- Premier host
- Headford, County Galway
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- Sleeps: Up to 12
- Bedrooms: 7
- Bathrooms: 2
- Minimum stay: 2 nights
Boasting seven stunning bedrooms that sleep up to 12 people, nobody needs to be left off the guest list when you arrange that epic group stay in a fairytale castle!
Set on the shores of Lough Corrib, one of Ireland’s largest lakes, Carraigin Castle is a magnificent, white-walled 13th century dwelling that’s drenched in historic ‘wow-factor’. Even your entrance will feel suitably grand, as the castle is set on a scenic rise that is accessed through its beautifully named, tree-lined Pleasure Ground.
Left as a crumbling ruin for over two centuries, the castle’s current owner has painstakingly restored the retreat in authentic medieval style. So much so, that you may not be able to tell which features date from way back when, and which are more recent.
There are plenty of awe-inspiring spots to while away time with your favourite people, including the sumptuous, oak-beamed Great Hall, with its huge stone-arched fireplace that’s ideal for cradling a post-banquet tipple around.
You’ll also discover plenty of art and accessories to help you complete that gentle journey back in time, including tapestries, majestic portraits of ancient kings, and a spectacular triptych that showcases a proud Galway galleon.
The romantic oak-beamed queen bedroom is set on the same level as the Great Hall. Yet if you prefer your sleeping spaces to be a little higher up, a stone staircase leads to a family loft room, while another winding staircase leads to a cosy single room in the corner tower.
From both upper rooms, you can stroll straight out onto the castle parapets and savour the views across Lough Corrib, to the rolling hills of Connemara and Mayo beyond.Keep reading
At a glance
- An authentic 13th century manor house, surrounded by seven acres of lawn, park, and woodland on the shores of Lough Corrib, County Galway.
- The castle sleeps up to 12 guests in 7 bedrooms; one double room, two tower rooms, and three ‘sleeping vaults’ on the ground floor. Bedrooms are a combination of family rooms, singles, and doubles.
- Relax by the huge fireplace in the magnificent, oak-beamed Great Hall, or why not take a turn through the tree-lined Pleasure Ground?
- Boating and fishing can be arranged on the lake, while shops, restaurants and bars can be accessed within a 10-minute drive. Sightseeing in Mayo and Galway may be a must, too!
- Family Friendly
- Large Groups
- Seaside Breaks
Restored 13th century manor house, sleeps 10-12 guests. Entrance into Great Hall: stone-flagged hallway, living/dining area with open fireplace, barbecue, phone, TV, dining table and chairs. Well-equipped kitchen with fridge freezer, dishwasher, gas cooker, food processor, microwave. Master queen room with adjoining bathroom, stairs to large gallery queensize room with single bed. Stairs to single tower bedroom with wash basin. Both top-floor rooms have access to parapets and tower roof terrace. Ground level: 3 vaulted bedrooms leading into one-another. Bedroom 1: 1 double and 2 single beds. Bedroom 2: 1 double and 1 single bed. Bedroom 3: 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower, washing machine and dryer.
Walking, cycling, boating, fishing, picnics, shops, restaurants, pubs, historic sites
The remaining guests get to sleep in one of three picturesque, interconnecting ‘vaults’ on the ground floor, with their combination of single and double beds that mean everyone can be easily accommodated, from couples and teenagers to small families.
After a sound night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, it’s time to explore! There is a wealth of activities to indulge in without having to leave the glorious confines of the castle, including boating and fishing on that sparkling lake, or taking a gentle turn through the grounds.
Ready to stray a little further? Golf and horse riding can be arranged locally, while the charms of Galway and Mayo can be easily discovered by car.
There is also an array of shops, pubs, and restaurants accessible in a ten-minute drive… ideal for stocking up on essential supplies, before settling in for another magnificent evening in-castle with your favourite people.
Things to note
Check in after 5pm, check out by 10am. Pets are not permitted. Children welcome, cribs available on request.