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Unforgettable Castle for an authentic Irish experience - family vacations, weddi

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Castle (sleeps up to 10) & Coach House (sleeps up to 15); can rent separately

Vacation rental (self catering) homes don’t get any better than staying in Ballyhannon Castle very near Ennis in Co. Clare. Offering YOU the opportunity to experience a stay in a 600 year old authentic medieval Castle - enjoy it - and all to yourself. Treat yourself, your family or friends or wedding guests to a special venue you will never forget.

The Castle tower is over 100 feet high and is built over five storeys, each with it's own medieval (yet comfortable) charm.

Ranked by the Sunday Times newspaper in London as among the top 50 Castles in Britain & Ireland, we are one of the most unique and authentic Castles Ireland has to offer that you can actually stay in!

Built in 1490, during the ‘Golden Age of Castle-Building in Ireland’, you can look but you will not find a better location or example of a Celtic Castle in Ireland, especially with the combination of sleeping and living accommodations offered between the Castle and the optional addition of the adjacent Coach House. (Each property can be rented separately or together, as required).

But don’t just take our word for it – read all the amazing guest reviews left over our 11 years in business.

More Details

Margaret Moore
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2017

About Margaret Moore

We are the Moore family and this is our small family run business . We get pleasure in sharing the historic and national monument Castle tower with guests who come from all over the world seeking to stay somewhere authentic, Irish and very special -for an occasion, or vacation, or celebration and we enjoy seeing them make their own memories.

It feels amazing to play a small part in facilitating people make their dreams come true by staying in a real Irish Castle!

Margaret Moore purchased this castle in 2004

Why Margaret Moore chose County Clare

Castles (like this) have not been built for over 500 years, so when an opportunity arose to become the owners of this rare and amazing piece of Irish history, we embraced our luck and are proud to be the owners of such a special and magical place.

In addition to renting the Castle (4 bedrooms/sleeps 10+) , we can also offer a homely country Coach House (5 bedrooms/sleeps 15) on the same grounds making it ideal for large families or group/event bookings.

These two buildings are sufficiently set up that they can rent separately, and they compliment each other perfectly to rent together as one large rental property.

What makes this castle unique

You can stay in a hotel anywhere in the world ... but how many can stay in an authentic 530 year old castle in Ireland, to have it and enjoy it, all to yourself - whatever the occasion and this is exactly what we offer - a unique and special experience for everybody to enjoy.


Clare Castle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 25
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , ground level
  • Castle has two bathrooms and a ground level toilet room. Coach House has three bathrooms. There is an out-house wc in the yard, beside the bar-room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 4-poster antique bed (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 4-poster Super-King antique bed at the pent-house level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 4-poster antique bed (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 bunk bed , Sleeps up to 4
  • Castle: 1 x superking 4-poster antique bed (UK/Irish size); 3 x king beds (4-poster antique beds); 2x single (bunk beds in family bedroom). Coach House: optional extra property 2 x king (Uk/Irish size); 2 x double beds; 3 x single bunks plus 1 x double bed (underneath single bunk). Convertible sofa to a double bed in the downstairs room with en-suite. Futon & baby crib: available on request
  • Books
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • alternative lifestyle
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Each building can be rented separately if required, so rates vary accordingly. Our fantastic venue/holiday accommodation is not staffed although we have contacts for all sorts of service providers (caterers, musicians, event managers, etc.) to share with our booked guests. Organising events (even weddings) can easily be done by guests or have an event manager take care of it all. Full payment required to confirm and secure dates (industry norm here in Ireland, like buying airline tickets, etc...) Visa and Mastercard accepted. EFT bank transfer payments possible For THE most enjoyable, authentic, comfortable and memorable Irish Castle stay you could ever begin to imagine - we have it all to offer. If you like what you see so far, then there is no doubt you will LOVE Ballyhannon when you come. It's truly a very special place to be. Welcome.


3/5 -
(1 traveler reviews)

Unforgettable Castle for an authentic Irish experience - family vacations, weddi
average rating of 3.0 based on 1 reviews

Unique experience, but expectations not met

  • 3 of 5

Our extended family of 18 stayed at this property (the castle and coach house). The castle was an "A" for the kids. However, the accommodations were not an "A" for the adults.

Our family has traveled to a few European countries as a group renting accommodations each time. The price paid for these accommodations did not match the value received in comparison to other properties we have rented. The property and price indicated a high end property. While lovely and unique, our expectations were not met.

Upon arrival, the accommodations were damp and cold. One of the main heat sources in the coach house did not function through the first night. We were instructed to add pellets to the stove to keep it running. The stove required my husband to clean out one of the compartments that was dirty and caused the stove to turn off periodically through the week. The pellets to heat the home were an additional cost per bag.

The stovetop in the coach house did not work. We alerted Margaret of this as soon as we noticed it. It took a few days to be repaired. This required us to cook meals in the other building and bring the food back to the coach house.

The TV in the coach house did not work. The TV in the castle was covered up. The dryer in the castle did not work. We were told not to use the showers at the same time in the coach house. Wifi was only available in the castle. Within the castle, the wifi only worked on the 4th floor. We alerted Margaret, but this was never repaired during out stay.

There were large bees in the coach house on the second floor- particularly the master bedroom and shared bathroom. My parents killed multiple bees during the night each night of our stay. We alerted Margaret. She informed us that there used to be a hive there, but they had it fixed during the summer. It was not addressed during our stay.

There was additional charges for electricity, heat, towels (waived) and garbage disposal that added up significantly.

Margaret did offer to coordinate or introduce us to amenities. The horse stable (onsite) we booked and confirmed multiple times over 9 months leading to our trip canceled on us the night we arrived. She told us she was leaving for Africa for vacation! It was a huge disappointment. The kids were heartbroken.

A 2-3 night stay would have fulfilled our castle experience.

Although lovely people, for the price we paid, we expected professional service and higher end accommodations.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a lovely extended family who stayed with us in November 2014. They very kindly invited Margaret, me and our two children to spend Thanksgiving evening with them, with traditional Irish musicians in the Castle and they allowed a camera crew to film their celebrations for Irish TV (on our own website). We rarely get to enjoy our own castle, so it was a real treat to see it come alive with happy families and children dancing to the live jigs, reels and hornpipes. Kelly's review has indeed come as quite a surprise to us for many reasons which, due to restrictions on the amount we can type here on VRBO, we have listed in full on our own website under our 'Activities and Things To Do' page entitled 'Our Responses to VRBO Review(s)'. Moreso, we are disappointed for this family because they had given us no indication of these sentiments (on service, value and expectations) whatsoever during their stay back in 2014, even during our memorable evening with them on Thanksgiving. On service, it is Margaret's way to try to go above and beyond to help bookers with information before and after they arrive. When one expects the usual number of emails being exchanged about availability and rates, etc. leading to the booking being made, Margaret had 87 emails with Kelly, which is quite a lot when you consider that we are only a vacation rental. On value, when our guests get to rent an entire medieval castle and country home sleeping up to 25, bar and 3 acres, all to themselves in private walled grounds for as little as €30pp/pn (for 25) in low season when this group booked, we hope that this is not an unreasonable rate. There is great pressure on us to meet all expectations, and despite our best efforts we accept that there are times like this when we simply cannot. You will see from the almost unanimous, overwhelmingly complimentary reviews on another global review site that Kelly's opinion on our service, value and expectations is the exception (e.g. all guests who stayed subsequently and posted reviews of their stays gave us the full 5 stars for these). We wish in no way to diminish nor dispute Kelly's opinions for the benefit of fellow travelers, and by posting our response, as owners, we seek only to deal with the factual discrepancies in her review by relaying our equally valid perspectives in order to add balance to this case for the equal benefit of prospective future guests. The Moore family Ballyhannon Castle & Coach House
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Shannon International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Cork (Ringaskiddy) Ferry Terminal, Co. Cork
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dromoland Castle Golf Resort
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles

No words can describe the beauty on our doorstep, and the abundance of adventure and fun activities available. We are surrounded by Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions strategically and conveniently at the heart of the West Coast of Ireland. By pure, though indeed fortunate, historic coincidence, Ballyhannon Castle is exceptionally well located for visitors to Irish shores.

The nearest airport is 15 minutes drive, and there are 3 local villages, all within 3 miles of the Castle, 2 towns within 10 minutes and 2 cities less than 1 hours drive. The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty Castle, Blarney Castle, the Aran Islands, Dingle, Killarney, Dublin City, Galway City to name the most popular tourist attractions within easy reach.


Rates & Availability

Clare Castle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Oct 14 2016 - May 31 2017
1 night minimum stay
Normal Rates
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 23 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $544

Please contact us to allow us quote you for your own stay (share your requirements with us).
Rates can be FROM 800 p/nt, depending on variables.
Our fantastic venue/holiday accommodation is not staffed and we have great local contacts for all sorts of service providers (caterers, musicians, event managers, etc.) to share with our booked guests.
We can offer some assistance in organising your event (even weddings) for those who prefer not to do so themselves.
For couples - occasionally we can offer special discounts in low season, please enquire for more details.

Rates depend on variables (which property, length of stay, season, etc...). Please enquire for your own specific quote.
Fees are minimal if you pay us directly (call us).
Credit card and EFT bank transfer payments welcomed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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