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Glengarriff Castle, Glengarriff, West Cork Co. Cork
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Surrounded by approx. 35 hectares (87acres) of woodlands and parklands, and fronting onto one of the most beautiful shorelines in Ireland, Glengarriff Castle has played host to the nobility and royalty, as well as famous writers and artists. This is an exceptionally rare opportunity to own and restore this magnificent piece of Ireland's history.

Features: Dating from 1790, and built by Colonel Simon White, brother to the First Earl of Bantry Gothic-style castle with illustrious history Unforgettable setting with private shoreline Remains of a pier on the shoreline Two ancillary buildings for accommodation associated with the castle Panoramic views, including Garnish Island / Illnacullin Approx. 35 hectares (87acres) of grounds laid out in woodlands and parklands Partially renovated, including one wing fully roofed, and windowed. Full planning permission for renovation and restoration with complete set of architects drawings to include six bedrooms and staff wing Architectural features include square tower and round tower Sheltered by mature planting with specimen trees including oak, beech, Japanese red cedar and Chilean pine Entirely private site Adjacent to Glengarriff golf club Within a 4 minute drive of Glengarriff village Just over one hour to Cork International Airport. All times and distances are approximate.

Property description: The Irish coastline is dotted with castles, built sometimes as fortifications, and more frequently as places for their lucky owners to make the most of their good fortune in safe and peaceful settings. While some of these are now little more than romantic ruins, others, such as Castlefreke to the east, are thriving in the hands of a new generation of visionaries.

Coming to market partially restored, and with full planning permission for the works conclusion, Glengarriff Castle has hosted nobility and royalty over the years. Famous Irish writers who have stayed within its walls include John Millington Synge and William Butler Yeats. So inspiring are its grounds, that George Bernard Shaw is said to have written his play, St Joan here. Another visitor, the British novelist William Makepeace Thackery was so transported by the locality that he wrote there is a country, the magnificence of which no pen can give an idea. I would like to be a great prince, and bring a train of painters to make, if they could a set of pictures of the place. The area is clearly inspirational to visionaries. Garnish Island, also known as Illnacullin, is visible from the Castle building.

In the early part of the last century, Annan Bryce and Harold Peto transformed the craggy island into an extraordinary horticultural paradise, proving that with sufficient vision and determination, anything can be done. Glengarriff Castle presents a similar, once in a lifetime opportunity.

Glengarriff Castle

Built in the 1790's by Colonel Simon White, brother of the first Earl of Bantry, whose family still lives in nearby Bantry House, Glengarriff Castle has an illustrious history. Taking account the majestic nature of the site, and the rise in fortunes of the White family, an earlier cottage orn-style hunting lodge was replaced by a gothic-style castle, flanked to one side by a square, castellated tower, and to the other by a round tower. Between these, the main building is an impressive span, designed to be both romantic and magnificent.

The castle was run as a hotel up to c.1975 with many international clients falling in love with the beauty of the area. A German buyer purchased the hotel in the late 1970's, where he lived with his family. A local consortium purchased the hotel and placed it on the market, when the current owner purchased the castle six years ago.

Having fallen into disrepair in the late 1970s, the property has been partially restored, and comes with full architects drawings, and planning permission for completion. Current works include underpinning and other structural works, a full list of which is available. One wing has been re-roofed, and the windows have also been fully replaced. That part of the property has also been rewired. Plans for the next phase show a magnificent hallway, a grand banqueting hall / ballroom, as well as kitchens, breakfast room and a living room at ground level. Below there is space for a wine cellar, sauna, and additional work spaces. Upstairs there are six bedrooms, as well as further formal and living spaces. There is also a staff wing.

The works now paused, this is an exceptional opportunity to complete the project, and bring this extraordinary castle back to glory, to your own style and taste.

Hotel: There is a lapsed planning permission for conversion to a 94-bed hotel, with requisite leisure centre and spa, plus drawings for 32 holiday lodges.


Over 200 years of sensitive planting, coupled with the glorious vista of Bantry Bay has created a unique situation. Glengarriff Castle itself sits on an elevated site, with uninterrupted views of the bay, dotted with pretty islands, including the famous Illnacullin. A meandering driveway snakes through the ancient woodlands, which themselves were specifically designed to shelter the principal building. Walkways lead from the Castle to the waterfront and to a small private jetty. The waters of the bay itself are clear and abundant, with hues ranging from deep blue to gentle turquoise. Paths and driveways allow you to wander in peaceful seclusion throughout the utterly private approx. 35 hectares (87acres) of grounds that include significant and historic Oak, Beech, Japanese Red Cedar, European Larch and Chilean Pine. There are also a variety of shrub and flora species, which flourish in the unique microclimate of this part of Bantry Bay.


The village of Glengarriff sits at the top of Bantry Bay, one of the long, deep inlets on the Wild Atlantic Way, that makes this part of the south west of Ireland such a famous location. Deriving its name from the Irish the craggy glen, Glengarriff is a quieter spot than is sister destinations of Bantry, Kenmare and Killarney, and yet it has all one could require. Glengarriff Castle is adjacent to Glengarriff Golf Club, while the Glengarriff National Park is just minutes away. The village itself has picturesque pubs and restaurants, a hotel, and shops. There is also a local national school. The area benefits from a microclimate, warmed by the Gulf Stream, which enables the cultivation of a wide diversity of plants. The clear deep waters of the bay are home to a seal population, and are also include many very picturesque swimming spots. A major attraction of Glengarriff is Garnish Island, also known as Illnacullin, with regular boat trips from the village during the holiday season.

4 minute drive (3.2km) to Glengarriff Village 17 minute drive (15km) to Bantry 30 minute drive (30km) to Kenmare 1 hour 20 minutes (86.7km) to Cork City 1 hour 15 minutes (89.3 km) to Cork International Airport 183km to Shannon Airport 341km to Dublin International Airport.


Coming from Cork, take the N22 west. Turn left at Farnanes, to take the R585 following signs for Bealnablath. Join the N71 at Ballylickey, and continue west towards Glengarriff. The entrance to Glengarriff Castle is 9.3km from Ballylickey on the left, just before Glengarriff Golf Club.
Glengarriff Castle, Glengarriff, West Cork Co. Cork, Cork, Ireland
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