If you want to know what it is really like to live in an Irish Castle, head to Ballinlough Castle, one of the very few in Ireland to have belonged to just one family for over 400 years.
Built in 1614, Ballinlough Castle, just one hour from Dublin Airport, is a house of contrasts; the old and the modern, with 'quality' and 'quirky' in the same offering. Widely acknowledged as one of the nation's prettiest Irish castles, it is the perfect country retreat available to hire on an exclusive basis. When Sir Hugh O’Reilly changed his name to Nugent around 1800, much of the fortune that came with the change of name was invested in the castle.
Its spectacular lakeside setting and historic grounds offer a tranquil setting for guests to relax and enjoy the spacious estate, woodlands and garden areas. You can fish and swim in the lake and there are nine golf holes on the property, with the first hole only two minutes from the front door!
With a full team of staff that will be there for your needs, and the personal attention and assistance (should you require it) of Lady Nugent, you can hire Ballinlough Castle for groups of up to 18 people throughout the year. The castle has four master bedroom suites, each with a four poster bed, and a further 5 bedrooms all decorated to a very high standard, fitting to such an impressive castle.
You might get a chance of seeing a ghost by night, or a kingfisher by day, or it may just be the time you spend with family or friends that will create memories that last for life. The food and wine, the smiles from the Ballinlough staff, or the activity opportunities the estate offers all create reasons to come back year after year. When you stay at Ballinlough Castle within its spacious interiors, it becomes a very personal experience; you may arrive as a stranger, but you leave as a friend.