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Possibly the most spectacular castle in Ireland and has been the Irish home of the Dukes of Devonshire since 1748.
Situated in a panoramic position it overlooks the Blackwater Valley with views over rolling wooded hills to the Knockmealdown Mountains.
The castle was built in the 13th century by King John. Subsequent renovations took place in the early 17th century and in the 1840s. The entrance is on the edge of Lismore which is steeped in history and has been designated a Heritage Town.
There is a hard tennis court in the garden and salmon fishing can be arranged on the River Blackwater which is one of Irelandís premier salmon rivers.
There is a nine-hole golf course on the estate and several good 18 hole courses in the area.
Riding and fox hunting (in season) can be arranged and there are race courses within easy reach.
The castle is ideal for parties of up to 23 and is often used for family reunions or small business meetings.
The staff prides itself on the level of service and cuisine which is exactly the same standard as when the Duke of Devonshire and his family are in residence.
Ground Floor. Drawing room; two sitting rooms; dining room (seats up to 18); billiard room; banqueting hall for large receptions; three bedrooms (one double, one twin and one single) all with private bathrooms.
First Floor. Four double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all with private bathrooms; one single bedroom (shared bathroom).
Other amenities include tennis court, fishing, television, telephone (by meter), laundry facilities provided, oil-fired central heating on ground floor and log fires, crib, high chair. Babysitting by arrangement.
The castle is rented with full staff under the butler, all supervised by the Resident Agent. Breakfast, afternoon tea, evening meal, daily cleaning, heating and electricity included.
The castle is situated 38 miles (61 km) from Cork, 95 miles (153 km) from the Shannon Airport, and 130 miles (209 km) from Dublin.
Bed linen and towels are provided in all properties and these are changed once weekly in self-catering and partially staffed properties. Linen is changed approximately every three days in fully staffed properties. Cot or crib linen is not supplied.
We suggest you eat out at least one night a week to give the staff a free evening. A security deposit is required.