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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and a group of friends stayed in Ballaghmore in Jan.  Very interesting stay as it was definitely something different than our usual hotel /guest house stay.  We cooked our own food and played games on the first night and booked a hike the following day and went for food and drinks in Roscrea only 10mins away on the second...

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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I found this castle quite by accident. The lovely Grace greeted us warmly, sent us to tour the castle, then invited us in to enjoy her company. We were treated like old friends, Grace helped us with family history, then gave of a personal tour of the grounds. It was a hidden gem and a highlight of...

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Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Organised a stag party in ballaghmore castle last weekend. We had the most amazing time. The owners Lady Grace and Kevin were very accommodating and we were made feel very welcome. The castle was incredible and was an amazing place to have a party. Will definitely be going back. It really was a great experience.

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Aurora, Illinois
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

Ballaghmore Castle is such an authentic and truly pure place! The owner Grace is surely the 9th wonder of the world. We enjoyed our stay with delight! Thanks grace! Highly recommended for the genuine experience seeker. The bed and breakfast is absolutely outstanding and the quarters of the castle are done up nicely. There is much to do and you...

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Drogheda, Ireland
Reviewed 21 January 2016

I was visiting Leap Castle nearby to discuss setting up a photoshoot. I saw Ballaghmore Castle from the road and decided to have a look. After all there was a sign on the place advertising visitors could look around the castle for €5. On my way up the 'drive' to the castle I came across what looked like a family...

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Reviewed 18 November 2015

As surreal as it is to be able to rent a Castle for the weekend, it has to be said that the whole experience of spending a weekend here was magical for me and my 15 friends who stayed here. As the whole weekend was planned as a surprise for me (for my 30th), from early Friday evening all the...

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Reviewed 17 November 2015

Stayed here with a group of 14 "girls" for a party weekend in September. We all had a ball! It is an old castle, granted, but if you go with an open mind, it is fantastic. LEAVE YOUR HEELS AT HOME! Not suitable for the stone stairs and flagstone floors. Beds are comfy and warm. The bedrooms sleep about 10...

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County Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 30 September 2015

We had a big birthday celebration in Ballaghmore Castle last weekend. There were 10 of us on Friday night and 14 of us on Saturday night. The entire group had an unforgettable experience. On arrival on Friday, we met ''Gracious' Grace, the owner and she gave us the grand tour of the Castle and showed us how to work things....

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San Luis Obispo, California
Reviewed 27 June 2015 via mobile

Thought we'd be spur-of-the moment and stop by and stay on our last night in Ireland. Owner met is at the door, encouraged us to tour the inside, proceeded to show us old photos and paintings of family lineage. Place smelled musty - flys dead on floor. Poorly kept and very unsanitary looking. We made our excuse that we needed...

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Ballaghmore_Castle, Owner at Ballaghmore Castle, responded to this review

Unfortunately people's opinions are sometimes as a result of their own perceptions after a long day. I do remember this couple arriving after having been to a wedding which they had clearly enjoyed. They asked me if they could buy a drink but I advised them that as we are not licensed to sell alcohol that they should continue their...

County Dublin, Ireland
Reviewed 23 June 2015

Myself and my family stayed in Balaghmore Castle last weekend. There was 20 of us from kids to teenagers to aunts/uncles in their 60's. The entire group had what can only be described as an amazing experience. We met Grace, the owner on arrival and she kindly gave us the grand tour of the castle. The stone walls, stairs, big...

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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
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“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!”
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