Ballyportry Castle Ennis, Ireland

  • Chateau
  • 6 BR
  • Sleeps 8
  • from € 600 nt
What we like about this property

Journey back in time to experience the grandeur of the Middle Ages in an authentic and unforgettable castle to call your own. Romantic and timeless, we love the ancient Gaelic history, the sensitive and stylish restoration and the towering, dramatic beauty of this special place. Set in a windswept landscape, this is the stuff of myths and legends. 

Description

Rising out of the northern regions of County Clare, this stunning 15th century castle tower is one of the few remaining intact after the 17th century exile of the Irish aristocracy. For over a century, the county and the castle were the territory of the aristocratic O’Brien clan during the Middle Ages, descendants of the famous Brian Boru, High King of Ireland. 

Restored through extensively researched conservation techniques by American architect Bob Brown in the 1960s, the result is one of the best examples of medieval conservation anywhere in Ireland. A building of national importance, conservation is ongoing in keeping with the period, traditional craftsmanship and local materials.

Set on over five acres on a rugged rocky outcrop, the property is enclosed by a bawn wall with a boundary of a small stream to the south. It is beside the Burren National Park, and is in a protected landscape.

Constructed of locally quarried limestone, the towering structure is six stories high and designed in a formation unique to the middle ages. Through the ground floor entrance you will find the principal kitchen where you have the option of having your stay catered by the castle guide who is an accomplished chef. The elegantly crafted spiral staircase ascends through each of the six levels, with six bedrooms of varying size staggered throughout with a romantic master bedroom that includes it’s own wood burning stove. Thoughtfully furnished with detail that reflects the period along with 21st century comfortable beds, each room will take you back in time. 

At the top of the tower house is the Great Hall, with a grand fireplace and arched cathedral ceilings designed for conviviality and good conversation, poetry and song. There is an additional kitchen that can serve guests at the dining table here as well as special access to the very top of the castle walkways and battlements. It is an unforgettable experience to watch the sunrise and sunsets from the very top of the tower.

Outside the castle, the surrounding lands are beautiful and peaceful with few immediate neighbors other than the grazing  horses and cattle, with small rolling pastures and lakes and hills in the distance.  

Celebrated in song, poetry and Gaelic lore, this is one of those magical once in a lifetime places that remind you of the timeless nature of history that will stay in your memory for a long time to come…

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Optional concierge and tour services available include: three course dinners prepared by the private castle chef, tours of the Burren with an expert naturalist, traditional Irish music performed live, Atlantic fishing expeditions and horseback riding. Books, CD audio player, landline telephone for local calls only. WiFi is available five minutes away at the National Park and Wildlife Centre in Corofin. Parking on site.  

AROUND

Situated between Connemara and Kerry, Ballyportry is between Galway City and the county town of Ennis. North Clare has some of the finest surviving prehistoric and medieval landscape in Ireland. The Burren is renowned for its rare flora, and creviced sheets of limestone rock formations. The Wild Atlantic way, a newly signposted tourist route that follows the entire Atlantic coastline of the West of Ireland is within a half hour’s drive. It will take you to the Cliffs of Moher and on to the light house of Loop Head. Traditional pubs with restaurants can be found in all the towns.

LOCATION

Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. Nearest Airport: Shannon Airport (45 min)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring through Fall

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Ballyportry Castle

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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms6 Bedrooms
Bed Type2 Doubles, 2 Twins, 2 Singles
KitchenWell equipped with optional private chef
Bathrooms3 Bathrooms
AccommodateUp to 8 Guests
InternetNo (Wifi available in town a short drive)
Pet friendlyPets considered-please inquire
RatesRates start at €600 per night and €2800 per week.
Minimum Stay3 Nights
ViewBeautiful, wild Burren countryside
Notes

A security deposit of €600 - €800 is required, according to the time of year and length of stay and is payable 2 months prior to your stay, with the refundable balance returned upon inspection and housekeeping

Electricity and heating are charged as used and can range between €50 – €400 per week depending on the weather and time of the year

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