Originally constructed in 1805 on the tranquil south facing slopes of the Glen of Aherlow, with exceptional views of the Galtee Mountains, the restoration of this cosy, twin turreted country castle has been a labour of love for the owners.
Just an hours drive from either Cork or Limerick City in the heartland of pastoral Ireland.
A very homely castle
Essentially just one room deep, almost everywher bar the kitchen, enjoys spectacular southerly views across the glen.
With no obvious entrance portico, and convenient parking in the rear courtyard, normal access is via the impressive kitchen.
Rustic country style, with a generous gas range, Belfast sink, and limestone flooring, this large kitchen is also the main dining area, with sturdy leather upholstered oak chairs and matching table.
AT A GLANCE
Up to 8 guests
From €2,800 per week
Four double bedrooms – 1 ensuite with bidet
One single bedroom
One family Bathroom & one WC with shower
- Other Rooms
Sitting room, Library
Study, Games room
Utility room, Larder
Open Fire places
Sky TV, WiFi internet
Good Cell phone reception
There is a small larder adjacent, and a separate utility room off the rear lobby.
The spacious sitting room and the library alongside have original polished flooring, high ceilings and open hearths.
Both rooms also open through brass handled French doors, onto the gravelled front and that ubiquitous view.
There is a continuous vista spanning the garden level of the castle by dint of a series of connecting doors.
Past the library, the ground floor of the octagonal tower with its high windows, serves as a study – a more intimate refuge.
Facilities & Ameneties
• Twin oven Gas range with 5 rings & griddle
• Fridge-freezer, plus freezer in utility room
• Twin toaster
• Washing machine
• Sizes – Two double beds, two King-size
• One Single bed
• Ensuite with bidet
Tech & Entertainment
• Wi-Fi Internet
• TV with sky
• DVD player
• Excellent selection of books
• Gas Barbecue
• Patio dining furniture
• Private woodland walks
Beyond that, what was once the oratory retains its distinctive doors and ceiling brackets, and external impressions on the walls reminiscent of a Templar cross; an additional reception room, less formal and great as a games room.
A powder blue corridor extends across the back of the castle, connecting the ground floor rooms.
The quirky nature of 200+ year old buildings, is that there are two wheelchair friendly bedrooms – a single and a cosy double – off the sitting room at the East end of the house.
They share a small bathroom at the end of the blue corridor.
The remaining three bedrooms are arranged in a row on the next floor; two with magnificent views across to the Galtee Mountains.
The elegant master bedroom boasts a stunning contemporary ensuite bathroom.
The other 2 bedrooms share a generous traditional family bathroom with bath and shower.
There is no guest access to the zenith of the two towers.
The Castle is at the end of a long avenue that winds upwards between fields. Surrounded by 34 acres of private woods, there are spectacular walks above the property amongst the cover of ancient trees.
There is a ring fort on the property and also an ancient Legaun stone.
There is a complete set of furniture and a gas barbecue for dining Al Fresco – which you can do front or back, weather permitting.
The owners occupy the recently converted coach house to the rear should you need anything. They have separate parking and access.
Beautiful, restful, enchanting place. Very special.
We really loved our time here, there is something very special about this place, a deeply restful and calming space that’s incredibly healing. The surrounding environment is beyond beautiful, such a joy to wake to mists over the distant hills.
Sitting in the middle reading room in the mornings with the french windows giving such an amazing view. The silence was restorative and we were able to just ‘be’. Loved the big kitchen, high ceilings, furnishings, everything was so calming. After a very busy and stressful covid few months, we all felt so blessed to have come to Aherlow castle and we left lighter, calmer and ready to face the world again. Freda and Declan are lovely people and kind hosts who gave us our space but were there if we needed them. The walks in the surrounding area are also fantastic and this is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
One of my favorite holidays and the best place we’ve ever stayed in.
Out & About
Rural peace and solicitude define this ancient crossroads – make the most of it.
Here are some of our tips…
- Play a round at Tipp Golf Club
- Back a winner at Tipperary Racecourse
- Take a tour of Irelands Swiss cottage
- Dine out at the Lava Rock
- Ride out at Solohead Equestrian Centre
- Visit the dramatic Rock of Cashel
- Walk around the Glen
- Hike to Galtymore
- Rediscover the Mitchelstown Caves
- Delve into the history of Cahir Castle
The annual Bansha Show this year is August 24th
There are a couple of small grocery shops, some great pubs and a good butcher in the local village of Bansha only 5 minutes away, with several larger ones in Tipperary Town – 10 minutes.
The Galtee Mountains directly across from the Castle are Ireland’s highest inland mountain range. At 920 metres, Galtymore is the highest peak within the range.
A scrupulously maintained 7 foot high white cross, erected in 1975, overlooks the Glen of Aherlow from the Eastern summit – there are two.
Considered a walker’s paradise, there are a variety of mapped walking routes along forest tracks and across open moorland throughout the Glen of Aherlow.
20 minutes away, the feudal Cahir Castle, one of the largest and best preserved in Ireland, is sited on a rocky island in the river Suir. Mostly constructed by the Butler family during the 13th and 15th Centuries, it has featured in several blockbuster productions including Excalibur and more recently, The Tudors.
Discovered in 1833, and close to Cahir, The Mitchelstown Cave is one of the largest and most complex cave systems in Ireland. It features massive caverns with dripstone formations, stalactites, stalagmites, including one which stands some 9 meters in height.
The temperature within the cave remains at a constant 12° Celsius all year.
The Rock of Cashel, 30 minutes away, was once the seat of the High Kings of Munster, though little evidence remains of their time here – most of the buildings dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. This iconic structure which stands out against the skyline has a long and compeling history is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and most visited attractions.
How to get there – Car advised…
By Air: Flights to Dublin, Cork or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – approx. 2 and a quarter hours from the castle.
Cork Airport – approx. 1 and a quarter hours from the castle.
Shannon Airport – also approx. 1 and a quarter hours from the castle.
By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 2.5 hours from the castle.
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is just over 2 hours from the castle.