Ballyportry, Co. Clare
The 500 year old Gaelic Ballyportry Castle, is a pleasant half hour’s drive from the Wild Atlantic Way coastal route that leads around Galway Bay and on to the much visited Cliffs of Moher. The authentic castle is furnished in a classic rustic style. It stands high above the green landscape of County Clare with grazing horses and cattle nearby. At night the gate of the 17th century encircling bawn wall of the castle frames the moon as it rises over the distinctive shelving outline of the Clare hills.
Seven lakes can be seen from the rooftop walk. The late medieval castle walls enclose comfortable rooms and chambers with a Great Hall at the highest level, more than 100’ above the distinctive limestone Burren lands of this part of Clare. Ancient roadways nearby have become 21st century hiking routes through the flower rich Burren.
‘The 500 year old Gaelic Ballyportry Castle is always let as an exclusive let which means that you are the only guests while you are there. No more than 8 guests can stay.’
Our Ballymaloe trained chefs (the top cookery school in Ireland) can prepare dinner every evening. This is a distinctive pleasure that is part of the authentic experience of living in your own castle. Arrangements can be made for good traditional musicians to come to play in the Great Hall before or after dinner. Guided tours of the Burren by an expert guide tailored to your interests are one of the frequently mentioned highlights of a stay.
The 500 year old Gaelic Ballyportry Castle works very well with families. It sleeps 8 guests comfortably in the following accommodation: • 6 bedrooms (2 large doubles bedrooms, 2 small doubles and 2 singles suitable for 1 adult or 2 children in the original bedchambers. • 2 kitchens, each with a dishwasher and fridge. One freezer in the downstairs kitchen. • 3 bathrooms, 2 with showers • 5 acres of wooded land bounded by a road and by a small murmuring stream.
You walk into a large downstairs kitchen/sitting chamber with an elegant 21st century log burning stove, a 6 burner cooking gas stove, dishwasher and fridge/freezer with plenty of delph and a good selection of books in the bookcase. The stone spiral staircase ascends the castle to the principal room, a spacious Great Hall roofed with oak trusses, with an open fireplace, couches, a dining table, more books and an independent top kitchen up a further 3 steps to one side on the way to the rooftop walk. Drinks before dinner are frequently enjoyed in front of the fire after viewing the sunset from the battlements.
Heating is oil fired ducted under floor heating. There is an excellent Danish designed 21st century cosy log burning stove in the downstairs kitchen. All the beds are comfortable and are dressed with wool blankets and linen sheets.
The 500 year old Gaelic Ballyportry Castle is cleaned completely before and after guests have stayed, and in accordance with the sensitivities of the conservation programme. Many of the ceilings contain remains of the original hazel branches, which were used to hold the plaster and bear the impressions of the branches. The limestone walls are neither rendered nor plastered.
The bathroom counter tops and stone floors are of Liscannor stone, a rare and beautiful rough cut limestone from close by.
Please note that the curving late medieval stone staircase may not suit small children or those with a walking disability. There is a minimum stay of 3 nights.
Ballyportry Castle, Ballyportry, Co. Clare, V95 KA47, Ireland
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