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

Our 15C Feudal Castle Awaits You..

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
Great location95% of recent guests gave this home’s location a 5-star rating.
Great check-in experience100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating.
Sparkling clean11 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean.

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!


Free parking on premises

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)

294 Reviews

K. Nichole User Profile
K. Nichole
May 2018
The Castle was authentic and there was so much history in it! Our hosts were very hospitable and the food was amazing! We loved staying in their castle! Everyone must visit!
Kimberly User Profile
May 2018
Staying here is a truly unique experience. John and Margaret were wonderful hosts and made the experience even better. The tower was beautifully restored. We were able to learn of its history and also about life back in the 12th century. We enjoyed a traditional Irish evening mea…
Rebecca User Profile
April 2018
We didn’t actually end up staying with John due to an unfortunate medical emergency that landed my mother in the hospital. John was very quick and responsive with his communication and gave us a very generous refund. I’m hoping to make it back some day to stay in this beautiful l…
Stephanie User Profile
April 2018
If it was possible to give a 10 star review, this place would be more than deserving. We were absolutely in awe of the attention to detail in every facet of the castle - it's truly a sight to behold and hard to believe it was restored entirely by hand. Make sure you get the full …
Matthew User Profile
April 2018
This has been the highlight of our trip to Ireland! Our expectations were far exceeded upon arriving. Margaret and Grace greeted us with homemade scones and tea and explained the amazing history of the tower. We were blown away by the amount of work that John and Margaret have pu…
Sarah User Profile
April 2018
This castle is a beautiful and amazing piece of Irish history and John has done a wonderful job restoring it to its former glory. Details such as ornate canopy beds and period-style clothing in the wardrobes really made the effect quite amazing. John and his wife were absolutely …
Heather User Profile
April 2018
Absolutely the best accommodations we stayed at in Ireland. Beautiful home with a lot of attention to detail. Hosts were lovely. Would highly recommend staying here.


Hosted by John

Cashel, IrelandJoined in May 2013
John User Profile
302 Reviews
John is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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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Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland

We are surrounded by historic monuments and hiking trails through the mountains (little ones). Castles, abbeys, music and good pubs and restaurants. All within an hour of the castle. See our Guide b…

Getting around

If you want to use public transport to get here, the train can get you to Thurles, which is 15 minutes from here. If you come by bus, Cashel is your best bet, also 15 minutes away. We'll come and get …

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