Roxton Lodge

Roxton Lodge

Roxton Lodge

Clean air, Cliffs, Castles and Craic

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County Clare

Set in its own grounds of ten acres of forest and fields, this stylish and surprisingly spacious modern cottage regenerates sections of an eighteenth century walled garden with remarkable results.
Roxton Lodge is situated outside Corofin village on the edge of the unique landscape that is the Burren, amidst castles, cliffs and music that are the charms of County Clare. It is the perfect location for touring the Wild Atlantic way – minutes from the surf town of Lahinch, and just 40 minutes from the sheer Cliffs of Moher.

 

Airy, informal, inclusive and generous

The entrance, through an adjunct sunroom, prefaces a long dining area, exposed along its flank by glazed walls – merging interior and exterior.

Spanned by an exposed pine lintel, a broad archway opens through rough stone walls to the generous open-plan living area.

Partly rendered, punched with geometric and incidental lighting alcoves, the décor is restrained and encourages surface texture as a statement throughout the cottage.

Contemporary kitchen units and a solid wood work top, complete with sink and electric hob, line one wall of this living space, keeping everyone together. The fridge, steam oven and other cooking utilities are accessed separately in the adjacent kitchen.

The polished cast stone floor under-heated, but the focus here is a tall wood burning stove.

 

Facilities

The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home – including Wi-Fi, barbecue and microwave.
There is no channel TV due to poor reception in the area however we hope you enjoy the hundreds of movies available on the large Samsung flat screen TV.

Water is fresh from Roxtons own well, and heating is solar paneled, underfloor and uses a heat pump.
The maturing walled garden is restful with birdsong and the ten acres of land on which the cottage sits will provides a unique and peaceful backdrop to your break.
If you have a particular requirement, please tell us.

Using the ancient wall of the surrounding garden as a sloping frame, a corridor links the three bedrooms family bathroom and shower.

Outside

Roxton Lodge is at the end of a long private driveway, within a large rural garden which includes a developing broad leaf forest. This was the estate and prime residence of the historic Blood family dating from the 1700’s.
There are magnificent views of the lunar looking, barren Mullaghmore Mountain, the Burren’s highest.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, except as follows:
Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Halloween Break (24th – 31st October) Special Rate of €1,500 for the week. 
Christmas and New Year are high season as above, for other Public holidays – please apply for rates.

May to September €1,850 per week minimum stay
October to April €1,500 per week Weekend €900 Mid-week €900

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

Please note that all unconfirmed provisional bookings will expire after 3 days.
If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
The owners regret Stag or Hen parties are not admissible.

Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.

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Reviews

 

We were extremely happy with Roxton Lodge

…and the unique homes facilitation of our booking.

When we originally went in search of a holiday home for our staycation, I was so surprised by the general low standard in what was available as such I was delighted when I found your website and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the website or roxton lodge in the future. It’s really great to know the property is just as good as the pictures.

As regards roxton lodge, it is a really beautiful property. We loved the style of the house and immaculate gardens and really enjoyed the welcome basket of treats which Michelle provided for us. The kitchen was decked out with everything you would need for a staycation and the pizza oven and guide to the house and locality were great also.

Aoife, September 2020

Just wanted to let you that Roxton Lodge is everything and more than we could have imagined.

We very much appreciate the hospitality that Michelle and Myles extended upon our arrival. I am at this moment enjoying the Burren Atlantic smoked salmon with Michelle’s homemade bread. We have enjoyed smoked Pacific Salmon from Haida Gwaii and I must say this is every bit as good.
Jane is outside taking pictures of the cows….amazing and an exciting thing for her. That is a story for another time. I have a guess that we may not make as many day trips as I originally planned as we would rather enjoy Roxton Lodge.

Brian & Jane Lougheed, Canada, May 2018

My partner and I rented Roxton Lodge

in Clare in late July 2018. Unique Irish Homes provided more than enough information about the property to help us make a decision. And the property was exactly as advertised: no surprises, no creative camera angles hiding unattractive views or features. The process of renting the house was easy. The owner was quickly in touch with details about how to get there and was flexible about the timing of our arrival. Myles–the owner’s brother–came to meet us in town when we couldn’t quite find our way. He gave us a great tour of the place; the owners, meanwhile, had provided lots of guidance about restaurants and nearby attractions–and happily corresponded with us while we were there to answer other questions we had. The location–at least for us–couldn’t have been better. You feel a million miles away from civilization but are only five minutes from Corofin’s pubs and shops and 20 minutes from Ennistymon’s. It was a great jumping off point for exploring Clare: we visited the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, the Aran Islands, lots of villages and towns of interest–nothing more than 45 minutes drive away. We had a few terrific meals–at Gregans Castle and Vaughan’s Anchor Inn and enjoyed a tiny, friendly session at Pot Duggan’s. We didn’t have any serious criticisms, encountered no problems. We highly recommend Unique Irish Homes and Roxton Lodge!

Sean Buffington, July 2018

Our recent stay at Roxton Lodge

was a very welcome introduction to the beauty of the Burren and surrounding areas. The house was comfortable, spacious, well equipped and in a truly unique setting. We had the most hospitable of hosts in Mark and Michelle who were attentive and accommodating in every way.

We have written separately to them to thank them for their kindness and support and would highly recommend Roxton as a holiday home for those wishing to explore the outstanding natural beauty of this part of Ireland.
Anthony and Usha Byrne, August 2018

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We enjoined our holidays in Roxton Lodge very much!

The situation is central for trips north to Connemara and east to the Shannon area. We visited Galway and of course the direct surrounding the Burren.
The house is great and comfortable, we would recommend just from a business point of view a functional television for news and a dryer. We personally can live without them, but many customers would miss it.
Mark and Michelle are very helpful and very friendly. Our dog also loves their place.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year

Johan, Germany, December 2018

[Thanks Johan, appreciate your comments. We’ve installed a brand new dryer for your return visit. Unfortunately though, reception in this area is too poor for television channels, but we hope you enjoy our hundreds of movies on the large Samsung flat screen…]

 

Out & About

 
Castles, caves and cliffs. The Burren’s bleak yet unique landscape – not to mention the Wild Atlantic Way, and its rich array of sights and experiences , and of course the music. County Clare is rich with the finest heritage in Ireland.
There’s so much to see and do, we just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The Lodge is on the edge of the Burren National Park, a broken Karst limestone landscape characterized by underground rivers and caves. The area is rich in unique flora -alpine flowers and orchids – and fauna that survive in crevices (grykes) that permeate the region.

Corofin is the nearest village for most provisions. There are a number of pubs and small restaurants, frequently with excellent traditional music, drama, or dancing. The annual Best Beard and Moustache championships are held here at the end of April.

A short drive away, there is 20km of excellent woodland walks at Dromore, with lakes, a castle and distinctive wildlife.

photo Lukemcurley

The vibrant coastal town of Doolin on the Wild Atlantic Way is less than half an hour west by car. It is widely regarded as the home of traditional Irish music, with nightly pub sessions the years round – sometimes four in the summer months.

The market town of Ennis is the county capital of Clare – the Banner County. It is twinned with Phoenix (Arizona), Clare (Michigan), Clare (South Australia) and Snt-Paul-de-Fenouillet (Eastern Pyrnees France).

There are frequent festivals to watch for across the county, including such gems as The Father Ted Festival in April/May. If you are familiar with the TV series, it was mostly filmed in North Clare.

Doolin is also the jump off point for ferries to the Aran Islands – there are three of them at the mouth of Galway Bay. The passage takes an hour and a half to the most distant one.
The legendary semi-circular, cliff edge stone fort of Dun Aengus on Inis Mor is thought to date from around 1,100 BC and is a truly unique spectacle. Bikes can be easily hired on the islands.

photo Herbert Ortner

The rugged Cliffs of Moher, confronting the Atlantic’s salty onslaught for aeons, are probably Ireland’s most celebrated natural attraction, and not to be missed. At just over 200 metres high, the views are breath-taking.

It is less than half an hour by car to the seaside resort of Lahinch. The curved bay, with its 2 km of golden beach, cultivates Atlantic breakers that are a magnet for surfers and kite-surfers worldwide. It is also renowned for its championship golf links.

County Clare was particularly badly affected by emigration during the great potato famine in the mid 19th century. There is a genealogy centre in Corofin which assists with tracing family roots. If your name is O’Brien, this is where you hail from, originally…

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Shannon Airport – approx 30 minutes from the house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from the house
Kerry Airport (Farrenfore) – approx. 2 hours from the house

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house
Rosslare Port is just under 4 hours from house (no direct route)

 

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Burren Cottage

Burren Cottage

Burren Cottage

Flutes, Fiddles, Bodhrans and Bag Pipes

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Flutes, Fiddles, Bodhrans and Bag Pipes

County Clare

Once a cowshed, and the smaller of two exquisitely remodelled farm buildings, this romantic rural barn has been transformed into a sumptuously appointed cottage.
Uniquely located, a few minutes from the unpredictable Atlantic along the remote and rocky coast of west Clare where cliffs, castles and traditional music endure, and time marches to the beat of a different drum.

Stylish and surprisingly spacious

 

Seating and dining share opposite ends of an expansive room, with a wood burning stove providing the focus for one, and a serving hatch to the kitchen for the other.

Chalky hues of coffee and khaki offset by warm oak flooring and solid wood doors, together with attention to detailing bring a sophisticated 5 star style to this remote cottage.

An open string stairway leads to a snug mezzanine where a relaxing study provides a measure of privacy in the warmth of the apex.

Opposite the entrance, a shimmering alabaster contemporary kitchen, gallery in style yet tailored for every appliance, is harmoniously finished with matching marble worktops and glossy white floor tiles that follow through from the hall.

Facilities

This is a wheelchair friendly home, and comes with all the contemporary conveniences you would expect.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• Fitted Microwave
• Electric Ceramic Hob
• Dishwasher
• Twin Toaster
• Coffee Machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Two Super King-size beds
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet – moderate speed
• Flat-screen TV

Two generous and stylish double bedrooms are at opposite ends of this long cottage, each with a singular dividend. With one you get a large walk-in wardrobe and a half paneled bathroom.

Outside

You are so close to the Atlantic here that the scent of it wafts in the wind, and soft ribbons of sunset skies wash the horizon. For practicalities, ample paved parking is provided, although the gardens are shared with a separate cottage, similarly tastefully restored.

The ensuite for the second has a shower, but comes with an expanse of French doors that open onto a charming sheltered patio.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – The property is not suitable for toddlers or children under the age of 12.

Provisional Booking Form

Information & Rates:


Please email me here for rates.


A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

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If your preferred dates are not available, please click here to review all houses that match your dates.

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Out & About

West Clare has fishing, hill walking, golf, horse riding and a whole lot more, you’ll discover there’s too much to do…

photo Brian Meagher

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

The villages of Doolin and Lisdoonvarna are less than 10 minutes away by car.

Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the village’s four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.

This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.
The Cliffs are home to an immense number and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe. Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O’Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakable on the headland.

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast.
Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs which can be over 35ft high.
But for most surfers, the seaside town of (6 miles) Lahinch is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.


photo Trish Steel

Lisdoonvarna, the nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.

The Burren starts in earnest less than a kilometre away – its strange karst landscape consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.
This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

photo Ingo Mehling

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon airports.
Dublin Airport – about three and a half hours from the cottage
Shannon Airport – is just over an hour away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about three and a half hours from the cottage
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approx 4 and half hours from house.

 

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Sea Mist

Sea Mist

Sea Mist

Sessions, Sea Cliffs and Surfing

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County Clare

Set on the hills above Doolin, and within walking distance of the Cliffs of Moher, Sea Mist is a stylish contemporary cottage conversion with spectacular views out to the Aran Islands.
Brilliant surfing, championship golf links, and of course the apogee of traditional music nearby, make this the holiday home to cover all bases.

 

Bright capacious interiors…

Cool white walls and warm oak tones, together with coffee-and-cream neutral fabrics, combine to create a spacious ambience throughout this home. Tall floor to ceiling windows lining the rear of the house flood morning light into the open plan living areas, and along the hallway.

Kitchen, dining and seating areas join seamlessly together to form a central hub at the western end. The tobacco granite hearth with contemporary glass fronted fireplace, echo the granite surfaces in the kitchen area.

There are dazzling views from the living room across the ocean to the Aran Islands.

Glass double doors open through from the dining area to a quiet sitting room – just the place to curl up on the sumptuous sofa with a good read.

Furniture has been carefully selected, with the oak theme following through to the breakfast bar and solid doors. Modern rugs, paintings, and tasteful objets will delight guests.

If you want a bath, there is a luxurious bathroom with marble floor to ceiling, at the end of the hall. As with all the bathrooms, it has under-floor heating.

From the dining area, sliding double doors open onto a broad stone slab terrace – no better place to plan the day’s activities over a breakfast barbeque.
The remaining rooms of the house emanate from a broad corridor with tall windows overlooking the terrace and rear garden.

Two double bedrooms off the opposite side, are beautifully fitted out, with ample built in wardrobe space, and oak furnishings. Both have ensuite shower rooms and views out to sea. A dressing table alcove cleverly links the second bedroom to the hallway.

A dog-leg oak stairway halfway down the hall, leads to the another double bedroom with expansive oak panelled headboard and a velux view.
A single bedroom occupies the opposite gable end upstairs, with a bright WC on the landing serving both.

The cottage is equipped with everything you would expect from a luxury home, and has good mobile phone signal.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

Electric Oven Cooker
Gas 4 ring Hob
Fridge
Freezer
Dishwasher
Toaster
Microwave
Slow Cooker

Utility Appliances

Washing machine
Clothes dryer
Iron

Bedrooms

Three King-size and two Single zip&link beds
Hairdryer in each bedroom

Tech & Entertainment

Wi-Fi Internet
Mobile phone reception is good Flat-screen TV
Sound system

Other

A selection of books
Childrens high Chair
Gas Barbeque

Outside

there are views in all directions. The cottage, and three quarters of an acre of private landscaped garden align effortlessly with the surrounding terrain. The quiet cul-de-sac road is virtually traffic free.
Relish the mid-summer sun setting over the Aran Islands from the circular stone garden table with a glass of something white.

Wild Atlantic Way
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Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Pets – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Children – although a family home, this property may not be suitable for toddlers or very young children. Please enquire on the provisional booking form.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is normally only let by the week, however a 4 night mid-week booking from Monday PM till Friday AM is available in low season as shown below.
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Public holidays – please apply for rates.
Cleaning charges will apply to short term rates, which you can get on application.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  per Week Mid – Week
March to May €1,600 not available
June to August €2,250 not available
September to November €1,800 €1,200
December to February €1,600 €1,200
Christmas/New Year not available

 

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Provisional bookings will be followed up by email, at which point we can answer specific queries you may have, verify your booking and request a deposit to confirm.

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First and foremost, Sea Mist was breathtaking and everything I could have hoped for and more…

The location was stunning….. green pastures, ocean view, Aran Islands and an Irish castle in your front yard! It truly does not get any better than that. Doolin itself was quaint and provided all we were looking for on a peaceful Irish vacation.
The property, top notch. New, clean and modern with an Irish flair. Somebody definitely knew what they were doing in regards to lay out and interior design! More than enough room for 7 people. I didn’t realize that there were actually 3 full bathrooms and a half bath so that was a bonus when we arrived (In your description on line I think we just use terms differently in the US).
Amenities were good, a dryer for clothes would have been nice but I realize that is not common in Europe. A coffee pot would be a nice addition although my husband did learn how to use the french press! Although I never met our “meet and greet” lady, all went well with checking in and out and she was kind enough to leave us some provisions during our stay.
Your web site is very appealing and professional. Great photos, suggestions on what to do etc. One thing I would like to suggest are reviews of the property by other guests. At the time I was looking, you were told to check Facebook for reviews and even when I did there were hardly any on Sea Mist. Since then it looks like you have tried to incorporate some, but in my estimation, there are never enough. That is one feature I love about Home Away and Trip Advisor, actual reviews by renters. Their input can help alot.
All and all, a great stay and probably the best property I’ve ever rented over in Europe. It was a pleasure doing business with you and most certainly will recommend the property and your company to anyone who asks (lots of people have after seeing our photos!) Got a little unnerving in the end with the confusion regarding properties. When renting oversees, there is always that moment of doubt when you ask yourself “Is this place real??” It all worked out thankfully.

Lynne DiPoto, July 2016

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We could not have been happier overall with our 15 day stay at The Sea Mist.

The home and location were beyond our expectations! The pictures online were all beautiful, but when one steps into the home situated on a hill above the Wild Atlantic Way with the Aran Islands in view, it is a sight that is beyond words.
The home was beautifully appointed and ever so comfortable for six adults. The design of the house gave us all room to be alone gather as a group without feeling cramped or overcrowded. The kitchen and bathrooms were well-stocked and the home was comfortable and elegant
We had come to explore our Irish heritage and felt we had found the most perfect home and location to do so. I highly recommend this home and your company to anyone and everyone! How often can one give directions and say, “Take a left at the castle!” Thank you for all of your help. We will be back!

Kathleen Grant, December 2016

 

Out & About

 

North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and golf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too

We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

 

The Locality

 

 
The house is located above Doonagore Castle and just 1km from the village of Doolin at the northern foothills of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The castle has a legacy of brutal treatment of Spanish Armada survivors in 1588.

Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the villages four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.

photo – Gerald Tapp

This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.

photo – Danny Burke

Built in 1835 by local entrepreneur Cornelius O’Brien, as an observation point for the hundreds of tourists who even then visited the Cliffs, the tower bearing his name is unmistakeable on the headland.
The Cliffs are home to enormous numbers and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.

JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan.
Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings.

Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jetski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs, which can be over 35ft high. But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch just 8km from the house, is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

photo – Iaeste

For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.

photo – Cork Youth Climbing Club

The strange karst landscape of the Burren area in northern Clare, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.

This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

photo – Peter Craine

How to get there – Car advised…

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon.
Shannon Airport – less than one hour from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house

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Castle View House

Castle View House

Castle View House

Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

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Cliffs and Caves; Castles, Curraghs and Ceilis

County Clare

The dramatic Atlantic sunsets that wash this home have not changed in the two hundred years since Castle View was built. The round Rapunzel castle itself – some 400 years older – still stands watch over the six generation farmstead.
Prominently situated on the Burren Way between Doolin and the Cliffs of Moher, there are stunning views of the Aran Islands and the ocean beyond, from this large Regency country house.

 

An elegant vintage family farmhouse

Solid and symmetrical, the old farmhouse has been completely renovated recently, with many of the original features lovingly preserved.

 

Rooms are voluminous, with lofty ceilings edged by moulded cornices.
Roller blinds on curtain-less windows emphasise the impressive doors, architraves and panelling that are original to the house.

The ornate fireplace in the living room is filled with a neat flush fitted stove – both practical and complimentary.
Exposed timber flooring and pastel painted walls are common to all the rooms.

The large contemporary kitchen has plenty of room for a beautiful six seater dining table – not unlike the one in the more formal dining room.

A Regency reeded leg mahogany table, brings a timeless indulgence to the dining room, warmed by the wood burning stove tucked into its recessed hearth.

An outstanding feature here is the enclosed cooker set in a cave-like archway of rough cut stone.

Not only are all the bedrooms comfortable and generous, but there is no getting away from those unique views of the blustery landscape which are a part of every room.

Chequered black and white retro-metro tiling defines the family bathroom.

Outside

Barely one tree dares to raise a shoot in such a Spartan landscape of crashing waves and crying birds. Garden has a different meaning here, where paths meander into the distance to follow the cliffs along this brink of Europe.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric Oven
• Electric induction hob
• Fridge-freezer
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Coffee machine
• Toaster
• Blender
• Juicer

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Clothes Dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Three Double beds (140cm)
• Two Single beds
• Childs Cot
• Hair dryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Good Wi-Fi Internet
• Good mobile phone coverage
• DVD Player
• Sound system

Other stuff

• Lots of Books
• Lots of DVD movies
• Childrens highchair

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Castle View is a working farm with a separate barn conversion adjoining the rear of the home, so regrettably, dogs are not permitted.

Provisional Booking Form

This Home is only let by the week in June July and August.

Important – Please note that the changeover day for full week bookings is Saturday.

Weekend bookings are from Friday after 4.30 to Monday before 10.30 am and mid-weeks from Monday to Friday – 4 nights.

Christmas and New Years included below, for other Public holidays please apply for rates.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

Christmas Booking:  23rd-28th December €2,000.
New Years Booking: 29th-3rd January €2,000.

  per week weekend mid-week
May to June €1,700 €1,050 €1,050
September €1,700 €1,050 €1,050
July to August €2,000 7 nights minimum 7 nights minimum
October to April €1,500 €1,050 €1,050

 

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Reviews

 

We had a wonderful stay in Castle View House

The location was perfect – close to the village, restaurants, bars, etc. And our gateway to the cliffs was just outside the door. The house was very comfortable and homely. Sally could not have been more helpful.
We hope to return someday. Castle View was the perfect setting for a relaxing and fun holiday.

Frances Finn, September 2020

The house was lovely…

the hostess very gracious and helpful, and the location was ‘food for our dreams.’ Very beautiful vistas and very near the famous Cliffs of Moher, in the middle of a cattle farm; the lovely cows came up close to the house but I never heard a peep out of them. The house is historic with thick walls and has been beautifully renovated with updated finishes. We very much appreciated the washer/dryer as we were on a two week trip. The hostess baked us some brown bread and left us a bottle of Prosecco which we used to make Mimosas for breakfast (hair of the dog). The castle tower next door gave us a reference point when venturing out; we said Rapunzel was coming over for tea.
We enjoyed the pubs of Doolin and walking up to the Cliffs.We found pub food much better than expected with a ‘farm to table’ focus. We ate at the Ivy Cottage and it was very good. We shopped in Doolin as they have beautiful local gifts for sale. We also drove thru the Burren region. We didn’t have time to venture to the Aran Islands. Our only regret was not planning to stay longer.
So we must return!

Lori Pegram, September 2019

We had an absolutely fabulous weekend at Castleview House.

The house was more than I had ever expected. It is bright, comfortable and extremely tastefully decorated. The location is incredible with stunning views of the castle and the sea. The house is a stone’s throw from the village where we enjoyed first class food and one or two very enjoyable pints.
Castle View is very well equipped and Sally has thought of everything from hi-viz jackets for the homeward walk from the pub, to beach towels for swimming or surfing. There was an array of games, books and CDs for indoors entertainment and a basket of logs, fire lighters etc for the wood burnings stoves for cozy evenings in. There was home made bread, jam and a bottle of wine to welcome us as well as some basic essentials in the well equipped kitchen. We couldn’t have asked for more.
I booked the house as a surprise get away weekend for my husbands birthday – there was us, our three adult children and a couple of their partners. There was plenty of space for us all to be together (and apart when we wanted). Sally was an absolute star and managed to keep the surprise element going until the very moment she snapped on the lights in the delightful kitchen.
I highly recommend Castleview House to anyone who wants to get away, enjoy the sea air and kick back and relax.
Thanks Sally for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Alison Hollinshead, October 2018

We absolutely loved our stay…

Everything more than met our expectations. My guests were very pleased with their new home for the week. We loved that it was so close to the cliffs…that the trail was right outside of our door. We enjoyed the ability to walk into Doolin and all of the attractions there. The home was exactly as pictured, very well appointed and spacious.
Sally had homemade bread and jams waiting for us! We loved that it was surrounded by pastures full of cows! We named several of them! The beauty was breathtaking and it will be missed.

Jackie Bell, July 2017 – Florida

We had a wonderful time at Castleview house…

the house is in such a nice location and we enjoyed every moment of our short stay. It is a beautiful place to relax and just have a good time. Especially the kitchen really impressed me, it brought a lot of memories back. We spend most of our time together in the kitchen.
Thank you very much for the providing a nice place to stay for us, we will return and proposed it to our friends and family.

Family Koze, September 2017

Staying in Castle View House was by far the best part of our holidays in Ireland.

We’ve been met by Sally Nagle with such tremendous hospitality and warmth that we felt at home immediately. The house is in excellent shape, meeting the highest standard and perfectly equipped with every possible amenity a family needs for great holidays.
We were traveling with three generations and all agreed that our stay simply couldn’t be better. The kids keep saying that the best part of their holidays was the great white house by the cliffs. And the adults agree. For us, waking up with a direct view to the Atlantic in this cosy house was a once in a lifetime experience. We’re grateful for that.
We can highly recommend Castle View House for families with children.

Oliver Berthold, August 2018

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Out & About

 

North Clare is not just a unique landscape with its walks, cliffs and golf, there are wonderful restaurants and of course great music sessions too

We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites…

Here are some of our favourites…

The Locality

 

The house is located below Doonagore Castle and just 5 minutes walk from the village of Doolin at the northern foothills of the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare. The castle is now a completely restored private home, but it has a legacy of brutal treatment of Spanish Armada survivors in 1588.

Wild Atlantic Way
Click here to find out more…

Doolin is known as the capital of traditional music in Ireland, and most of the social activity in the villages four main pubs caters to this, with skilled musicians stopping for sessions as they pass through. County Clare is particularly home to the concertina.

This is also the nearest point to the Aran Islands and ferries depart from Doolin harbour regularly as well as sightseeing trips below the famous cliffs. Trips to the two smaller islands of Inisheer at 11km or Inishmaan are make for terrific days out, but to appreciate the cliff fortress of Dun Aengus, a stop-over on Inishmore makes sense.

The Cliffs are home to enormous numbers and a variety of nesting seabirds, including the only mainland colony of breeding Atlantic Puffins in Ireland, a species on the decline elsewhere in Europe.

JRR Tolkien was enlisted in 1949 as an external examiner for The University of Galway, regularly staying over at Ballyvaughan.
Some say that it was this Burren landscape that was the inspiration for The Lord of the Rings writings.

Excavated in 1986, Poulnabrone Dolmen is probably the most photographed of some seventy Neolithic tombs across the Burren region. The bones of 18 adults together with 6 children were found, dating back to about 3,600 BC.

Lisdoonvarna, the next nearest main town, is home to one of Europe’s largest annual matchmaking events. Attracting over 40,000 romantic hopefuls, bachelor farmers and accompanying revellers. The current matchmaker is Willie Daly, a fourth-generation matchmaker.

 

Peaking at 213 metres high, and stretching south for nearly eight km, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher are probably the most visited tourist site in Ireland.

photo – Tobias Helfrich

Beneath the Cliffs, enormous waves born of distant Atlantic storms race towards the coast. Big wave surfers travel by jet-ski from Doolin to catch the wave known as Aileens at the bottom of the Cliffs, which can be over 35ft high. But for most surfers, the seaside town of Lahinch just 8km from the house, is the place to be. Here you will find a magnificent beach where in 2006 a world record for the number of surfers riding on one wave was achieved.

For the serious sea cliff rock climbers, Ailladie on the coast just north of Doolin is popular.

The strange karst landscape of the Burren area in northern Clare, consisting of limestone slabs divided by crevices (or grikes) is famous for its remarkable collection of animals and plants, including orchids and the European Pine Marten.

This is Ireland’s most important cave area, where only one river manages to reach the sea without being swallowed into a sink hole. More than 35 miles of cave passages have been surveyed and some can be explored for nearly seven miles.

How to get there – Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Shannon.
Shannon Airport – less than one hour from house.
Dublin Airport – approx 3 hours from house.

By Sea: Ferry crossings from Holyhead or Liverpool.
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is approx 3 hours from house

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Thomond House

Thomond House

Thomond House

Where Nobility meets Adventure

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County Clare

Explore your indulgent side in this large classic country manor at the heart of the rambling Dromoland Estate. Steeped in history but enjoying every contemporary convenience, Thomond is the perfect sojourn for a gathering of the clan.
If you love your golf, and your surname is O’Brien, this is where you belong…

 

Easy elegant interiors

Sturdy double doors, classically framed by sidelights and pilasters, contrive a Georgian style Welcome.

Not many homes these days can boast a large central foyer. In Thomond house it is overlooked by a circular doughnut gallery and drop light from the floor above.

AT A GLANCE

  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €5,400 for a long weekend
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms & One twin & One single
    All have ensuite bathrooms
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room, Library, Study & Dining room
    Kitchen / living room
    Utility room & Laundry room
    Cloakroom
  • Features
    Baby Grand Piano
    Large garden
    Terrace
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TVs, DVD player, WiFi internet
    Excellent Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday
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Across the parquet flooring, and through more mahogany double doors, the classical drawing room is substantial, with a bay of tall windows energetically dressed in coral jaspé drapes, surveying the formal gardens.

An antique baby grand piano and plethora of guilt framed portraits compete to catch your eye, but the focus is the warmth from an unpretentious marble fireplace.

The adjoining library, slightly more intimate, is home to a prodigious collection of books tightly packed into Augustan shelves that screen every burnt orange wall.

A forest green dining room occupies one corner of the ground floor. It can easily cater for twelve, and is furnished in mahogany with an extravagance of classic dining chairs and another fine fireplace.

For more casual fare, adjacent to the dining room, the kitchen includes a circular table for four, and in a quirky shift in style, a curved breakfast bar attended by six chrome trumpet-based stools.

Ebony granite counters and ivory painted presses, provide the palette for a comprehensive array of premium appliances from Aga to wine cooler.

Facilities & Ameneties

Kitchen Appliances

• Aga range
• 5 ring gas hob
• Electric Oven
• 2 Fridges with water dispenser
• 2 Freezers
• 2 Dishwashers
• Wine cooler
• 2 juicers
• Toaster
• Blender
• Coffee machine

Utility / Laundry Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron

Bedrooms

• Sizes – Four Super King size beds, One double bed, two Zip & Link singles
• 5 Hairdryers

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• 4 Flat-screen TVs
• Sky sports and Netflix
• DVD player

Other

• Good selection of books & DVDs
• Children’s high chair
• Child’s cot
• Baby Grand Piano
• Gas Barbecue

Upstairs

A broad archway separates the foyer from a dramatic cantilevered stairway that spirals up to the first floor, where sleeping accommodation radiates from the circular gallery.

Here again, each sumptuous bedroom is elegantly unique and enjoys dazzling rural views through the lofty Georgian windows. The ensuite bathrooms are sympathetically styled to match.

Outside

The house sits on elevated private grounds at the end of a tree lined driveway, in the heart of the 450 acre Dromoland Estate, and just 440 metres from Dromoland Castle.
The castle was rebuilt in high-Gothic style between 1800¬–1836, and opened as a luxury hotel in 1962.

Pathways criss-cross the rolling parkland, meandering through woodlands, around the lake and beyond the fairways of the estate’s 18 hole championship golf course. A walking map of the estate is available at the Castle reception.

Restrictions

Smoking – No, sorry!
Parties – The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.

Provisional Booking Form

Mid-week bookings run from Monday PM till Friday AM – 4 nights
Weekend breaks run from Friday PM till Monday AM – 3 nights
Important – A Week’s booking runs from Saturday to Saturday

Christmas from the 23rd December to the 28th December – €13,500
New Year from the 29th December to the 2nd January 2021 – €13,500.

A refundable breakages deposit payable with the rental amount will be refunded within seven days of departure.

  Per Week Weekend Mid-week
1st May to 13th September €12,000 €6,950 €5,550
Other Periods €9,950 €6,950 €5,550

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