Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle is a 15th century fortified tower house. Originally added to the existing castle of 1220, it was built in 1480 to provide the Hackett family with a safe and private accommodation apart from the older castle. The Hacketts were ousted from the then Hackett Castle in 1655 by a small Parliamentarian force, due to their support for the Catholic Confederation of Kilkenny. It fell into ruin in the 18th Century. Lovingly restored by us between 1999 and 2009, it is now available for you to enjoy. The entire top story is now being offered for Bed & Breakfast.
Located on the 5th story, this lofty and marvelous room offers spectacular views of the Tipperary countryside, including the Rock of Cashel. It is a self-contained, ensuite (yes, it has a toilet) assembly of everything you will need to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. A large and elegant four-poster bed is in one corner. The other three corners are occupied by a small library and sitting area, a large free-standing bath tub and finally a 19th century armoire for your clothes. At the end of a narrow passage is your private toilet. In the other direction at the end of a small side chamber is the castle DUNGEON. This grim feature hopefully will not be needed. One occupant has carved the date 1536 into the wall.
Breakfast is served in the cozy ground floor kitchen, ensconced between 9 foot thick defensive walls. Evening meals are available on request and are served in the Great Hall of the castle. This candle lit room is warmed by the large 15th century fireplace. Packed lunches are also available if desired for your outings.
Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle is centrally located in County Tipperary. Situated in the countryside on 3 beautiful acres, we are only 10 minutes from the tourist town of Cashel and Thurles, which contain good pubs and restaurants. We are in the middle of many historic tourist attractions. Dublin airport is 1 hour 50 minutes by car and Shannon airport is 1 hour 30 minutes.
Finally, a word of caution; There are 64 stone steps to reach your room. There is no wheel chair accessibility and you should be fairly fit to make this climb. This building is a listed ancient monument and there is strictly no smoking or pets allowed. We look forward to having you as our guest and hope you will enjoy a unique and rewarding experience in this fine medieval fortress.
See the Guidebook to see all the things to see and do within an hour of the castle. You can easily spend 2 days here seeing them all. There is much history and monuments all around us.
Once you are here, feel free to use the Great Hall as a sitting room along with us or without us. You are also welcome in the kitchen. Make yourself at home!
If you want to use public transport to get here, the train can get you to Thurles, which id 15 minutes from here. If you come by bus, Cashel is your best bet, also 15 minutes away. We'll come and get you after that.
The place is an absolute beauty, it's way more stunning in person that what you could imagine from the pictures.
In addition to that, John and Margaret are two of the nicest people you could ever meet!
This place is WONDERFUL. Definitely you the GPS coordinates to find it! That bathtub is heaven! Definitely don't try to bring your suitcases up and down the stairs unless you have to. But Margaret was very lovely! She had hot scones ready for is when we got in! The food was wonderful! Stay here more than one night if you can!
What and incredible experience!!! John and Margaret are absolutely wonderful people and hosts and the accommodations are something out of a fairy tale book or a movie. We had such an wonderful time we can't wait to go back! Beautiful castle with an amazing history and awesome room accommodation. Truly one of the most pleasant and unique experiences we've ever had. An absolute must if you are traveling through central/southern Ireland!
We had an amazing time staying in the castle and spending time with John and Margaret. Hands down the best part of our Ireland trip. We felt so lucky that we found this place on airbnb - it is truly unique and wonderful experience. The castle itself was beautiful, and it was so interesting to learn about its history and restoration. We learned so much about life in Ireland just by sitting and talking to John and Margaret. We laughed a lot too! It felt so nice to sit back, relax, and enjoy time with a wonderful family. John and Margaret provided a lot of information about things to see in the nearby area too. You could definitely spend a few days here... but, at the very least, plan a few hours to relax and enjoy! We started talking about coming back even before we even left!
Margaret, John, and Grace were a lovely family to stay with (yummy homemade scones!) and the tower was pretty amazing. Up and up and up the sometimes frightening but navigable stairs is a beautiful room at the top where we slept. It has a greaf canopy bed with a very nice memory foam/Tempurpedic-type mattress and plenty of room. There's a deep clawfoot tub that is heavenly to soak in and all the tea your heart could desire. This was my favorite place to stay out of all the places we went on our long trip.
Margaret was a very accommodating hostess and a great cook, and John gave us tons of information about the great history of the tower and area and all his work on the restoration. Nearby Cashel is a cute place to visit as well; you can even get a creamy Guiness at the Cashel Palace bar, the spot where the very first Guiness was brewed.
I'd recommend staying here just for the novelty of it, but there are so many other great things about it that I would recommend it to anyone.
The castle is truly incredible and a real testament to John and Margaret's vision and hard work. The top floor room was stunning, with a bed fit for a king! A really welcoming place to stay, from Grace's welcoming picture on the door to the slow cooked full Irish the following morning.. Highly recommended.
Our stay at Hackett Castle was an absolute dream. The castle is extremely well kept and truly takes you back in time to 15th century life (with all the modern conveniences!) The room was immaculately kept and the views from the room are incredible. John and Margaret served us a beautiful Irish breakfast in the morning, complete with homemade scones, which were the best I've had since moving to the UK! John and Margaret were also lovely to talk to, and their daughter, Grace, was also very sweet and welcoming. I would highly recommend this Airbnb, it was really fantastic :)
This was the best place we've ever stayed in. If you are in the area, you can't miss out on an opportunity to stay in the castle! When we arrived, Margaret served us tea and delicious scones. We were then given a nice tour of the castle, along with some of the history. The bedroom is absolutely beautiful, with a large vaulted ceiling and corner library. We enjoyed perusing John's collection of old books. The room is well equipped with candles, making it very cozy at night. The bed is also incredibly comfortable. When we woke up, Margaret made us a delicious Irish breakfast and then John took us to see the battlements. Staying here is truly a once in a lifetime experience and I would fully recommend it!
Great place! The pictures do not do it justice. John has a passion for castles and it shows in every detail. Margaret is a born host, she made us feel comfortable and we wanted for nothing. We wish we would have stayed a bit longer and done the dinner. A must see!
John and Margaret's castle was absolutely incredible to say the least. They showed us pictures of what the castle had looked like prior to their restoration, they amount of work that they have put into their home is unbelievable. If you are traveling anywhere in Ireland, this is a must stay! We were late checking in (~7 or 8pm) and we were greeted with tea/coffee and delicious scones. John and Margaret gave us a full tour of the castle and even brought us up to the battlements (amazing views from up there!). The full Irish breakfast they served us in the morning was absolutely incredible as well, best breakfast that we have had while on vacation here in Ireland.
This is the final rate, including any fees from the host and Airbnb.