The Castle and its Estate, located in the beautiful country of Galway, have a long and colourful history. Evidence found in the countryside surrounding Cutlough indicates that the history of human habitation here goes back to the time of a legendary tribe. Ancient churches and monasteries proliferate in the area, and a number of the islets on the estate's private Lough contain the remains of stone alters. From such relics the estate's history can be traced back as far as 1st century A.D.
The castle standing at Cutlough today was not built until the Gothic Revival period. The property had changed hands frequently when a Colonel inherited it and set out to build his family seat. He commissioned an outstanding and world renowned architect who was involved in the design and construction of Buckingham Palace and Regents Park Crescent in London. An idyllically situated Gothic style mansion was build to overlook the estate's 1000 acre lake. The building period lasted from the early 19th century to 1817. The castle and estate again changed hands in the late 1840s as the then owner had bankrupted himself whilst undertaking famine relief. It was purchased by an eminent British General, who refurbished the castle to suit his needs and taste. Large extensions were added to the original building, a clock tower and servant's quarters were constructed. Outside, a deer park was created and great care was taken in the planting of trees and creation of avenues.
In recent times there have been further refurbishment program's, including' a new roof in 2003. The castle interior now blends the ancient with the modern, the gate lodges and courtyards have been renovated and extensive work has been done to maintain the woodlands. Today Cutlough is a beautiful family home but is also available for exclusive use rental. It is an ideal venue for private parties, weddings, gala dinners, even film locations due to its architectural features and breathtaking setting. For larger parties additional accommodation is offered in three courtyard cottages on the estate.