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Amazing Castle experience. Prime location. Family holidays; weddings; reunions

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Castle (sleeps up to 10) & optional extra (to sleep 15 more) in the Coach House

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. Rates listed do not include the Coach House.)

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Margaret Moore
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time
Within a day
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
10 March, 2018

About Margaret Moore

We are the Moore family and this is our small family run business which we've been running since 2004. It is such a great pleasure to share this historic and national monument Castle tower with our guests who come from all over the world seeking a truly amazing, unique and very special stay in our authentic tower and we enjoy them realising their dreams for making special memories, whatever their occasion.

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 Clare

Castles, such as this one, are no longer being built, and this is one of the last remaining towers of its kind, built way back in the 15th Century, so when (very rare) opportunity arose to become the owners of this fine structure, to actually own a 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.

There is also a "Pub" on site, a byo which is available as an optional extra. It's fun to have a separate building in the yard between the two, to have your own Guinness taps and pull your own pints, have a sing-song, or the "Craic" (=have fun) as we say here in Ireland. Especially ideal for groups having a party/celebration event.

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle rental in Clare, Ireland

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 11 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Arrangements are to be made several days ahead of guests arrival. We don't live on site so an appointment is necessary so we are there to greet you.
  • The damage deposit is to be paid in euros cash only at check-in. More details are covered in the T&C's, including return of the deposit.
  • This is a national monument/historic building so please take good care and respect it, particularly for candles and liquid spillages. Thank you.
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 , bath with shower , bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , ground level
  • Castle has two bathrooms and a ground level toilet room. Separately, the adjacent Coach House has three bathrooms. There is an out-house wc in the yard, beside the bar-room
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 4-poster antique bed (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 4 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 4-poster Super-King antique bed at the pent-house level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 4-poster antique bed (sleeps 2)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 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 theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Each building can be rented separately if required, so rental rates vary accordingly - please enquire for your own specific booking. 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.


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Amazing authentic Old Irish Tower Castle
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

The Perfect Spot!

  • 5 of 5

In planning a trip for 19 high school students from the States to Ireland and England, where are we going to stay was top on my list. I cannot begin to tell you what a perfect location Ballyhannon Castle is! We spent our time in Ireland mainly on day trips to Galway, Doolin, Cobh, Blarney and more. We were almost always within about an hour of these destinations. After a long day of visiting some of Ireland's beautiful sites, it was so amazing coming back to Ballyhannon. There is plenty of space to hang out, which is especially needed with 19 students traveling together. We stayed in both the Castle and Coach House. Each provided a different living opportunity and the kids loved them both equally. Margaret and Liam were so welcoming. From the first correspondence to our last, they wanted to make our stay the best it could be. We had a few questions when we were there and they quickly answered all of them. Being the leader of the trip, I am always looking to make sure everything runs smoothly. My only thought to make one's stay a little easier would be to have a place for trash. We were incredibly fortunate to have the awesome Brian Mortell cater for us while we were there. He was able to remove any trash that we had, which was great. Had we not had a caterer, I'm not sure what our options would have been, and we did not have our own vehicle so removing it would have been difficult. This is just a very minor thought as to how things might be made easier for future guests. With that said, this was the experience of a lifetime. I am currently planning a return trip for the upcoming summer with another group so that they can experience this fantastic and wonderful place for themselves!

  • Review Submitted: 08/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.

  • Review Submitted: 12/08/2015
  • Date of Stay: November 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
On Site
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. Surrounded by Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions strategically and conveniently at the heart of the West Coast of Ireland and along the Wild Atlantic Way.

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

Rental Rates for this holiday castle in Clare, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season Jan-May18 Castle
16 Jan 2018 - 31 May 2018
1 night minimum stay
June-mid Sept 18 Castle
1 Jun 2018 - 14 Sep 2018
2 night minimum stay
Low Season Sept-Dec 18 Castle
15 Sep 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1.57

Rates above are for Castle Only rentals (sleeping 10+ guests). There is an option to also rent the Coach House (sleeps a further 15 guests) which may suit a larger group of up to approx. 25 between the two properties. They can rent separately and for shorter than a week (ie. mid-week short stays). Please ASK US to quote for your own specific stay (discounts may available).

As per our Rental Agreement, a refundable damage/security deposit is payable at check in, in euros cash only. This is not included in the quote you're offered on this site online, it is additional to the rental rate (a refundable security/damage deposit); utility charges are not always included, please check the rental agreement we send you prior to you booking with us for more details/at point of enquiry.

Optional extras available for rent at this property; the Coach House, the Bar (on-site pub), kegs/stocked bar, additional furniture, marquee, etc... please enquire for more details.

This amazing holiday/venue property is rented privately, so you get to enjoy privacy and freedom within the grounds.

We have lots of great local contacts for catering, music/entertainment, blessing & ceremony officiants, florists, etc .... for guests who may wish to avail of some additional services, or for assistance in planning and arranging an event (eg. weddings, birthday parties, reunions, etc....), please enquire. (Some guests prefer to arrange all themselves).

For couples - please enquire about any EXTRA special discounts that may be available (eg. using only one bedroom).

Payments for bookings can be made (much cheaper, no booking fees) by phoning us directly with card details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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