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Member since: 2013
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Speaks english, french, german

Historic Tower House -Wildest place to stay at Roaring Water Bay

6 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this County Cork holiday castle

360 degree sea view, 14 meter high medieval tower with 3 (bedrooms).

This is a wonderful rustic property, which is in a magnificent setting with dramatic views (and sometimes dramatic weather!!), it is warm and dry inside thanks to the underfloor heating and Aga range. It is mainly open plan with two open mezzanines and then a more private bright and little apartment at the top of the building. Renovated by Stefanie Jaax in 2000, she aimed at a combination of the medieval with the contemporary; while the ground and first (half) floor are restored in the authentic style, using original building material, but keeping the rough structures and inner wall textures as well as the 8m high room appearance. On the roof accessible through an inner wall staircase is a newly built apartment with a glass westerly facing front and an enclosed terrace. The old French open fireplace in the kitchen/living area on ground floor with the old style AGA cooking range provide a cosy, atmospheric living space. The kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, Belfast sink, integrated wooden cupboards and fridge, two big worktops and a large antique oak dinner table (3m) with benches in the center.

A washing machine is located in a separate shed where storage and space for drying clothes is provided. There is also a shower located in the shed.

Sleeping facilities:

Three wooden beds are on the loft area below the vaulted ceiling and one double sofa bed is on the first floor landing, all fairly open spaces within this massive 8 m high inner medieval space (children love this). There are comfortable futon mattresses for those who want to sleep in the modern top room on the floor with underfloor heating and enjoy more privacy and enjoy watching the stars. There is a shower and toilet in a separate bathroom next to the top room and one toilet on the first floor. And there is another shower in the shed which is perfect for warming up and getting rid of the salt and grit after a day's sailing and boating on the water.

The roof terrace is sheltered with laminated glass panels and is ideal for private and undisturbed sunbathing (weather and wind permitted). Baltimore and Heir Island can be easily accessed either by rib or ferry, boat hire is also available in Baltimore. There is a harbour pier in walking distance and access to beaches and the sea. There is internet access available all year around. The castle is on cliffs, surrounded by green fields, one of this containing an art installation 'die Traumstätte'. (the place of dreaming)

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Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Owner
Member since: 2013
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Speaks english, french, german

About The Owner

I have inherited this tower house in 2000 as it belonged to the land of White Hall house, which my parents bought in 1962. After the main house was sold, I renovated this ruin which required a lot of patience and persistence with all the official procedures I had to undertake as to be granted permission, this being a listed historical building. During these first years I was spending the summer holidays with my family in a caravan on site in order to oversee the building work. No electricity or running water was available during these first years, but it was important for all of us to pass through this period in order to appreciate the castle now in it' s final state.

I speak French, German and English so please feel free to write to me in the language you feel comfortable.

The Owner purchased this castle in 2000

Why The Owner chose Ireland

I chose to renovate this ruin because I spent my holidays in West Cork since 1962. This area is still unspoilt by the developments of the Celtic tiger that invaded Ireland in the 90's and still reminds me of the country I knew in the sixties and seventies. The tower house is ideal for someone who appreciates a combination of culture and nature, who seeks a hide-away from stress and daily routines and who loves sailing and the sea. A laser dinghy is available, other dinghies are available for rent in Baltimore. The different islands in the bays are ideal for picnic or overnight camping.

What makes this castle unique

When I first sat down in the new top room of Rincolisky Castle shortly after it was finished, I said to the builder, that I am the luckiest woman in West Cork to be able to enjoy such a view. Even at night time, when I sleep on my Futon mattress on the floor, I communicate with the moon and the stars, which seem so close. The beauty of the moon's reflection on the calm water during the night is spectacular, during the day it is the sun lighting up the water. Opposite lies Kilcoe castle, facing Roaring Water Bay, it's real beauty can only be seen from the sea, not from the land.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Stefanie,



I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we enjoyed your beautiful castle. What a treasure. We had a great time! We met Terri Kearney and the photographer that took the pic of your castle for the Lock Hyne book. We enjoyed your neighbors, the cows, and waved to Jeremy Irons across the bay. We made our own Medieval feast one night and ate by candle light. The sunrises, sunsets, and even rain storms were magical from the top level. My husband and I marveled every day at the reconstruction that you did. It must have been an unbelievable undertaking - and the results are fabulous.



Thank you for sharing it with us. I wish you many, many happy years in your amazing castle.



Amy
Aug 2013
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Reviews

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based on 6 traveller reviews

Historic Tower House -Wildest place to stay at Roaring Water Bay
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 8 reviews
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Great old castle

  • 5 of 5

The castle is restored in a great and lovely fashion, it feels like a really historic building but also provides the modern amenity, that are well hidden or integrated into the historic structure.

We were looking for a quiet comfortable place. That is exactly what we found. You will need a car to get around. Small Pub without food close by, close by car, can also be walked.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear guests, I am very happy that you have enjoyed your 'special' holidays' and I want to thank you for the review that you wrote about my castle. You are welcome to return at any time. Kind regards Stefanie Jaax
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Amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

We were so moved by this castle tower home. The marriage of it's historic charm with modern conveniences was perfect. It had it's own special ambiance and warmth. The incredible view and location added so much more to the experience. It was our favorite stay while touring Ireland.

The home is very comfortable. Waking up in the top floor is an exhilarating way to start your day. It's a bit of a hike up the stairs, which are steep and turn at the top. Thank goodness for the hand rails! The bathroom with the shower is also on the top floor. You do get your exercise in on this one, but it was so worth it. The stairs were part of the charm in my opinion. If you have any troubles with stairs this castle would not be a good fit. We would definitely recommend this for the adventurous types.

As for family-friendly, I'd say it depends on your child. We have an older child who did great with the stairs and respecting the home. The stairs would keep me from recommending this place to families with small children. I'd be too nervous and not able to fully enjoy the property if I had to constantly watch a little one.

I also want to say the owner was great to work with. She has good communication and very much on her game. It was truly a magical and special place for us. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A wonderful castle in a magical setting!

  • 5 of 5

Rincolisky Castle is a perfect retreat for a beautiful, peaceful and memorable holiday. We enjoyed our holiday in this charming, high-quality castle-tower with our four children (between 7 and 16) very much and we will never forget this wonderful, relaxing days. To sit on the top of the tower overlooking the ocean, the blue sky and the green hills let us do "nothing", just relaxing and admiring. The castle is beautifully furnished and comfortable. We enjoyed cooking with the high-quality Aga oven. Slow down and enjoy! Children had a lot to discover on this huge garden-ground and enjoyed the boots you can rent with the castle.

It was a refreshment and a "renovation" for body, soul and spirit. It was so good, I'd prefer to keep it a secret! A truly memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Inspiring beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

Last autumn we discovered this mystic and peaceful place in the most picturesque landscape we´ve ever seen in Europe. Swimming and walking in lovely beaches, whatever you do there you don´t want to miss it anymore.The castle, build on cliffs at Roaring Water Bay is surrounded by green fields. The stunning views on the islands and the vast sea render a real taste of being privileged and one wants to start writing a sketch or lyrics straight away. So we go again, this summer and find out how nature will be at that time of the year at the beginning of July. Thank you Stefanie, to let us the castle once more.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We loved it here

  • 5 of 5

This place is unbelievable. We (6) stayed for a week in June. The castle is wonderfully designed in its restoration, the views from the top are beautiful. Spent our time swimming, doing yoga on the roof, sitting around the big table in the kitchen while the aga kept us warm and messing around on the boat. Such an amazing holiday. Thank you Stefanie! We'll be back next year :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nous avons été très déçu par les prestations.

  • 3 of 5

Les prestations ne correspondent pas au prix de la location. Les lits n'étaient pas faits. A vous de chercher les draps dans un grand coffre plein de draps en tous genres et en boules. Les lits étaient basics. La douche était cassée. Il n'y avait qu'une salle de douche, l'autre étant un toilette. L'aga n'avait pas été mise en route avant notre arrivée, donc attente de plusieurs heures avant de pouvoir l'utiliser. Ect..

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Cork Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Minihan's Bar
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Cork Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Skibbereen
Nearest Train
100 Kilometres
Cork Railway Station
Nearest Motorway
100 Kilometres
cork
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
LissArd House
Car: necessary

Description of Rincolisky Castle

Located at the edge of Roaring Water Bay, this 500 year old tower of Rincolisky Castle is surrounded by the green fields of the still untouched scenery of West Cork.

Across the bay lies Kilcoe Castle, both share a similar history.

Constructed by the O’Driscoll clan around 1495 on a rock,

(see front page of ‘O’Driscolls’ Past and Present’), Rincolisky Castle overlooks the beautiful islands of Heir, Cape Clear and Sherkin. These are the largest and most inhabited of the hundred Carbery islands.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in County Cork, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
winter
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,062
A$2,833
 
 
summer
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
A$1,417
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$283
final cleaning A$71

No extra charges are required

The refundable security deposit of €200.- is added to the weekly rent and has to be paid in cash to the caretaker upon arrival . This amount will be reimbursed at the end of your stay in case no damage has been detected by the manager on the day of departure. The rent of a Laser dinghy is included in the rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in County Cork

Property Type:
  • castle
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - shower enclosure , Shower and sink in converted shed
  • 1 bathroom on top floor, (shower no bath tub) 1 toilet with sink on first floor, 1 shower and basin in shed after boating
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • One double bed-couch on first mezzanine, 2 beds and one Futon on second mezzanine and one double bed in top room
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Video Games
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Attractions:
  • bay
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The medieval tower is situated in a unique location. But it is still 500 years old, thus do not expect the comfort of a modern house. It is suitable for individuals who apprechiate the beauty of the landscape and the historic monument. The different bays with all their little islands is ideal for sailing. The rural setting in combination with the amenities of nearby towns and villages like Schull, Durrus, Skibbereeen and Baltimore are ideal for a holiday in Ireland.