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king of my castle

7 magical Irish castles you can actually rent on Airbnb

Unreal.

1. Castle Ellen, Athenry, Co. Galway

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The owner of Castle Ellen describes it as “basic” and “not far from how it was in 1890 with the exception of an electric shower”. Unusual, to be sure, but a little bit amazing.

A stay starts at €60 for one night. A steal, if you ask us.

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2. Annes Grove, Co. Cork

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A miniature castle (read: cute castle) dating from the 1800s, Annes Grove is described as an “intensely romantic property”. With a wood-burning stove and snug little rooms, it’s as quaint as they come.

One night here will cost you €139.

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3. Ballintotis Castle, Castlemartyr, Co. Cork

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Ballintotis Castle is a 16th century castle situated two miles from Midleton and 2 miles from Ballymaloe. There’s a four-poster bed, wood burners and steep stone stairs just to make you really feel like a medieval knight.

Did we mention it’s only €120 per night? Sure, where would you get it.

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4. Ross Castle, Co. Meath

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Fancy staying in a 500-year-old castle? Look no further than Ross Castle, Co. Meath. Not only has it retained much of its medieval charm, but it was also listed by Lonely Planet as one of the “ten lesser-known haunted places in the world”. So now.

A one-night stay will set you back €142.

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5. Kilcolgan Castle, Co. Galway

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Sorry, look how magical this is. An 11th century castle with views to die for and warm, inviting fireplaces. It even has horses casually roaming the grounds, for crying out loud. Doesn’t get much more castle-y than that.

A one-night stay starts at €300.

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6. Grantstown Castle, Co. Tipperary

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Grantstown Castle is the type of castle that will have you walking around wondering, “Is this real life or am I in an episode of Wolf Hall?” The castle boasts six floors, a Great Hall, a Gallery and actual battlements. In other words, it’s the real McCoy.

A one-night stay will cost €150. Totally worth it, if you ask us.

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7. Durhamstown Castle, Co. Meath

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Here we have a Norman castle dating from 1420 that holds the distinction of being the “oldest continuously inhabited house in Co. Meath”. We imagine that it’s pretty much like Enya’s house.

The castle accommodates 16 people and for €1250 per night, you can rent the entire castle (Rooms are available through individual listings on Airbnb, too.)

Gaff party, anyone? 

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