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.
We had a wonderful stay in this great castle! My two boys loved it! Beautiful area, great hosts, and super breakfast. Thanks!
We stayed here for 4 nights in June 2014. Three of us stayed here comfortably. The rooms were very clean and the bed and cot comfortable.
We drove to the castle from Dublin, and we used the coordinates provided on this site in our rental cars GPS system, and it brought us right to the front door, no hassle (important for those not used to the winding Irish country roads).
The castle is just beautiful. As other reviewers have stated, there are numerous stone stairs to get to the top floor, which is where the bedroom is located. However, after eating bangers and mash and having a Guinness, the climb is good for you. Other parts of the castle are available to you, and we recommend joining the hosts in the great room for an Irish cheese tasting and listening to John explain local history and Margaret explain local culture. Margaret's full Irish breakfast was just great. We never had to spend money on lunch as we were full till dinner time!
The location is central so we did day trips out of their location. John and Margaret were also great in helping adjust our plans by steering us away from questionable areas and towards hidden gems.
We would return here in a heart beat. We won't forget our stay!
What a rare gift and incredible pleasure to stay at this AirBnB! Can't say enough about the truly special nature of this once in a lifetime opportunity to stay here. The castle is so breathtaking and amazing. Unique beyond measure in so many magical ways. We feel so blessed and lucky to have found this airbnb for our stay, as we traveled through Ireland. One of a kind memories that will be cherished forever. Thank you so much!
Perfect place to stay if you're visiting the Rock of Cashel, or (as we were) just passing through on our way from Dublin to Kerry & Dingle. It's an easy 2-hour drive from Dublin airport, which makes it about half way to the Dingle Peninsula or the Ring of Kerry. (And you can easily visit the Rock of Cashel in about an hour on your way.)
The price is high compared to run-of-the-mill B&B's, but incredibly cheap when you consider the uniqueness of the experience and how much money must have gone into renovating this ancient castle. And the price is cheap compared to the very dull & average hotel room you would find in Dublin at the same rate.
The room was warm, the bed extremely comfortable, and the luxurious bathtub better than any we found elsewhere in Ireland. All the amenities you would require are here, and the only possible "hardship" element would be the 60-some stone steps you must climb -- something that is integral to the experience of living in a mediaeval castle. Besides, the climb is good for you.
Our hosts were warm, welcoming & very flexible. Not only (email hidden) breakfast included, but they'll throw in a Guinness or glass of wine before bed if you want to sit down and learn more about the castle and the history of the area.
Staying here was a highlight of our trip. Don't let the price fool you -- this is a huge bargain. You'll end up spending much more on things that you'll never remember, so spend your money wisely and stay here.
We had a great time with John and Margaret. They were very welcoming and it was lovely to arrive to a cup of tea and homemade scones. John took us on a tour of the castle and we really enjoyed the view from the top. We had great recommendations (email hidden) which also served wonderful meals. Our room was stunning and the bath was amazingly luxurious as was the little treats that were left in our room! Breakfast was delicious and we could have talked with Margaret for hours, felt vey comfortable and at home in their beautiful home.
John and Margaret were wonderful hosts. It was great to hear the history of the castle and to learn more about Ireland. Staying in the castle was the highlight of our vacation! The 64 step climb was worth it...the room was grand. They took care of all the details and made sure the amenities were just right. The full Irish Breakfast that Margaret provided was the best to be found on our vacation. The castle definitely (email hidden) for a awesome experience.
Our stay here was truly the highlight of our Ireland trip - we cannot praise it enough for the amazing experience of staying in a real castle with the most gracious hosts ever. Driving up the road toward the castle and seeing it in the horizon was like entering Oz! We were giddy with excitement and couldn't believe that this was where we were going to spend the night. John and Margaret were extremely hospitable and generous with their time. The afternoon tea and scones upon arrival hit the spot and the delicious Irish breakfast sent us off in style. The beds were heavenly and the bath was luxurious - the amenities basket was very thoughtful. The view of the countryside from the room was beyond words. Yes, the 64 stone steps were rather daunting, but the reward was worth it. We look forward to coming back and seeing the expansion plans come to fruition.
Our stay in the castle was a definite highlight of our holiday. It was far beyond our expectations. Meticulously and passionately, life has been breathed back into a slice of Irish history that was left in ruin. No detail has been spared and the hosts were absolutely fantastic.
If you love history and want to experience a tower house, don't miss this! Wonderfully welcoming hosts who are exceptionally generous in sharing their wonderfully restored castle and enthusiasm for restoration.
Our stay at the castle was the experience of a lifetime! John and Margaret were the perfect hosts. Even though our stay was very short, they accommodated our late arrival and early departure, while still making our time at the castle relaxing and special. We were impressed and thankful that they went out of their way to cook us a delicious hot breakfast before we hit the road at the crack of dawn. It was one of the most memorable nights of our vacation. The pictures truly do not do the castle justice. I would return to Ireland just to stay here; it was that amazing!
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