Airbnb is full of extraordinary and unusual properties, and this one has to be up there as one of the most unique stays available in Ireland. You can rent the entirety of Tubbrid Castle in County Kilkenny, the spot on which an actual king once chose to stay. A castle is certainly a world away from our cramped space and expensive rent in London, which surely makes this a perfect getaway from the bustling city!
This gorgeous castle dates back to the 15th century when Margaret Fitzgerald, the 8th Countess of Ormond, ordered construction of the castle. She stayed in the bedroom on the top floor which is named after her: Leapa Mhaighread (Margaret’s bed).
However, its history of the spot on which it was erected is far richer and more complex. In 942 AD, before the castle had been built, Muircheartach (King of Ulster) chose to camp on the site of the castle as he marched his army South. He was on the way to avenge his allies whom Callaghan, the King of Cashel had attacked. The bedroom on the second floor is named after him: Rí Ailig (King Alex).
The ground floor room is touchingly named Seomra Sheáin (John’s Room) after the owner’s further who began renovating the castle, John Campion Senior. You would never know today that this beautiful castle was once a delapidated building in need of so much renovation.
Today you can expect all of the modern comforts of home, plus a generous helping of luxury that you probably won’t find at home unless you live a pretty fancy life. There are three super-chic and stylish bedrooms, one of which has a super-king size bed literally fit for a king.
There’s wifi, heating, a fully functional kitchen and even a dishwasher, because who wants to do the washing up when they’re on holiday? Plus, this amazing place offers breathtaking views out over the woodland and fields which you can enjoy from a lovely little windowseat.
So what is there to see and do in the area around the castle? Well, it’s only 20 minutes away from the beautiful Medieval city of Kilkenny which has much to offer. You can visit the stunning Kilkenny Castle and climb Canice’s Round Tower which offers the most incredible views of the city. Then you can enjoy some delicious food at one of Kilkenny’s many amazing restaurants. Wanna live like royalty for a few days? You can book your stay here.