The castle has been restored to it`s former authentic glory using the same techniques and materials as the original 16th century builders. The rooms are larger and the stairs wider than in most of the known square towerhouses.
Modern comforts have been incorporated without detracting from the charm and simple grandeur of this ancient dewlling. A unique and beautiful example of a medieval towerhouse, built for security and status, and is still a feature of the Irish landscape.
It is a five storey keep with external dimensions of 38x30 feet, rising to a height of 65 feet. A surprising feature of Castle is the light. Though narrow, the window have deep angled sills which deflect the light very efficiently.
The Castle is now a luxury self-catering holiday home where you can have an unforgettable stay, where full cleaning and catering can be arranged. It is a thrilling adventure for younger and older people. It is also ideal for that special occasion, such as a small wedding, honeymoon, discreet corporate meetings, gala dinners, murder mystery weekends, exhibitions, or just a swell party.
Entrance & kitchen
The ground floor was originally used to store goods, but also people and livestock in times of danger. Now used as a fully fitted kitchen, with every modern convenience that you would find at home. You can therefore cook a medieval feast without the Medieval cooking appliances.
Going through the back door, you enter a secluded south facing patio area with a large fireplace for a BBQ or open fires. Garden furniture supplied
Master bedroom & bathroom
The second floor, once used for sleeping and storage, now consists of an immense bedroom with a four poster bed and niches in the walls for sleeping. It will be the ideal family room or bridal suite.
On this floor there is also a smaller bedroom and a very elegant bathroom, with a Victorian bath along with all the modern conveniences one expects.
On the third floor you enter a very substantial room with deep niches in the walls, once used as beds. During daytime these niches were covered by hanging tapestries and would then serve as a living space. Now this floor is a huge double height dining room, with an enormous chandelier hanging down in the centre.
The room has a medieval stone fireplace for big blazing fires, a long dining table with church pews for large dinners, seating up to 12 people. Off this room there is a bedroom with two comfortable beds and windows giving you a view of the grounds.
All beds in this Castle have orthopedic mattresses, electric blankets, duvets with covers and feathered cushions for a snug and deep sleep. All bedrooms in Ballybur also have Victorian cast iron radiators installed. This floor also has a smaller kitchen in which one can prepare light meals. This kitchen is fitted with a sink, oven grill, microwave and of course crockery, cutlery, glasses, etc.
You will also find a very elegant shower room on this floor with toilet, shower and sink.
The fourth floor, with it`s vaulted ceiling, is now a bedroom. Once, this room was the family chapel. This floor also has a shower room with toilet and sink.
From a little hallway you can peep through a narrow doorway onto the dining room.
Reception Room & Roof
The fifth and top floor, once described in "Scullydom", a turn of the century romance by P.M. Egan, writer and mare of Kilkenny in 1883;
"We must remember that there was the gay, the proud reception room for a gallant beau of the sixteenth century..."
This floor was once the state apartment, now is a magnificent baronial drawing room, with another massive fire stone fireplace. The room has a vaulted ceiling left exposed to maintain the traditional feel of the room, and another giant chandelier hangs from the ceiling. This room has several lounge seats, a beautifully hand crafted swing in one of the alcoves, and a table with chairs for games.
Heavy curtains are hanging down to make the room really cosy in the evening. There is also a music installation and games available.
There are four windows in this room, each one of them facing the cardinal points. The views are magnificent in all directions. Off this room is a secret room with a deep floorshaft, used as a priests` hole or to keep prisoners.
A smaller flight of stairs leads up to the ramparts, where you can gaze as far as Mount Leinster or Slievenamon on a fine day.
The castle will be exclusively yours, including towels, bedlinen, a bottle of gas for cooking, heating and fuel (logs and coal) for fires.The castle has 4 bedrooms :- 1 family room (1double and 2 single rooms)- 2 single rooms
- 1 Twin roomIt sleeps comfortably eight people, but can cater for up to 10.
On arrival visitors will find a high standard of cleaning, tidying and laundering, with all beds made, towels and soap etc set out, and a fire laid in the hearth.