Ballybur Castle and Coach House, Cuffesgrange, offers self-catering accommodation. Built by the Comerford Clan in 1588, turn back in time and imagine battling invaders, snuggling up by the hearth of a roaring open fireplace with a good book or reconnecting with family and friends in the dining room.
The ground floor of Ballybur Castle was originally used to store goods, but also people and livestock in times of danger. Now, it has a fully fitted kitchen, with modern conveniences that you would find at home.
Going through the back door, you enter a secluded south facing patio area with a large fireplace which can be used for a barbeque or open fire. Garden furniture is supplied.
The first floor was once used for sleeping and storage, now it consists of a large bedroom with a four poster bed and niches in the walls for sleeping. It is an ideal family room or honeymoon suite. On this floor there are also a smaller double room and a bathroom containing a Victorian bath with a separate shower.
On the second floor you enter a room with deep niches in the walls which were once used as beds. During the daytime these niches were covered by hanging tapestries and the room was used as a living space. This floor is now a double height dining room, complete with chandelier. The room has a medieval stone fireplace, a long dining table with church pews seating up to 12 people. Off this room is a bedroom containing two single beds with windows overlooking the castle grounds. There is also a small kitchen and a shower room with a toilet, shower and hand basin.
The third floor, with its vaulted ceiling, is now a bedroom. This room was once the family chapel. This floor also has a shower room with toilet and sink.
The fourth and top floor is now a magnificent baronial drawing room. The room has an oak beamed ceiling left exposed, a stone fireplace and a giant chandelier, all helping to maintain a traditional feel. There are several lounge seats, a table and chairs, plus a hand crafted swing in one of the alcoves.
Heavy curtains make the room very cosy in the evenings. There is a music system that drifts beautiful flute music down the spiral stairs. The four windows, each facing the cardinal points, offer magnificent views. There is also a secret room, once used as a priests’ hole for hiding visiting priests after the Reformation or to keep prisoners. A stairs lead up to the ramparts, where you can see Mount Leinster or Slievenamon.
In 1979, when Ballybur was bought at auction the ruin of the Coach House was still there. Two bay windows now replace the original entryway for the horse and cart. It now boasts five bedrooms and a converted loft. With its charming red doors and beautifully cut stone, it lends itself perfectly to the castle. The Coach House is wheelchair accessible but not the castle. Pet friendly but no pets allowed in the bedrooms. The house and castle may be rented together or separately.