Towerhouse Castle & Coach House

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Sleeps: 24 - 26 Bedrooms: 9 Bathrooms: 7
Oliver Approved

Overview

Wedding Venue Ideal for Kids Pets Welcome Walk to Village

If you’re looking to experience authentic Ireland with all your favourite 21st century amenities look no further!

The exceptional Towerhouse Castle & Coach House is beautifully situated with views over green tree filled fields. The 16th century Towerhouse has been restored to its former glory using the techniques and materials of the original builders. The rooms are rich in character and offer a truely unique atomsphere. Whilst the new Coach House addition offers a modern and spacious stay.

The castle, an ancient seat of the Comerford clan, is a five storey, 16th century towerhouse. Located just 8 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny, which offers a wealth of wonderful pubs, activities and local sites.

Modern comforts have been incorporated without detracting from the simple grandeur of this ancient dewlling. This beautiful example of a medieval towerhouse, built for security and status, is still a feature of the Irish landscape.

It is a five storey keep rising to a height of 65 feet. A surprising feature of the Castle is the light. Though narrow, the windows have deep angled sills which deflect the light very efficiently.

The Castle is now a charming self-catering holiday home where guests will have an unforgettable stay. Full cleaning and catering can be arranged.

The Coach House can comfortably accommodate another 12 - 14 guests, at a squeeze a further two can sleep on the sofa bed in the living room, this takes the total capacity to 26 guests. There are three en-suite double bedrooms, all being wheelchair friendly. There’s a family room with two double beds as well as a loft room, perfect for the kids, which sleeps four. Also, in this part of the property is a second living room and fully equipped, modern kitchen with all necessary appliances.

The varied and flexible accommodation between The Towerhouse and The Irish Coach House helps to excellently cater for the variety of needs required by large group gatherings and weddings.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • The drawing room is on the fourth floor which is 55 steps from the bottom of the castle.
  • The stone steps can be hard on the knees and not ideal for anyonw with a talking disablity
  • There are low ceiling in the shower and bathroom in the castle.

Property Features

Heritage Collection Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Wheelchair Access Indoor Games Outdoor Games Working Fireplace Heating

THE CASTLE

The ground floor was originally used to store goods, but also people and livestock in times of danger. Now used as a fully fitted kitchen. You can therefore cook a medieval feast without the medieval cooking appliances!

Going through the back door, you enter a secluded south facing patio area with a large fireplace for a BBQ or open fires. Garden furniture is supplied.

The second floor now consists of an immense bedroom with a four poster bed and niches in the walls for sleeping. It will be the ideal family room or bridal suite. On this floor there is also a smaller bedroom and a very elegant bathroom, with a victorian bath (the biggest we've ever seen!) along with all the modern conveniences one expects.

On the third floor you enter a very substantial room with deep niches in the walls, once used as beds. Now this floor is a huge double height dining room, with an enormous chandelier hanging down in the centre. The room has a medieval stone fireplace for big blazing fires, a long dining table with church pews for large dinners, seating up to 12 people. Off this room there is a bedroom with two comfortable beds and windows with views of the grounds.This floor also has a smaller kitchen in which one can prepare light meals. This kitchen is fitted with a sink, oven grill, microwave and of course crockery, cutlery, glasses, etc. You will also find a very elegant shower room.

The fourth floor, with it's vaulted ceiling, is now a bedroom. Once, this room was the family chapel. This floor also has a shower room. All beds in the castle have orthopedia matresses, electric blankets, duvets with covers and feathered cushions for a snug and deep sleep. They also all have victorian cast iron radiators installed.

The fifth and top floor was once the state apartment, and is now a magnificent baronial drawing room, with another huge stone fireplace. The room has a vaulted ceiling left exposed to maintain the traditional feel of the room, and another giant chandelier hangs from the ceiling. This room has several lounge seats, a beautifully hand crafted swing in one of the alcoves, and a table with chairs for games. Heavy curtains hang down to make the room cosy in the evening. There is also a music installation and games available. There are four windows, each one of them facing the cardinal points. The views are magnificent in all directions. Off this room is a secret room with a deep floorshaft, used as a priests' hole or to keep prisoners.

A smaller flight of stairs leads up to the ramparts, where you can gaze as far as Mount Leinster or Slievenamon on a fine day.

THE COACH HOUSE

Ground Floor

- Large spacious kitchen and dining area with plenty of light. The main room is filled with a French dresser and two dining table with 10 chairs. The room also offers a small kitchen worktop, sink, stanley stove and dishwasher.
- There is an additional small kitchen area located in a separate room at the back of the kitchen with a microwave and fridge
- To the right of the kitchen is a small living room with tv and fireplace looking onto the terrace.
- Main family bedroom with two double beds grand piano and seating area.
- Large shower room with sink and WC
- Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom including a large shower,wc and sink(this room is ideal for wheelchair users)
- Double bedroom with a view over the back of the garden and terrace

*There is a door that can be closed to separate these second parts of the coach house for additional privacy

- Double bedroom with large window making the room very light and bright. The room has an ensuite with shower,WC and sink
- Shower room with a WC and sink
- Additional breakfast room with a small kitchen, TV, table for 6 and sofa bed (sleeps 2)

First Floor
- Relaxation loft with four single beds with two sky lights (access is via a sprial stair case).  

Outside Grounds
- There is a stone terrace to the back of the house covered with roses, offering a wonderful spot to marvels at the Tower Castle.
- There is a small lawn for children to play on.

Location

About the surrounding area of Towerhouse Castle & Coach House
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Romantic
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Nestled in the hub of Ireland's Ancient East, Kilkenny is the Medieval Capital of Ireland, the castle is the perfect base from which to immerse yourself in its historic slipways, music, culture and arts. Towerhouse Castle is located 8 km from Kilkenny, 64 km from Waterford, and 120 km from Limerick, Cork and Dublin.

Favourite Pubs include

- John Cleeres, Kilkenny - This cosy and traditional Irish pub offers a great atmosphere and friendly service also a variety of Irish traditional music every Monday. It also has a 100 seater venue at the rear, where good quality Irish music is performed every weekend. Highly recommended.

- Andrew Ryan, Kilkenny - Good tunes, good beer and good company. This is the house of good music in Kilkenny for those who like traditional, blues and country rock. There is a fabulous beer garden and a comfortable smoking area.

- Carrolls, Kilkenny - This is a really traditional Irish pub, and the cosy, warm and friendly atmosphere is welcoming. The enthusiastic staff give guests the best of service. Traditional Irish music sessions are held here regularly and the craic is great. The best of pub grub is offered, and during the summer there is a spectacular beer garden open which also features a barbeque.

- The local pub in Cuffsgrange: Just a 10 minute walk from castle, proprietors Liam and Marianne Murphy host the 'sitting room' of the locals. The craic is mighty.

- The Left Bank, Kilkenny - A funky venue that was remodelled in 2008 from a Bank of England Headquarters and is arguably one of Kilkenny's most popular pubs.

- The Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny - A new music venue in the heart of the city, it is housed in the oldest surviving townhouse in Ireland- the 1852 Archer Inner House, 17 High St.

- Kytlers Inn, Kilkenny - Winners of the tourism bar of the year in 2014, it combines a rich heritage with 21st century amenities and service. Since it was first established by the notorious Dame Alice de Kyteler in the 13th century, the inn has welcomed visitors and provided them with good food and beverages.

There are eight golf courses in Kilkenny City and county, offering a variety of challenges for both the experienced and novice player. There are 18 hole and 9 hole parkland courses, par three golf facilities, driving ranges, pitch and putt courses and even a crazy golf course to satisfy every skill level.

Kilkenny provides ample locations and opportunities for all those who enjoy horse riding at whatever level and activity they require.

Game angling is the best on the rivers Nore and Suir and their tributaries with some trout and salmon on the river Barrow. Coarse anglers will especially enjoy the River Barrow where there is excellent bream fishing from late April to October. Rudd is in plentiful supply in summer and pike fishing is more rewarding in the cooler months.

Cross Country quad biking on a scenic livestock farm is available for those age 8 years and upward. Half an hour drive from Kilkenny. Up to twelve people at any one time. Clay pigeon shooting is available on request.

Set in extensive parklands, this 13th century Kilkenny castle was once the home of the Butlers, Earls and Dukes of Ormonde. The castle has been magnificently restored and guided tours are available all year round.

Jerpoint Abbey: This outstanding Cisterian Abbey was founded in the 12th century. The church, with it's Irish Romanesque details, dates from this period, though the tower, east window and the beautifully sculptured cloister arcade date from around 1400.

Dunmore Cave: This is one of Ireland's most interesting limestone caves. First mentioned in the 9th century Irish Triads, it was reported to be the site of a viking massacre in 928 AD. Coins found in the cave date from 897 to 926.

The monastery of Kells dates from 1193 AD. The seven towers are in various stages of preservation, but they must have been top-level in their standard of comfort for their inhabitants. It is an ideal place to bring children for a day outing. Apart from what they would learn in history, they would certainly enjoy the day playing at knights in armour up and down the steps and exploring the castles.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Dublin

(71-80 km)

Nearest Ferry port Dublin/Rosslare

(71-80 km)

Nearest Village Cuffesgrange

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Kilkenny City

(8 km)

Nearest Restaurant Kilkenny City

(8 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Cuffesgrange

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Dunmore East/Tramore

(36-40 km)

Nearest Golf Mount Juliet/Kilkenny/Callan

(8 km)

Region

A land of literary greatness, folktales, incomparably romantic landscapes and legendary good times, Ireland is an unsung hero when it comes to fantastic European destinations ripe for exploration. Drink in the atmosphere, hubbub and culture of Dublin, the splendour and sea air of Galway or strike out in your walking boots and revel in the beauty of the countryside – there’s so much to love in Ireland, whatever you choose you’ll end up leaving a piece of your heart there (and returning again and again to check on it). Luckily, we’ve got a great selection of luxury holiday homes in Ireland that make the perfect home-from-home – and they’re just as welcoming as you imagine.

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Kids

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

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Indoor Games
  • Outdoor Games

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Oliver's Travels Chef Service: A Gourmet Dining Experience
Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs

Event information

Towerhouse Castle & Coach House makes a truly wonderful setting for couples looking for a relaxed and intimate special day. Thee idyllic grounds make a beautiful backdrop for the photographs you will treasure forever.

Wedding Reception

A reception with up to 60 people can be hosted at this castle. Inside smaller groups of up 25 people could be seated in the main or top-floor dining rooms. Larger groups with up to 60 people could be seated under a hired marquee in many spots in the grounds or at the front of the castle. Dancing could continue in a marquee in the grounds with the hire of a dancefloor and with music playing until as late as you like with no noise restrictions at this property.

Wedding Ceremony
A ceremony could take place in any of the same possible reception locations. If a legal marriage ceremony is required, this may be possible on-site, please enquire.

Where to Stay
Up to 26 people can sleep on-site. Nearby, all other guests would be able to find accommodation within a 10-minute drive from the castle. The owners can supply details of local transportation firms.

Wedding Planning

The venue can recommend an event planner, or the client may provide their own. Relaxed weddings are encouraged at this venue, so planner not required. The venue can suggest the majority of suppliers required for an event.

Catering
Venue can suggest an external caterer or clients may provide their own.

Other information
Self-catered events are welcomed. Event fee is for 2-night stay and additional nights after these are at usual rates.

Please note that any event rental may be subject to additional charges, venue hire fees and to a higher security deposit, which will be in addition to any published rental rates and fees.

All events are on request only and subject to prior agreement from the owner, who reserves the right to refuse all events without their prior authorisation.

Terms & Conditions

* There is wheelchair access for guests only available in The Coach House.

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

Security deposit £500. This is paid on arrival and will be refunded in full after departure subject to damage inspection.
Arrival time After 2.00 pm or by arrangement.
Departure time Before 12.00 am or by arrangement.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? All linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Pets welcome? Pets allowed.
Changeover day Any day of the week.
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.
Other Ts and Cs No stag or hen do's allowed

Rental Rates

Please note: All rates below are subject to 13.5% tax

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 18th 2019 - May 24th 2019 £3,254 £4,222 £5,189 £5,423 £5,423
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday £3,649 £4,509 £5,369 £6,015 £6,015
May 31st 2019 - Aug 23rd 2019 £3,254 £4,222 £5,189 £5,423 £5,423
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday £3,649 £4,509 £5,369 £6,015 £6,015
Aug 30th 2019 - Dec 16th 2019 £3,254 £4,222 £4,437 £4,437 £4,437
* Christmas + New Year £3,649 £4,509 £5,369 £6,015 £6,015
Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 10th 2020 £3,254 £4,222 £4,437 £4,437 £4,437
* Easter £3,649 £4,509 £5,369 £6,015 £6,015
Apr 17th 2020 - Apr 24th 2020 £3,254 £4,222 £4,437 £4,437 £4,437
Apr 24th 2020 - May 1st 2020 £3,254 £4,222 £5,189 £5,423 £5,423
* Bank Holiday - May Day £3,649 £4,509 £5,369 £6,015 £6,015
May 8th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 £3,254 £4,222 £5,189 £5,423 £5,423
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday £3,649 £4,509 £5,369 £6,015 £6,015
May 29th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 £3,254 £4,222 £5,189 £5,423 £5,423
Aug 28th 2020 - Nov 18th 2020 £3,254 £4,222 £4,437 £4,437 £4,437

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 18th 2019 - May 24th 2019 €3,548 €4,515 €5,483 €5,913 €5,913
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday €3,978 €4,838 €5,698 €6,558 €6,558
May 31st 2019 - Aug 23rd 2019 €3,548 €4,515 €5,483 €5,913 €5,913
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday €3,978 €4,838 €5,698 €6,558 €6,558
Aug 30th 2019 - Dec 16th 2019 €3,548 €4,515 €4,838 €4,838 €4,838
* Christmas + New Year €3,978 €4,838 €5,698 €6,558 €6,558
Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 10th 2020 €3,548 €4,515 €4,838 €4,838 €4,838
* Easter €3,978 €4,838 €5,698 €6,558 €6,558
Apr 17th 2020 - Apr 24th 2020 €3,548 €4,515 €4,838 €4,838 €4,838
Apr 24th 2020 - May 1st 2020 €3,548 €4,515 €5,483 €5,913 €5,913
* Bank Holiday - May Day €3,978 €4,838 €5,698 €6,558 €6,558
May 8th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 €3,548 €4,515 €5,483 €5,913 €5,913
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday €3,978 €4,838 €5,698 €6,558 €6,558
May 29th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 €3,548 €4,515 €5,483 €5,913 €5,913
Aug 28th 2020 - Nov 18th 2020 €3,548 €4,515 €4,838 €4,838 €4,838

Prices based on an occupancy of 24 people:

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
May 18th 2019 - May 24th 2019 $3,961 $4,928 $5,896 $6,601 $6,601
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday $4,441 $5,301 $6,161 $7,021 $7,321
May 31st 2019 - Aug 23rd 2019 $3,961 $4,928 $5,896 $6,601 $6,601
* Bank Holiday - August Bank Holiday $4,441 $5,301 $6,161 $7,021 $7,321
Aug 30th 2019 - Dec 16th 2019 $3,961 $4,928 $5,401 $5,401 $5,401
* Christmas + New Year $4,441 $5,301 $6,161 $7,021 $7,321
Jan 4th 2020 - Apr 10th 2020 $3,961 $4,928 $5,401 $5,401 $5,401
* Easter $4,441 $5,301 $6,161 $7,021 $7,321
Apr 17th 2020 - Apr 24th 2020 $3,961 $4,928 $5,401 $5,401 $5,401
Apr 24th 2020 - May 1st 2020 $3,961 $4,928 $5,896 $6,601 $6,601
* Bank Holiday - May Day $4,441 $5,301 $6,161 $7,021 $7,321
May 8th 2020 - May 22nd 2020 $3,961 $4,928 $5,896 $6,601 $6,601
* Bank Holiday - Spring Bank Holiday $4,441 $5,301 $6,161 $7,021 $7,321
May 29th 2020 - Aug 28th 2020 $3,961 $4,928 $5,896 $6,601 $6,601
Aug 28th 2020 - Nov 18th 2020 $3,961 $4,928 $5,401 $5,401 $5,401

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

Owner Profile

Property Owners
Mhairi G.

How long have you owned the property?

It has been in the family since 1979

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
When mum and dad bought the Towerhouse Castle in 1979, there was no roof on the castle as it is said that; “Cromwell blew it off with a cannon at the end of Ballybur lane.”

At the time when my parents bought the castle, it was in a very poor state of repair. It was their intention to spend five years on it’s restoration. They received grant aid from the Kilkenny County Council to replace the windows, some help towards the rebuilding of the roof from the Heritage Council and from Barrow Suir Development to complete the renovation.

It is now 25 years since the work began, and it has been mostly accomplished by dad and some local builders. Now it is completely refurbished and open to visitors. It truly has been a labour of love.

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Reviews

  • Brilliant stay!!!!

    Posted by Ryan O. on 09/08/2017

    Keep up the amazing work on this place, it was very clear your love for this place.

  • Very enjoyable experience!

    Posted by Lisa F. on 31/05/2017

    Thank you for our time here - the 'castle' took us back in time. I loved my morning runs along the beautiful foliage and precious sheep, with the crows calling to one another with secret messages. We loved having fellowship with your neighbours here. Many days of love and happiness of you in the years ahead. May these walls resonate with joy.

  • What a fantastic castle

    Posted by Joe B. on 22/05/2017

    Really enjoyed the tour. I may of been related to the builder!

  • Amazing weekend at the castle

    Posted by The Heard Family on 21/05/2017

    A spectacular place to spend some time with loved ones. Our favorite thing was sitting beside the fire in the top room singing songs as the wind howled outside.

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