is a delightful local pub within walking distance to the Castle.
Bansha Castle is a great vacation spot. It easily accommodated our group of 17. We highly recommend it to anyone who would like to see Ireland up close and personal.
A wonderful castle located in the middle of Ireland made it easy to take day trips to all sides of Ireland. The castle is comfortable, huge and let our family of 9 get close or spread out. The hosts are fabulous. We spent one evening with them sharing wine and stories and another evening in the local pub. They made us feel like a part of their family. I highly recommend a stay here.
walking, cycling, mountain biking, forest trails, mountains, lakes, castles, historical sites, monastic sites, caves, sightseeing, golf, tennis, fishing, horse riding, squash, racquetball, swimming, gym, pubs, music, festivals, horse racing, dog racing, shopping, birdwatching, wildlife,
Other Activities: shopping, racquetball, wildlife viewing
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$219|
From € 800/night (Minimum two night stay) .. € 3300/week.
Dollar rate subject to current dollar/euro exchange rate.
Utilities €75/nt €400/wk