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Beautiful Large Country Home (with views of a Castle Tower)

Bedrooms 5
Property type lodge


About the property

5 bedroom holiday home; relax, holiday or host a fantastic party/event here

This large open plan country home with sleeping for up to 15 guests in 4 upstairs bedrooms, plus a downstairs room with convertible sofa bed (and en-suite).

Views of a Castle Keep Tower from every room. Private grounds to the front, side and rear.

Set in a private, tranquil and rural location with easy access to local village, Ennis town, Shannon Airport and the motorway is only 1 mile away.

Margaret Moore
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2018

About Margaret Moore

We have enjoyed sharing our (vacation rental) holiday home with guests from all over the world since 2004.

Margaret Moore purchased this lodge in 2004

Why Margaret Moore chose Clare

Great location, close to Shannon Airport (15 mins drive), from Ennis Town (10 mins drive), local village (5 mins drive) and there are several very closeby B&B's and a hotel within walking distance.

Private. Tranquil. Spacious. Homely. Easy access to all tourist spots and to the motorway just one mile away.

What makes this lodge unique

This large open plan house is ideal for large families/groups to relax and hang out. There is an on-site (unstocked) pub on the grounds for those who may wish to have an extra room outside, or get in kegs/drinks to have your own pub (whether you're just on holidays or for hosting an event). It's fun and a great little addition to the property. There are lawns surrounding the lodge as well as car parking space to the front and rear of the property.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Clare, Ireland

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15 ...
  • Max. adults: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Arrangements should be made a week prior to arrival. (We don't live on site and would like to be there to meet and greet guests on arrival).
  • The damage deposit is to be paid in euros cash only at check-in. More details are covered in the T&C's, including return of this deposit.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Family Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Master en-suite - shower
    Downstairs En-suite - toilet , shower
  • Family Bathroom upstairs has bath with shower inside, sink and loo. Master en-suite has shower, sink and loo. Downstairs en-suite (for day use also) has shower, sink and loo. Hot water is supplied by solar panels, with emersion heater for top-up if required.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 2 bunk bed , Sleeps up to 4
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , 3 bunk bed , King bed with triple bunks (double under single); sleeps 5
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Sleeps 2
    Bedroom 5 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Downstairs room, sofa converts to double bed with en-suite
  • Upstairs are 4 bedrooms. Master bedroom has king bed, and en-suite with shower and loo. Family bedroom has king bed and bunks (singles). Family bathroom with bath (and shower), sink and loo. Double bedroom. Group room has king bed, with triple bunks (double bed underneath a single bunk). Downstairs, at the far end of the house, is a separate room which has a sofa that converts to a double bed, and en-suite (shower, sink and loo). Futon & baby crib: available on request
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • long term renters welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The lodge is rented as self-catering and we have contacts for lots of local service providers (caterers, musicians, horse-riding, etc.) which we're happy to share with our booked guests.


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Beautiful Large Country Home (with views of a Castle Tower)
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

The Perfect Spot!

  • 5 of 5

In planning a trip for 19 high school students from the States to Ireland and England, where are we going to stay was top on my list. I cannot begin to tell you what a perfect location Ballyhannon Castle is! We spent our time in Ireland mainly on day trips to Galway, Doolin, Cobh, Blarney and more. We were almost always within about an hour of these destinations. After a long day of visiting some of Ireland's beautiful sites, it was so amazing coming back to Ballyhannon. There is plenty of space to hang out, which is especially needed with 19 students traveling together. We stayed in both the Castle and Coach House. Each provided a different living opportunity and the kids loved them both equally. Margaret and Liam were so welcoming. From the first correspondence to our last, they wanted to make our stay the best it could be. We had a few questions when we were there and they quickly answered all of them. Being the leader of the trip, I am always looking to make sure everything runs smoothly. My only thought to make one's stay a little easier would be to have a place for trash. We were incredibly fortunate to have the awesome Brian Mortell cater for us while we were there. He was able to remove any trash that we had, which was great. Had we not had a caterer, I'm not sure what our options would have been, and we did not have our own vehicle so removing it would have been difficult. This is just a very minor thought as to how things might be made easier for future guests. With that said, this was the experience of a lifetime. I am currently planning a return trip for the upcoming summer with another group so that they can experience this fantastic and wonderful place for themselves!

  • Submitted: 8-May-2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique experience, but expectations not met

  • 3 of 5

Our extended family of 18 stayed at this property (the castle and coach house). The castle was an "A" for the kids. However, the accommodations were not an "A" for the adults.

Our family has traveled to a few European countries as a group renting accommodations each time. The price paid for these accommodations did not match the value received in comparison to other properties we have rented. The property and price indicated a high end property. While lovely and unique, our expectations were not met.

Upon arrival, the accommodations were damp and cold. One of the main heat sources in the coach house did not function through the first night. We were instructed to add pellets to the stove to keep it running. The stove required my husband to clean out one of the compartments that was dirty and caused the stove to turn off periodically through the week. The pellets to heat the home were an additional cost per bag.

The stovetop in the coach house did not work. We alerted Margaret of this as soon as we noticed it. It took a few days to be repaired. This required us to cook meals in the other building and bring the food back to the coach house.

The TV in the coach house did not work. The TV in the castle was covered up. The dryer in the castle did not work. We were told not to use the showers at the same time in the coach house. Wifi was only available in the castle. Within the castle, the wifi only worked on the 4th floor. We alerted Margaret, but this was never repaired during out stay.

There were large bees in the coach house on the second floor- particularly the master bedroom and shared bathroom. My parents killed multiple bees during the night each night of our stay. We alerted Margaret. She informed us that there used to be a hive there, but they had it fixed during the summer. It was not addressed during our stay.

There was additional charges for electricity, heat, towels (waived) and garbage disposal that added up significantly.

Margaret did offer to coordinate or introduce us to amenities. The horse stable (onsite) we booked and confirmed multiple times over 9 months leading to our trip canceled on us the night we arrived. She told us she was leaving for Africa for vacation! It was a huge disappointment. The kids were heartbroken.

A 2-3 night stay would have fulfilled our castle experience.

Although lovely people, for the price we paid, we expected professional service and higher end accommodations.

  • Submitted: 12-Aug-2015
  • Stayed: November 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a lovely extended family who stayed with us in November 2014. They very kindly invited Margaret, me and our two children to spend Thanksgiving evening with them, with traditional Irish musicians in the Castle and they allowed a camera crew to film their celebrations for Irish TV (on our own website). We rarely get to enjoy our own castle, so it was a real treat to see it come alive with happy families and children dancing to the live jigs, reels and hornpipes. Kelly's review has indeed come as quite a surprise to us for many reasons which, due to restrictions on the amount we can type here on VRBO, we have listed in full on our own website under our 'Activities and Things To Do' page entitled 'Our Responses to VRBO Review(s)'. Moreso, we are disappointed for this family because they had given us no indication of these sentiments (on service, value and expectations) whatsoever during their stay back in 2014, even during our memorable evening with them on Thanksgiving. On service, it is Margaret's way to try to go above and beyond to help bookers with information before and after they arrive. When one expects the usual number of emails being exchanged about availability and rates, etc. leading to the booking being made, Margaret had 87 emails with Kelly, which is quite a lot when you consider that we are only a vacation rental. On value, when our guests get to rent an entire medieval castle and country home sleeping up to 25, bar and 3 acres, all to themselves in private walled grounds for as little as €30pp/pn (for 25) in low season when this group booked, we hope that this is not an unreasonable rate. There is great pressure on us to meet all expectations, and despite our best efforts we accept that there are times like this when we simply cannot. You will see from the almost unanimous, overwhelmingly complimentary reviews on another global review site that Kelly's opinion on our service, value and expectations is the exception (e.g. all guests who stayed subsequently and posted reviews of their stays gave us the full 5 stars for these). We wish in no way to diminish nor dispute Kelly's opinions for the benefit of fellow travelers, and by posting our response, as owners, we seek only to deal with the factual discrepancies in her review by relaying our equally valid perspectives in order to add balance to this case for the equal benefit of prospective future guests. The Moore family Ballyhannon Castle & Coach House
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Shannon International Airport
Nearest Barpub
On Site
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Cork (Ringaskiddy) Ferry Terminal, Co. Cork
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Dromoland Castle Golf Resort
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles

An abundance of adventure and fun activities are available on the doorstep.

Surrounded by Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions strategically and conveniently at the heart of the West Coast of Ireland and along the Wild Atlantic Way.

By pure, though indeed fortunate, historic coincidence, Castlefergus Lodge is exceptionally well located for visitors to Irish shores.

The nearest airport is 15 minutes drive, and there are 3 local villages, all within 3 miles of the Castle, 2 towns within 10 minutes and 2 cities less than 1 hours drive. The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty Castle, Blarney Castle, the Aran Islands, Dingle, Killarney, Dublin City, Galway City to name the most popular tourist attractions within easy reach.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Clare, Ireland

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per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$767.23

Optional extras available for rent: The Pub (A Bring Your Own Bar) or ask about having kegs/bottles installed to be there for you to enjoy on arrival.
Also, catering is available (from simple welcome packs to buffet meals or chef-cooked and served dinners, or drop-off hot/cold dishes, or bbq's, etc...) ask for more details.

We have lots of great local contacts for catering, music/entertainment, etc .... please ask for more information and let us know what you're thinking about (if having some kind of party), we might be able to make some helpful suggestions.

Payments can be made directly to us (avoiding agency booking fees) by phoning us directly with credit card details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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