Ireland is a mystic land forever tied to its ancient roots, with tall tales of legends and mythical creatures woven into the fabric of our culture.
While modern-day Ireland is alight with metropolises such as Belfast, Dublin and Galway (listed by National Geographic as one of the must-visit destinations for 2019), Ireland is growing to become a more “European” country by the day. Saying that the inherent quality which makes Ireland so unique is our history and past, the roots of our forefathers and remembrance of days gone by.
In Ireland, you never have to travel far to witness the bones of history. Enchanting castles of centuries gone stand strong in rolling green pastures, ancient ruins of monasteries which high priests once practised in have remained standing, and Celtic structures which nod to our predecessors’ way of life live in abundance.
It is these constant reminders of our Ancient past which makes Ireland so unique, compelling and mysterious.
While many of these ancient relics have suffered generations of wear and tear, a newfound appeal to restoring these regal dwellings to their former glory is on the rise, while the property market is seeing a peak interest in castles altogether, be they “doer-uppers” or recently renovated.
Thinking of investing in your own little slice of fairytale Ireland? These three castles are on the market right now!
3. Cloonee House
Now, this may not be your typical castle, but this stunning stately property is bountiful with historical purpose, a functioning tower and includes its own lake island – fit for a king and queen!
Set on the picturesque shores of Lough Carra in County Mayo, this enchanting property boasts approximately 10 acres. The period property has a total of nine bedrooms and four bathrooms, a ballroom, conservatory, coach house and courtyard.
The tower thrives over four floors, with battlements at the top and panoramic views over the lake and countryside. Cloonee House has stunning period features and boasts endless opportunities for its future owners to restore the property further.
You can see aerial footage of the house here:
Location: Cloonee House, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Price: €1.4 million
2. Killoskehane Castle
This marvellous castle property is for sale near Borrisoleigh in County Tipperary. Dating back to the 1600s, this enchanting stately home was fully renovated in the 1800s ensuring the design and integrity of this historic building has been maintained.
Sitting on a hefty 13 acres, the property consists of an impressive main house, a gatehouse, extensive drawing rooms and dining spaces, manicured gardens and outhouses. There are four “formal” bedrooms, and an additional five bedrooms, along with five bathrooms.
In recent years the stunning property has been available to rent for those seeking a unique holiday experience, but the stunning property is now on the market awaiting its new owners for the price of €1.5 million.
Although the property remains in fantastic condition, there are great opportunities for those looking to get their hands dirty with a period restoration, without having to go the full hog.
Price: €1.5 million
Link: n/a market listing
1. Turin Castle
For those of you seeking the ultimate, enchanting castle property this one is for you. This stunning medieval castle is on the market now and won’t be there for long, we reckon.
This fairytale site is a fantastic example of a classic square-towered fortress. Surrounded by 13 acres of green pastures, this property was restored in 1997 to the highest standard.
The site includes an ancient garden chapel, outdoor dining site, a great hall (seating up to 25 guests) and gallery. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms.
Perhaps one of the most exciting additions to this property is on the fourth floor, where the Lord’s and Lady’s apartment (sitting room) would have been located. Hidden behind a bookcase, a ladder leads to a secret chamber where valuables or even prisoners could have been held!
Stunning medieval interiors include vaulted ceilings, large and ornately carved four-poster beds, impressive stone fireplaces, a 17th-century oak banquet table, antiques and hung tapestries.
In recent years this property has also been available to rent by its owners, as a unique holiday experience.
Set only 8 kilometres from the charming town of Ballinrobe, this property boasts remote country life and accessibility in equal measure. With rooftop views stretching nearly 65 kilometres into the wild, this is certainly a fairytale property just waiting for its future owners to settle down in their newfound kingdom.
See the castle here:
Price: €1.5 million