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A snowy morning at the tower.Ballytarsna Hackett Castle.
Our 15C Feudal Castle Awaits You..
Our 15C Feudal Castle Awaits You..
8 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
8 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
2 baths
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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 in 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!
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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 in 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!

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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 40 minutes by car and Shannon airport is 1 hour 25 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.
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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 40
minutes by car and Shannon airport is 1 hour 25 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.

Guest access

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 ARRIVE BEFORE 6PM, you will be greeted with home made scones and tea.
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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 ARRIVE BEFORE 6PM, you will be greeted with home made scones and tea.

Interaction with guests

We'll be around most of your stay f you need help with anything at all. Just ask!
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We'll be around most of your stay f you need help with anything at all.

Just ask!

Other things to note

Due to the steep 64 stone steps to the top floor our home is not suitable for kids under 8 years..Parents would have to carry younger kids up and down and this is not an easy journey ! Total supervision is required at all times with kids for safety reasons in our unique home.
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Due to the steep 64 stone steps to the top floor our home is not suitable for kids under 8 years..Parents would have to carry younger kids up and down and this is not an easy journey ! Total supervision is required at all times with kids for safety reasons in our unique home.

Amenities
Free parking on premises
Breakfast
Dryer
Washer
Prices
Extra people $91 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price $291 / night
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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)

Please be slow and deliberate on our stairways . In 530 years,no one has been injured on them (as far as we know!). Just be careful. We HIGHLY recommend that you do not try to drag large suitcases up the stairs. Most people repack a small bag to carry up with their needed items for the night. Do not open the windows in the room except for those indicated. The ones with bird wire are fine.
There is NO SMOKING or pets allowed.
This IS NOT a place for loud partying and drinking to excess. If this is what you want, this is not the place for you. This is our home and loud and raucous behaviour will not be tolerated. You will be told to leave.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - There are 64 stone steps to your room, each one 22cm high on average. You must be fit to make this climb. Don't plan on lugging large or heavy bags up
Cancellations
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Julia User Profile
October 2017
John and his family are delightful, pleasant, and so helpful. Not to mention the accomodation. It is outstanding! We only stayed one night, regrettably. Don't miss this unique opportunity with awesome hosts.

Trish User Profile
October 2017
This is the real deal... what an experience! The Host, Hostess and their charming daughter made the experience wonderful for us! They have done an amazing job restoring this treasure! You won't be disappointed!

John User Profile
October 2017
This gem will be a highlight of your trip. Everything is the highest quality from the accommodations, to the hosts, to the delicious morning breakfast. We really regret not being able to spend more time here!

Keiller User Profile
October 2017
I cannot begin to say enough about our experience with John and Margaret. Staying in their home, sorry, castle went way beyond even our high level of anticipication and excitement. Margaret and John are the best of hosts - friendly, courteous, thoughtful - and then be willing to share the work that went in to restoring the building over a decade was absolutely fascinating. This is a not-to-be-missed part of staying in or around Cashel and we're already recommending a stay here to our friends and family both in Ireland and abroad.

Emelia User Profile
October 2017
Such a great place to spend the night! We wanted to splurge on a castle for one night of our trip and I think we made the right choice over going to a commercial castle hotel. Amazing atmosphere and Margaret was so hospitable and knowledgeable about the castle and the local area. An incredible experience we'd recommend to anyone!

Willy User Profile
October 2017
Although we arrived later in the evening, Margaret gave us a very thorough tour of the castle and a brief history which was very interesting. The room upstairs was amazingly beautiful and extremely comfortable. The view from the window in the morning was fabulous as well. My parents stayed with John and Margaret a while ago and raved about it so I had pretty high expectations but those expectations were certainly met. I would recommend staying here to anyone!

Brent User Profile
October 2017
Incredible! Words and photos alone cannot describe this stunning property. The hosts were gracious and kind and were able to work with us for an early departure the next morning. The building itself is a sight to behold. The castle was restored beautifully and the modern amenities have been thoughtfully placed to keep the look and feel very authentic. If you appreciate craftsmanship, good conversation and history, then you'll be absolutely floored. FIND a reason to stay here!

Cashel, IrelandJoined in May 2013
John User Profile

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.Margaret from the locality and grew up playing in the ruins of Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle, never thinking anyone would ever live in it, least of all her!! It's a very warm and romantic place to live and a great family home. It's a work in progress and we are very proud of the stage it is at now. We both enjoy meeting new people and we very much look forward to greeting you with tea and home made scones!
We look forward to welcoming you to Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle, our home. Aqua

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