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Our Responses to Tripadvisor & VRBO Review(s)

The following is our response to the review on Tripadvisor & VRBO entitled: ‘Unique experience, but expectations not met’ Reviewer:         Kelly K, Aug 12, 2015 Date of Stay:    November 22, 2014 This was a lovely group of four families... Read More

Group Bedroom

With a King-size bed & bunks (double on bottom and single above), this room sleeps up to 5, and is often chosen as the ‘kids room’! Read More

Castle Bedroom

This bedroom is on first level (above ground floor) so it is the closest bedroom to ground level, and sleeps 2 It is accessed by ‘normal’ stairs, and the amazing spiral stone staircase begins just beyond it It is located between the Dining Room... Read More

Family Bedroom

    This Family bedroom is on the second level (two floor above the ground level), and sleeps 4. It is located between the shower-room/wc just below, and the bathroom just above Double bed and bunks (all dressed) Electric blanket on large/double bed Deep... Read More

Small Bedroom Ideas

  Bedroom 3 is on the fourth level (3 levels above ground level) & sleeps 2. It is located above the Great Room and just below the top/penthouse bedroom King size antique 4-poster bed (dressed) Electric blanket (dual control). Small cosy bedroom. Two windows,... Read More

Beautiful Bedrooms

This bedroom is at the very top of the castle (fifth floor)! It sleeps 2 in the Super-King antique 4-poster bed (dressed), and can easily sleep more with futons or baby cribs, etc. Electric blanket (dual control). Very large bedroom with magnificent oak beamed ceilings. Read More

Castle Living Room

Comfortable good-sized sitting room. Mid-level (third floor) half way up the castle), beside the bathroom and below Bedroom 3. Comfortable antique furniture & soft furnishings, wall-hung swords, shields and other historic pieces. Large solid fuel stove to burn wood/coal/turf. A Minstrels Gallery overlooks this... Read More

Castle Dining Room

The Dining Room is on ground level adjacent to the kitchen. It has its own gated doorway entrance (from outside). It is a large room with a big table and seating for 16 around it (and up to 20 at a ‘squeeze’).! Red tablecloth... Read More

Medieval Modern Kitchen

  The Castle kitchen is adjacent to the Dining Room and has ample storage in old oak fitted cabinets Good supply of all size pots, pans and oven dishes Coffee-makers (both electric and plunger) Cutlery and wares for 10+ guests (We have a huge... Read More

Shower Room & WC

 This is just after Bedroom 1 on the first level (on the turn of the spiral staircase). Very spacious shower cubicle. WC and sink also in this room. Bath mats & hand towel provided. Additional bath towels available if required.   Read More

Castle Bathroom

The bathroom is mid-level up the Castle, and adjacent to the Great Room. Stone bathroom with hot-tub, wc & sink Shower facility overhead the hot-tub. Read More

Castle Toilet

Just inside the front entrance doorway on ground level beside the kitchen is a small WC room with sink Read More


Contrary to what many believe, Dungeons in castles were not in the basement! We will save the reason for that for now, and will be delighted to explain all when you arrive! The Dungeon in Ballyhannon Castle is between the Great Room (on the... Read More

The Spiral Staircase

An exquisite example of medieval architecture at its best, the spiral column supporting the entire staircase is self-supporting and made of ancient limestone. All rooms throughout the castle are East-facing, and are accessed from the staircase at different levels. The history and basis for... Read More


A grassy area surrounds the elevated site upon which the castle sits. There are a few steps that lead up to this lawned area (5 steps) from the lower level below and at the base is the field with our pet ponies and a... Read More


We have several miniature ponies in our field adjacent to the castle. In this picture our darling Leah is only 3 years old, so you can see how small the pony really is! All of our guests adore them as they are very placid... Read More


Ballyhannon has a long and private narrow driveway leading up to the Castle & Coach House complex. It’s shared with two other neighbours, but our entrance is at the very end and our grounds are completely walled in/surrounded and have lockable gates for your... Read More

Castle Towers

Ballyhannon Castle is known as a Norman ‘Keep’ (which derives from the Middle English word kype), meaning a type of fortified tower built within castles during the Middle Ages by European nobility. Usually Keeps refer to large towers in castles that were fortified residences,... Read More

Vacation Rentals By Owner

Bedroom 1 – Master bedroom (with King-size bed) This bedroom offers sleeping for 2 in the King-size bed. An electric heater in this room is found behind the bed headboard, which can be operated manually or set to timer. This room has an en-suite... Read More

Dream House

Bedroom 2 (often used as the Family room) This bedroom offers a double bed and bunks, so sleeps up to 4 guests. It is beside the main bathroom. Should you need a baby cot, it’s stored in this room in the wardrobe. Read More

Dream Home

Bedroom 3 is a Double bedroom, and sleeps 2. It is a very cosy bedroom and is beside the main bathroom. The window looks up to the Castle. Read More

Family Reunion

The open-plan living space on the ground floor is where we find our guests tend to congregate between both the Castle and the Coach House as it is the largest room in Ballyhannon. For catered occasions this room with the adjoining conservatory have seated... Read More

Family Gathering

Beside the large living/communal area is the conservatory/sun lounge. It opens to it through two stone arches, and is an ideal extension for seated gatherings/catered occasions when numbers are between 60 – 80. From here you have direct access to the rear lawn on... Read More

Country Kitchen

The kitchen has a good supply of all size pots, pans and oven dishes Coffee-makers (both electric and plunger) Cutlery and ware for 15+ guests (We have a huge amount of extra ware and cutlery available for large gatherings, not all matching sets!) Kitchen... Read More


The TV Lounge is a separate room beside the large open-plan living/communal area, and is a great place for the kids to congregate away from the ‘oldies’! The blue sofa converts to become a very comfortable double sofa-bed. Please let us know if you... Read More


The Master Bedroom has its own carpeted en-suite, with shower cubicle, WC and sink.   Read More

Coach House

The main bathroom is located on the first floor (above ground level), at the centre of all the bedrooms upstairs. With a sink and WC, it is carpeted and has a bath with both a shower-hose and also another separate shower at the end... Read More


Without exception, everyone describes the Coach House as being ‘bigger than we expected’. It is beside the Castle, and has living accommodation equal in size to the Castle, making Ballyhannon one of the only Irish castles for rent to groups of up to 25+.... Read More

19th Century Architecture

Why stay in a modern-built holiday home when you can stay in a 19th Century Irish country home all to yourself! Ballyhannon Castle and Coach House is a self catering County Clare gem. Self catering (or vacation rentals for our US friends!) holidays are... Read More

Castles Of The Middle Ages

This pic shows the view of the Castle from the front door of the Coach House (and from all the rooms in the Coach House). During family gatherings everyone flows from one to the other, and having two separate buildings is ideal for sleeping... Read More

Information About Castles

A view of the Coach House and surrounding countryside from the battlements of the Castle! Overlooking the estuary where Ireland’s largest river (the Shannon) enters the Atlantic Ocean, the original occupants of this fortified Castle could see invaders sail up the river, and could... Read More

Coach House Hallway To Bedrooms

This is the upstairs hallway along which are the bedrooms and main bathroom, all of which look out onto the Castle towering overhead.   Read More

The Snug

In ‘old’ Ireland, along the bar counter one would find a ‘boxed-off’ small private room called a ‘snug’, with its own door so no one could see in. It can still be found in older pubs, and was used by patrons who didn’t want... Read More


How often do you find your perfect venue but you don’t particularly like the menu or the prices! We at Ballyhannon Castle provide the perfect solution – why confine yourself to one chef’s menus when you can select from many, and choose your own... Read More

Events Rates

  Sleeping Capacity Included in our Rates are sleeping accommodations for up to 25 guests comfortably between the Castle and Coach House buildings which are adjacent to each other. The Castle sleeps 10+, and the Coach House sleeps up to another 15.   Dining... Read More

Layout of Rooms – Coach House

The Coach house is a 19th Century 2-storey building, while the Castle is a 15th Century medieval tower built over 5 floors (with a few ‘Returns’ or half-floors also). Here are how the rooms are arranged in the Coach House: . . Coach House... Read More

Layout of Rooms – Castle

The Castle is built over 5 floors (with a few ‘Returns’ or half-floors also), while the Coach House is a two-floor building. Here are how the rooms are arranged in the Castle: Castle Ground Floor: The Dining Room & Kitchen take up the whole... Read More

Contacts for Various Service & Product Providers Locally

The following is a non-exhaustive list of the kinds of local product and service providers our guests have engaged over the years to make their stays and events at Ballyhannon Castle more memorable and fun. We would be delighted to provide bookings with the... Read More

Accommodation Rates

Sleeping Capacity Included in our rates you will have sleeping accommodations for 25 guests comfortably between the Castle and Coach House buildings which are adjacent to each other. The Castle sleeps 10+, and the Coach House sleeps up to 15. Both properties usually rent... Read More

Mission Statement

We at Ballyhannon Castle & Coach House strive to conserve, protect and share our historic heritage castle with our visitors, exceed guests’ expectations by achieving highest standards of service and memorable authentic Irish experiences, and to promote sustainable tourism in Ireland. Read More

All Occasions

. Do You King…. We have actually hosted all wedding themes from medieval to fancy dress to costume parties to a white wedding. Or just come as you are and let the Castle be its own theme. It’s a holiday home with a difference!... Read More