About This Listing
A beautiful, original medieval castle experience can be yours for a weekend, a week, or even longer. You'll be staying in the master bedroom, the highest room in the castle.
This castle has been restored to its original state by using traditional materials, and also by using cutting edge technology. We used traditional local stone, limestone, as well as oak beams, to make the castle as traditional as possible, but it also has modern conveniences, such as solar water heating. The castle was built sometime in the 1400's but was refurbished in the last decade. It is comprised of a master bedroom upstairs, with access to the turret, a living room and dining room, two guest bedrooms, and some storage rooms. I'm Peter, your host, and I spent the last ten years refining and refurbishing the castle - the pictures can attest to how well that has worked out. Two room in the castle are still under construction - the storage room downstairs.
Remember, this is a castle that is over 600 years old. That means it's not perfect. Castles were never designed with bathrooms and showers, so we've improvised. You'll have to come downstairs to have a bath which is located in the living room - this is the quirkiest part of the castle. (see pictures of the in-floor bath) You have full private access to the living room/bath and your master bedroom, so don't worry, as we live in the "Petit Maison" downstairs when guests are here. However, we will be up in the kitchen in order to prepare your breakfast, and make a fire, etc.
Castles are bult with solid stone, so there is a huge fireplace with a cooker to keep the place warm.
The castle has lots of quirks, its a great and fun place to stay the night.
Galway City is a 25 minute drive from the castle which is a very beautiful city. The castle is around a 20 minute drive from Galway Airport, a 45 minute drive from Shannon Airport and Dublin is two hours away.
What to expect: lots of winding staircases, a castle that has been lovingly restored, but there are some cobwebs, and it gives you the real Irish castle experience. It's not pristine, its not perfect, but it's a real castle. There are lots of sheep and cows in the nearby fields - but lots of peace and quiet.
This is a very unique place to stay. There's nothing like it around, where you can say that you stayed in an actual castle. It's not a tourist attraction (like Blarney Castle) and it's not pristine like a hotel, but you'll have a great time visiting.
You'll need a car. The castle is about two miles from the nearest public transport. (Craughwell has both train and buses running regular schedules)
I can help with anything like lighting a fire or answering any of your questions.
Please respect the castle. It's a national monument so we can't have anyone taking artifacts. Also, please try to leave your bedroom before 1pm. We'll take care of the rest. This is our family home, so please be respectful of that, but apart from that I think you'll have an amazing experience here.
This is really an experience. Staying in a castle is a very different travel experience. Peter has done an incredible job and he and Eva were warm and welcoming. The fires were always lit for us when we came home and before we got up. Attention to detail great. Definitely a unique experience. Highly recommended..
We greatly enjoyed a 2 night stay with Pete and his castle. I was a bit concerned about the stairs at first but quickly got used to them. It was very clear the love Pete has for his special home. He was a great host. The castle is warm and very interesting. Very comfortable and roomy. My only suggestion would be that a shower would be a good idea. Although the underfloor bath was quirky, we would have preferred a shower to be available. However we knew when we booked that there was only the bath and therefore have no complaints. Good luck with everything Pete! I really hope you can keep your dream alive.
Because we came in a different route than the instructions we got a bit lost but Peter graciously came and met us and guided us to the castle. When we arrived we were given a guided tour and shown to the room(s). Well, what can you say about staying in a medieval castle. The atmosphere was out of this world! Peter's many years of tireless work restoring the castle are very evident. Hes an amazing craftsman! We also enjoyed our conversations with Peter and left wishing we could have stayed longer. Be sure to book early for an unforgettable experience in Ireland!
Staying at Pete's place was an absolute dream. We are so grateful for the experience and his hospitality. The place is just as described--authentic, clean and quirky. And just as great was the company. We spent the evening chatting and hearing Pete's stories about renovating the castle. It was so interesting and inspiring, and truly one of the coolest nights of our lives. Many thanks for giving us something so unforgettable.
Peter was a wonderful host who has poured his time and love into this beautifully restored castle. We only stayed for one evening, but we were spoiled with a beautiful fire, a stocked kitchen and wonderful stories from our host over cups of tea. Peter take hosting seriously and provides a wonderful experience for those travelers lucky enough to stop by his place for the evening.
This was second time in Peter's castle, and I the magic was still. This beautiful place has something that brings peace to me. Very well maintained, the bedroom has a new bed 1000 times more comfortable than my last time around and Peter and his son were charming as always. We spent the evening playing (my friend Eduardo and Peter son Liam) and listening music (me and Peter) and it was a wonderful evening. I regret (again) not staying longer than one night. Next time will definitely stay longer. STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
About the Host, Peter
I am an eccentric stonemason, father, and proud castle owner. I used to be a clothing designer, but turned from designing cloth to cutting stone. I now work on castles all over Ireland and live with my French girlfriend in the castle.