Self-Catering Accommodation at Clomantagh Castle
A medieval towerhouse with five bedrooms, where the past echoes in every footstep.
Wonderful place! Wonderful mix of past splendour and modern comfort. When can we move in?
I went to Clomantagh with family. We had the most fantastic time, it was a beautiful place to stay, If I come back I would definitely stay there again if I was able.
Clomantagh Castle is a unique property, plenty of space and really nicely furnished and comfortable. The place was spotless when we got there and we just felt right at home there.
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 and 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.
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.
Clomantagh originally belonged to Pierce Ruadh, Earl of Ormond (died 1539) and his wife, Margaret Fitzgerald. 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.
Approximate location of Clomantagh Castle, Freshford, Co. Kilkenny