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Here is the dining room from another angle. One of the better rooms in the house.Rear entrance to the property.
Castle Ellen House, Athenry, Galway
Castle Ellen House, Athenry, Galway
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
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.

Free parking on premises
Wireless Internet
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 - 10PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

21 Reviews

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Serena Slevin User Profile
August 2017
A fantastic host! Great conversation and much was learned from Michaels vast array of knowledge from the "University of Life". We felt honored to be able to see and stay in such an inspirational home. Our room was beautiful and the open fire made it even better.

Mike User Profile
August 2017
Words cannot describe our experience in Ellen castle.We had the most amazing time,Michael was a fantastic host, he opened a bottle of wine and shared so many stories of his time in the castle which we loved all while we sat in front of a lovely warm open fire.He also had a big open fire lit in our bedroom too which was so nice when we finally went up to bed.Next morning his tour of the castle ground was even more enjoyable, especially the walled garden,we loved it. If its a 5 star hotel you are looking for then keep looking, if its a 5 star unforgettable experience you are looking for then look no further.Unique in every way.go raibh maith agat Michael

Ruth User Profile
October 2017
We rearranged our trip to be able to stay at Michael's lovely castle home and definitely recommend others to do the same. Michael's home is a history tour in the making, truly a one of kind experience. He welcome us in his home with a warm fire, a bottle of wine, great conversation and homemade pizza. But what really made this experience special was Michael, and the castle, his warmth (despite its cold) and the care he has taken to restore it. His tour was the highlight of out time with him and definitely something not to be missed.

William User Profile
September 2017
Castle Ellen house was truly a destination that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. Although the house is still under construction and has its flaws, Michael the host makes up for them and more with his graciousness and how magnificent of a person he is. My girlfriend and I were welcomed into the house with open arms and as more of a friend than someone he was renting a room to. He made sure to go out of his way to make us feel welcome and gave us tours of the gardens and all the things he finds special about his property. During the two nights that we stayed in the Castle Ellen House, we shared multiple bottles of wine over dinner with Michael and with every story it became more and more evident how passionate he was about the house and how the house was a labor of love for him. In addition during that time, he also shared with us travel recommendations and history of not only the house but the history of the area and the country as well. If you are looking for a 5-star caliber resort this is probably not the place for you but if you are looking for something memorable that can be the highlight of your trip than I couldn't recommend it more.

Andrea User Profile
September 2017
Staying at Castle Ellen House is such a wonderful and unforgettable experience! Miceál is the most charming host and couldn’t be any more welcoming. He made a huge effort to make us feel at home, he even gave us a tour of the place and it’s grounds, and made time to tell us about the history of the house when we sat by the cosy fireplace after our tour. The room was just as cosy, with a very comfortable double bed, and Miceál had made sure we wouldn’t be freezing – he’d lit a fire in the fireplace and provided an electric heater just in case. If you’re able to overlook the odd cobweb here and there and instead have an eye for the remarkable uniqueness of the absolute gem that is Castle Ellen House, do not miss out on this opportunity. Just getting to know the host is worth a visit, so I’d recommend dropping by even if he lived in a tent. Thank you so much for everything, Miceál, and keep doing what you’re doing. I’ll most definitely be back :).

Nancy User Profile
August 2017
Michael is an amazing host. He loves Castle Ellen so much and has been spending years renovating it. He made our stay in Co. Galway unforgettable. For our last night in Ireland, Michael asked us to come home early and we had dinner and wine together. He took us around the property and explained everything that he had been doing and it is truly spectacular. The room we stayed in was comfortable and Michael started a fire for us. There were some spiders crawling around but that was expected considering how old the castle is! I didn't mind the bugs at all but if you're easily scared by bugs, this might not be the place for you. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience and we will definitely come back to Castle Ellen when we come to Ireland again. If you guys are looking for somewhere with history and a host who will make you feel special, this is the place to stay!

Samantha User Profile
August 2017
Castle Ellen is more than just a place to stay, it is an amazing experience! Thanks to Michael our time at Castle Ellen was unforgettable! Michael was there to assist us with whatever we needed, he has an incredible amount of historical knowledge of the castle and area, and he makes his guests feel warm and welcomed. Our stay at Castle Ellen was one of the best parts about our trip, I highly recommend staying with Michael!!!

Athenry, IrelandJoined in May 2015
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Languages: English
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