Shankill Castle, Paulstown

4.5
An Irish country house in county Kilkenny. Venue for public and private events and retreat for artists and creative professionals. #secretsofthecastle
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4.4
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  • Not exactly a "Castle" but a virtual museum of Irish History and a gallery of the art of Elizabeth Cope. Geoffrey gives us the Tour and his a character out of a picaresque novel. Intiment insight into...  more »
  • A lovely experience from start to finish of this lovely old castle and family home. We were given a guided tour of the house by the owner and artist Elizabeth Cope. Elizabeth herself was a very friend...  more »
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  • Amazing location, tastefully refurbished where necessary. We got a friendly welcome and were treated like long lost cousins. Elizabeth is an amazing woman with a wealth knowledge and fabulous personality. The treats at the cafe were a perfect taste to follow the beautiful walk around the property after a truly historic and eccentric tour of a big small irish house. If you are in the area, you must not skip this stop.
  • Overall we really enjoyed our visit here. The particulars follow The Cafe was simply done, vegetarian and very good. We liked it. Light, healthy food and nice staff. The grounds were attractive and pleasant. We enjoyed the walk around. The exterior of the house was architecturally appealing with an assortment of differing features, apparently with the base of a tower house imbedded in the structure. The inside was seen by a tour from the owner who was knowledgeable and informative. Basically we liked the house. However, what is the source of our low score in stars is what is inside the house. Most rooms were ‘graced’ by nude paintings. That in itself was not too big of an issue. What IS an issue with us at least is that two or three of them were extreme and over the top. Downright offensive and I will not describe them. We brought two 11 year old girls with us and they are still talking about them and thought them upsetting. I had many questions to answer when we got home. Some I cannot answer such as ‘why?’ Because of these items, we say the house is NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN. With the paintings removed, we would have added 2 more stars and would give it a child friendly rating.
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