Clomantagh Castle is a very special place to stay, where the past echoes in every footstep as you walk through this medieval towerhouse.
It is a perfect setting for anyone wishing to be 'King' or 'Queen' of the castle.
Please Note: 1 of the 2 staircases is a narrow, spiral staircase. Also, the Castle is surrounded by a working farm; therefore the main gate must always be kept closed.
A contribution towards light and heat is applied to all bookings. As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs. It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering holiday homes and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.
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Clomantagh Castle is part of a unique settlement of tower house, farmhouse and bawn. The tower (1430s) and the farmhouse (1800s) are linked by doors allowing guests to wander freely between two periods of history. A mixture of simplicity and rustic charm, Clomantagh also features a Sheela-na-gig - a symbolic pagan nude carved on one of the stones.
Of outstanding importance because of the collection of buildings spanning the period from the 12th - 19th Century, the complex at Clomantagh includes a 12th Century parish church, an early 15th Century tower house, an almost intact boundary or bawn wall with a medieval dovecote, and a 19th Century farmhouse.
High on the tower house, above the roof of the farmhouse, there is evidence on an external wall, of an earlier attached structure. This is most likely the banqueting hall, which we know from contemporary descriptive accounts of Irish life was used for entertaining, the lord and his family only returning to the safety of the stone castle to sleep.
On the site of this banqueting hall stands the Victorian farmhouse, which is a fine example of this building type retaining most of its original features, apart from the roofing material which was changed from thatch to slate This house, which is linked to the castle on ground and first floor, was built about 1850 by the Shorthall family. It has been restored and furnished to its Victorian origins, whilst the Tower keeps its medieval character. The limewash on the outside of the house is slightly tinted by using fine particles of red sand.
The castle kitchen and a bedroom are located in the tower house - a medieval turret stone staircase leads from the kitchen to the main bedroom.
Clomantagh originally belonged to Pierce Ruadh, Earl of Ormond (died 1539) and his wife, Margaret Fitzgerald (Mairghréad nee Gearóid/Moll Gearailt). It subsequently passed, with many other castles and lands, to his second son, Richard Butler, the first Viscount Mountgarret. The 3rd Lord Mountgarret was President of the Confederation of Kilkenny, and forfeited the castle and a third of the townland under the Cromwellian regime to Lieutenant Arthur St.George, ancestor of the Kilrush family. The Castle was also owned by the Shortalls of Ballylarkin, and latterly by Mr. Willie White, a vet in nearby Freshford.
Nearby: Kilkenny City (8 kms) Shop (1 km) Pub (1 km) Restaurant (6 kms)
GPS: 52.725572 , -7.485736
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. Please do not bring more than two dogs to the Castle.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
There is an open fire in the sitting room which you can light.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
About 10 mins drive to Freshford.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
Is it suitable for older people?
Yes. There is a double bedroom and a shower room on the ground floor.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is oil central heating with radiators throughout the house.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
There is a range and an electric hob.
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a separate walk in shower in the shower room.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Kilkenny and a taxi could take you onwards from there to the Castle. However, you would need a car to get to local shops, etc.
Where is the nearest train station?
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Our minimum booking period from 1st January 2016 our minimum booking period will be 3 nights. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on number of nights and arrival date.
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes, the castle has a courtyard to the rear and a large garden to the front.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Is there parking on site?
Yes, there is onsite parking for 3 cars in the courtyard.
Is there outdoor furniture?
Yes, a table and chairs are provided.
Is there a tv?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
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August 2, 2016
We are thrilled that designer Orla Kelly will be giving a talk about working on heritage properties at 1pm this Saturday 6th August in Clomantagh Castle, Freshford, County Kilkenny. Over the years, Orla has worked on the design, interiors and fit out of 19 of Irish Landmark Trust’s historic buildings. This involved selecting historic colours, fabrics, antiques and vernacular furniture […]
July 19, 2016
For anyone still looking for a great escape for the August Bank Holiday weekend, we have some last minute offers for the following properties: Clomantagh Castle, County Kilkenny in Ireland’s Ancient East, sleeps 10. Castletown Round House, County Kildare (close to Dublin) in Ireland’s Ancient East, sleeps 6. Knocknalosset House, County Cavan in Ireland’s Ancient East, sleeps […]