360 degree sea view, 14 meter high medieval tower with 3 (bedrooms).
- English, French, German
About Stephanie Jaax
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, this being a listed historical building. During these first years I was spending the summer holidays with my family in a caravan on site in order to oversee 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.
Stephanie Jaax purchased this Castle in 2000
Why Stephanie Jaax 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 90's and still reminds me of 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, which 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.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Everything about Rincolisky Castle is just wonderful! Stephanie is a great host, and was in contact within the hour to check we had arrived okay. Her housekeeper, Niav, was also responsive to texts and popped round to see that we had everything we needed. We asked for a couple of things and those were given to us.
The castle is an adventure for young and old (we are a family with two young teens, and two older children who joined us later in the week), though stamina is needed for sleeping on the top floor! That said, do not miss the chance to sleep on the top floor.. no curtains means, on a clear night, the stars can be seen in all their splendour! You will need eye masks for those early mornings, but it's worth it!
The castle has everything that you need for your stay; the oven is a little small, but we still managed to feed six! There's a great BBQ which would cook most meals efficiently.
The views are spectacular, even when it's foggy ;) We never became bored with the views.
Skibbereen is your local large town with good facilities, but do make a trip to Ballydehob, which is a great little town with some wonderful restaurants (Budds and Antonio's are the two we went to), and Levi's is definitely worth a visit to see its shop come bar, and the music they host is great!Such a lovely welcome from them all.
Do also try Minihan's bar which is not far from the castle; looks like someone's house, but the welcome and the guiness is good!
All in all, a fabulous holiday was spent here, and we will definitely return to the area, and maybe even the castle! We visited Blarney Castle on our way home and it was good to see some of the same castle features there; shows that Rincolisky is the real deal!
Magic place- Magic time
We spent very nice and extraordinary days in this extraordinary location. Everything we expected was there and the communication with Stephanie was perfect. It is a magic place fitted in a wonderful surrounding. Fireplace, hot tub, atlantic access, .... a real holiday.
What a magical place indeed! If you don't stay here you are missing out. The most unique accomodations I've ever stayed in by far. Hosts where professional and kind, tending to our every need. The wood burning hot tub while watching the sunset over the bay was magical.
Thank you Stephanie and Neiv!!
Philip was a great tenant, flexible and cooperative.
He understood the uniqueness of the castle, its surrounding and history.
I hope to see him again next year.
It took my family and I over six hours to drive to Rincolisky tower and it was 100% worth it. A medieval tower with stunning views, it retains more than enough originality to provide an authentically unique experience but enough mod-cons so as not to put the younger members of the family off. Originally we booked the tower to provide my son (a keen astronomer) with the sort of clear skies you can't get in a town environment and on the one clear night we were rewarded with magnificent views of the night sky. We all loved the downstairs hall with it's huge table and pews and the smell of woodsmoke from the open fire made for memorable nights, having family meals and playing cards etc.
There are steps down to a private rocky beach where we enjoyed crab fishing and there's a hot tub which we didn't use but has fantastic views.
The top floor is in contrast to the rest of the tower with contemporary furnishings yet with the underfloor heating, it provides the perfect retreat after an exhausting day to enjoy a glass or two of wine whilst taking in some of the most fantastic views.
Unique memorable experience
Excellent base for exploring the South West of Ireland
Internet was excellent, kept our data hungry kids from complaining.
Super facilities which the owner has clearly put tremendous effort into.
Niav (the housekeeper) was lovely and was a wealth of local information.
The stone steps to the top floor would be challenging if you're not reasonably fit.
There's no blinds on the top floor so if you don't like getting up at sunrise you'll need eye masks (provided).
Be prepared as there's no local shops so no popping out for a pint of milk.
Finally, thanks to Niav and the owner for a fantastic holiday in truly remarkable surroundings!!
Very cool place to stay with amazing views
Great experience with my wife and 3 kids in picturesque castle on Roaring Water Bay, bucket list item checked. Top floor room warm w space heater even in December, and views are amazing. Kids were fine w warm PJs sleeping on the 2nd level loft. Niav, the local hostess was very nice and made sure we had everything we needed.
How many can say they stayed in a real castle? I can ❤️
This is a bucket list cross off for sure! I absolutely loved it! Now remember it is a castle which means that it is not a 5 star resort lol You will need to build a fire for warmth...they have one downstairs and one upstairs. You need to turn on the hot water and wait about 15 minutes to shower and move quickly before u run out of water lol Enjoy the whistling sounds of the wind outside! Oh and the beauty....the castle is sitting alone on the most amazing landscape! Fall asleep staring at the amazing stars and wake up to the beautiful sky’s... At night...if you leave the castle make sure u bring a flashlight to find your car because it is seriously dark :) I would highly recommend this experience! It was one I will always remember ...LOVED IT ❤️
Description of Rincolisky Castle
Located at the edge of Roaring Water Bay, this 500 year old tower of Rincolisky Castle is surrounded by the green fields of the still untouched scenery of West Cork.
Across the bay lies Kilcoe Castle, both share a similar history.
Constructed by the O’Driscoll clan around 1495 on a rock,
(see front page of ‘O’Driscolls’ Past and Present’), Rincolisky Castle overlooks the beautiful islands of Heir, Cape Clear and Sherkin. These are the largest and most inhabited of the hundred Carbery islands.