Ballyseede CastleThis haunted castle is a perfect stop on the way to Dingle

Deluxe Ballyseede Castle Hotel

Ballyseede Castle is located on its own thirty acres of gardens and woodland. At the approach is an imposing entrance gateway with pillars of block granite.

The Castle stands on its own grounds at the end of a winding carriage drive. This elegant Castle looks as if it were built to outlive the vices and follies of man. It has been fought over, lived in and loved, and carries forward its ancient grandeur to this age.

Ballyseede Castle was the chief garrison of the legendary Fitzgerald’s, Earls of Desmond, many of whom refused to swear allegiance to the crown, which resulted in the infamous Geraldine Wars that continued intermittently for three centuries and concluded with the beheading of Gerald, 16th Earl, in the Demesne of Ballyseede and whose head was exhibited in a cage on London Bridge

Following the defeat of the Desmoids in 1584, the Castle plus 3000 acres of land was granted as a perpetual lease to Robert Blennerhassett, the rent being one red rose to be presented each year on Midsummer’s Day. This noble family and their descendants occupied Ballyseede until 1966.

Ballyseede Castle is a large three-story block over a basement, with two curved bows on the entrance front and another bow at the south side and a battlemented parapet. Inside the impressive lobby, Doric columns lead to an elegant wooden bifurcating staircase of fine oak joinery, which is almost unique in Ireland.

There are two magnificent drawing rooms with cornices plasterwork, adorned by marble fireplaces, which are ideal to have afternoon tea or morning coffee. The gracious dining room overlooks the front lawn with its ancient oaks. Dinner is served nightly from 7pm to 9pm. In the library bar there is a great-carved oak chimneypiece over mantle dated 1627. There is a splendid Banqueting Hall where feastings and entertainment were carried out in a grand manner.

To continue its history the Castle boast the ghost of Landlords past and they are known to walk the long corridors in the basement level. On the 24th of March each year the ghost is known to make its presence felt as it did on that night in 1998 when the residents of the castle vacated their rooms and were last heard of when they went to a local bookshop and asked for a book on ghosts. They told the shop assistant they had a frightening experience “they saw a Spirit”. This is the first time anyone was scared of the ghost. The past residents of the castle fondly call the ghost Hilda.

Rooms: Bedrooms are elegant and spacious and come in a large variety from single to mini suite to deluxe. All the bedrooms have been totally refurbished. They are individually designed and are decorated with taste and imagination. The bedrooms offer a magnificent view of the grounds of the castle. All our bedrooms are ensuite with direct dial phone and satellite television. There are also many gracious public areas available for the guests use throughout the castle. The Residents Lounge and the Pembroke Room, both drawing rooms, are decorated with cornices of ornamental foliage plaster and adorned by marble fireplaces. A magnificent carved oak mantelpiece also ornaments the Library Bar.

Dining: At Ballyseede Castle, we would like to make your meals memorable and endeavour to keep to our high standards in gastronomy. We have been accredited with two RAC awards for dining and our chefs will cater for all tastes and fancies. All of our food is either home grown or is 100% guaranteed Irish. Continental cuisine as well as traditional fare is served here. Our fully stocked wine cellar will compliment any meal. We cater for all tastes - a five course dinner menu, an afternoon tea in one of our Drawing Rooms or a light snack in the Library Bar, all can be enjoyed in our luxurious and tranquil surroundings. We also have a full breakfast menu.