Gregan Castle on approx 20 acres, Ballyvaughan, County Clare: SOLD

For Sale: Gregan Castle on approx. 20 acres, located near Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.  SOLD.

Helen Cassidy Auctioneer, Clonbur, County Galway, in association with Sherry Fitzgerald Mc Mahon, Ennis, Co. Clare, are delighted to offer the following:

Rare opportunity to acquire a most attractive Historic Irish Castle on approx. 20 acres located in a spectacular location surrounded by superb gardens and woodland walks.

Gregan Castle, dating from 1588, is a beautifully renovated and extended Historic Irish Castle, presented for sale in excellent decorative order, and located in an area of outstanding scenic beauty

on the edge of the world famous Burren, County Clare.

The castle is approached via gates off a country road, and stands proud amongst c 20 acres of well tended woodland and shrubs.

Surrounded by a bawn wall, unique in its privacy, the outline appears little changed for most of five hundred years.

In the second half of the Seventeenth century parts of the bawn walls were breached by Cromwellian soldiers,  they remained unrepaired for over three hundred years,

until the property came into the ownership of the vendors, who set about the mammoth task of repair and regeneration.

The Castle itself dates from 1588, replacing an earlier 13th century building. Records show that by the 16th century the property was owned by  the O Loughlin Family.

In the 17th century, their property with its extensive lands was granted to the Martins, whose better lands had been confiscated.

The Martins, who were Catholics, owned  the property until the 1960′s.

At that stage, the castle had been a ruin for over 200 years. The antiquarian, Massy-Westropp completed some sketches of Gregan Castle in it’s ruinous state, about 1895.

The castle is located in the Burren, a glacial valley which runs east into the larger valley which lies between Ballyvaughan and the Corkscrew Hill.

The work of restoring the Castle began in the 1990′s

The approach has been to carefully respect the surviving fabric, but to adapt the Castle for today’s needs.

The grounds, beautifully laid out with stands of a variety of trees, are sheltered from the westerly winds blowing in from the Atlantic.

This, and slightly warmer winters, encourage the trees and shrubs to flourish.

The glacier, from some twenty thousand years ago, left a moraine, which provides shelter for wildlife, both animals and birds.

Sometimes small herds of inquisitive wild goats come down from the higher ground.

There are many delightful walks through the trees and grounds.

The accommodation is laid out as follows:

Entrance Porch, Approach to Castle on the Left.

Entrance Hall, with vaulted Bedroom/ Office above, separate staircase.

Bathroom with Bath, WC and WHB to the left, with stairs to Bedroom 2 above.

Separate stairway to Great Hall, with Fireplace, and wc off.  Kitchen area off.

Above the Great Hall at Messanine level is the Library, overlooking the Great Hall.

Sprial staircase takes one op the next level to the third bedroom, and access to the Battlements.

Entrance Porch, Approach to the Cottage on Right:

Large double aspect Kitchen/ Dining room with sleeping area.

Pantry, Rear Exit.

Sitting Room, Upstairs Double Bedroom and Bathroom.

Beautiful Property, most unusual and romantic. Sure to entice and delight.

Ber Rating: Exempt

For further details, maps, plans, and brochure please contact Joint Agents:

Helen Cassidy, MRICS B.A.(Mod)MSCSI, MRICS., Auctioneer and Valuer ,Clonbur House, Clonbur, Co.Galway. [email protected]  Tel: 00 353872463748 PSRA Licence No: 002657



Tel:  O65 686 7866  Email:  diarmuid@

PSRA Licence No: 001212-001189

,These particulars are intended to give a fair description of the property only and are in no way guaranteed, nor do they form part of any contract. They are issued on the express condition that all negotiations are conducted through Helen Cassidy Auctioneer and Diarmuid McMahon, Director, Sherry Fitzgerald McMahon. All properties are offered subject to contract and to being unsold.

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