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Frances Loudon

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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County Clare Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8 - 12, 4 bedrooms + convertible bed(s), 2.5 bathrooms

WHEN GUESTS drive down our road and take in the view they all exclaim 'Wow!' When they open the front door and enter our home they all exclaim 'Wow'! 

In Glendree we found a peaceful and picturesque location, and working with an existing traditional house and farm buildings we extended and restored to create our dream family home centred around a huge, open-plan room with a grand design - a room in a home full of light and warmth, beauty and comfort, and interesting things reflecting our own interests and travels. 

When we’re home we like to spend some of our time with family and friends – walking, talking, cooking, dining, touring and exploring . . . and at other times quietly reading, listening to music, watching movies. . . and our high quality cook’s kitchen, big tables, wall of books, fireplaces, superior underfloor heating system, wifi internet, ipod docking stations and sofa and reclining chairs in front of the big screen . . . all help make you comfortable and relaxed.

Our home really is the best of the old and the new. A complete renovation of the main house was undertaken in 2008, the conversion and connection of the old dairy in 2009 and, adding charm and character, the original 300 year old cottage stands proudly next to the old piggery and coach house ... unrestored ... our next projects!

The property sits peacefully in 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, fishing, biking and exploring. It is all here!

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 firepit 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 multiple 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 guests, despite the best touring plans and our proximity to major tourist attractions, simply relax and stay close, enjoying our home and close environs we do whenever we can.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered

Frances Loudon

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Speaks english
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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Property Reviews

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Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
++353 877823232
County Clare Ireland
New York City

Magical, comfortable and beautiful

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
This is a most magnificent location and home. Every morning we woke to the sound of roosters crowing and cows mooing…most comforting sounds. Morning coffee for me was in the light filled conservatory looking out over the green hills. My husband preferred the patio -- with the same view. I can't say enough about how much both my husband and I enjoyed staying in this well-cared for home. It is everything (and more) than what you see on the listing. Both caretakers were responsive to all questions we had about how things worked and gave tips on good walking and hiking routes.

We had a wonderful week of relaxing and visiting many sites and nearby towns: The Cliffs, Bunratty Castle, Ennis, Gort and many others. It was a fabulous week and when it was over it was very hard to drop the key in the box, knowing we would not be returning. And another thing, the bathtub is a wonderful soaking tub. Everything about this home is perfect. The photos are gorgeous and the real thing will take your breath away. You will not regret staying at Glendree. It is the most peaceful place I have ever been.
Helpful votes: 3/4
Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
++353 877823232
County Clare Ireland

Amazing house, and fabulous welcome

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
We stayed at Loudons in July this year, and had a fantastic time. The house and grounds are out of this world-so homely and comfortable. The house is even better than the pictures suggest. It has everything you could possibly need for your stay. We were welcomed by Bernie and Trix, who could not have been more helpful ,warm and welcoming. The owner Fran was great to deal with (we communicated by email), and was pleasant and efficient.

I would highly recommend a stay here,i certainly hope to return.
Owner's Response: Thanks Emma for your kind review. We're always happy to share our house with people who see it's beauty and function. As you say it's homely and comfortable in a way that's hard to imagine for a house that's this large - I suspect the warm Irish welcome by Trix and Bernie has a lot to do with it!
Warm regards,
Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
++353 877823232
County Clare Ireland
NorthEast Kansas

A home to fall in love with

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2012
My wife and I took our 4 daughters (ages 8-21) and my wife's parents to Ireland last year. We celebrated 2 birthdays and my In-laws 49th wedding anniversary.

When I asked my in-laws what they would like to see in Ireland, they had a few requests. The one thing they really wanted to experience is Irish life. More to the point, Irish country life. I began my search and found this lovely home.

Impressed with the pictures and location, we made contact and booked our stay. We were given sat coordinates and contact information for the caretakers and made our way to the home.

This home was more than we had even imagined. Tucked beautifully in the Irish countryside with a beautiful view of a mountain valley, the sights are just breath taking. Its quiet, its natural, and reminders of the past are all around you. Stepping out on to the very large patio area you can hear stream just down the hill. If its raining, any room is nice, but the solarium is just wonderful to sit and listen.

The library is immense and varied. I have to admit, I wrote down a few titles and when I got back to the States I ordered the book myself! Equipped with sat tv and a movie collection, we enjoyed one evening with a nice fire and a movies and had a ball. The kitchen is also well equipped and local grocery store isnt far in Tulla.

Our children truly enjoyed the experience. The younger ones took advantage of the rubber boots provided to poke around outside and explore the lovely countryside. We met several neighbors as well and they were all very welcoming and ready to help in any way.

Speaking of welcoming. The caretakers Bernie and Trix are an absolute treasure who greet you and make sure you are completely comfortable. Ive never felt so welcomed anywhere besides maybe my Mother's house. They really are special people with a wonderful way about them.

I (we) loved everything about this home, EVERYTHING! So relaxing, so beautiful, and so easy to get anywhere from there. Major roads arent far so dont worry if you have a lot to see. We visited as far away as Waterford and it was an easy day trip even though it is across the country.

To the Loudons, Your home lives in my dreams. The memories made there will last a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your home and your wonderful friends with us.

-Jaycee H.
Owner's Response: Dear Jaycee,

I want to thank you for this wonderful review - especially as it's some time since you visited. the memories must be staying with you.

While I miss it and my friends in Glendree, I'm so much happier knowing others get to experience it's magic and beauty - I can't imagine it empty. As you say, the view is stunning . . . . and for me, almost impossible to capture in photos! If you managed to do this I'd love to see them.

All the family love to read these reviews and hear how much others enjoy Glendree. Our children were raised there but I must add the house didn't look like this when they were kids - we hadn't done the big extension or restorations. What they did have though were all the important things - the freedom and fun of being kids in such a safe place made for exploration, the privilege of waking everyday to beauty and the absolute blessing of good friends and neighbours. As you say Trix and Bernie really are the icing on the cake!

I really appreciate you taking the time to do this and would love to welcome you back to Glendree.
Kind regards,
Helpful votes: 1/1
Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
++353 877823232
County Clare Ireland

Outstanding experience

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
We had the most wonderful stay at Glendree. There were separate groups in residence: a few of us from Australia (one couple, one sister, one friend) and friends visited from Dublin for a couple of days. We were all accommodated really comfortably, as the house has a number of different sections and we weren't under each other's feet. But we could all meet up for meals, cooked in the brilliant kitchen, and chat till the wee hours.
Fran had thought of everything for our comfort and convenience. Bernie met us at the house and made us very welcome. She also checked in to make sure everything was going well.
The setting is so beautiful and peaceful that we did not want to leave. But we forced our selves out into the world and visited nearby sights, including the Burren, the Aran Islands and the Wednesday night session at Peppers in Feakle. All of this was very easy to manage from Glendree.
I can't recommend Glendree highly enough. We are dreaming of our return...
Owner's Response: . . . and we would love to have you return! Thanks for your lovely review L. It seems 'not wanting to leave the house' is something many guests comment on even though there are also so many wonderful things to see close by. When we're home I strongly encourage everyone comes to us - we don't want to leave Glendree either!
Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
++353 877823232
County Clare Ireland

Absolutely Stunning

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
This home will beat all expectations you might have. The pictures are lovely but don't begin to capture the beauty of the house or the countryside. Bernie & Trix greeted us and we all felt like we had known them forever. They welcomed us with true Irish warmth and hospitality. The views are stunning and the towns of Tullah & Feakle were just what we were looking for! Thank you for everything. I hope to be able to come back again one day soon.

Teresa Lassor
The Travel Store
Williamstown, MA
Owner's Response: Thanks Teresa - we're so pleased you and your friends enjoyed your reunion and all the house and area had to offer. Please do come back again - we'd love to have you!
Travel well,
Helpful votes: 3/3


Nearest Airport
37 Kilometres
Shannon Airport
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Ennis Station
Nearest Beach
48 Kilometres
Lahinch Beach
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Pepper's Pub, Feakle
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
East Clare Golf Club, Tuamgraney
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Let Italian chef Rico come to you in Glendree
Car: necessary

The property sits peacefully in the heartland of traditional Irish Music on 20 acres of idyllic, Irish countryside. 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! 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!

We are on the mountainside between two villages 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

20 minutes to . . .

KNAPPOGUE CASTLE: built in 1467, it's a magnificent example of a medieval tower house and has long been the seat of the MacNamara clan.

CRAGGAUNOWEN ARCHEOLOGICAL Park & Museum: Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, the park interprets Ireland's pre-historic and early Christian eras and features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago.

ENNIS Town: A picturesque, narrow-streeted, historic market 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).

Clare EQUESTRIAN Centre: at Clare Equestrian Centre they provide the quintessential experience of horse riding in Ireland and cater for all levels and disciplines.

QUIN ABBEY: A 14th century Franciscan abbey. From the top of the tower, visitors can take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

EAST CLARE GOLF COURSE: A championship course set in 150 acres of unspoilt, rolling, quiet countryside with majestic views of East Clare.

30 minutes to . . .

BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLK PARK: long been one of Ireland's top 10 visitor attractions. The Norman castle is the only of its kind in Ireland to be restored to its true former glory. Also offers evening entertainments: such as the Medieval Banquet and the Traditional Irish Night held in the converted Corn Barn in the Folk Park.

LOUGH DERG, for Holy Island visits, a peaceful picnic by the banks, a looped walk around the lake or a river cruise

40 minutes to . . .

KIILLALOE on the Shannon: on the Clare side of the river, is made up of charming narrow streets, a 13th century cathedral, home to Brian Boru, the High King who united Ireland against the Vikings

SHANNON International Airport

LIMERICK City and 800 year old KING JOHNS CASTLE: 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

60 minutes to . . .

The BURREN & the CLIFFS of MOHER, two of Ireland's most famous landmarks and landscapes.

POULNABRONE DOLMEN (Portal Tomb): A prehistoric portal tomb, dating between 4200BC and 2900BC in the Burren.

LAHINCH Golf Club or surfing

GALWAY City: a thriving, bohemian, cultural city with labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café & bar culture and the renowned Festival Capital of Ireland.

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!


Availability & Rates

County Clare Farmhouse Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
Apr 1 2014 - May 31 2014
7 nights
Jun 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 nights



    Check-in time: After 4 pm
    Check-out time: 11 am
    Early check-in or late checkout times allowed only by prior arrangement.
    Please note this is a NON-SMOKING house.


    Payment is accepted by CREDIT CARD through PAYPAL - easy and safe.

    A non-refundable deposit equal to 30% of the rental rate is payable at the time of booking.
    Bookings are not to be treated as firm until confirmation of receipt of the deposit.
    The balance of rental is payable 28 days before the arrival date.
    A refundable security deposit of €300 is also payable 28 days before the arrival date.
    We accept payment in Euro through Paypal (credit cards) or bank transfer.
    We do not accept personal cheques.
  • The security deposit will be refunded in full within 14 days of departure providing:
    The house is left in a reasonable state of cleanliness.
    All keys are left on the kitchen table.
    No damage is done to the house or its contents beyond normal wear and tear.
    No charges are incurred due to pets.
    No linens are lost or damaged.
    All rubbish is placed in appropriate bins
    Dirty dishes are placed in dishwasher or cleaned
    Check out time is adhered to
    The renter is not evicted by the owner or their representative or local law enforcement

    If cancellation occurs:
    28 days or more before the arrival date the renter will be charged the 33% booking deposit
    15-27 days before the arrival date the renter will be charged 50% of the rental rate
    14 days or less before the arrival date the renter will be charged 100% of the rental rate
  • Die Kaution wird komplett innerhalb von 14 Tagen nach Abreise unter folgenden Bedingungen zurückerstattet:
    Das Haus ist in einem angemessenen, sauberen Zustand.
    Alle Schlüssel liegen auf dem Küchentisch.
    An dem Haus oder dem Inhalt sind keine Schäden außer der üblichen Abnutzung.
    Es fallen keine Gebühren aufgrund von Haustieren an.
    Die Bettwäsche ist nicht beschädigt oder abhanden.
    Der gesamte Müll ist in den zugehörigen Behältern.
    Dreckiges Geschirr ist in der Spülmaschine oder gereinigt
    Die Check-out Zeit wurde eingehalten
    Dem Mieter wurde nicht vom Eigentümer oder den Verwandten oder lokalen Rechtsbehörden gekündigt.

    Bei Stornierung:
    28 Tage oder länger vor Ankunft werden dem Mieter 33% der Buchungsanzahlung berechnet
    15-27 Tage vor Ankunft werden dem Mieter 50% des Mietpreises berechnet
    14 Tage oder weniger vor Ankunft werden dem Mieter 100% des Mietpreises berechnet


County Clare Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Mountain
  • Luxury
  • Away From It All
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Paper Towels
  • Computer Available
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Toilet Paper
  • Mobile Phone
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Local Maps
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking Off Street
  • PC
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Oven
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ensuite to main BR
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The bathrooms are beautifully finished with natural stone and chrome fittings with large shower heads. The showers enclosures are spacious, walk-in, wet rooms. The bath in the main bathroom is deep and double ended and a gorgeous place to relax - light a few candles, pour a glass of wine and just soak in the bubbles.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Farm building conversion connected to main house
  • Additional sleeping options - all good quality and very comfortable 1 day bed in the office gym area. 4 good quality single mattresses suitable for additional children for use directly on the floor
  • Games for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Video Library
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Stereo
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Television
  • Books for Kids
  • Terrace
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Barbecue
  • Bicycles
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 12 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
  • playground
  • cinemas
  • ruins
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • museums
  • live theater
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • whale watching
  • sight seeing
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • fitness center
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • golf
  • freshwater fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf privileges optional
  • mountain climbing
  • wind-surfing
  • pier fishing
  • hiking
  • fishing
  • surf fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • equestrian events
  • fly fishing
  • sailing
Mobility & Access: This is a single story property suitable for guests with mobility challenges - however there is a step at the front door and back door, and into the barn studio conversion, and our internal doors are not wide enough for wheel chairs. Firewood: We provide a starter kit of firewood for your arrival and then wood may be purchased in the local village or delivery arranged. Other Services: Experienced professional masseurs, personal trainers, chef, housekeeper and driver services available. Babysitting: Trusted, experienced babysitters also available.