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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 the adjoining almost identical Castle House.

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
  • Wi-Fi
  • 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

Aug, 2019

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Group of people

Great location for a golfing group!

"This house was perfect for eight golfers. Communication was very efficient, the hosts are great, and the house shows serious pride of ownership!! Very convenient to Shannon Airport but quiet and beautiful!!!!"

D. Wightman


Jul, 2019

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Family with young children

So beautiful, we never wanted to leave!

"I can't say enough about this beautiful home! My family and I had the privilege of staying here for 4 nights. We had hoped to use this home as a base while we took day trips to explore the countryside and surrounding sights. The house was so comfortable and inviting, however, that we had difficulty pulling ourselves away from it each day! Each room was more beautiful than the next! Six out of the eight bedrooms each had their own private bathroom, and the 2 bedrooms on the top floor shared a hall bath. The bedrooms were luxurious and comfortable, and so lovely and thoughtfully appointed. The common areas were very charming and provided the perfect atmosphere for making cherished memories as we chatted over meals, or played board games with our kids. This home also has a very spacious and functional laundry room with a washer and dryer, which was EXTREMELY helpful. This home, for all its luxury, is surprisingly kid-friendly. Our hosts, Olive and her awesome 8-year-old niece, Jane Ann, made us feel instantly at home and like family. They encouraged us to relax and to take full advantage of the many amenities provided. There were board games for the kids, and different sporting equipment so that the kids could play outside in the spacious yard. They were so kind and thoughtful and made us immediately feel at home. Olive prepared and delivered delicious scones each morning, and Jane Ann made the sweetest card to accompany the treats. They were able to offer suggestions and recommendations that helped us to make the most of our time in the area. The home is conveniently located to several area attractions and is within a short drive to many of Ireland's more popular west coast destinations. Not that that matters! Even if you never make it out of this home, your time will be well spent! :)"

k. Kallaur - USA


Jun, 2019

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Luxury home in Clare

"With a group of five couples, we could not have asked for a more lovely place to stay and wonderful hosts. From Olive with her fresh-baked scones and wonderful stories, Marion in making us all feel so welcomed and Ger for the history and local tours made for an absolutely remarkable visit. Well done!"

B. Choate - USA


Jun, 2019

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Most enjoyable stay - thank you!

"Nestled on the River Fergus in a private, gated courtyard, is the Thomond house in the beautiful and quaint town of Clarecastle, Ireland. This property has been exquisitely renovated by the owners from army barracks dating back to the 18th century. Each room with en suite bath is appointed with gorgeously restored antique furniture. The story of the home and the love that has gone into the restoration is apparent with artwork throughout showing the building's history. We met with the owners on arrival and while on the property, and it was delightful. They took the time to show us the history of the property and we got to see the workshop where all the art and furniture restoration occurs. The kitchen is fully appointed, every utensil, glass, and cookware one could need. And to top it off, we were greeted with scones each morning that was BETTER than we had at high tea at Ashford Castle!!! We could not have had a more enjoyable experience, and would love to come back. It is a jewel of a property, just outside Shannon. We felt incredibly lucky to have been some of the first guests. Thank you for a unique and memorable stay. Your hard work and attention to every detail is apparent and so appreciated by us all. Bravo, and here's to the next trip!!!"

N. DeGarmo


May, 2019

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Extra special proprety

"Our family had the most amazing experience staying at this gorgeous historic castle house! Not only has it been renovated beautifully, but the family who owns it made our stay extra special! From homemade scones in the mornings to a tour of the historic castle. We felt like family! We were all sad to leave this beautiful home and will be back one day!!!"

V. Smith


Jun, 2019

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Extended family

Thomond House

"We had the great fortune of spending a few nights in Thomond House in Clare Castle. Ger and Marion greeted us upon arrival. They showed us all the things overnight guests would need to know, and much more. The house is so beautiful and lovingly restored. History surrounds you at every turn. No detail was left out of this restoration. The artwork and antiques are fabulous! I particularly loved the huge kitchen table with the fireplace behind. We spent a couple of evenings here playing games and conversing with family. And the embroidered Irish linens on display under the stairs really caught my attention as a lover of all things handmade. Just the most comfortable place I've ever stayed. Olive is a force of nature, and brought us scones fresh from the oven every morning. These scones will become legendary!! She advised us on activities and helped us find wonderful places to go out to eat. She showed us all around the entire property and told us the plans for the development. Just a delightful person. On departure, Ger, Marion, and Olive all came to bid us goodbye. We took pictures like a family would. Just the best experience. I highly recommend Thomond House to anyone wanting a top notch getaway. I really wish I could have stayed longer, and hope to return! Six stars!"

Julie Theilken

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Tuesday 18th of June 2019

"Thank you so much for all your lovely comments which I will be sure to share with Marion, Olive and Ger. Thomond House really is such a special place made all the more wonderful when you understand the history and the background to the whole place. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back another time! Best wishes Lisa"


Jun, 2019

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Extended family

Outstanding Accommodations

"This property is of the highest quality detailed construction; exquisitely decorated throughout. It is roomy and comfortable with every home feature you could possibly need to make your stay enjoyable. The owners are attentive, responsive, and delightful. I hope I have an opportunity to experience their hospitality again."

Mark Theilken

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Thursday 13th of June 2019

"What lovely comments to receive. Thank you so much. I shall forward your review to Marion, Olive and Ger as I am sure they will be deligted. We hoep to welcome you back again soon! Best wishes Lisa"


May, 2019

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I would highly recommend!!

"We didn't want to leave! Truly a 5 star experience, not only because of the elegant antique filled property but because of the lovely owners and their extended family who welcomed our family litterally with open arms. Their enthusiasm for the area (where they've lived all their lives) was contagious! Their knowledge of its history was fascinating! We were a family of 8 traveling with our 93 year old mother. Everything in our newly renovated accommodations was spotless, modern and in proper working order. 2 pubs, grocery store, antique store and delightful cafe within 5 min walking distance. The town of Ennis is a 10min drive as is Dromoland castle. Shannon airport is 15min away. A perfect home base for day trips to Galway, Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher or Adare. Vacation memories we'll treasure forever, thank you Ger, Marion and Olive! We all can't wait to return!!"

Maria

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Monday 10th of June 2019

"Your comments perfectly reflect the experience of all who have stayed in this beautiful home. The owners Ger, Marion and Olive truly make the experience so special for everyone who stays. We very much hope to welcome you back on another occasion in the not too distant future! Thanks so much for taking the time to send us your feedback. With best wishes, Lisa"


May, 2019

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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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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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