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Phone: +353 (0)64 41170 Fax: +353 (0)64 41839

Castle Gardens Holiday Homes are located in the grounds of the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel. First opened in 2006, this lovely development was modelled on the style of the streetscape of Bunratty Folk Park which is adjacent to the development.

  • Price from 427 EUR / Day
  • Capacity up to 6 people
  • 3 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms
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Last updated: 10/04/2007

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Overview

Castle Gardens Holiday Homes are located in the grounds of the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel. First opened in 2006, this lovely development was modelled on the style of the streetscape of Bunratty Folk Park which is adjacent to the development.

THE ACCOMMODATION
There are two types of holiday homes at Castle Gardens:

3 Bedroomed house: Sleeping up to 6 in : 1 x double bedroom ensuite, 1 x twin bedroom ensuite, 1 x twin bedroom & a main bathroom.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE:3 of the 3 bedroomed houses are registered disabled houses. The ground floor bedroom is suitable for wheelchair users or disabled guests. Parking is directly outside the wheelchair houses

The sitting & living areas have been tastefully decorated with your comfort in mind & feature an electric fireplace, TV & Dvd. The Kitchens are fully fitted & equipped with all modern conveniences including washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave & electric oven. Car parking is available in a designated carpark close to the houses.

ONSITE FACILITIES
Guests of Castle Gardens have FREE access to the excellent onsite Leisure facilities of the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel including:

20 metre Swimming pool
Kiddies pool
Gym
Sauna
Steam bath
Jacuzzi
Aerobics Room
Brand new Games Room
BRAND NEW GAMES ROOM:

Pool tables (coin operated)
Gaming machines (coin operated)
Drinks vending machines (coin operated)
Internet access & printer (coin operated)
Seating area
*Please check the Games room opening times with the Leisure Centre on your arrival at The Castle Gardens. Parents please note this area is unsupervised & young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

RAVENS HAIR & BEAUTY SALON:
Raven's Hair & Beauty Salon at the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel offers a wide range of beauty treatments for the hair & body.

DINING OPTIONS:
PJ's award winning restaurant at the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel offers top class cuisine & fine wines. Alternatively you can enjoy a drink & live music in the Shamrock Bar or sit back & indulge in afternoon tea in the Galley Lounge.

CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS AT CASTLE GARDENS HOLIDAY HOMES
Book your Christmas Party night at Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel & avail of our special rate of just E175.00 for a 3 bedroomed holiday home sleeping up to 6 persons on the night of the party. Enjoy a sumptuous 5 course meal on the night of your choice followed by the following fantastic selection of entertainment:

Saturday 2nd Dec: Neil Diamond featuring Funky Town €52 per person
Thursday 14th Dec: ABBA Featuring Funky Town €42 per person
Sunday 17th Dec: Pop Idol €42 per person
Monday 18th Dec: ABBA Featuring Funky Town €42 per person
Wed 20th Dec: ABBA Featuring Funky Town €42 per person
Thurs 21st Dec: Elvis featuring Funky Town
Fri & Sat 22nd & 23rd Dec: Neil Diamond featuring Funky Town €52 per person
Christmas:
The Shannon Shamrock Hotel is closed December 24th-26th inclusive, re-opening 27th at 10am. The Leisure centre will open from 8am-8pm during each full day the hotel is open. The Castle Gardens holiday homes are open for whole Christmas period.

NEW YEAR:
New Year Celebrations commence with a Gala Dinner in PJ's Restaurant followed by entertainment afterwards in The Shamrock Bar. Further details to be confirmed shortly.

LOCAL ACTIVITIES
GOLF: Bunratty is the ideal base for Golfers as the courses at Ennis, Woodstock, Limerick, Doonbeg & Lahinch are all within easy driving distance.

FISHING:Combined, the River Shannon & the Shannon Estuary offer all kinds of angling options from Sea to fresh water fishing.

CYCLING: Co. Clare has a series of well marked cycling routes.

WALKING: Some of Ireland's best known walking routes are in Co. Clare including The Burren Way, The Lough Derg Way & The Slieve Bloom Way.

HORSE RIDING: There is a wonderful selection of equestrian centres within easy driving offering a full range of riding options for riders of all levels of ability.

HORSERACING:Limerick Racecourse is just a 10 min drive from Bunratty.

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
Cliffs of Moher: These world famous cliffs stretch for a spectacular 8kms of rocky coastline rising over 200m above the mighty Atlantic Ocean

THE BURREN: The Burren is a natural geological wonder & is a National Park covering 250 sq kms in Co. Clare.

OTHER VISITOR ATTRACTIONS:

Aillwee Cave & Crag Cave
Croom Mills
The Hunt Museum
Limerick Garden Trail
Foynes Flying Boat Museum
Craggaunowen
Dolphin Watching in the Shannon Estuary
Lahinch Seaworld
Glor Irish Music Centre in Ennis
BUNRATTY FOLK PARK
Bunratty Folk Park, recreates rural and urban life in 19th century Victorian Ireland. There is an extensive array of vernacular buildings; indicative of all of the social strata from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House, a fine example of a Georgian residence for the gentry. Traditional jobs and crafts are also represented, milling, the forge, pottery, printing, baking, farming etc.

Costumed characters that recreate the traditions and lifestyle of a bygone age animate the Folk Park. The characters include the Bean a Ti (woman of the house), R.I.C. policeman, Schoolteacher, Blacksmith and so on.

The latest addition to Bunratty Folk Park includes Hazelbrook House (rebuilt in the Folk Park in 2001). The original building was built in 1898, and was home to the Hughes brothers who produced HB ice cream, which became a household name in Ireland.

The restoration of Bunratty Walled garden was completed in 2000. Ardcroney Church, another original building, was unveiled here to the public in 1998.

There are 10 farmhouses in the Folk Park together with the schoolhouse, Doctor's house and the various merchant buildings and shops on the Village Street. Each exhibit is numbered and described as they appear on the Bunratty Folk Park Visitor Map which is issued free to you.

BUNRATTY FOLK PARK FEATURES:

Santa Claus Event

Experience a magical, festive atmosphere at Bunratty Folk Park. The event is for all the family, where they can visit Santa Claus & his Elves in Santa's Grotto. You can also visit Mrs. Claus in her kitchen as she prepares for Santa's trip. Wind back the clock and listen to the Folk Park story teller as he recalls colourful tales of Christmas long ago. The village street will be decked with holly and fairy lights, along with Christmas Tree. There will be a puppet show and some surprise Christmas Characters will be wandering the village street. Christmas theme shops selling Christmas fare will ensure that visitors can get in a bit of last minute shopping!

Dates for the event are as follows......

December 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd.

Admission: Adult: €10 Children: €20

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1. Loop Head Farmhouse – The house of small fisher –farming folk. The thatch is roped down to protect it against the Atlantic Gales. Bean a Ti is baking bread, milk separating and butter making in high season. A traditional sweetbread known as ‘spotted dick' is baked here and is very popular.
Don't miss Kitty's ‘spotted dick' if there's any left!

2. Shannon Farmhouse - The first farmhouse to be reconstructed on the site and which marked the beginning of the development of Bunratty Folk Park. The house was removed from where it originally stood on the site of a runway at Shannon Airport.

3. Golden Vale – A prosperous farmers home, from the rich lands in the Golden Vale of counties Limerick and Tipperary. It has stables, byres and a corn barn. Bean a Ti's here bake brown bread, porter cake, apple tart, and griddle bread all year round. Slices of hot griddle bread with melting butter are a great favorite in this house.

4. Mac's Pub – Be sure and drop into Mac's for a pint! The pub is furnished to reflect the lifestyle of the time and the fact that the publican not only sold drink in former times but also traded in groceries and hardware.

5. Bunratty House – A late Georgian dwelling (built 1804) of the type occupied by the gentry in the late 19th century. It was the home of the Studdarts, the last family to occupy Bunratty Castle.

6. Byre Dwelling – An example from Co. Mayo of a dwelling occupied by both a family and their livestock. The pigsty is located nearby.

7. Vertical Mill – It is a classic example of a rural undershot watermill.

8. Ardcroney Church – Another recent addition to the Folk Park. A Church of Ireland church: the entire structure was moved stone by stone from Ardcroney, Co. Tipperary and rebuilt here.

9. Living Gardens Museum – The gardens at Bunratty Folk Park have recently been restored with the assistance of an ERDF grant through the Great Gardens of Ireland Restoration programme. The project includes the environs of the Folk Park as well as the formal walled Regency Garden adjacent to Bunratty house. Each of the gardens, plots of the vernacular dwellings in the Folk Park have also been restored, with special attention to the planting and land use of the period. The concept creates a product, which is unique in Ireland and the rest of Europe. Its uniqueness is in the fact that the gardens and environs form part of the history of the everyday lives of the inhabitants of the houses as well as depicting our horticultural heritage.

10. The Village Street - The village houses and shops have been chosen from many different areas, to form a collection of typical of 19th century urban Irish buildings.

Opening Times:
Sept - May: 9:30am - 5:30pm
June – August: 9am – 6pm
Last Admission to the Castle: 4pm
Last Admission to the Folk Park 4.45pm
Times may be subject to change.

Bunratty Mediaeval Banquet
Bunratty Castle, was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Rathy River. From here The Earl ruled over his Chiefdom and entertained lavishly, in fact he was famous for his hospitality. Following this tradition of hospitality, the world renowned Bunratty Medieval Banquet is held twice nightly throughout the year.

For over 40 years the Ladies of the Castle, aided and abetted by the Earl's Butler, have welcomed guests from the four corners of the globe to join them at The Earl's Banquet. The entertainment provided by the superb Bunratty Singers is a fitting compliment to a four course meal, a lively meal reception and of course good wine. We invite you to enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendour of this magnificent castle.

Guests reach the Castle through the Entrance Cottage and a short atmospheric walk through the Folk Park to the Castle Gate. There a kilted piper plays a tune of welcome. Then up the Castle steps and over the drawbridge to the 'Bite of Friendship' offered by one of the Hostesses.

Now to the Upper Great Hall, resplendent with tapestries and furniture of the 16th Century, where you will receive a goblet or two of Mead. Here the Butler humorously relates the history of Bunratty and the Castle Singers give you a taste of what is to come with a medieval madrigal or two. The Earl and his Lady are crowned and you proceed to the Banquet hall for Dinner.

In the Banquet Hall, the long oak tables, bench seating and candle-light with the warm glow of the fire reflect the Banqueting style of the mediaeval era. During the meal the Butler and the Ladies delight you with snippets of music and song. The 4 course meal is a pleasant balance of contrasting Irish meat dishes as used during period and is accompanied with red and white wines.

This is followed by the high-light of the evening, the entertainment programme in which the Butler and the Ladies of the Castle, (some of Ireland's best female choral singers) accompanied by Harp and Fiddle perform a variety of Medieaval and well loved Irish songs.

This unsurpassed mediaeval experience held in the world-famous 15th century Bunratty castle lasts two and a half hours.

Opening Times:
Open all year round (subject to availability and demand)

Sittings:
First Sitting – 5.30pm
Second Sitting – 8.45pm

Location:
Located just off the main dual carriageway between Shannon and Limerick. Route N18.

Distance in kilometers from:
Shannon Airport 10 | Limerick City 13 | Ennis 24 | Galway 84 | Killarney 118 | Cork 113 | Tralee 142 | Dublin 206

ACCESS BY AIR:
Shannon Airport is just a 10 minute drive from Bunratty. Many airlines operate out of Shannon on various routes from the UK, USA & Europe.

Prices & deals

Lowest Daily Price:
427 EUR
Highest Daily Price:
882 EUR
Cleaning fee:
N/A
Charging Method:
Payment Types:
  • No Cash
  • No Credit Card
  • No Cheque
  • No Travellers cheque
  • No Paypal
  • No Wire Transfer

Location & area

Castle Gardens Holiday Homes are located in the grounds of the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel. First opened in 2006, this lovely development was modelled on the style of the streetscape of Bunratty Folk Park which is adjacent to the development.

Address:
Shannon Shamrock Hotel, Bunratty, n/a, Bunratty, Ireland
Accommodation located in:
near cultural interest, near fishing area, near golf course, near historical interest, near horse riding, near restaurants & bars, near shopping area, old town, village!

Amenities & services

Guests of Castle Gardens have FREE access to the excellent onsite Leisure facilities of the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel including:



20 metre Swimming pool

Kiddies pool

Gym

Sauna

Steam bath

Jacuzzi

Aerobics Room

Brand new Games Room

BRAND NEW GAMES ROOM:



Pool tables (coin operated)

Gaming machines (coin operated)

Drinks vending machines (coin operated)

Internet access & printer (coin operated)

Seating area

*Please check the Games room opening times with the Leisure Centre on your arrival at The Castle Gardens. Parents please note this area is unsupervised & young children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.



RAVENS HAIR & BEAUTY SALON:

Raven's Hair & Beauty Salon at the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel offers a wide range of beauty treatments for the hair & body.



DINING OPTIONS:

PJ's award winning restaurant at the Bunratty Shannon Shamrock Hotel offers top class cuisine & fine wines. Alternatively you can enjoy a drink & live music in the Shamrock Bar or sit back & indulge in afternoon tea in the Galley Lounge.

# of Units: 35... and each unit includes:

  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 3
  • Single beds: 4
  • Double beds: 1
  • Baby cots: 1
  • Single sofa beds: 0
  • Double sofa beds: 0

Bathroom

  • Yes Shower:
  • Yes Towels:
  • No Bath:
  • Yes Hair Drier:

Extras

  • No Cable/Satelite TV:
  • No Internet Broadband:
  • No Internet Dial Up:
  • Yes Ironing Board:
  • No Stereo/Radio System:
  • No Library:
  • No Telephone:
  • No DVD Player:
  • No Fax:
  • Yes Washing Machine:
  • No Work Desk:
  • Yes Bed Sheets:
  • No Bikes:

Extraservice

  • No Local Guides:
  • No Local Transportation:
  • No 24h Concierge:
  • No Tours & Excursions:
  • No Butler Service:
  • No House Chef:

Kitchen

  • Yes Crockery & Utensils:
  • Yes Dish Washer:
  • Yes Microwave:
  • Yes Oven:
  • No American Kitchen:
  • Yes Fridge & Freezer:

Living room

  • No Sofa Bed:
  • Yes Table & Chairs:
  • Yes Fireplace:

Outside

  • Yes Spa / Jacuzzi:
  • Yes Swimming Pool:
  • No Lift / Elevator:
  • No Disabled Facilities:
  • No Tennis Court:
  • No Terrace:
  • Yes Parking:
  • No Pets Welcome:
  • No Barbecue:
  • No Private Beach:
  • Yes Garden:
  • Yes Sauna:
  • No Shared Bathroom:

Rooms

  • Yes Central Heating:
  • No City View:
  • No Daily Cleaning:
  • No Air Conditioning:
  • No DVD/Music Collection:
  • No Ensuite Bathroom:
  • No Balcony:
  • No Safe:
  • No Sea View:

Additional information

Board Basis:
Accommodation Only
Breakfast:
No
Lunch:
No
Diner:
No
Traveller

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