Exterior of the castle
Live like a King in my Castle
Live like a King in my Castle
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
Private half-bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
Private half-bath
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A beautiful, original medieval castle experience can be yours for a weekend, a week, or even longer. You'll be staying in the master bedroom, the highest room in the castle.

This castle has been restored to its original state by using traditional materials, and also by using cutting edge technology. We used traditional local stone, limestone, as well as oak beams, to make the castle as traditional as possible, but it also has modern conveniences, such as solar water heating. The castle was built sometime in the 1400's but was refurbished in the last decade. It is comprised of a master bedroom upstairs, with access to the turret, a living room and dining room, two guest bedrooms, and some storage rooms. I'm Peter, your host, and I spent the last ten years refining and refurbishing the castle - the pictures can attest to how well that has worked out. Two room in the castle are still under construction - the storage room downstairs.

Remember, this is a castle that is over 600 years old. That means it's not perfect. Castles were never designed with bathrooms and showers, so we've improvised. You'll have to come downstairs to have a bath which is located in the living room - this is the quirkiest part of the castle. (see pictures of the in-floor bath) You have full private access to the living room,kitchen , bath and your master bedroom

Castles are bult with solid stone, so there is a huge fireplace with a cooker to keep the place warm.

The castle has lots of quirks, its a great and fun place to stay the night.

Galway City is a 25 minute drive from the castle which is a very beautiful city. The castle is around a 20 minute drive from Galway Airport, a 45 minute drive from Shannon Airport and Dublin is two hours away.

What to expect: lots of winding staircases, a castle that has been lovingly restored, but there are some cobwebs, and it gives you the real Irish castle experience. It's not pristine, its not perfect, but it's a real castle. There are lots of sheep and cows in the nearby fields - but lots of peace and quiet.

This is a very unique place to stay. There's nothing like it around, where you can say that you stayed in an actual castle. It's not a tourist attraction (like Blarney Castle) and it's not pristine like a hotel, but you'll have a great time visiting.

You'll need a car. The castle is about two miles from the nearest public transport. (Craughwell has both train and buses running regular schedules)

I can help with anything like lighting a fire or answering any of your questions.

Guest access

full sole use of the top two floors ,fifty steps to the livingroom
Fifteen from the bedroom to the livingroom,, which includes ,bedroom with two double beds one being in the mezzanine ,the living room, kitchen, bath , and toilet and access to the parapet

Interaction with guests

We like to be here to welcome guests
So on or before the day you arrive if you could give us an idea of around what time you are expecting to arrive, so we can organise our day accordingly and be here to welcome you

Other things to note

Now we do have wifi but its limited so no downloading please
As we dont really want to have to put up our prices due to selfish use
Signal can be quite strong so not bad for streaming

Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Smoking allowed

Extra people €25 / night after 2 guests
Always communicate through Airbnb
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House Rules
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check-in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 1PM

Please note that we we like to receive a message along with your request to stay, the castle is not a hotel but our home , so a little introduction is nice ,,,,, Please respect the castle. It's a national monument so we can't have anyone taking artifacts. Also, please try to leave your bedroom before 1pm. We'll take care of the rest. Now this is not a hotel or a prison and we do have cobwebs and a little dust so if you are expecting a pristine five star hotel then go to one , This is our family home, so please be respectful of that, but apart from that I think you'll have an amazing experience here.
We like to make guests aware coming with young children that the castle is not a child friendly place ie
Unforgiving spiral stone stairs, unprotected hot stoves , no child locks on doors and numerous other hazards inside and out for the very young
Now if you feel that you can enjoy your stay without being stressed worrying about your children then why not
Also five people can be accommodated but its on the couch for one person

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - spiral stone stairs 50 steps to the living room and another 15 steps to the bedroom
Some spaces are shared
Amenity limitations


Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

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Eoin User Profile
November 2017
Incredible stay here. Peter, Eva, Leon and Riain are very lovely and welcoming. The castle breeds the passion and love that has gone in to it. Beautiful all around.

Mathieu User Profile
November 2017
Awesome place! Very nice and welcoming host! Amazing Ireland! Que vouloir de plus ?

Allison User Profile
October 2017
All the previous reviews are lies - Pete's castle is even better than they've described! Having read the reviews and had a recommendation from a friend, i had high expectations but this castle and our hosts managed to exceed them! We are a family of 4, kids are 14 and 10 and i was a teeny bit worried that the kids might not appreciate a quirky little castle in the middle of nowhere. We have stayed in many hotels, from 2☆ to 5☆ and all amenities at their fingertips so i wasnt sure how it would go. The verdict? In my 14 year old's words, the best weekend of her life! The hospitality shown by Pete and Eva is amazing and Pete's love and passion for this beautiful castle is evident in every stone, crevass and quirk. My only regret is that we didn't stay a third night - 2 nights were simply not enough!

William User Profile
October 2017
My Dad and his partner just returned from a stays in Pete's castle. My Dad is envious of you living your dream Peter. And to keep the passion you have for the castle the last twenty years is amazing! It is an beautiful place!

Tom User Profile
May 2017
Wow, what can I say? An amazing experience. Cannot express enough how fantastic the place is and Pete is a wonderful host. Fascinating just listening to him. Wish we could have stayed longer. I'll definitely have to go back at some stage.

Daniel User Profile
March 2017
The best place I have been so far, it is just a complete different experience. The host is the loveliest man ever that welcomes his guests with passion and is friendly throughout the stay. We loved to stay in the castle and would recommend it to everybody that is looking for something unique and marvelous.

Aaron User Profile
March 2017
Pete Is a great host and really passionate about his castle. I enjoyed our unique and relaxing time in his castle Pete is pleasant and happy to chat about the origins and how he came to own such a unique property. He helped set up the fire and gave us plenty of fuel to keep it going for the night. For a unique and different night I'd highly recommend a night in Petes castle I'd love to come back in the near future to see his progress.

Craughwell, IrelandJoined in August 2012
Peter User Profile

I am an eccentric stonemason, father, and proud castle owner. I used to be a clothing designer, but turned from designing cloth to cutting stone. I now work on castles all over Ireland and live with my French girlfriend in the castle.

Languages: Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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