The Castle

Castle Accommodation / Castle for Rent

Blackwater Castle, one of the oldest continuously occupied houses in Ireland and is steeped in heritage with a history that extends back some 10,000 years.  We have had some distinguished guests down through the centuries ranging from Sir Walter Raleigh in 1580 (who was not exactly welcomed with open arms at the time as he effectively took control of the Castle from Lord Roche), Oliver Cromwell and his general Lord Broghill in 1649 (who certainly left their marks which are visible to this day!), and more recently the late and wonderful Michael Jackson who, we are proud to say, stayed here for 3 weeks in 2006 and found some (in his own words)

“peace and tranquility for me and my kids”.

One of the guests of the Castle when it was the seat of Lord Roche, Viscount of Fermoy, was the Lord Deputy of Ireland, Sir Henry Sidney.   Sir Sidney stayed at the then Roche Castle in 1576 and

Sir Henry Sidney lodged with lord Roche at Roche Castle

“lodged two nights by the way netherwards at my lo: Roches, where I and all my trayne were verie largely and bountiefullie entertayned”. (The Roches, Lords of Fermoy, Eithne Donnelly, p24)

We can assure all Lords Deputy, Monarchs, subjects, Presidents and citizens alike that you will be “verie largely and bountiefullie entertayned” when you opt to stay with us!

Our guests are invited to enjoy all that the Castle and its estate has to offer.  Feel free to browse our extensive multi-lingual library, relax in the Tea Room, play our Baby Grand Piano in the Music Room, explore the history and heritage of the estate, or avail of the extensive amenities on the Castle grounds from fishing in our private river, rambling around our natural woodlands, or engaging in some of the Outdoor Activities based on site.  We have 9 beautifully appointed suites sleeping 23 in total and you can view a slide show of the suites here.

While the Castle is generally let as a private rental on an exclusive basis when availability permits we are happy to take large groups who would like a Guesthouse or B&B experience in a Medieval Castle. Contact us with your particular requirements and we will try to work something out with you however we do not take groups of less than 20 guests.

A stay at Blackwater Castle is certain to be memorable. Patrick Nordstrom the owner, who lives on the grounds with his family, will greet you and show you to your rooms and is in charge of preparing breakfast for you (if you opt to have breakfast with us) which Patrick serves in our south facing Terrace Room overlooking the River Awbeg.  Patrick will be delighted to give you a tour of the Castle as part of your stay and talk you through the fascinating 10,000 year old history of the Castle reflecting all periods of Irish history.  He will happily open up the 15th Century Tower for you so you can explore at first hand the magnificent architecture of one of the best kept Norman Keeps in Ireland where history lives on.  As part of your stay you are also welcome to explore the countless additional features on the grounds (including our very own “Blarney Stone) which really make Blackwater Castle a very unique location.

The immediate townland has a lot to offer, in particular the 13th century Bridgetown Priory, along with all that is available in the nearby vibrant village of Castletownroche (5 minutes walk) including a pub museum, The Spinning Wheel, established in 1791.   But don’t just take our word for it – please have a look at some independant reviews on Tripadvisor to give you a flavour of what is so unique about a stay at Blackwater Castle.

The Castle has 9 suites, all individually designed and very spacious, and can accomodate 23 in total with 6 double suites, 1 triple suite, 1 twin suite, and 1 family suite (a double with an annex containing 4 single beds) and you can view a slideshow of some of the suites here.

castle for hire

The St. Patrick Family Suite above with (below) the Lady Roche Suite which adjoins the 15th Century Norman Tower.

Castle for hire

We are very happy to welcome larger groups and we are also flexible in terms of breakfast arrangements and private dining possibilities. Favourable rates are available for groups and those who stay for extended periods of time.  If your requirements don’t fit our rates structure please contact us with your specifications and we will give you a quote to suit your particular needs.  We are always very flexible here and can accomodate almost any request.  Call Patrick on 086 1040 306 to talk to him about your particular requirements.

If you are planning on staying in large numbers for 2-3 days or more you might consider opting for one of our special offers for a “Self Catering Castle” where the Castle is reserved on a “Private Hire” basis rather than a “Guesthouse” experience as set out below.

Castle for rent
The Music Room of the Castle

Castle for rent Ireland – Exclusive Private Hire 

Blackwater Castle is an ideal venue for a family reunion or for groups of friends who would like to chill out together and catch up in luxurious surroundings while cooking for themselves and stocking their own private bar.  We can arrange catering if required to cover all tastes and budgets from casual suppers to a fine dining experience.  Everything is possible here at Blackwater Castle and all services can be arranged from housekeeping to babysitting.

Call Patrick on 086 1040 306 to arrange your exclusive self catering holiday in one of Ireland’s best preserved 12th Century Castles.