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Our 800 Year-old Feudal Castle Awaits You

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Our 800 Year-old Feudal Castle Awaits You

Private room in castle
8 guests2 bedrooms5 beds1.5 baths
8 guests
2 bedrooms
5 beds
1.5 baths
Sparkling clean
16 recent guests said this place was sparkling clean.
John is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Great location
100% of recent guests gave the location a 5-star rating.

Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle is a 15th century tower house, built inside a now-ruined 13th Century castle. It is like a keep, with one major difference. Where a keep is a powerful thick-walled tower, an Irish tower house is a home for the family, that also serves as a keep. When restoring this tower, we have maintained its status as a fortress. We have also have made it warm and comfortable. It is a cozy country home ensconced between castellated battlements, authentic and usable! Warm and dry!


Free parking on premises

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 queen bed,2 single beds
Bedroom 2
2 double beds


Extra space around bed
Wide doorway to the bedroom



369 reviews
Jenna User Profile
May 2019
This place is amazing! I honestly didn’t know what to expect but it exceeded everything by a long shot. The tower house is so cool- the history fascinating and the landscape stunning. This is the real deal when it comes to castles - You really feel like you are part of that…
Marnie User Profile
March 2019
We had the most wonderful stay at the beautiful authentic castle. The hosts Margaret & John are so helpful and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this castle.
Aoiffe User Profile
February 2019
great stay for my husbands birthday this weekend. very warm and friendly welcome from the hosts, felt as if we were visiting friends rather than just staying in a bed and breakfast. really impressive interior decoration. really felt like a once in a lifetime oppertunity to stay…
Shane User Profile
February 2019
Just back from the most amazing weekend in John and Margaret's welcoming home. Where the tea was made within seconds of arrival and we were sitting at the kitchen with what felt like old friends.. John then took us up through the castle, every floor enthralling us more, til we…
Graham User Profile
January 2019
My girlfriend and I spent a magical night in this beautifully restored castle for our one year anniversary. It was fantastic in everyway! A perfect blend of old world charm and modern luxury. They even had medieval costumes that we could wear, which we did, to breakfast!…
Marianne User Profile
January 2018
Absolutely amazing stay, so warm and welcoming. Would recommend that everyone spends at least one night with John and Margaret.
Owen User Profile
October 2017
Our stay was an exceptional experience and one which I would recommend to everyone. John and Margaret were perfect hosts; from welcoming us with scones and coffee to having long conversations about the history of the castle and their lives, they made us feel right at home. The…

Hosted by John

Cashel, IrelandJoined in May 2013
John User Profile
369 Reviews
John is a SuperhostSuperhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
Hi,we are John and Margaret and we are delighted to be listing our unique home. I am originally from the US. I am a pilot, stonemason and historian. My wife Margaret is from the locality and grew up playing in the ruins of Ballytarsna-Hackett Castle, never thinking anyone would…
Interaction with guests
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Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day
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The neighbourhood

Things to keep in mind

Check-in: 4PM - 8PM
Checkout: 12PM (noon)
4PM - 8PM
12PM (noon)

House Rules

  • No smoking
  • No pets
  • No parties or events