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Luxury Irish Castle in Gorgeous Country Setting in Tipperary

Bedrooms 7
Separate WC's1
Space 6,500 sq. ft.
Property type castle
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

7 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths (Sleeps 16-18)

Welcome to Bansha Castle, one of Ireland's best kept secret get-aways. A former home of the Butlers of Ormonde, Bansha Castle is now yours to experience as a haven of rest and relaxation. This lovely old country house, dating from the 18th century, is set in private grounds with mature gardens, backed by the beautiful Glen of Aherlow and the famous Galtee mountains. Once owned by General Sir William Butler, the Butlers of Ormond crest is still evident on the facade of the Round Tower, highlighting the rich heritage of this unique residence. Don't feel like cooking every night? The owners occupy a completely separate wing to the main house and are available to provide award winning catering at an additional cost should you require it. Bansha Castle is a perfect location for historical and cultural pursuits. Bansha lies at the centre of the heritage trail; The Rock of Cashel, Holycross Abbey and the Medieval City of Kilkenny are all near by.

Activities: There is a variety of leisure activities on offer. Walking/Cycling - forest and mountain trails. Fishing - five minutes away is the River Suir, one of the best trout rivers in Europe. For golfers there are a selection of excellent courses within easy driving distance. Horse riding, swimming and tennis can all be arranged upon request.

Prefer something less energetic? Why not pamper yourself with a massage or beauty treatment in the comfort of your own room. Your hosts will be happy to make all the arrangements.

More Details

Property Manager
Teresa Russell
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 February, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday castle in Ballinlough East in Bansha

Property Type:
  • castle
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 6500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 17:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Historic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Macintosh Computer
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 20 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 8 - Toilet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Garden Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 4 Poster bed
    Lady Elisabeth's Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Canopy bed
    Round Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Sleigh bed
    Castle Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Brass beds
    General Sir William's Room - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sleigh bed
    Studio Room - 1 Double Bed , 4 Poster bed
    Copper Beeches - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Brass beds
  • All bedrooms have private facilities. 2 sofa beds suitable for 2 children each. 2 Travel cots.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Award winning catering can be arranged for breakfasts, dinners or special occasions. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer, Right beside the fabulous Galtee Mountains and scenic Glen of Aherlow. Famous for walking, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, horse riding. 1 or 2 cell phones provided.


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Luxury Irish Castle in Gorgeous Country Setting in Tipperary
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful place. Gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic base to tour from.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. Hope to see you all back in Bansha Castle again.
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Wonderful and charming in every way.

  • 5 of 5

Bansha Castle is a great house and our group of friends had a fabulous time calling it home for a week. We were a group of 12 adults, converging on Tipperary from Boston, New York, Washington and San Francisco (Berkeley).

It's a big, expansive comfortable house. There was plenty of room for our large household -- the bedrooms were all spacious, and there was plenty of room to hang out in the living room, big upstairs landing, back garden, large dining room and big kitchen. The grounds around the house are spectacular -- large manicured lawns, beautiful open fields, enormous beech trees and other trees, distant mountain views, and a lovely walled garden in the back planted with beautiful blooming flower beds.

Bansha Castle is right outside of the town (you can walk in for errands, the pub, church, etc.) but the setting is totally private and quiet, set way back off of the road in its own world. The location of the house is in the middle of incredibly beautiful Tipperary scenery and within easy striking distance of a lot of activities, from castle and abbey ruins to hiking, music, restaurants, and boating on Lough Derg.

Teresa and John Russell are perfect hosts, warm and welcoming, helpful and informative, while -- although they live in a wing of the house -- scarcely in evidence, quiet, and respectful of their guests' privacy. (The house in general is a very quiet retreat -- thick walls keep sound from traveling from room to room.) We had dinner catered by the Russells one evening, which we highly recommend! Teresa cooked a delicious meal, John served, and they hosted it in the dining room of their wing, one of the stately original rooms of the house; it was an altogether charming and memorable evening.

Bansha Castle is a find -- an enchanting place to experience Ireland and create lasting memories. Thank you Teresa and John! With best wishes from all of us.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kitty. Would love to see you all again some time in the future. Wonderful guests. Teresa and John
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Wonderful Family Vacation at Bansha Castle

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Bansha castle. Every bedroom was en-suite and the common areas were large enough to comfortably accommodate our entire group of 20. The outdoor courtyard was fantastic with plenty of tables and chairs for relaxing or eating a nice meal. John and Teresa were wonderful hosts and we especially enjoyed our home-cooked meal the night we arrived (highly recommend their traditional Irish menu!). The castle was centrally located and within reasonable driving distance (less than 2 hours) of every site we visited. Thank you John and Teresa for your hospitality and making our stay so memorable.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks a million. Such lovely guests. J & T.
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Battle Mountain USA


  • 5 of 5

This place is a dream come true! All but one bedroom has its own bath and with 7 of us it was absolutely perfect! The kitchen and dining areas supported all 7 of us with no problem and the bedrooms were all very spacious. Would highly recommend this rental!

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kim. Hope we see you back here in the future. Teresa & John. Bansha Castle
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Scottsdale, AZ

Beautiful Castle, Outstanding Location, Great Host

  • 5 of 5

This was an awesome place to stay for 2 full weeks. We had 18 stay at the castle for a family reunion and everyone enjoyed their stay at the castle. We stayed from 7/30 to 8/13. John and Teresa are great host and gave us a 45 minute tour of the place immediately upon checking in to the castle. All the rooms have their own bathroom which provides even more privacy. There are 3 gathering areas for the family. The kitchen, dinning room and living/pool room. In addition we had a family reunion on 8/7 where 70 attended and all thought the place was beyond fabulous! We had such a wonderful time! Don't need more than 5-7 days worth of clothing since there is a washer and dryer in the castle location in the kitchen. Coffee pots, everything you need in the kitchen. I would rate this place a TEN star, but that is not possible!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lucknow, Ontario, Canada

Wonderful stay at Bansha Castle

  • 5 of 5

A group of 16 adult friends stayed at Bansha Castle for 10 nights to explore south and western Ireland . It is perfectly situated to make easy day trips to Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, Cork, Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Penninsula and the Cliffs of Moher. John and Teresa were perfect hosts who were always available if we needed them but rarely even knew they were around as they live in a separate section of the castle. Their knowledge of the area is a great resource to plan your stay. We all rented cars but was advised to hire a coach to drive us to the Ring of Kerry which was good advice and John & Teresa can arrange that for you. We also had Teresa prepare dinner for us on our first night and again on our last night. Both meals were amazing. You also have to get to know some of the local people of Bansha. Nellies Bar is a must, she is a real gem. The butcher across the street has great prices and ready made local meat products. A short trip to Tipperary (8 min drive) to the Kickham House, a pub where locals gather for traditional Irish music, a wonderful place to spend an evening (check with John as he is one of the performers). Enough cannot be said about the castle itself. Bedrooms are all a good size and comfortable. Lots of space throughout the castle for our large group. The covered patio is equipped with lots seating, BBQ and heaters which we all enjoyed. Bansha Castle was the perfect base for our memorable holiday in Ireland

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Limerick Junction
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles

walking, cycling, mountain biking, forest trails, mountains, lakes, castles, historical sites, monastic sites, caves, sightseeing, golf, tennis, fishing, horse riding, squash, racquetball, swimming, gym, pubs, music, festivals, horse racing, dog racing, shopping, birdwatching, wildlife,

Other Activities: shopping, racquetball, wildlife viewing


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday castle in Ballinlough East, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring 2018
5 Jan 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Season 2018
28 Apr 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Shoulder/Fall 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Xmas/NewYear 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Utilities £353.55
Pet Fee £44.19
Refundable Damage Deposit £176.77

From € 800/night (Minimum two night stay) .. € 3300/week.
Dollar rate subject to current dollar/euro exchange rate.
Utilities €75/nt €400/wk

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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