A few weeks ago our group of 14 friends came together to share a week with Lisheen Castle as our home and base for exploring Ireland. There is still an aura of magic for everyone, did we really live in a lovely restored castle with heaps of comfort and amenities? The setting is perfect, on the one hand quiet and rural and peaceful, yet relatively well situated for day trips to a wide variety of places. With help from owner Zane, we made contact with a local tour company and hired a private motor coach to take us on two 'must see' big day tours The Cliffs of Moher, and Dingle Peninsula.
For us, a highlight was coming together every evening, cooking together in the fully equipped kitchen, drinking plenty of wine, and enjoying sharing conversations about the different things we experienced that day. The castle encourages a wonderful camaraderie while also provides ample space to have private time to ones self.
Everything we needed was just as stated - very comfortable bedrooms, quiet, easy access to groceries and supplies, great kitchen for meal prep, a laundry, and whatever our request Zane was quick to respond. We've seen reviews "once in a lifetime..." and we've already heard friends say "maybe we will return." Springtime, while having uncertain weather was an excellent time to see Ireland without the crowds.
What a fabulous vacation the Lisheen Castle offers. We immediately felt comfortable in our home away from home. The tranquility of the setting immediately takes you in and makes you feel like you are truly a part of the surroundings.
We received excellent service throughout our stay. The food was of the highest quality. Superb choices were offered for all of our meals both breakfast and dinner. The day tours were very organized and well planned. We were able to make adjustments according to our own personal wishes when the need arouse. The flexibility of the driver and tour guide was greatly appreciated. We had evening entertainment in the castle after dinner several nights. The head cook even gave us hands on tips on how she made some of her signature meals. The sit down morning breakfast was such a delicious and fun way to start our day. The availability of a washer and dryer made for light packing.
This was one of the most enjoyable travel experiences we ever had and we look forward to returning to the LISHEEN Castle.
I was so in love with Lisheen Castle! We were invited to stay for the week as guests for a wedding that took place here. The rooms, the grounds, the cozy dining room where we gathered for breakfast… Perhaps, especially, the sunroom looking over the garden. It has been beautifully restored and I feel lucky to have been a guest here!
We had a wonderful two week stay here with twelve pals, wandering to all kinds of great sites: Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny, Dublin, Yeats country and more. The Castle is extremely comfortable with lovely rooms for gathering, a large and elegant dining room with delicious local delicacies. Fun times on the roof top, quiet walks in the countryside. And always, a view of the Devil's Bite! We all loved it. And Zane, our host, was always attentive.
Beautiful castle in an amazing setting. The scenery is gorgeous! The grounds were perfectly manicured. The castle is beautiful on the inside as well. The restoration is unbelievable considering it was once in rubble. The rooms are plentiful, all with their own titles and most their bathrooms as well. The decor is historic and beautiful but comfortable at the same time. Equipped with modern conveniences such as washer/dryer, restaurant style kitchen and wifi throughout. Zane is a very gracious host, he even took us on the roof. Shhhh:) He was also extremely helpful in guiding us to local restaurants and attractions. I'm so glad we didn't choose the B&B hop thing. This was truly a once in a lifetime experience for me and my family!