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Thomond House Clarecastle - Clarecastle Co. Clare

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Description

Thomond 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, Thomond House is one of three 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.

There are eight bedrooms in Thomond House and each of them is ensuite.  There are three king bedrooms on both the second and third floors and the 4th floor has two small double rooms – 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 10 as that is the number that could most comfortably stay and enjoy Thomond House. Larger groups could also rent Castle House and or De Clare House which are also within the Courtyard.

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 Thomond House is the beautifully landscaped walled garden area which is shared with Castle House.  Filled with flowers and seating here and there, this would be a wonderful place to escape with a good book or newspaper.

LOCATION

Located in the Clare village of Clarecastle and alongside the River Fergus and the ruins of a Castle, Thomond 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

Thomond 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
  • Hairdryer
  • Central Heating
  • Pub
  • Private Garden
  • Satellite TV
  • Towels Provided
  • Dishwasher
  • Non-Smoking
  • No pets allowed
  • Coffee Machine
  • 4 ring hob
  • Sleeps up to 10 people
  • Childrens playground close by
  • Garden Furniture
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Heating & Electricity included in rental price
  • Cot available on request
  • Highchair available
  • Wood Burning Stove
  • Range Cooker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Fridge
  • Oven
  • Parking Available
  • Required Vehicle
  • Romantic

Thomond House Clarecastle

  • Property Type
    Heritage Property
  • Sleeps
    10
  • Bedrooms
    8 Bedrooms
  • Bathrooms
    7 Bathrooms
  • Dream Ireland Rating
    Cloud Rating

May, 2019

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5 out 5 rating

Traveled with :
Extended family

Beyond our expectations!

"Detail is well thought out, beautiful and has a story. We felt privileged to experience the rich history that goes with Thomond house, the surrounding structures and the castle ruins right there - all being lovingly restored. Our hosts shared their passion and care for this exceptional property and their guests. They were amazing! We were greeted with fresh scones, Irish brown bread, fruit, wine... Great care was taken, right from the get go. They were waiting for us and allowed us an early check-in some we were traveling with our elderly mother. The bedrooms each were ensuite, gorgeously furnished and super comfortable - as was the entire house. It's only a short walk to the pub, cafe, small grocery store and church. Everything you need is at the house or nearby. Truly a special place, as is the hospitality from our hosts - Marion and Gerald."

susie valentine

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Thursday 16th of May 2019

"We are so delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Thomond House. It really is such a special and beautiful place. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. Best wishes, Lisa"


Apr, 2019

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5 out 5 rating

Traveled with :
Extended family

Thomond House is outstanding!

"We had the privilege of being the first people to stay at the newly renovated Thomond House. The house is completely refinished/restored and everything is in excellent working condition. The family has taken great care to select beautiful antiques and has restored every single piece. The photos in the house are outstanding and of the local area from the past. The Halpin/O'Brien family who hosted us owns the property and they are quite amazing! We met with them every day to restock the firewood for the wood stove or to have a cup of tea or to walk around the property and tour the other amazing buildings. The family was very helpful and knowledgeable about recommending restaurants in Ennis and Clarecastle. Olive, who lives across the street and is family to the hosts, brought us fresh scones every morning! Just over the top gracious and wonderful people! We can't wait to come back in a couple of years! We came to Clarecastle/Ennis area to explore the Dromoland Castle and find out more about the O'Brien heritage in Ireland. Dromoland Castle is a must-see for this area and is only a 5-minute drive away. I would recommend seating for high tea, the falconry, and archery. Ennis, the main town, is only a 10-minute drive away with many charming shops and restaurants. It is a much larger town than Clarecastle and has much to offer anyone. We were on a multi-generational family trip to Ireland with our 78-year-old mother n law, 4 parents, and 4 kids. This trip brought joy to everyone! The Thomond House is outstanding! I would recommend this house for family trips, family reunions, wedding groups, weddings, and business meetings or gatherings. We can't wait to come back soon! THANK YOU!"

L O'Brien



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