The Castle, Castletownshend

LocationCastletownshend, Co. Cork

Castle Townshend is a stunning 17th Century castellated house overlooking the harbour of Castlehaven. Built by the Townshend family, the house gradually expanded with the towers being added in the 1800’s. Now 11 generations on and rejuvenated in 2016, The Castle offers both an authentic historic home, with its wood panelled walls, family portraits and museum like ornaments, and all the expected modern facilities such as ensuite bathrooms, heating and wifi.

The Castle

A warm welcome awaits you at The Castle and make use of the honesty bar to relax and unwind in this peaceful setting. Every bedroom is individually named and decorated so each having it’s own charm, the balcony in “Army”, the large four poster bed in “Archbishops”, and the double bath in “Chavenage”, all making a unique and memorable stay. Breakfast is served each day in the Dining Room on the East side, perfect for the morning light to enjoy the fresh buffet table and order a hot cooked to order Irish breakfast. Eight of our unique rooms boast King size beds which help you to enjoy the luxury of the accommodation offered at the Castle, Castletownshend. We also have a single room and a room with two double beds which is also very comfortable when travelling with family. All of our rooms have private ensuite bathrooms while the single room has its own private bathroom, just across the hall.

Breathtaking surroundings

Castletownshend is an unspoilt village set on a steep hill running all the way down to The Castle at the bottom, past the “Two Trees” in the middle of the road. The village has an air of days gone by with its old phone box, petrol pump and listed green water pumps. The village has much to offer with Mary Ann’s Bar & Restaurant just 2min walk from The Castle, serving award winning food all day throughout the year. Lil McCarthy’s pub at the top of the village is open for late drinks and hosts music throughout the summer months. The small village shop offers news papers, basics and the local gossip! In an area full of history, visit the Church to see Harry Clarke stained glass windows, check opening times for the Edith Somerville museum and gardens. Walk to the “Three fingers” or Knockdrum fort for amazing views of the Castlehaven area.

Skibbereen market town (farmers market on a Saturday) is just a 10 min drive away, with a selection of cafes, restaurants and bars. Visit the art gallery or the Heritage centre to learn all about the famine or to trace your family roots.


We asked some of our guests how they enjoyed their stay with us in The Castle and here is what they had to say….

“Wonderful stay in a magical place. Everything was perfect. Warm welcome to the castle. Rooms were lovely with a great view. Good variety & quality breakfast. Staff were helpful & friendly. Beautiful surrounds.” (Pearl C, Tripadvisor)

“The Castle is an authentic, aged like wine, period lodging with a warm embrace of the water inlet at your fingertips. Sharon was an excellent genuine hostess, and their dog sentry was dutiful with his friendliness as well. The elegant dining room with delicious freshly prepared meals with tall ceilings and fine furnishings makes you feel like royalty for the day.” (John S, Tripadvisor)

“Staying at The Castle was one of the highlights of our week-long trip to Ireland. Our room overlooked the bay and we loved watching the reflection of the moon rising on the water. It was also very interesting to explore the inside of the castle. The breakfast was delicious. I would have loved to stay there several more nights, but so much to see and so little time.” (Emw, Tripadvisor)

The Castle, Castletownshend, Castletownshend, Co. Cork, P81 NH72, Ireland

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The Castle, Castletownshend, Co Cork P81 NH72