The restoration was a five-year labour of love by the Everard family, with Mrs Everard personally overseeing the interior design – expertly balancing historical authenticity with the personality and warmth of a real family home.
The vaulted ceilings of the drawing room were rebuilt at a height of 20 feet, with architects and specialist builders using the original ceiling supports in the castle walls to ensure authenticity. The ceilings were painstakingly hand-painted with murals of Irish flora, fauna and bird life by a talented local artist.
Period-style fireplaces were commissioned and handmade in Italian marble by Morrisseys of Dublin who were also responsible for impressive handmade fireplaces in The Shelbourne Hotel Dublin. 14 foot high mirrors were made to order from the designs of Mrs. Everard, while the floor coverings were made in India to a colour scheme chosen to reflect the ceiling murals.
Zane Everard, one of the sons of the Everard family, now operates the castle. He is a trained architect who specialises in the restoration of historic buildings – a career choice that was no doubt influenced by his early involvement in such a momentous restoration project.
Perfect location. Close to many legendary sites, and adventures. Everyday was filled with exciting things to do. 13 of us; children, teens, grown up and seniors. All loved every moment. Lisheen Castle is a story book experience. Beautiful grounds, marvelous accommodations. Zane, was a wonderful host. Treated us like family and guided us through our time there. Finally, if you want to have a beautiful memory that will last a lifetime; visit Lisheen Castle.
We were a party of 13 from the U.S.A. and France and booked the entire castle under the all inclusive package. So glad we did as this package allowed us a stress free vacation. All that was required of us was to show up, and the day was planned by Zane and his staff. Can’t say enough good things about the staff as they were attentive to our needs and anticipatory of them. Ursula and Sharon were our chefs providing outstanding meals. Ursula went above and beyond her position. When we had difficulty in getting to the train station it was Ursula who drove us in her own car. There were many more acts of random kindness from Ursula and other staff during the week. Zane has an excellent staff he can be proud of. Joe was our tour guide and also did double duty in keeping the whole day humming and running interference for any problems. Joe also played guitar and sang Irish songs holding all of us in the palm of his hand. A few highlights were the harpist after dinner in the castle and the outing to Chez Hans and our time with Zane. I highly recommend this place, you will not be disappointed. Come and make memories and get ready for laughter.
Lisheen Castle was our home-away-from-home for one week in late July 2017. 18 of us, covering 3 generations (ages 1 to age 63) enjoyed every minute of this glorious castle and its grounds. The highlights included the outstanding staff and owner, Zane! The memories we made will stay dear forever! We recommend the full tour package, as the bus and driver were great. Our weather was perfect the entire week and we even had a double rainbow as a backdrop for our formal photos! We strongly recommend this lovely estate. The David Lance Family, Calhoun, GA USA
It was a dream come true for our family to stay at this castle b/c this was the actual birth place of our ancestors in the early 1900’s. There is a picture hanging in the library of our grandparents and 2 oldest aunts (as children) – taken at the front of the castle. It is truly a “castle” with historical décor and modern amenities. It is centrally located for day trips. Covh, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher and Galway Bay were some destinations well worth checking out.
Sleep comes easy in the many elegant and comfortable bedrooms in Lisheen Castle. Nearly every one with a private bathroom. Your view in the mornings of rolling hills and endless countryside is a delightful way to begin. The Everard family who own & operate Lisheen Castle provided our group of 13 the perfect level of service and privacy while allowing us full access to the whole property. We especially enjoyed preparing meals together in the commercial style kitchen. Dish washer, microwave, huge fridge, commercial oven & laundry were all appreciated by our group ranging in age from 2 years old to 79. Wifi worked well and kept our young from requiring oxygen. Weather was such that we frolicked, flew kites and enjoyed tea on the patio many times. Zane, who greeted us and guided us through the property was also very helpful providing great information to guide us to local grocers, restaurants & pubs with music and sights and scenes. We are a busy group and travelled easily each day to destinations including Dublin, Cork, Cliffs of Moher, Rock of Cashel, Cobh, Kilkenny and Adare. I saw bunny rabbits every day during our time here but they we too fast to catch on camera. Highly recommend this special place.
A few weeks ago our group of 14 friends came together to share a week with Lisheen Castle as our home and base for exploring Ireland. There is still an aura of magic for everyone, did we really live in a lovely restored castle with heaps of comfort and amenities? The setting is perfect, on the one hand quiet and rural and peaceful, yet relatively well situated for day trips to a wide variety of places. With help from owner Zane, we made contact with a local tour company and hired a private motor coach to take us on two ‘must see’ big day tours The Cliffs of Moher, and Dingle Peninsula.
For us, a highlight was coming together every evening, cooking together in the fully equipped kitchen, drinking plenty of wine, and enjoying sharing conversations about the different things we experienced that day. The castle encourages a wonderful camaraderie while also provides ample space to have private time to ones self.
Everything we needed was just as stated – very comfortable bedrooms, quiet, easy access to groceries and supplies, great kitchen for meal prep, a laundry, and whatever our request Zane was quick to respond. We’ve seen reviews “once in a lifetime…” and we’ve already heard friends say “maybe we will return.” Springtime, while having uncertain weather was an excellent time to see Ireland without the crowds.