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Authentic Medieval experience at The Black Castle
Authentic Medieval experience at The Black Castle
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
Half-bath
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
Half-bath
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Time travel does exist! Five hundred years old, ten years in the making and now you can stay a night! Imagine being transported back through five centuries and having your very own unique, romantic "overknighter" in The Great Hall of our authentic 16th century Irish castle. The Black Castle is nestled amongst the beautiful rolling hills of North Tipperary (it's not such a long way!) with stunning Lough Derg, and all that it has to offer, on our doorstep #winteriscoming

The space

UPDATE Winter is coming.....all our overknighters available for October have now been booked but....if you're tougher than Valyrian steel and adventurous enough to brave a winter stay please contact us. Our overknighters will resume next year, once Winter has come and gone.

The Black Castle is a wonderful, secluded sanctuary for history and nature lovers, artists, writers, musicians or anyone looking to totally disconnect from the 21st century.

Built by the O'Kennedys in the 1500's, its rugged "realm" is surrounded by fields, forestry and ancient woods and bordered by a crystal clear stream. Access is via its own private road, with no passing traffic, just off The Lough Derg Scenic Drive.

You will be staying in our authentically furnished Great Hall. The beautiful, bespoke King size bed is fit for royalty with finest quality bedding, crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, luxurious duvet and down pillows.

Our aspiration is to offer you the most unique, authentic castle experience possible and to recreate the atmosphere of what it would be like to immerse yourself in the 16th century. This means there are all the mod-cons one would expect 500 years ago.... ie there is NO heating (except the open fireplace and two hot water bottles), NO TV, NO CD/DVD player and (gasp!) NO Wi-Fi (you'll have a lovely time talking to each other) however there are some books to browse and games provided including replica 18th century playing cards, a delightful Lewis Chess set and a Fidchell (Celtic chess) set . There is NO ELECTRICITY whatsoever in The Great Hall, only the warm glow of candlelight and firelight (we provide the candles and fuel), but staying at The Black Castle doesn't mean you have to go completely back to The Dark Ages as THERE IS ELECTRICITY in the "kitchenette" (a room below The Great Hall) where you can recharge your phone or tablet etc. There's also a mini fridge/freezer, an electric kettle, a DeLonghi coffee machine with a variety of Nespresso coffees, two electric induction cooking rings, a double toaster and a sink with hot and cold water. A Continental style breakfast is provided which includes speciality teas, quality coffee, bread, cereals, yogurts, juice, fruit and local produce (where possible). We also provide eggs and bacon if you would like to cook yourself a hot breakfast. A welcome hamper, with a sweet treat or two and other essentials, is also provided.

The Great Hall is on the second floor and the only access is by our 16th century stone spiral staircase which means that the Black Castle may unfortunately not be suitable if you have restricted mobility.

NB: The "BATHROOM" consists of a DRY ECO TOILET (composting toilet/"gardaloo"© Cody Long ;-) thank you!) with natural, handmade soap and hand towels provided. There is NO SHOWER or BATH at the castle.

The castle will be EXCLUSIVELY YOUR SPACE during your stay. We are on site, just in case you need us for anything, but out of sight during your visit.

Not only is the castle exclusively yours during your overknighter, venture outside and there's 13 acres for you to explore too. Next to the campfire, there’s also a rustic "table" and seating for dining al fresco if the weather is fine.

We are slowly restoring The Black Castle but The Great Hall is now complete. By choosing to stay here you will become entwined in the castle's history (and its future!) as any "profit" we make from your "overknighter" will go straight back into the restoration, meaning you're helping The Black Castle "earn its keep", enabling it to stand proud for another 500 years.

Speaking of 500 years, this is an ancient building, not built for modern standards/sensibilities so please bear this in mind.

The Black Castle is approximately an hour’s drive north east of Shannon International airport, via the M7 motorway, 2 hours via the M50/M7 motorway from Dublin/Dublin International airport. It's roughly a ten to fifteen min drive to the popular lakeside villages of Dromineer and Terryglass, and fifteen min drive south to Nenagh town. The pretty village of Puckaun is about 5 min away and has a grocery shop and two pubs. Unfortunately, there is no public transport in the area so you will require your own mode of transport.

We want you to have an unforgettable experience (in the best way) at The Black Castle so if you’re the adventurous type who is looking for something truly different and can happily survive without some 21st Century comforts for one night then this might just be the place for you. Any questions about your stay, please feel free to ask me.

This really is a beautiful area, with lots of accommodation and eating options, and if you would like to spend more time exploring it before or after your overknighter at The Black Castle we would be happy to provide more information and suggestions.

Guest access

The castle and its "kingdom" (the surrounding 13 acres) will be exclusively your space during your stay.

Interaction with guests

Upon arrival, we will give you a tour of the castle, show you how everything works and then leave you in peace but we're available if you need any assistance during your stay.

Other things to note

STRICTLY NO SMOKING anywhere inside the castle please.

To avoid disappointment, please make sure that you have thoroughly read the above descriptions and understand what amenities are and are not available at the castle. This is a rustic, unique, authentic 16th century castle experience so please accept that you will have to forego some 21st century comforts.


Amenities
Essentials
Free parking on premises
Breakfast
Indoor fireplace

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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 8PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

- This is an ancient architectural monument and we have done our utmost to create an authentic experience for you. Please treat the building, it's contents and the property with respect.
- Please note that the stone spiral stairs require a certain level of mobility so may not be suitable for everyone.
- To avoid disappointment or misunderstandings, please make sure that you have read the listing description thoroughly as we want to ensure that you fully understand what amenities are or are not available.
- This listing is for a maximum of two adults only. Due to the nature of the building and the grounds we regret that children under 12 are not permitted. Although we are dog lovers, we also regret that we cannot allow dogs inside the castle.
- Check out time is 12 noon.
- Due to the limited availability, each booking is for one night only.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay

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Cynthia User Profile
October 2017
This is the highlight of our Ireland trip! The castle is beautifully renovated yet still preserving its medieval authenticity. It definitely brings us back to the medieval times with the vaulted ceiling, old furniture, candlesticks, fireplace, and stained glass window. The little kitchenette is a wonderful touch with plenty of food. Kevin and Sonja also greeted us with the warmest hospitality. We got a flat tire on our way in. They even came out to rescue us! We enjoyed every moment at the castle and the nice chat with the wonderful hosts. Highly recommended!
Sonja User Profile
Response from Sonja:
Thank you so much, Cynthia and Bing! You were wonderful guests and we loved meeting you both. I think we could have chatted all day (and night!). We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay and hope the rest of your time in Ireland will be wonderful (and that Ophelia will behave herself!). Hope you'll come visit us next time you're in Ireland.
October 2017

Prachi User Profile
October 2017
Staying at the Black Castle was such a great addition to our Ireland itinerary. Sonja and Kevin have done an incredible job restoring the castle while maintaining its authenticity. Their dedication to the preservation of Irish heritage is very admirable. While the great hall allows you to dive into the past, the kitchenette still provides modern amenities. Sonja was also very nice and gave us a detailed tour and had documents available about the history of the structure. The directions were very straightforward so it was a breeze finding the place. I am already planning a return trip!
Sonja User Profile
Response from Sonja:
Thank you so much for your lovely comments (both on airbnb and in our Visitor's Book), Prachi. You've made my day! We're so happy you enjoyed your "overknighter". You were both a pleasure to host...polite, considerate and friendly (and left everything spotless too. thank you!). You will always be welcome and hope we will see you back at The Black Castle next time you visit Ireland.
October 2017

Tetris User Profile
August 2017
Sonja and Kevin, again thank you for making Eileen and I's trip to Ireland incredible. It was the climax of a fantastic journey through a beautiful country. You were the perfect hosts and the Black Castle was the perfect accommodation. We will keep track of your progress. And hopefully return.
Sonja User Profile
Response from Sonja:
Thank you, Dennis! So glad you both enjoyed your stay. Such a sweet thing to surprise Eileen with a castle overknighter. I can't stop smiling every time I think about you two. We really loved meeting you guys and hope we'll see you back at The Black castle in the not too distant future.
August 2017

Zachary User Profile
August 2017
We absolutely loved our time at the Black Castle! Sonja and Kevin were the most kind and caring hosts you could hope for. They went way out of their way to make sure that we had everything that we would need. They were accommodating of our late arrival due to our flight and even let us stay a little later the following day; which we eagerly enjoyed. Upon arrival they gave us a tour as well as some local history. This place is beyond words and pictures cannot do it justice. The dining room/ bedroom has a large fireplace and a very comfortable bed along with decor designed to make you feel like you've traveled through time. The lower floor has electricity, a two burner range, a mini fridge, coffee maker, hot and cold running water in a sink and a composting toilet. I could go on and on about the place but you really should check it out. On our trip, we stayed in 4 hotels and 3 airbnbs as we traveled from Paris to dublin. The castle was a highlight of our trip (possibly due to proposing to my girlfriend here). We will be back in a few years!
Sonja User Profile
Response from Sonja:
Thank you so much, Zach and Elizabeth. We loved meeting you both and thrilled that you are our very first engagement (possibly in 400 years or so!) at The Black Castle. Congratulations to you both. Hope we'll see you back on your honeymoon :-)
August 2017

Cody User Profile
June 2017
What an amazing, one-of-a-kind stay!!! If anything I think the host under sells the overnight experience - I myself work in the luxury hospitality industry, and although this type of stay is not mainstream the attention to detail, the thoughtful hosts and their extremely helpful communication and the amazing work that they have done in the traditional renovations are outstanding. Amenities are very comfortable and unique, like walking back in time as you wind the staircase to the Great Hall, fully restored with gorgeous traditional furnishings & decor and a comfortable touch of modern conveniences to be found tucked away in the first floor kitchenette and compost 'gardaloo' (commode) A One of a kind medieval luxury!! I WILL be back!!!!
Sonja User Profile
Response from Sonja:
Thank you so much, Cody! It really was an absolute pleasure to meet you. You were a wonderful guest and our door will always be open to you. Hope that we'll have the pleasure of your company again one day soon.
June 2017

Dublin, IrelandJoined in April 2015
Sonja User Profile

G'day! I'm a nature-lovin, tree-huggin Aussie living in Ireland. My Irish husband, Kevin, and I are passionate about Ireland's architectural heritage and we were over the moon when our 400 year old thatched farmhouse was awarded Period Living magazine's Best Restoration (Britain and Ireland) in 2011. Looking for a new challenge, we turned our sights on restoring our little Irish castle.

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