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Dear Travelers, I am a hospitality professional and have traveled the world and this my friend is a real jewel... just magical. From the arrival by (email hidden) the hosts family amazing authentic restoration of the castle .....to the views of the land (untouched for centuries) we were magically transported back in time to ancient Ireland. Our Host Pat & Mary (who's families have been apart of this very special place in Ireland for centuries) were so welcoming and spent time with us explaining the history of the castle and the land. I can not thank you both enough for opening up your home and providing us with this most amazing experience of Irish history.. this is the real thing!
Thank You Pat & Mary hope to be back!
Barbara Desmond, Atlanta Georgia, USA
Castlebawn was the highlight of my Wife and I’s trip to Ireland. There is no more unique experience than staying in an island castle from the 1500’s only accessible by boat. Pat and Mary were superb hosts and went above and beyond to make us feel at home.
The views from our top floor master bedroom were absolutely breath taking. The peacefulness of the lake took our cares away and provided a harmonious accompaniment to the crackling fire.
The restoration done to this historical site, once used for cannon target practice, was jaw dropping. The work was a labor of love that can be seen in the attention to detail and respect for the old ways. Pat is an endless fount of knowledge on the history of the castle and the area that surrounds it. His passion was contagious.
Modern conveniences were added to make the stay more comfortable, such as electricity and running water, but this did not detract from the feel of the castle at all. A very artistic eye went into maintaining a historic feel while providing comfort and warmth. If you want an experience you will never forget, and your friends will be jealous of, look no further than Pat and Mary at Castlebawn.
Pat was a GREAT host. He and his son were on the premises for our whole stay. They were happy to meet any of our needs and or wants. It was a AWESOME adventure to be able to stay at a real castle and explore the other sites of the lake. They both made sure that we were fed from our arrival to our departure. I'd defiantly recommend Castlebawn!
We arrived at Dergisle where we picked up the lakeboat, Padraic the man who hires the boats was very informative, explaining the safety tips and telling us the places of interest to see. It was only a five minute journey to the castle. A tip: arrive early to pick up the boat as there is so much to explore and do, i.e. holy island , Mountshannon or even a spot of fishing from the boat ...as we neared Castlebawn our excitement was impalpable, Pat was there at the quay to welcome us, we were shown to our room atop the castle... oh the authentic four poster bed and wow the views of the lake from the room were stunning, we loved hearing the stories in front of a warm fire in the main room of how Pat, Mary and their boys brought Castlebawn back to life, it's a true credit to them. After a wonderful sleep we were woken by the sun streaming through the window and the smell of coffee wafting up the stairs. Pat's son Padraic,was preparing our breakfast which was served to us on the terrace.. oh the views, the lake like a mirror, the fishermen in the distance and holy island. Pat offered us the use of fishing rods if we wanted to do a spot of fishing. It was a true pleasure meeting Pat, Mary and Padraic and being treated like royalty. Our stay in this magical place will have lasting memories. To sum up ,one day is not enough and if you are a writer, poet, fisherman or someone who likes nature and peacefulness, then truly, this is the place for you .......Ha didn't want to leave!
Unbelievable experience. Pat, Mary and young Padraic were fantastic hosts that pulled out all the stops during my stay. I cannot recommend a stay highly enough. The pictures do not do the castle justice and the scenery is beautiful. Very peaceful stay and will be back. Breakfast was 10 out of 10 standard also. Excellent value for money.
Pat and family were no bother at all gladly host them again