Glenarm Castle Estate, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
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Glenarm Castle Estate, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

Barbican: Antrim

Set at the entrance of the stunning Glenarm Castle Estate in County Antrim, the Barbican was built originally in 1825 by the well-known Dublin architect, William Morrison.

This miniature medieval castle is only a 40 minutes drive from Belfast and very close to the fascinating Glenarm Village, one of the 9 Glens of Antrim, along the Causeway Costal Route.

Barbican comprises a three-storey block with gothic windows, a stone turret staircase and a unique roof garden with unmatched views of the surrounding countryside.

Inside the property features a charming open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge with antique furniture and decor, one spacious double bedroom, a bathroom with indulgent roll top bath and well-equipped utility room.

While the Castle underwent substantial alterations, the Barbican and its surrounding battlements, the finest part of this romantic ensemble, managed to survive intact through time. The recent restoration from the Irish Landmark Trust also focused on preserving this building's true character and its original features such as flagstone flooring and vaulted ceilings.
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  • Property Features
  • Part of the Glenarm Castle Estate
  • Miniature castle with roof terrace
  • Restored by the Irish Landmark Trust
  • Wood burning stove & central heating
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06 Feb 2018
With no TV or internet access it was a real pleasure to relax by the stove fire with one of the many interesting books in the collection available or a game of chess or scrabble.The walks around the estate are wonderful especially by the river and through the woods and by the lovely pastures,plenty of wildlife and beautiful flowers.The tearooms and walled garden are a must,there are so many places to visit all along the coast and up in the Glens.The self catering facilities are excellent, nice touches add to the experience, tea, coffee sugar, milk and fresh flowers!Such a relaxing couple of days it was hard to close the door and leave.The welcome from Penny was terrific and her advice about activities was invaluable.The personal touches were hers!A return visit is a must!
22 Jan 2018
"Stunning winter getaway!"

What a beautiful place to spend three snowy days! As there was unusually heavy snowfall during our visit, a lot of places in Glenarm itself were closed, but this just allowed us to take a much-needed rest day from our month-long tour of England and Ireland - and we couldn't imagine a cosier or grander place to sit by the fire and relax.

Having our very own (immaculate, welcoming, warm) castle to stay in was nothing short of magical. Penny, the house manager, was so friendly, helpful and flexible, taking the time to show us around the Barbican and castle grounds even though it was cold and dark by then.

So sad to leave, but can't wait to come back in the summer one day!
30 Dec 2017
Fantastically unique property, highly recommended to try it for yourself. You won't be disappointed. Having breakfast on the turret is a great way to start your day.
Brenda, Ireland
September 2016
"Just back from a WONDERFUL three day break in The Barbican. Was just fabulous. The property is gorgeous - a mini castle for 2 people! Cosy and romantic - free standing claw foot bath, wood burning stove in the living room, roof terrace with gorgeous views even as far as Scotland."
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