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Temple House, Co. Sligo - photo by Sandy Perceval
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Castles and Manor Houses Index:

Ashford Castle
Located on Lough Comb, Ashford's 350 wooded acres and superior quality accommodation is unbeaten.

Ballylickey Manor House
Hidden among the rugged inlets of majestic Bantry Bay, Ballylickey was built over 300 years ago. Carefully modernized, it retains the charm and elegance of a fine country residence.

Ballyvolane House - Fermoy, Co. Cork
An historic Irish country house of extraordinary warmth, style and comfort originally a classical Georgian home built in 1728 for a once Lord Chief Justice of Ireland, Sir Richard Pyne, and modified 120 years later in Italianate style. Six luxuriously appointed bedrooms have beautiful views overlooking formal gardens, parklands and trout lakes.

Carrigeen Castle, Co. Tipperary
7 guest bedrooms (3 ensuite), spacious lounge and reading room for visitors use. Large walled garden surrounds the premises on all sides with outstanding views. 5 min. walk to town center, restaurants, shops and Cahir Castle. This site has many photos of the castle interior.

Castle Salem, Rosscarbery
17th century farmhouse attached to 15th century castle. B&B, also free accommodation with donation to the restoration fund. Check out this unique accommodation where William Penn once slept.

Clougheast Castle, Co. Wexford
Three suites in this lovely Carne setting. The restored castle was built around 1440 amid rural grounds of great beauty. Situated off the N25 between Wexford and Rosslare overlooking the sea. Refurbished to the highest standard. Site has many fine photos.

Cregg Castle
Built in 1648, Cregg Castle was the last fortified castle built west of the river Shannon. Located 9 mi. from Galway City, this is a wonderful accommodation and great value. Highly recommended.

Eskermore House
Lovely Georgian farmhouse located in the Irish Midlands, 1 hour from Dublin airport and ferry ports.

Glanleam House - Valentia Island, Enniscorthy, Co. Kerry
Elegant house overlooking the ocean on Valentia Island, just off the Kerry coast. Originally built in 1775 as a linen mill, it was converted into a fine residence by the 19th Knight of Kerry. Six bedrooms, a mixture of beautiful antiques and modern comforts, an extensive library, original Valentia slate fireplaces, and especially good bathrooms.

Gregan's Castle Hotel
Located in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, this lovely old home has been successfully run as a hotel for the last 26 years. Beautiful views. Near the Burren.

Lisdonagh House
Early Georgian country manor in beautiful County Galway offering luxurious country manor bed and breakfast or self-catering holidays. Lisdonagh House is set in 200 beautiful wooded acres. Nearby lake. A 15 minute drive to Galway City. Luxury accommodations, 1 May to 31 October.

Markree Castle
Lovingly restored to become one of the finest country houses in Ireland. Spectacular grounds, wonderful event venue. Ideal for exploring Sligo. Home farm, restaurant, wedding packages and much more. Luxury accommodations, year round rates.

Richmond House - Cappoquin, Co. Waterford
A country house, renovated and refurbished to highest standards, Richmond House, built in 1704 by the Earl of Cork and Burlington, still retains an aura of old world elegance. Owned and managed by the Deevy family, Richmond House provides luxurious accommodation and superb restaurant cuisine, all ingredients of which come from select local producers. Ten ensuite rooms.

Smarmore Castle - Ardee, Co. Louth
Smarmore Castle is one of Irelandís oldest buildings, dating from 1320. It has just five bedrooms so you wonít feel overcrowded. They are all spacious and distinctive. The Viscountís room, located in the tower has a four poster bed while a number of the others are ideal for families. All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities, an ensuite shower room and are centrally heated.

Temple House - Ballymote
Large Georgian mansion overlooking Temple House Lake on 1,000 acre Co. Sligo working cattle and sheep farm. Woods and bogs provide an idyllic setting to relax. Castle ruins on property.

Waterford Castle
Accommodation of a superb standard located 2 miles from Waterford City. Uniquely situated on its own private 310 acre island on the River Suir, surrounded by woodlands and an 18 hole championship golf course.

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