Inside

Ballyportry Castle sleeps 8 guests comfortably in the following accommodation:

  • 3 bathrooms, 2 with showers
  • 6 bedrooms (2 doubles/2 twins/2 singles)
  • 2 kitchens
  • 5 acres of land

There is a large downstairs kitchen/sitting chamber at entrance level. A stone spiral staircase ascends the castle to the principal room, a spacious 'great hall' roofed with oak trusses, which has an open fireplace and stone floor.

Heating is ducted underfloor, and via a cosy log burning stove in both the downstairs kitchen and the largest bedroom.

The tower house is cleaned completely before and after guests have stayed, and in accordance with the sensitivities of the conservation programme.

The ceilings contain remains of the original hazel branches, which were used to hold the plaster and bear the impressions of the branches. The limestone walls are neither rendered nor plastered.

The bathroom counter tops are of Liscannor stone, and the kitchen worktop is of Kilkenny marble. The stone floors are also of Liscannor, a rare and beautiful hardwearing stone from the locality.

Ireland has its share of posh crenellated hotels - but for drama and seclusion, none matches this 500 year old tower standing alone amid the rocky wilds of The Burren. Built by the O'Briens, it was saved from dereliction in the 1960s and stylishly refurbished in the 2000s...