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
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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.


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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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Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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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.

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!!!

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

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.

Athenry, IrelandJoined in May 2015
Michael User ProfileMichael is a superhost.
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