Castle House Clarecastle - Clarecastle Co. Clare

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Description

Castle House is a lovingly restored home with a rich history dating right back to 1778. Originally a soldier’s barracks, this property has been brought back to life brick by brick by its dedicated owners, resulting in a large, luxury vacation home available now for rentals.

Set in a private and secluded gated Courtyard, Castle House is one of two identical homes. It has four stories. The living areas are all located on the ground floor and the bedrooms are spread over the top three floors.

The kitchen and dining area are warm and cosy and bright. This room stretches from the front right through to the back of the building.  The dining table is solid oak and can seat up to 10 people. There is a wood burning stove alongside the table so it is a lovely place to gather in the evening and linger over a meal or share some time together. The kitchen is very well equipped and has some of the original features of the house on display. It has all the appliances you will need along with crockery, glassware, cutlery and cooking equipment. It is a kitchen that was made to be used. There is a separate large utility room with a washing machine and dryer.  There is also a guest toilet downstairs.

The sitting room is comfortable and cosy and features a wood burning stove along with a supply of timber for your stay. This room has a TV and relaxing couches and armchairs – the perfect place to unwind after a day exploring the County of Clare.Wifi is avaiable free of charge to our guests.

There are eight bedrooms in Castle House and each of them is ensuite. There are three king bedrooms on both the second and third floors (so 6 king bedrooms in all) and the 4th floor has one room with two single beds and the other with a double bed – ideal for children which share a bathroom between. Two of the king bedrooms have a small sitting area and TV. There is a beautiful stand-alone bath on each of the floors – a real treat to enjoy during your stay.

Although there are 8 bedrooms, we have set the ideal number of people to 12 as that is the number that could most comfortably stay and enjoy Castle House. Larger groups could also rent the adjoining almost identical Thomond House alongside or perhaps De Clare House (sleeps 8) or the gorgeous cosy Coach House (sleeps just 2 people).

The Courtyard is shared among the houses and offers plenty of parking right outside your door.  At night time the houses are lit up spectacularly. To the rear of Castle House is the beautifully landscaped walled garden area which is shared with Thomond House.  Filled with flowers and seating here and there, this would be a wonderful place to escape with a good book or newspaper.

A private Chef is available on request to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner. This needs to be pre-arranged. Please enquire with Dream Ireland or with the owner directly if within 6 weeks prior to arrival. 

For larger groups, the Straw House onsite can be reserved for private dining or for a get-together. Please enquire on booking.

LOCATION

Located in the Clare village of Clarecastle and alongside the River Fergus and the ruins of a Castle, Castle House is just a 15 minute drive from Shannon Airport, a half an hour from Limerick or an hour from Galway.  The popular Clare villages of Lahinch, Doonbeg and Bunratty with its Folk Park and Castle are less than a half an hour away as are the famous Cliffs of Moher.  Ennis is just a 2 mile drive away and the fine five star Dromoland Castle Hotel is just a 10 minute drive.

Clarecastle is a small Village but it has a Church, supermarket, two pubs and a great Café serving the best of home made treats.  There is also a playground for children within an easy stroll of Thomond House.

HISTORY

Castle House, Clarecastle, Co Clare
 
This walled site on the banks of the River Fergus just outside Clarecastle has a long and intriguing history. This history can be read in the buildings that survive today. A site of strategic importance, it was strengthened by the Anglo-Normans, who built a walled enclosure protected by a castle in the thirteenth century. The ruined castle still dominates, while the wall, although only surviving in places, still defines this little 
settlement. 
 
In the middle ages the castle came under the control of the indigenous King of Thomond, but by the late sixteenth century the British had reasserted their power. In the seventeenth century the British garrisoned the castle, building a barracks, which was drawn by the English traveller and antiquarian, Thomas Dineley, in 1681. This barracks was dominated by two buildings which projected from the castle into the enclosure. Although they have disappeared, these buildings have left their mark in the redundant limestone chimneypiece and blocked doorways that can be seen in the east wall of the castle.
 
The buildings that fill the enclosure today were constructed over a long period of time in the eighteenth century. Like most eighteenth-century barracks built in Ireland, the buildings were constructed around a parade ground. The oldest block, built in two phases, is probably the ‘soldiers’ quarters’, the long three-storey building, close to the road, facing the former parade ground in the centre of the site. Directly opposite are the ‘officers’ quarters’, an impressive, three-storey block that was completed by 1766. Around the perimeter are the ancillary buildings: the hospital behind the soldiers’ quarters; the staff house facing east; the straw store located in the seventeenth-century guard house and the stables behind the officers’ quarters. An entrance, protected by gun loops, was built into the medieval wall on the west side and can still be seen today.
 
The barracks, effectively closed in the 1890s, were used to house Belgian refugees in the First World War. With Independence in 1922 it came into the possession of the Free State. The buildings were sold in the 1950s. For years they were left to deteriorate, but now they have been restored and are once again in use. 
 
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Facilities

  • Linen Provided
  • Television
  • Cooker
  • Microwave
  • Shared Garden
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Non-Smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • Sleeps 12 or more people
  • Welcome Hamper
  • Garden Furniture
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Heating & Electricity included in rental price
  • Wi-Fi
  • Cot available on request
  • Saor View
  • Highchair available
  • Wood Burning Stove
  • 5 Ring Hob
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Parking Available
  • FREE wifi
  • Romantic

Castle House Clarecastle

  • Property Type
    Heritage Property
  • Sleeps
    12
  • Bedrooms
    8 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    8 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating

Apr, 2022

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Extended family

Thank you for everything.

"What a superb setting for our family gathering, Easter 2022. What generous hospitality - including wedding anniversary cake, scones and soda bread! Such attention to detail and comfort in every way. This was truly an unforgettable stay. We will always remember the excitement of our three year old granddaughter gazing at the balloons, Easter baskets and piles of eggs, as if in a dream as she embarked on our host's imaginatively organised Easter egg hunt. It was such a privilege for us to enjoy the fruits of this extraordinary and extensive restoration project, and to spend a week in such a stylish and historic setting and one with every modern comfort. We would dearly like to make a return visit one day. Thank you for everything."

Family from London


Aug, 2020

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We will treasure the memories

"We had the most amazing time with our families here. Five star treatment all the way, from the history of the house to the beautiful way it has been restored. We travelled everyday to enjoy the beautiful parts of Clare and retired every evening to enjoy the luxury and beauty of this amazing venue.Clarecastle is in our memories forever."

Stafford/O’Dea/Moore families Dublin


Oct, 2020

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Thank you so much

"Your house is so gorgeous. Thanks you so much for letting us stay. The scones were delicious and the rooms were beautiful and the neighbours were really kind. Thank you so so much."

Corkery/Lawton families.


Sep, 2021

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Extended family

Very special place!

"We chose to celebrate our honeymoon with family and friends in Castle House (and Thomond House) as the first opportunity post covid restrictions to have quality time together. We could not have chosen a better venue and location! Marion and Ger have restored the property literally from the skeleton walls to create the most amazing houses and their drive, dedication and attention to detail to bring their vision to life is awesome! The houses are superb with everything you could ask for in a house and a home. Marion and Ger could not do enough for us! We availed of the wonderful outside area for a BBQ and also the Straw House for a celebration night and Damien, a local chef, was brilliant on both occasions. The setting is also great for a group such as ours - people could wander up to Powers Pub (with so much history itself) and to the Castle Cafe for wonderful scones and breakfasts! As for activities, so much to do in Clare for the entire group - golfing, swimming, walking,cycling and everything so close by. We really did not want to leave and we will definitely be back again!!"

Inez Cooper


Sep, 2021

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With friends

Special Celebrations

"Can't recommend these houses highly enough. Beautifully restored with love and great attention to detail. Had a fantastic few days there."

Karen Delemere


Mar, 2020

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Family with teenagers

Amazing Family friendly property

"We had a fabulous time despite the Coronavirus making us leave early. We used the available chef to celebrate after our son's wedding and Marion was a fabulous host! We had scones and fresh bread waiting for us. We were able to access local stores for food and the kitchen was well supplied for us to cook while we were there! She even helped provide accommodations for our son and his bride when their hotel was canceled . The Coach House is a perfect spot for a couple! We will definitely return someday! Location was convenient as a home base to travel around the area as well. Perfectly lovely place."

Amy Emerson


Mar, 2020

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Traveled with :
Family with teenagers

Amazing family friendly property!

"We came for our oldest son's wedding near the Cliffs of Moher and this gave us a great location to venture out and see the countryside and still be close for the wedding! Only unforeseen circumstance was the worldwide Covid-19 infection, so shopping for gifts and going to pubs and restaurants was minimal, but we had plenty of groceries we had purchased and could cook in the marvellous kitchen! We even had to add an unexpected guest when hotels closed and they helped us with special accommodations for the newlyweds as well! Marion is a wonderful house manager and the local chef, Damien, prepared a wonderful wedding celebration meal and Irish breakfast! We can only hope to return and enjoy the full extent of Ireland's hospitality when this crazy illness is gone! We would definitely return and try to bring more friends and family!"

Amy Emerson



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