Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
WHEN GUESTS drive down our road and take in the picturesque, country view they all exclaim, 'Wow!' When they open the front door and enter their home for the week they all exclaim, 'Wow'!
In Glendree we've created a luxury, mountainside, rural retreat with superb views and a combination of the charm of old buildings and the comfort of new technologies. Our home is centred around a huge, open-plan room, full of light, warmth and comfort and interesting things.
When we're home we like to spend some of our time with family and friends – walking, talking, cooking, dining, touring and exploring, and other times quietly reading, listening to music and watching movies in comfort . . . and enjoying the luxury of our high spec kitchen, big tables, wall of books, fireplaces, central heating system, wifi internet, home gym, ipod docking stations, and sofa and reclining chairs in front of the big screen . . . all help!
Our home really is the best of the old and the new. A complete renovation of the main house was undertaken in 2008, the studio conversion and connection of the old dairy in 2009, adding charm and character, the original 300 year old cottage stands proudly next to the old piggery and coach house ... unrestored ... our next projects!
Our home was designed to bring the best of the outside inside. A run of French doors open onto an elegant and large terrace which wraps around the living areas and provides an ideal area to quietly gaze at the view, sit by the fire pit or BBQ and entertain. From this terrace you can hear the fall of our stream only 50 yards away, and on a clear night the Milky Way can be viewed arcing across the sky. Our large, south-facing conservatory is full of healthy plants and houses our favorite overstuffed sofa in which to recline with wine or a book, and is also set up for sunny, picturesque dining. Large expanses of double glazing and modern skylights throughout the house all serve to capture the view, solar heat and light - all bringing the best of the outside inside.
We find many of our rental guests, despite the best touring plans and our proximity to major tourist attractions, simply relax and stay close, enjoying our home and close environs … as we do whenever we can.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Shannon International Airport 37 km, Nearest railway: Ennis Train Station 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The County Galway/County Clare region
EAST CLARE and the SHANNON Region offer many, world-class MUSICAL, HISTORICAL & ARCHEOLOGICAL experiences. Go touring or walking, absorbing the past or nature's best, then find a cosy local pub, order yourself a pint of the black stuff and soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Irish music session!
From the house you're less than . . .
20 minutes to
- KNAPPOGUE CASTLE: built in 1467 by Sean MacNamara, it's is a magnificent example of a medieval tower house. It has a long and varied history, from a battle field to a dwelling place and has been the seat of the MacNamara clan from 1571.
- CRAGGAUNOWEN ARCHEOLOGICAL Park & Museum: the Living Past Experience and an award winning attraction. Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, the park interprets Ireland's pre-historic and early Christian eras. It features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago.
- ENNIS Town: “As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it's one of the best reasons to stay here” Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012). It's also a picturesque, narrow-streeted, historic market town taking it's name from “Inis” which is the Irish name for island and dating back to when the O'Briens, Kings of Thomond, invited the Franciscans to establish a settlement within their domain in 1240.
- Clare EQUESTRIAN Centre: at Clare Equestrian Centre they provide the quintessential experience of horse riding in
Ireland, you can enjoy lessons, trekking out into the countryside, showjumping, horse sales or riding clinics with international rider Marie Burke to perfect your technique. They cater for all levels and disciplines.
- QUIN ABBEY: In the 14th century, the Franciscan abbey at Quin was founded just 10km from Ennis in County Clare. The cloisters, which remain one of the abbey's most prominent features, were constructed in the 15th century. From the top of the tower, visitors can take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
- EAST CLARE GOLF COURSE: set in 150 acres of unspoilt, rolling, quiet countryside with majestic views of East Clare. This championship course includes fairways with several strategically placed and potentially hazardous lakes, streams, bunkers and trees and is enjoyed by both golfers and the local wildlife.
30 minutes to
- BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLK PARK: long been one of Ireland's top 10 visitor attractions. Situated on the River Ratty, this Norman castle is the only of its kind in Ireland to be restored to its true former glory. Take yourself back in time with a tour of the castle and the surrounding Folk Park. The attraction also offers evening entertainments: such as the Medieval Banquet, held in the castle's banquet hall; and the Traditional Irish Night held in the converted Corn Barn in the Folk Park.
- LOUGH DERG, is situated in the heart of the Shannon Region. Enjoy a peaceful picnic by the banks of the lake, take on one of the many looped walkways around the lake or take a river cruise and simply sit back, relax and leave the woes of everyday life behind you.
40 minutes to
- KIILLALOE on the Shannon: on the Clare side of the river, is made up of charming narrow streets, flanked by old shops along the steep hill looking down over the 13th century cathedral. The town was home to Brian Boru, the High King who united Ireland against the Vikings, so this picture perfect town with its Victorian streets and old canal banks was once capital of all Ireland.
- SHANNON International Airport with flights connecting
- LIMERICK City and 800 year old KING JOHNS CASTLE: the Castle is a 13th century Castle on 'King's Island' in the heart of medieval Limerick City. Here you can discover history at its best, magnificent views of Limerick and life in Norman times. Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks.
- Corofin Heritage & Professional GENEAOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE where you can trace your ancestory: Emigration created a Clare Diaspora which has resulted in millions of people world-wide who can trace their ancestry to County Clare - between the years 1850 and 1880 an estimated 112,000 people emigrated from Co. Clare. By comparison the present population stands at just under 90,000.
60 minutes to
- The BURREN & the CLIFFS of MOHER, two of Ireland's most famous landmarks and landscapes. The Cliffs of Moher towering over the wild Atlantic Ocean have been acknowledged all over the world as one of the most spectacular sights to see. The Burren is a truly unique and one of a kind landscape. Covering 80 sq km in North West Clare, this lunar-like landscape will take your breath away
- POULNABRONE DOLMEN (Portal Tomb): A prehistoric portal tomb, dating between 4200BC and 2900BC in the Burren. It is the most photographed dolmen in Ireland and is constructed using a 6 meter capstone supported by two portal stones. Buried underneath were over 20 neolithic adults and children.
- LAHINCH Golf Club or surfing
- GALWAY City is a thriving, bohemian, cultural city and has a buzzing cosmopolitan city centre. The city is a joy to explore with its labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café& bar culture and is renowned as the festival capital of Ireland. With its famous ARTS FESTIVALS, Galway Races, Cuinniú na mBád, the Galway or Clarinbridge Oyster Festival or one of the wonderful other Festivals, you are sure to enjoy yourself.
The property sits peacefully in the heartland of traditional Irish Music on 20 acres of idyllic, Irish countryside, halfway up the mountain side of Slieve Aughty and overlooking the valley to the Slieve Bearna mountain range. The view is stunning - green, rolling hills, hedge-lined lanes and fields, and old stone walls and cottages – all made for quiet, contemplative walking or if you feel like it - more active hiking, cycling, golfing, fishing and exploring. It is all here!
We are on the mountainside between the villages of Tulla and Feakle in East Clare and less than 10 minutes to
- FEAKLE VILLAGE, home of the famous FEAKLE FESTIVAL held each year, you'll find Peppers Pub with traditional Irish music sessions every Wednesday and Sunday nights, and Shorts (Lena's) Bar with the longest running session in Ireland – every Thursday night for 37 years - great craic!
- TULLA VILLAGE, home of the famous Tulla Ceili Band where you'll also find a well-stocked supermarket with fresh crusty bread baked throughout the day and a decent selection of wines, Flappers award winning restaurant, your choice of half a dozen traditional Irish pubs, an ATM and bank and a Saturday morning Farmers Market in the old Courthouse.
- EAST CLARE WAY scenic walk, a 172 km loop through forests, bogs and magnificent scenery
- FISHING in Loughs Ea, Roslara, Clondanagh, Clondorney & Bridget just to name a few
Important note: if you want to eat very well and not leave the house at all, we find a combination of Tesco online delivery service for everyday food, and visits to the house by Italian chef Enrico, suits us very well. Enrico will come to house and entertain you with his flamboyant style of authentic Italian cooking. As he says . . . "like Mama does!" Ask us for menus or special requests.
When you stay in Glendree - you can do a lot - or you can do nothing at all!