History lovers will be delighted with saluting canons, family crests, weaponry and a door propped open by cannon balls. Staying in a real 1650s castle, with visitors by day, is very special indeed and when evening comes the place is yours. Sharon gives you an honesty bar so enjoy a sundowner on the lawn in sunny weather or by the fireside in winter.
In the grand breakfast room, Union Hall smoked salmon and local meats are on the menu. The café offers homemade goodies; plans for a kitchen garden are afoot. Book a wine dinner at Mary-Ann’s seafood restaurant-gallery just up the hill. Hike, bike or kayak, hop in the car for Skibereen.
Return to rooms with evocative names like Colonel, Archbishop and Chavenage. Find a four-poster here, a roll-top there and big bay views from most. The Castle’s thick walls and modern heating make things cosy all year round.