Imagine staying in a place with a history dating back to 1171. Situated in an amazing location, (I do like my castles high up above water!), Lismore Castle offers a panoramic view over the Blackwater River Valley and beyond rolling, tree-lined hills to the Knockmealdown Mountains on the horizon.
Henry II visited Lismore in 1171 and chose this site for a castle, but he did not build it. Raymond le Gros and his Anglo-Normans ransacked the town two years later and Henry’s castle site was built upon by Prince John in 1185.
Now some historical name-dropping... the castle then passed, in 1589, to Sir Walter Raleigh, the Elizabethan adventurer who introduced tobacco to the English. Raleigh sold it to Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork, in 1602. He immediately set about adjusting and fashioning the countryside around Lismore in a very English way, with deer parks, fruit orchards, fish ponds and other features of the English lordly manor estate of the day. More »