Ballyportry Castle

Ennis, Ireland
A Gaelic Tower House in County Clare

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. 

Ballyportry Castle was built for the Tánaiste of the O'Briens, within the Burren, and is a half hour by car from the Wild Atlantic Way. The castle is always let as an exclusive let which means that you are the only guests while you are there. The space works very well with families as there are different large and airy spaces at the top and at ground level, or with small groups of friends. It sleeps up to eight guests.

Read about Jill Cordes' visit to Ballyportry Castle in our Journal here.

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Rising out of the flower-rich limestone lands of County Clare, this stunning 500-year-old 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, it is in the constant process of conservation, 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 its 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, which will stay in your memory for a long time to come…

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

The chef who trained at Ballymaloe, the top cookery school in Ireland, is available to supply high-quality food for guests, and fill the fridge. Bespoke tours of the hidden Burren, a distinctive UNESCO designated landscape, can be arranged with Gordon D'Arcy, the wildlife and Burren expert.

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.  

There is an underfloor heating system throughout. There is a wonderful 21st century Danish designed large log stove in the farmhouse kitchen.

Please note that the curving late medieval stone staircase may not suit small children or those with a walking disability.

The tower house is cleaned completely before and after guests have stayed, and in accordance with the sensitivities of the conservation programme.

 

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
Ennis, Ireland
Ballyportry Castle
Ennis, Ireland
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
Ballyportry Castle, Ennis, Ireland | vacation home rentals
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Ballyportry Castle
Ennis, Ireland
A Unique Historical Hideaway

Journey back in time to experience the grandeur of the Middle Ages in an authentic and unforgettable castle to call your own. Set in a windswept landscape, this is the stuff of myths and legends.

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Overview Well equipped but unplugged. No Wifi or TV
Kitchen 2 kitchens, each with dishwasher and fridge, 1 freezer. Optional private chef
Internet No (Wifi available in town a short drive)
Bedrooms 6
Bed Type 2 large doubles, 2 small doubles, 2 singles (suitable for 1 adult or 2 children each)
Kitchen 2 kitchens, each with dishwasher and fridge, 1 freezer. Optional private chef
Bathrooms 3
Accommodates 8
Kid-Friendly Not suitable for very young children due to steep exposed stairways
Pet Friendly Pets considered-please inquire
Min. Stay 7 nights
Sec. Deposit €800
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Notes Short stays of 1-3 nights are also available for €2,043 standard rate, or €2383.50 in July and August. Please inquire. A security deposit of €800 for energy usage and breakages is required. It 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. Covid policies: There is a good ventilation system to all the rooms bringing air in from outside. The high ceilinged stone-walled rooms, all of which link to the spiral stone stairs allow for good air circulation. The castle floors are timber or stone with sheepskin rugs. We are keeping to a good gap between bookings. Any guests who are not resident in Ireland must comply with Irish government requirements.
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