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Reviewed 17 January 2015 via mobile

Me and 12 friends travelled from the Isle of Man to spend New year here. We were greeted with a very warm welcome from Grace and Sorrelle who were very hospitable through out our stay. The castle itself was amazing! Plenty of beds for us all which were very comfortable. I wouldn't be comfortable in the bedrooms if we were... More 

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Reviewed 24 September 2014

Spent last weekend in Ballaghmore celebrating my fiancees 30th birthday with 20 of our friends. The entire group had what can only be described as an amazing experience. This is the real rustic castle experience which was a breath of fresh air from the standard hotel experience. The bedroom areas are very clean and warm.Everyone was immediately relaxed and settled... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2014

Ballaghmore was exactly what we were looking for - a real castle that someone has NOT stripped down and morphed into a modern day hotel. We wanted a true, rustic castle experience (with plumbing and working electricity) and that is exactly what this place delivered. Everything is on a large medieval scale -- enormous dining and great halls with high... More 

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Recently returned from a 3 day stag do that was held in the castle - had a great time in a truly unique setting. There were 12 of us and we were made to feel very welcome by Grace, the owner. I have to stay we didn't see any bats nor mice but wouldn't really have minded as it is... More 

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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Large group booking. All squashed into 2 rooms!!!!! Shared with mice, bats , spiders. Not a clean place. Damp. Minimal cooking facilities. Plenty of storage. One only functioning bathroom. Instructed not to flush often . !!! Owner eventually let us use her bathroom !!!! Avoid ballaghmore castle. Fire hazard as only one stairwell in and out.

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2014

Ballaghmore Castle was a true adventure and a wonderful step back in time. By day, the castle offered such a phenomenal taste of what life was once like. The roaring fire in the dining hall, the steep spiral stairs, stone walls ... amazing! By night ... the charm faded somewhat. All adults sharing one open sleeping space was a bit... More 

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Ballaghmore_Castle, Owner at Ballaghmore Castle, responded to this review

In 25 years no one has ever seen a mouse, ghost etc! The teenagers seem to have had a wonderful time .. we have recovered a wealth of arrows in the grounds including one from the roof of the castle .. no mean feat boys! (if you would like us to return them to you we will be happy to).... More 

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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Have you ever dreamed of experiencing life in a Mediaeval Irish castle in all its glory? Surrounded by horses, musicians, dogs, feasting, artists and wonderful thought-provoking stimulating conversation? If this is you then you must stay at Ballaghmore Castle. This is not a hotel, but a way of life. Not, perhaps, for tourists who like the sanitised cleanliness and ersatz... More 

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Stockbridge, Georgia
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

As a Fitzpatrick descendant I looked forward to visiting the area of my ancestors. It was not a disappointment. We had a delightful and enlightening visit. We slept well, had delicious breakfasts and our host, Grace, was very knowledgeable about the history of the area. It was a delightful visit.

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Reviewed 30 April 2014 via mobile

I stopped by the castle to enquire about bringing tourist groups to tour the castle, as I am involved in the tourism industry. When I arrived the owner was not at home so I waited. Within a few minutes she arrived back and without any apparent reason and before i could explain my reason for being there she launched a... More 

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Sorry tour operator but Grace did ask you please telephone to make an appointment as she was not able to see you there and then. More 

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Three families together stayed a week at Ballaghmore and it was a high point of my life, seriously. Grace and her family could not have been more hospitable and the castle is amazing. It's very simple but quite adequate in the amenities, as they wanted to keep it as quaint and historic as possible. The grounds are beautiful. Loved it!

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Ballaghmore Castle 1480 Celtic castle - perfect for family holidays. Only one and a half hours from Dublin yet set in beautiful peaceful countryside rich with activities and amenities. The castle is rented exclusively to your family group giving you the peace and privacy of the whole castle for the duration of your stay. Set in thirty acres of private grounds the castle offers sleeping accommodation for up to twenty family members over two floors of shared sleeping accommodation. The castle includes shower, bathroom and four WCs.The spectacular banqueting hall with its long tables, minstrels' alcove and roaring log fire forms the centre for gatherings in the castle. Off the Banqueting hall is a well equipped self-catering kitchen including large oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine and dryer. In addition, the fabulous Great Hall at the top of the castle also offers its cosy open fire, comfortable arm chairs and fun areas for table-tennis, snooker and games. On the ground floor of the castle is the generous flag-stoned basement that is ideal as a bar area if you are having a party whether inside or outside of the castle. The main entrance to the castle leads you to the beautiful mature and natural garden, ponds, woodlands and covered barbecue area with its long banqueting table for all the family. Adjacent to the castle is the owner's Manor House B&B which offers additional accommodation if required for those needing their own bedroom such as parents with babies and older members of the family (the B&B is offered at a separate cost). The Castle is positioned in the centre of its own land with a long grass lined avenue, surrounding paddocks and plenty of space to relax and for children to play. The countryside, small towns and villages within the locality of Ballaghmore Castle are rich with amenities including fishing, golf, horse riding, hiking, sightseeing, ancient heritage sites, eating out, shopping and pubs. A holiday at Ballaghmore Castle is a rare, unique and thrilling experience. The castle has been restored and maintained as close as is possible to its original and thus to stay here gives you a true experience of castle living. ... more   less 

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Address: Dublin Road, Borris-in-Ossory, Ireland
Region: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Laois > Borris-in-Ossory
Number of rooms: 6
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“Views from the bedrooms are limited ( small castle windows) but the view from the roof is unbeatable!!”
 of 5 bubbles annnolan2015, 30 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Rooms in the BnB, which is a beautiful mediaeval house beside the castle and which oozes the good taste and charm of the current chatelaine, Grace, are better suited for solo travellers. The castle itself is enormous and you could get lost if you stay in it alone!”
 of 5 bubbles ferelith, 2 Jul 2014 | Read review
“If your tall ask for the eight footer poster bed!”
 of 5 bubbles 526tomw, 29 Mar 2014 | Read review
“Most of the rooms are huge and have REAL antique furniture - 4 poster bed, refectory tables etc.”
 of 5 bubbles pussycats4, 30 Sep 2012 | Read review
“There is another lovely room in the guest house with a 7ft four poster and own ensuite if preferred!”
 of 5 bubbles AHF_7, 8 Mar 2012 | Read review
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