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Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
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Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
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Overview of Towerhouse Castle

What Oliver loves…

  • With its wonderful tranquil setting, guests can look out and views horses grazing in the field.
  • The dining room has a medieval stone fireplace, a long dining table  and church pews seating up to 12 people.
  • Sit and dine outside on the secluded south facing patio in front of an open fire. The open fire can also be turned into a BBQ.
  • For those less keen on tackling the stone steps in the castle, the coach house has wheelchair friendly double bedrooms on the ground floor

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.

The castle, an ancient seat of the Comerford clan, is a five storey, 16th century towerhouse 8 km south of the medieval city of Kilkenny. The castle has been restored to its former authentic glory using the same techniques and materials as the original 16th century builders. The rooms are larger and the stairs wider than in most of the known square towerhouses.

Modern comforts have been incorporated without detracting from the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dewlling. This unique and 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 luxury self-catering holiday home where guests will have an unforgettable stay. Full cleaning and catering can be arranged.

The Coach House is a lovely new addition to the Castle and can comfortably accommodate another 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.

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Interior & Grounds

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, with every modern convenience that you would find at home. 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

- Kitchen/ sitting room with sofa bed (can sleep an additional two guests)
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
- Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower, washbasin and WC
- Family room with two double beds
- Family bathroom with bath and overhead shower, washbasin and WC

First Floor
- Relaxation loft with four single beds (access is via a loft ladder)

Map, Location & Local Information

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)

The 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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Catering & Services

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.

Enjoy gourmet dining experiences with our new Chef Service!
We’re now offering our customers the chance to enjoy some unforgettable eats with our new Chef Service! Choose from booking a single sumptuous meal with a private chef for that special occasion, or hire a chef to cook your meals for all or part of your holiday - it’s as flexible as it is delicious.

A) Single Meal Service: A chef will travel to this villa and whip up a fantastic meal for you and your guests. The chef will arrive with all the necessary ingredients as well as the talent to turn them into something unforgettable. They’ll serve the meal and clear up afterwards - an easy and entertaining way to enjoy a top quality meal in your very own villa!

B) Full Chef Service: If you really want to kick back and relax, we can arrange for a chef to cater for the duration of your holiday (or part of it). With a range of options from simple family catering to full-on haute cuisine, we can organise a meal plan and a price to suit your needs. So why worry about self-catering when you can have everything taken care of?

Of course, before booking this service, we suggest you contact the property owner as they might already offer a similar cook or chef service in-house. To find out more simply visit www.oliverstravels.com/chefs.

Terms & Conditions

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.

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages

Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Cot(s)
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages
Baby and Toddler Equipment
Kids Activities Close-by
Onsite Facilities
Services Available
High chair(s)
Walkable Village/Town
Indoor games
Cot(s)
Walkable Pub/Restaurant
Lots to see: Outstanding landscapes
Lots to do: Outdoor pursuit & activities
Lots to visit: Tourist towns & villages

Reviews for Towerhouse Castle

Towerhouse Castle Reviews


  • Towerhouse Castle a Great Place to Get off the Grid

    Posted by judy p on 04/05/2015

    We just loved the Towerhouse Castle. There were 4 of us, 2 couples over the age of 50, who stayed there for a week in late April 2015. It was peaceful, quiet, and just beautiful. Our legs got a good workout climbing the castle steps, but within 2 days we had all adjusted and loved this part as well. The top floor was a great place to share some wine, and sit and chat until the wee hours. We loved the seclusion. Every morning we made Irish Coffee, and then sliced some apples to hand feed to 2 horses, across the fence, at the adjoining property. The amount of work Frank Gray did to restore this property to authenticity is astounding. We spent our days in Kilkenny, Waterford, and Cork, but returned each day to the castle for late night wine and conversation. Each morning we enjoyed the peacefulness, the coffee, and the horses. We hung a Texas flag out of the top floor window for our visit and took tons of pictures. We even loved the sound the door made when we opened and closed it!! We will return someday and we hope the horses remember us !!

     

    Note to Oliver's Travels: We made a couple of suggestions to Frank about how he could improve the comfort of his visiters. There seems to be a water pressure issue on the higher floors, so hot water would not stay on, and one shower was not draining properly. (we had to all shower in the one shower that worked, had hot water, and was draining) and this was time consuming). Plus we suggest he get the place sprayed for the small white bugs that seem to swam in some rooms. Neither of these things will prevent us from giving the castle a wonderful review. Just want to see Frank and his castle continue to have success, so just want to be helpful. (do not read this as a complaint, rather as a helpful suggestion)

Rental Rates

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 29th 2017 - May 26th 2017 £1,441.78 £1,956.88 £2,703.33
May 26th 2017 - September 1st 2017 - £2,252.78 £3,604.45
September 1st 2017 - December 22nd 2017 £1,441.78 £1,956.88 £2,703.33
December 22nd 2017 - December 29th 2017 - £2,703.33 £4,505.57
December 29th 2017 - January 5th 2018 - £2,703.33 £4,505.57
January 5th 2018 - April 6th 2018 £1,441.78 £1,956.88 £2,703.33
April 6th 2018 - April 20th 2018 - £2,252.78 £3,604.45
April 20th 2018 - May 25th 2018 £1,441.78 £1,956.88 £2,703.33
May 25th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - £2,252.78 £3,604.45
August 31st 2018 - October 31st 2018 £1,441.78 £1,956.88 £2,703.33

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 24 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 29th 2017 - May 26th 2017 £2,342.89 £3,115.54 £4,055.01
May 26th 2017 - September 1st 2017 £3,379.18 £4,409.38 £5,406.68
September 1st 2017 - December 22nd 2017 £3,244.00 £4,016.65 £4,055.01
December 22nd 2017 - December 29th 2017 - £4,055.01 £6,307.80
December 29th 2017 - April 6th 2018 - £4,055.01 £6,307.80
April 6th 2018 - April 20th 2018 £3,379.18 £4,409.38 £5,406.68
April 20th 2018 - May 25th 2018 £2,342.89 £3,115.54 £4,055.01
May 25th 2018 - August 31st 2018 £3,379.18 £4,409.38 £5,406.68
August 31st 2018 - October 31st 2018 £3,244.00 £4,016.65 £4,055.01

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 29th 2017 - May 26th 2017 €1,648.00 €2,163.10 €3,090.00
May 26th 2017 - September 1st 2017 - €2,575.00 €4,120.00
September 1st 2017 - December 22nd 2017 €1,648.00 €2,163.10 €3,090.00
December 22nd 2017 - December 29th 2017 - €3,090.00 €5,150.00
December 29th 2017 - January 5th 2018 - €3,090.00 €5,150.00
January 5th 2018 - April 6th 2018 €1,648.00 €2,163.10 €3,090.00
April 6th 2018 - April 20th 2018 - €2,575.00 €4,120.00
April 20th 2018 - May 25th 2018 €1,648.00 €2,163.10 €3,090.00
May 25th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - €2,575.00 €4,120.00
August 31st 2018 - October 31st 2018 €1,648.00 €2,163.10 €3,090.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 24 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 29th 2017 - May 26th 2017 €2,678.00 €3,450.65 €4,635.00
May 26th 2017 - September 1st 2017 €3,862.50 €4,892.70 €6,180.00
September 1st 2017 - December 22nd 2017 €3,708.00 €4,480.65 €4,635.00
December 22nd 2017 - December 29th 2017 - €4,635.00 €7,210.00
December 29th 2017 - April 6th 2018 - €4,635.00 €7,210.00
April 6th 2018 - April 20th 2018 €3,862.50 €4,892.70 €6,180.00
April 20th 2018 - May 25th 2018 €2,678.00 €3,450.65 €4,635.00
May 25th 2018 - August 31st 2018 €3,862.50 €4,892.70 €6,180.00
August 31st 2018 - October 31st 2018 €3,708.00 €4,480.65 €4,635.00

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 10 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 29th 2017 - May 26th 2017 $1,795.49 $2,310.59 $3,366.55
May 26th 2017 - September 1st 2017 - $2,805.46 $4,488.74
September 1st 2017 - December 22nd 2017 $1,795.49 $2,310.59 $3,366.55
December 22nd 2017 - December 29th 2017 - $3,366.55 $5,610.92
December 29th 2017 - January 5th 2018 - $3,366.55 $5,610.92
January 5th 2018 - April 6th 2018 $1,795.49 $2,310.59 $3,366.55
April 6th 2018 - April 20th 2018 - $2,805.46 $4,488.74
April 20th 2018 - May 25th 2018 $1,795.49 $2,310.59 $3,366.55
May 25th 2018 - August 31st 2018 - $2,805.46 $4,488.74
August 31st 2018 - October 31st 2018 $1,795.49 $2,310.59 $3,366.55

Prices below are based on an occupancy of 24 people.

Rental period 2 Nights 3 Nights Weekly
April 29th 2017 - May 26th 2017 $2,917.68 $3,690.33 $5,049.83
May 26th 2017 - September 1st 2017 $4,208.19 $5,238.39 $6,733.11
September 1st 2017 - December 22nd 2017 $4,039.86 $4,812.51 $5,049.83
December 22nd 2017 - December 29th 2017 - $5,049.83 $7,855.29
December 29th 2017 - April 6th 2018 - $5,049.83 $7,855.29
April 6th 2018 - April 20th 2018 $4,208.19 $5,238.39 $6,733.11
April 20th 2018 - May 25th 2018 $2,917.68 $3,690.33 $5,049.83
May 25th 2018 - August 31st 2018 $4,208.19 $5,238.39 $6,733.11
August 31st 2018 - October 31st 2018 $4,039.86 $4,812.51 $5,049.83

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