Enjoy your stay at The Castle, in West Corks picturesque village of Castletownshend overlooking Castlehaven harbour. The home of the Townshend family for 11 generations, the family have been receiving guests for over 60 years and awarded Georgina Campbell B&B of the year 2019. Refurbished in 2016 offering a boutique style bed & breakfast in an historic building but with all the modern facilities you need for a relaxing, quiet rest in a home away from home. Mary Ann's Bar & Restaurant is a short walk away serving award winning food throughout the year in a relaxed welcoming environment for your hearty evening meal. There is so much to discover in West Cork that this is a great base for your trips whatever the season or weather.
The Castle has six harbour view double ensuite rooms, be sure to book Chavenage or Archbishops for extra space and comfort and the four poster beds. Army has the balcony or Studio you can sit in bed and watch the activity in the harbour. Navy & Deans are ideal for a quick overnight stay. All rooms are ensuite with showers, Chavenage has a bath too if you need a soak after along day out on the road. There is one twin room called Abigail, with a little more space and has a shower over bath. If you have any specific requirements then please get in touch, please note there is no lift and all rooms are accessed by stairs.
Enjoy your cooked to order breakfast in the east facing Dining Room, perfect for the morning sun. Surrounded by family portraits and furniture of old. Take your time to take it all in, The Castle is a living museum of the Townshend family and life. Note the gong is no longer sounded to let you know meals are served!
Set in 80 acres of woodland, make sure you have enough time to walk the garden and grounds too. The Church above The Castle has Harry Clarke Stained glass windows and the writers Edith Somerville & Violet Ross (who wrote the Irish RM) are buried there. Check out the times at Drishane house in the village thoughout the year to visit the Somerville museum. Just outside the village, stop to climb the steps to the ancient ruin of Knockdrum Fort standing high up with 360 views of the area and take in the site of the "Three Finger" standing stones near by. Drombeg stone circle is also a short distance away in the harbour village of Glandore.
If you have a little more time then from Union Hall daily Whale Watching trips run throughout the year or be sure to book a trip with Atlantic Sea Kayaking to visit the harbours caves and old Castle ruins.
The Castle is a quiet location and we no longer take group bookings, young children or host events here, which offers our guests the ideal spot to relax and refresh, ready to head back to reality another day.