Ballea Castle

Take a step back in time to Ireland’s oldest inhabited castle

Welcome to Ballea Castle

A cherished heritage of Ireland and home to the Garcin-O’Mahony family.


Lovingly restored to charm, impress and enjoy.


As you approach the castle, entering through the ornate white gates, passing by the White Horse of Ballea, the legacy comes alive. The peaceful surrounding gardens and farm invites you to meet the resident household animals. Within the walls of Ballea Castle you will also delight in the ancient chapel and two beautifully appointed guest suites.



A hundred thousand welcomes to you, we hope you enjoy your regal stay.


Louise & Family


Beautiful & Luxurious


Most amazing stay with an even more amazing host. Everything about the castle was perfect and was the best ending to our week long Ireland trip. I can’t recommend this place enough. From the crystal clear communication, sweetest family & friendly farm pets to the biscuits & coffee the next morning - this place was a dream. Counting down the days until we can visit again!


October 2023
Lexie – Dallas, Texas
If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a gorgeous castle, this is it! The room was amazing and we were greeted by a lovely young lad named Harry, who helped us get settled and answered all of our questions. Louise is an excellent hostess who made us feel so at home! She was quick to respond to messages and took time to visit with us in the morning. We can’t say enough good things about our stay here. Thank you Louise and thank you Harry!


October 2023
Kassina – Perth, Canada
Idyllic setting and home inside an actual castle...filled with greenery, animals and all the feels of an uber comfortable and private guest quarters. Think of a cozy, very well appointed apartment with a super plush bedroom and living room/kitchenette. Stunning. The grounds left you wondering what's around every next corner and the history of such a rich manor. We cannot recommend Louise and this experience enough.


October 2023
Crick – Boise, Idaho

About this place

Ireland’s oldest inhabited castle has been renovated and brought up to the 21st Century modern luxury living standards. You will stay in one of two self-contained beautiful apartments, one on the ground floor and one on the first floor overlooking the gardens! You can enjoy your own private suite which comprises of a lounge, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, all with underfloor heating! Fantastically located a 5 minute drive from Carrigaline town, 10 minutes from Cork airport, 25 minutes from Cork City and Kinsale. Private onsite secure parking.

The space

Key features include: Bright cosy suites one with an ornate fireplace, spacious open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge, a stunning bedroom with window seats, black-out blinds and an adjoining private bathroom with extra large facilities.

Guest access

The suites have their own independent access shared only with the Chapel.

You can find us at


Louise A. O'Mahony



Ballea Castle Carrigaline Co. Cork Ireland P43 HX56

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