Gothic Castle Estate

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Sleeps: 18 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 5


Wedding Venue Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Ideal for Parties Stag/Hen Allowed

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Welcome to a Gothic Castle located on the shores of a private lake. The castle is just a short distance from Galway City and conveniently located to Shannon International Airport. The owners can host any event you want, including private parties, gala dinners, weddings and film location. The rental of the castle is always on an exclusive basis so the owner and family move out for your event.

The Castle features pike fishing (fly or spinner) on a private 1000 acre lake - you will be the only boat on the lake allowing complete concentration on the sport at hand. During the season there is also driven pheasant and duck shooting. Around the Estate are a variety of trails offering exploration opportunities for walking, running, cycling, bird watching and nature enthusiasts in unspoiled woodlands and pasture. Within the area there are a large amount of things to do ranging from sightseeing to shopping and golf.

Weekly prices: €25,000
Short breaks: From €7140

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What you should know…

  • The castle also has several winding spiral staircases
  • The winter months can get extremely cold so wrap up warmly

Property Features

Heritage Collection Internet Indoor Games DVD Working Fireplace Heating Conference Facilities Caretaker/Owner on Site Waterfront

Gothic Castle sleeps up to 16 guests in eight bedrooms in absolute luxury and due to our location on the Western seaboard it is ideal for family gatherings, friendly weekends away or summer holidays. An advantage of the location is that we can guarantee privacy as well as the utmost discretion for our discerning guests.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer you our guests what you want rather than having to tow the line. The relaxed nature of our staff and of the Castle itself means that guests are encouraged to feel as though the Castle is their own home.

As a family home the Castle offers an utterly unique combination of relaxed formality combined with every day living. The Castle is let on a self catering basis, but extra staff can be organised for your stay should you wish. Also within the grounds are 3 self-catering cottages that can be hired in conjunction with the castle for groups of up to 39 guests.


About the surrounding area of Gothic Castle Estate
Beach Nearby Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Stalking/Hunting Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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The castle is located just a short distance from Galway City and conveniently located to Shannon International Airport.

Fishing: The lake is a completely private fishery and as such has not suffered the fate of many of the country's other lakes with invasive species such as the Zebra Mussel and algal bloom taking hold. There are many large and smaller pike, as well as some perch and rumours of one or two large trout. Exclusivity means that only one boat can be on the lake at any one time, and no more than two anglers in a boat. The castle provides the boat and engine, lifejackets (if necessary), maps, etc. Limited tackle can be rented too, as well as a fishfinder.

Shooting: Bird, Pheasant and Duck shooting as well as Deer Stalking are available during the season by arrangement. Many of the woodlands were planted in the late 1700s and 1800s specifically with the sport of shooting in mind and thus offer great shooting in a convenient location. At the end of the nineteenth century the estate was famous throughout Ireland for the quality and number of woodcock presented. There is a full time game keeper on the Estate who ensures that all guests are extremely well catered for.

The pheasant shoot was established in 2001 by Dromoland Game Sports who run the famous and very successful shoot at the Dromoland Castle Estate in County Clare. On an average day the bag includes Pheasant, Woodcock, Duck, Partidge and Snipe.

The fallow deer on the Estate are plentiful. They can be stalked on foot or from high seats positioned at vantage points around the Estate. There are mature heads for trophy hunters and the meat can be processed by arrangement. Guests coming to the Estate for the first time are accompanied by an employee until they get their bearings and learn the boundaries.

Equestrian: Horse riding is the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful 650 acre Estate which surrounds the Castle. The estate has equestrian facilities which include stabling for 10 horses, a sand arena/schooling ground and an excellent cross country course as well as plenty of treks. Guests are welcome to bring their own horses by arrangement. Horses are available to hire locally and can be delivered to the Estate for your enjoyment.

Local hunting includes the Galway Blazers, the North Galway Hunt, East Galway Hunt and the North Clare hunt. There are also local groups that ride out regularly such as the "Turkey Trotters" based near Gort.

The cross country course was designed by the internationally renowned Tommy Brennan. The course is c.2.5 miles long and includes up to 34 Jumps with 56 Options - natural fences designed to challenge all from the inexperienced to professional riders. The course winds its way through woodlands, part of the lake itself, the arboretum and across meadow and pasture, allowing riders and spectators to really appreciate the beauty and diversity of the Estate. Tommy Brennan has also designed the cross country element of the Punchestown 3 day event course, and is responsible for the cross country course at the 2008 Olympics in China.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Shannon


Nearest Ferry port Dublin / Rosslare


Nearest Village Gort


Nearest Town/City Gort


Nearest Restaurant Shanaglish


Nearest Bar/Pub Shanaglish

(3.5 km)

Nearest Beach Kinvara

(20km )

Nearest Golf Gort



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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • DVD
  • Waterfront


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests.  If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually help you arrange any of the following:


  • Cook/catering
  • Maid service/extra cleaning
  • Local day-trips or tours
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Babysitting service
  • Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Oliver’s VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.

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Event information

Situated in South Galway, the Castle is a unique location for the hosting of your wedding celebrations or indeed any other special events you may have planned. Always unique, a wedding in the Castle can be as personal as you want to make it. Unlike a Castle hotel, the owners offer suggestions and guidance to help you make decisions about the wedding. The Castle is privately situated, in a glorious position at the heart of the 1600 acre Estate, perched above the water and surrounded by manicured lawns, mature woodland and parkland scenery.

On entering the Castle gates and passing by what is known as the "Dog Lodge", guests will be inspired by the beautiful scenery all along the mile long driveway before they see glimpses of the Castle through the boughs of ancient oak trees. On entering the Castle they will be stunned by the sumptuous decoration throughout. The four main reception rooms offer unparalleled comfort and style to small and large parties alike, while the grounds offer an ideal situation for any who wish to explore a little further.

You will enjoy champagne overlooking the one thousand acre lake. The Gough Room allows friends and family to relax in informal splendour before entering the lavishly decorated Saloon and the Dining Room for their meal. After dinner, dancing takes place under the vaulted ceilings and Bacchanal plasterwork of the Great Hall.

Up to one hundred guests can dine in the Saloon, a further sixty in the Dining room, and if your guest list is larger another forty in the Gough Room, meaning as many as two hundred can share your special day with you. If your numbers are more than two hundred a marquee may be erected on the Garden Terrace adjoining the Saloon.

In order to reduce some of the pressure on the Bride and Groom we always offer a suite in the Castle as a wedding gift. The remaining accommodation in the Castle is also available for rental if required (three night minimum). The whole Castle accommodation consists of eight bedrooms served by seven bathrooms sleeping up to sixteen. There are also three self catering holiday cottages which can sleep up to twenty three guests altogether. Located around a courtyard built in 1846, they can be hired individually or together.

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €1000. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time 16.00
Departure time 10.00
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? No pets allowed.
End of stay cleaning included? Included. Please leave the property in the state that you found it.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking in the property.
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2019 - Dec 28th 2019 £6,970 £10,810 £14,651 £18,491 £24,394
Dec 28th 2019 - Aug 26th 2020 £6,970 £10,810 £14,651 £18,491 £24,394

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2019 - Dec 28th 2019 €7,679 €11,519 €15,360 €19,200 €26,875
Dec 28th 2019 - Aug 26th 2020 €7,679 €11,519 €15,360 €19,200 €26,875

Prices based on an occupancy of 18 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2019 - Dec 28th 2019 $8,706 $12,546 $16,386 $20,227 $30,470
Dec 28th 2019 - Aug 26th 2020 $8,706 $12,546 $16,386 $20,227 $30,470

Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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