Here is the dining room from another angle. One of the better rooms in the house.Rear entrance to the property.

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

1 bed

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Castle Ellen is about as basic as it gets (with the exception of our recently installed Wifi and an electric shower) :-). No mod cons ! Not far from how it was in 1890 with the exception of an electric shower. If you are looking for a most unusual experience, Castle Ellen will deliver this and much more.

The space

Castle Ellen is most unusual and is just located 25mins from Galway City. It proudly boasts no mod cons. Dating back to 1810, when it was built by the Lambert family, Castle Ellen is situated on 33 acres of land, 13.5 miles from Galway City and 2.5 miles from Athenry.
The house is located in a beautiful woodland setting. It is a haven of tranquility, where one can enjoy a sense of timelessness and connection to nature.

The aim of the proprietor, Mr Michael Keaney, is to maintain the house as close as possible to the way it was at the end of the 19th century. Michael bought Castle Ellen in 1974, when it was in an advanced state of disrepair. He has since made super-human efforts to restore it to some of its former glory, and under his auspices the house has been home to many artists, sculptors, and poets, and provides an oasis of calm and reflection in the busy modern world.

Guest access

14 acres of beautiful grounds.

No breakfast is provided, however there are basic kitchen facilities available for your use. There is a domestic refrigerator available in the Kitchen for food storage.

Interaction with guests

Michael loves to interact with his guests. Michael is actively restoring the property, so during meals he would be delighted to sit down with the guest and they may even want to help out with some of the gardening.

Other things to note

Castle Ellen is an ongoing restoration project, covering both the house and grounds. Michael has dedicated himself to restoring the place to its former state. Progress can be slow, but piece by piece the “Big House" is being continually transformed.

Architectural Features of Castle Ellen:

Swept Limestone Entrance
Basement Wine Cellar with Brick-Arched Compartments
Decorative Plaster Work
Limestone Floor in the Basement Kitchen
Wide Variety of Open Fireplaces.
Tower Castle with Dry Moat dating to 1679
Livestock Tunnel under Main Avenue
Conservation is very important to Michael Keaney, and coal and oil are never used in Castle Ellen. The Irish language is another subject which is close to his heart, and he hopes that Castle Ellen can be a haven for keeping the language alive.

Outdoor Features of Castle Ellen:

Tree lined avenue
Sunken Rockery
Two-Acre Walled Garden
Court Yard (built in 1875)
70-Foot Water Well with Pony-Driven Reciprocating Pump
Grass Tennis Court area

The property is an ideal holiday location for anyone who appreciates historic homes.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 0.5
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 3PM - 11PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 11PM

The property is ideal for rest and relaxation. It would suit all ages, but the lights pretty much go out after 10pm. It would not be a party property in any way :-). We operate a strict no smoking policy for fire safety reasons.



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Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Rose User Profile
April 2017
It is a privilege to be welcomed into Castle Ellen House. The host, Michael, is the kindest and sweetest man who makes his guests feel like they are at home and important to him. This was my second stay at this location and certainly not my last. Every inch of this home tells a story. The guest bedroom is spacious and comfortable, with antique furniture and a spectacular view of the endless green fields and trees. Michael was accommodating and patient. Spending time with this host will be a highlight of your stay in the area. The grounds of the property are beautiful and peaceful to visit. Be sure to allow time for a proper tour by the host, along with memorable stories of his work there.

Lisa & Aaron User ProfileLisa & Aaron is a superhost.
April 2017
After reading the other reviews we decided that Castle Ellen was a must-see for us during our weeklong trip to Ireland, and it did not disappoint! From the moment we arrived Michael made us feel very welcome by seating us next to the fireplace and bringing us a bottle of wine to enjoy. Walking around the expansive grounds, peeking into every nook and cranny, we were captivated by the beautiful chaos of a 200-year-old residence undergoing a transformation at the hands of a worldly and artistic eccentric. Those who enjoy perusing flea markets for vintage treasures and adventurers craving a truly unique experience will fall in love with Castle Ellen as we did. Michael was a wonderful host - he asked if we were hungry and served us a dinner that his daughter had cooked, and in the morning offered cereal and milk. In the morning he showed us the ruins of a castle on his property that dates back to the 1600's and indulged us in many photo ops. Still a charmer at 81, he picked Lisa some wildflowers which she is now pressing and will frame as a souvenir of our trip. Accommodations were rustic yet cozy, the fireplace kept a slow burn throughout the night and the quiet crackle of the burning embers added a bit of enchantment. Michael had also turned on a heating blanket which was so nice to slip into at the end of the day. The room was equipped with a tray of water, tea, coffee and condiments. Castle Ellen was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Ireland. If you are into a one-of-a-kind old world Irish experience and are up for anything then this is the place for you. Thank you to our gracious host Michael for sharing your home with us!

Alexandra User Profile
March 2017
We really cannot say enough good things about our stay with Michael. He is an amazing man and a gracious host. We stayed up late drinking wine and talking and had a warm fire in our room at night. This kind of stay wouldn't be for everyone as the house is under construction, but for us it was such a special opportunity. My husband and I were ready to jump right in and help with the work if we only had longer to stay (silly day jobs). The next morning Michael took us into town and showed us around Galway which was a treat. Our only wish is that we could have stayed longer! Best wishes and I really hope our paths cross again sometime.

Gabriela User Profile
January 2017
Short but sweet version: book it and you won't regret it! This isn't just another airbnb to simply rest your head, it's an experience of a lifetime that you're booking. The room was clean, comfortable, private with all the amenities you would need to live there with the bonuses of a fireplace and an incredible view. We only stayed one night but eating dinner and getting a tour of the estate with Michael was a highlight of our holiday. He showed us incredible hospitality, was helpful with recommendations on what to do while in Ireland, great with communication, accommodating to a late check in, and made sure we were comfortable at all times. Like their father, his children are also lovely and incredibly helpful. Looking forward to coming back to visit Michael soon and seeing the progress he's made on properly restoring the rest of Castle Ellen to her former glory!

Hannah User Profile
November 2016
Michael was so kind, warm and generous during our stay. The caste is definitely rustic but it was a wonderfully unique experience. Michael greeted us warmly and with dinner ready to be served. He regaled us with old personal stories. The next day we were lucky to get a tour of the beautiful grounds.

Savanna User Profile
November 2016
Meeting Michael was one of our favorite experiences about our trip to Ireland. He was a kind, welcoming, generous, and incredible host. He went above and beyond to make us comfortable!
Michael User ProfileMichael is a superhost.
Response from Michael:
It was lovely to have you stay. Please feel free to visit at any time and keep in touch.
November 2016

Whitney User ProfileWhitney is a superhost.
September 2016
Brace yourselves, I am about to write a book here -- I can't explain how amazing our experience was at Castle Ellen. It is rustic, it has unbelievable charm and the room itself was perfect for us. The bed was so cozy and comfortable--Michael set us up with an electric blanket and had tea/coffee already in the room for the next morning. When you wake up, you look out the balcony and see just vibrant green fields with sheep. It should be noted that the castle is in the middle of being renovated (no noise or anything like that), but there are certain quirks that we absolutely loved (no TV--no wireless--no heat--unfinished rooms throughout), it was perfect for us, but I would advise someone looking for a Hilton to stay elsewhere. Or maybe Castle Ellen is exactly the respite and peace people need. Now for the host--we stayed in Ireland for a week and Michael was the best part of our trip. He is somewhat of a legend in Galway and was kind enough to spend his Friday morning/afternoon walking us around town and giving us a once in a lifetime tour. I can not tell you how impressed we were both with Michael and Castle Ellen. We received an Irish experience not many Americans are fortunate to have. It was easily the best part of our trip learning things from Michael and meeting his good friends/family around Galway. Please don't hesitate to not only book this castle, but the experience as well.

Athenry, IrelandJoined in May 2015
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