Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday castle in Skibbereen - Rincolisky Castle
360 degree sea view, 14 meter high medieval tower with 3 (bedrooms).
Renovated by Stefanie Jaax in 2000, she aimed at a combination of the medieval with the contemporary; while the ground and first (half) floor are restored in the authentic style, using original building material, but keeping the rough structures and inner wall textures as well as the 8m high room apperance. On the roof accessable through an inner wall staircase is a new built apartment with a glass front facing West and a terrace. The old French open fireplace in the kitchen/living area on ground floor with the old fashion AGA cooking stove provide a cosy ancient living atmosphere. The kitchen is equipped with dishwasher, Belfast sink, integrated wooden cupboards and fridge, two big worktops and a large antique oak dinner table (3m) with benches in the centre.
A washing machine is located in a separate shed where storage and space for drying clothes is provided.
Three wooden beds are on the loft area below the vaulted ceiling and one double sofa bed is on the first floor landing, all fairly open spaces within this massive 8 m hight inner medieval space (Children love this). There are comfortable futon mattresses for those who want to sleep in the modern top room on the floor with underfloor heating and enjoy more privacy and enjoy watching the stars. There is a shower and toilet in a separate bathroom next to the top room and one toilet on the first floor.
The roof terrace is sheltered with laminated glass panels and is ideal for private and undisturbed sunbathing (weather and wind permitted). Baltimore and Heir Island can be easily accessed either by rib or ferry, boat hire is also available in Baltimore. There is a habour peer in walking distance and access to beaches and the sea. There is internet access available all year around.
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
- Long-term Renters Welcome
About The Owner
I have inherited this tower house in 2000 as it belonged to the land of White Hall house, which my parents bought in 1962. After the main house was sold, I renovated this ruin which required a lot of patience and persistence with all the official procedures I had to undertake as to be granted permission as this is a listed historical building; During these first years I was spending the summer holidays with my family in a caravan on sight in order to overlook the building work. No electricity or running water was available during these first years, but it was important for all of us to pass through this period in order to appreciate the castle now in it' s final state.
I speak French, German and English so please feel free to write to me in the language you feel comfortable.
The Owner purchased this castle in 2000
Why The Owner chose Skibbereen
I chose to renovate this ruin because I spent my holidays in West Cork since 1962. This area is still unspoilt by the developments of the Celtic tiger that invaded Ireland in the 90ies and still reminds me to the country I knew in the sixties and seventies. The tower house is ideal for someone who appreciates a combination of culture and nature, who seeks a hide-away from stress and daily routines and who loves sailing and the sea. A laser dinghy is available, other dinghies are available for rent in Baltimore. The different islands in the bays are ideal for picnic or overnight camping.
What makes this castle unique
When I first sat down in the new top room of Rincolisky Castle shortly after it was finished, I said to the builder, that I am the luckiest woman in West Cork to be able to enjoy such a view. Even at night time, when I sleep on my Futon mattress on the floor, I communicate with the moon and the stars, who seem so close, The beauty of the moon's reflection on the calm water during the night is spectacular, during the day it is the sun lighting up the water, Opposite lies Kilcoe castle, facing Roaring Water Bay, it's real beauty can only be seen from the sea, not from the land.
Guestbook comments from the owner
I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much we enjoyed your beautiful castle. What a treasure. We had a great time! We met Terri Kearney and the photographer that took the pic of your castle for the Lock Hyne book. We enjoyed your neighbors, the cows, and waved to Jeremy Irons across the bay. We made our own Medieval feast one night and ate by candle light. The sunrises, sunsets, and even rain storms were magical from the top level. My husband and I marveled every day at the reconstruction that you did. It must have been an unbelievable undertaking - and the results are fabulous.
Thank you for sharing it with us. I wish you many, many happy years in your amazing castle.