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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 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.

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 alongside, or De Clare House (sleeps 8) or the gorgeous cosy Coach House (sleeps 2) 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.

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. 

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. 
 
© Judith Hill, 2018
 
 
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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

Apr, 2022

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Extended family

A truly memorable experience!

"We have had the most wonderful stay at Thomond House. Ger and Marion have done the most amazing job restoring these beautiful houses. What can we say about Olive, the most warm and pleasant lady making us feel so welcome with her daily treats arriving at the door! Already counting the days until we return with our family."

Byers/Garvey families, Co. Down


Sep, 2021

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A very special place

"We chose to celebrate our honeymoon with family and friends in Thomond House (and Castle 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, 2020

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So happy to return to Thomond

"I really can't put into words how happy we were to be able to return to Thomond House!rnrnIt was almost a year since our first time here and coming back was like coming back home! Marion and Ger, you have created such a beautiful home and you have been perfect hosts. Olive, your scones are such a treat to wake up to! And you are all so welcoming - thank you for making our time here so special. We can hardly wait to return!"

Wicker family - Montana, USA


Aug, 2020

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Ten out of ten

"Thank so much for providing such beautiful accommodation for our stay in Co.Clare. It was fantastic to be able to come home to such a luxurious residence at the end of the day after exploring a remarkable county. A beautiful home, sensitively restored, full of antiques, history and interesting art on the walls. rnrnWe will definitely be recommending this to our friends and family and hope to stay again ourselves.rnrnThanks to Marion, Ger and Olive and al the family for the warm welcome, beautiful scones and general helpfulness. No doubt about it, it's a ten out of ten from all of us."

Flood Families Meath and Dublin


Aug, 2020

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Gem

"What a privilege to stay in this gem! It was perfect for us. We wanted to find a place to stay with extended family. The House is even more beautiful than the photos suggest. It was sensitively restored by Ger - a master of his art. Marion was so helpful and informative and Olive popped in some hot scones one morning - a delicious and welcome surprise. Thomond House is in an ideal location to explore Co. Clare. We were blessed with Sunshine for the 5 days of our stay. The walled garden is a suntrap and we had great fun playing ball games among ourselves. The only problem with Thomand house is the high standard it sets for other holiday homes. Ten out of ten. Thank you!"

Quintana Family


Aug, 2020

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Most enjoyable stay

"Our stay at Thomond House has surpassed all our expectations. Marion, Ger and Olive gave us such a warm welcome and during our stay, absolutely nothing was too much trouble for them to ensure we had an enjoyable stay.rnrnHaving been given a tour of the property, we have so much admiration for Ger in his dedication at taking on such a mammoth renovation and executing it to such high standard. The attention to detail is second to none! Thomond House really is a home away from home. Thank you all for being amazing hosts!"

Hendersons - Kildare


Mar, 2020

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Our Wedding day at beautiful Thomond House

"We were lucky enough to stay at Thomond House for a few nights with family"

Alicia Billinge


Dec, 2019

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If you are considering a stay at Thomond House, don't hesitate!

"If you are considering a stay at Thomond House, don't hesitate! You will be treated to wonderful accommodations and warm hospitality. Marion and Ger went out of their way to make sure our experience was everything we wanted and more. We took my parents and our three children for a week over Christmas and everyone (ages 15 to 74) had such a great time. Ireland itself is an amazing holiday but staying here made it magical. It's central location and proximity to the Cliffs of Moher was perfect. I was originally concerned we would be too remote but the village and surrounding area was lovely and only 10 minutes from all the amenities of Ennis. High end appliances, beautiful furnishings, and comfortable beds in oversized rooms made for delightful relaxation time "at home"."

Cindy


Nov, 2019

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We will be back!

"We stayed at Thomond House in November 2019 and had a fantastic time. The warm welcome and great hospitality we received from Ger, Marion, and Olive (including the lovely scones!) were a testament to the great service they are doing to the Clarecastle community. We had a party here to gather our extended family from around Clarecastle and beyond and it was a hit! Our hosts even dropped in for a visit. The house, and all of its amenities, are beyond measure and we cannot wait to stay here again. Ger, the tour of the estate was really exceptional, and we cannot wait to see the whole project come to fruition. The Yorston family, Nova Scotia, Canada"

Jacinta Yorston

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Wednesday 6th of November 2019

"We are so delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thomond House is a very special place just perfect for spending time with loved ones. We look forward to welcoming you again! With best wishes Lisa"


Sep, 2019

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A home away from home!

"This truly felt like a home away from home. Though this house is beautifully and perfectly restored to the highest standard, it is very comfortable, cozy and inviting. The kitchen is thoroughly appointed and the large laundry room makes laundry less of a chore. From the very warm welcome we received from Marion on arrival to our send-off hugs from Olive, our time here was wonderful! Marion was quick to answer any questions and she and Olive had many wonderful recommendations of things to do and places to eat. Upon arrival, we received a lovely array of fruits, drinks, bread and treats! And in the morning, Olive's hand delivered scones were nothing short of delicious perfection! And for more delicious treats, a 5 minute walk to The Castle Coffee House"

WIcker Family - Montana USA

Admin at Dream Ireland Responded to this Review

Thursday 24th of October 2019

"What absolutely lovely feedbakc. We are so delighted that you enjoted your stay so much and we would of course be delighted to welcome you back any time! With very best wishes from Lisa and Marion."



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