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A snowy morning at the tower.Ballytarsna Hackett Castle.
Private room in castle

Our 15C Feudal Castle Awaits You..

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Our 15C Feudal Castle Awaits You..

8 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 private baths
8 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 private baths
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John is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle is a 15th century tower house. It is like a keep, but has one major difference. Where a keep is a powerful thick-walled tower with few openings except arrow loops, an Irish tower house is a home for the family, that resembles a keep.

When restoring this tower, we have maintained its status as a fortress. We also have made a decision to make it warm and comfortable. It is a cozy country home ensconced between between castellated battlements, authentic and usable!

Amenities

Free parking on premises
Breakfast
Dryer
Washer
TV
Essentials

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed, 2 single beds
Bedroom 2
2 double beds

House Rules

No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check-in time is 4PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Accessibility

Wide doorway to the home’s entrance
Flat path to front door

Availability

308 Reviews

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Adina User Profile
Adina
June 2018
Definitely book with John and family of looking for a one-of-a-kind experience in central Ireland!
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Henry
June 2018
Staying in a castle was a dream and it came true. This was one of our best experiences in Ireland. Margaret and John are amazing! Don’t miss this!
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Terrence
June 2018
Incredible views, proximity to ancient sites, and getting to live like a feudal lord during your stay. If these things appeal to you then Ballytarsna-Hacket Castle should be your destination. It has quick access to The Rock of Cashel and to Holycross Abbey, both of which I cannot…
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David
June 2018
Now I really enjoy being outside and experiencing nature, and Ireland is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever seen...but my friend and I both definitively agreed that our favorite part of our entire trip to Ireland was staying one night at this castle. We both said that …
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Kenneth
June 2018
A great stay and a real 15C castle. Great locations to many places within an hours drive (Kilkenny was our favorite). John was away during our stay, but Margret and her daughter were truly great hosts serving a huge Irish breakfast each day over some nice conversation and advice …
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Parker
June 2018
Our night at the castle was wonderful. The pictures do not do it justice and we were awed by the space. We sadly did not get to meet John, but Margaret was absolutely lovely. While on the pricier side of Ireland's airbnb options, the stay here was a one of a kind experience and…
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Keith
June 2018
Great place, it's a true castle! We ungraded our stay to include the wine & cheese dinner and it was so worth it. Margret and John were excellent host and very knowledgable about Irish history including the history of their home. We learned a lot! This was a very special expe…

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Cashel, IrelandJoined in May 2013
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Hi,we are John and Margaret and we are delighted to be listing our unique home. I am originally from the US. I am a pilot, stonemason and historian. My wife Margaret is from the locality and grew up playing in the ruins of Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle, never thinking anyone would …
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