Cabra Castle Hotel

Cabra Castle Hotel
Kingscourt, Cavan, Ireland.

Cabra Castle was built at the beginning of the 19th century and sits on 100 acres of unspoiled gardens and parkland which are accentuated by the Dún a Rí Forest Park. The castle was converted into a hotel during the 1990s and now boasts 105 luxurious guest bedrooms.

Over the years, guests of the hotel have reported phenomena including flickering lights, doors rattling when there is no one there, items moving of their own accord, unexplained noises, and full apparitions. But the main ghost story attached to the hotel is the story of Sarah, a maidservant who was brutally murdered at the old castle in the 1780s.

A young man (and presumed heir to the castle), had fallen in love with Sarah. Given the time, such an affair would never have been permitted let alone accepted, so, despite the true love they shared, it was forbidden, and they kept their relationship out of sight.

That was all well until poor Sarah became pregnant with his child.

When the pregnancy and the relationship were discovered, the castle owners showed no mercy towards poor Sarah and demanded that she be killed. The story goes that Sarah was taken into the forest where she was hung from a bridge. Today, the hotel management openly acknowledges that Sarah’s ghost still haunts the hotel. Staff and guests have spoken of “feeling a presence” in the courtyard rooms and by the “hanging tree” in the hotel grounds. Sometimes during the night, the crying of an infant can be heard echoing through the grounds.

In 2009, a guest told a member of staff that they had heard a horse and carriage pull into the courtyard during the night and that a screaming baby was left on the castle steps. Another guest claimed to have met a figure dressed in 20th-century military uniform walking down a corridor. Another unusual encounter was reported by a guest who claimed he had witnessed a row between two ghostly men – probably a father and son. They were arguing about the sale of the castle.

Third Party Comments

Sometimes, guests share their ghostly experiences on travel websites. Snippets of these reviews may be shared here from time to time.

We were waiting for our luggage to be delivered when I heard something by our door and the door rattling like someone was trying to open it. I went to the door and when I opened it no one was there! A lady in our group had a hairbrush thrown off the counter in the bathroom.

I might add in the castle there are lots of rooms, libraries, and old parlors, etc and we walked around after supper going room to room. In one there were two sidelights which flickered on and off a few times and the large chandelier was moving and shaking on its own.

Ghost Advisor

If any users have shared their own paranormal experiences of Cabra Castle Hotel, these will be shared here. To add your own, click the green “Add Your Experience” button below.

Cabra Castle Hotel
I was awakened in the middle of the night to the sound of “whispering” but no one was there.  What a wonderful experience staying here with all the history of the castle!  I loved it.   Jan Wells

All experiences are open to interpretation and are vetted prior to publishing to ensure they are relevant to the nature of this website. I reserve the right to decline inclusion. Sensitive information may also be redacted if necessary.

Further Information

Venue Name
Hotel  | Castle  | Bar / Pub  | Restaurant
Official Rating
4 star rated.
Number Of Bedrooms
Carrickmacross Road, Kingscourt, Cavan, A82 EC64, Ireland

Please note that Spirited Isle is not responsible for the content of third party websites.

Corporate Bookings
Lift / Elevator Available
Breakfast Available
Afternoon Tea
Casual Dining
Fine Dining
Car Park
Golf Course


Users should always undertake their own checks before traveling to Kinnitty Castle Hotel or any other location listed on this website, to ensure that it will be open and accessible. You can suggest an amendment here if any information shared on this page has changed since it was last modified (July 10, 2024).

Spirited Isle accepts no responsibility for action taken by any user having consulted information published on this website or elsewhere. Furthermore, the owner of the website is not responsible for any loss, damage, injury, demonic possession, death, or other negative outcome arising..

Be safe, be responsible and be respectful.