This grandly appointed castle dates back to 1170 and is rich with historical detail, from the walls marked by Cromwellian cannon balls, to tales from the days when it was owned by Sir Walter Raleigh. The castle is situated in the heart of the magnificent Blackwater Valley, where guests can enjoy activities including kayaking, fishing and horse riding, while its sumptuous interiors make it the perfect spot for a peaceful retreat.
A sophisticated home in a truly extraordinary setting, the estate has been in the Duke of Devonshire’s family since 1753, giving the castle a distinctly personal feel while losing none of its grandeur. The luxurious bedrooms have hosted some of history’s most celebrated figures, from Cecil Beaton and John F Kennedy to Lucian Freud, while a spectacular collection of world-class art adorns the walls. The Pugin Banqueting Hall, a major historic treasure in its own right, provides the ultimate backdrop for a celebration, with impeccable service provided by the Devonshire family’s private staff and butlers.
At each Masterpiece Estate you will be welcomed by an engaging host, an expert in both the house and the area. This is your guide, your companion, the person who can advise you on activities and arrange each personalised day to your liking, as well as entertain you and your guests with tales of the extraordinary estate that is your home for the duration of your stay.
The castle’s seven acres of gardens, the oldest to be continually cultivated in Ireland, offer picturesque strolls, while the surrounding countryside boasts a wide selection of engaging activities to keep guests entertained.
Guests can explore the magnificent landscapes from the river itself on a guided canoe or kayak tour, taking in historic houses and gardens lining the riverbank.
The well-known River Blackwater offers some of the finest salmon fishing in Ireland, with several top-class beats to be found right beneath the castle.
The wider area offers horse riding, cycling and trekking in the Knockmealdown Mountains, while the vibrant city of Cork, with its charming shops and bustling cafés, is an easy drive away.