Bedroom and family suites, Sleeps 2 - 9 with lake views.
About Mary O'Keeffe
Hiking, cooking, gardening, history, literature, art, music, sailing, cycling and travel are some of our interests.
Mary O'Keeffe purchased this House in 2005
Why Mary O'Keeffe chose Mountshannon
Mountshannon is one of the prettiest villages in Ireland, once won the coveted overall Tidy Towns prize, and always features at the top end of this National competition for beautiful places. Overlooking the harbour, and enjoying a wonderful vista of Lough Derg lake and the Tipperary Hills, the setting is spectacular. Great walking, cycling, sailing, fishing, golf and other leisure activities are available locally. One of the oldest monastic settlements in Ireland is on our doorstep, and the area also has excellent pubs and restaurants. The white-tailed eagles nest in Bushy Island which is visible from the property - no need to bring your binoculars to spot this rare bird nesting in Ireland for the first time in 150 years - there is a super viewing facility at the harbour. The house itself is bright, spacious, well-maintained and enjoys amazing views from the main living space. There is a separate living room - The Diner - for younger guests to enjoy DVD's and board games. The bedrooms are in 4 separate areas, including a separate building right beside the house that is a two-bedroom family suite. The space allows guests privacy whilst also having generous "together" living areas both inside and outside over-looking the harbor and hills.
What makes this House unique
Enjoy the spectacular views while lounging on the extensive outdoor space. Watch the boats come and go in the harbour below the dining area. Walk the East Clare Way in the hills on your doorstep. Take a boat trip to Holy Island and experience 1,500 years of history. Watch the white-tailed eagles from the viewing facility at the harbor. Take several day trips to The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, The Alwee Caves, Galway, Bunratty Castle, Adare, and many other local attractions.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
The house is strictly non-smoking.
Children need to be supervised at all times.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
This is a quiet area, and no noisy parties are allowed. Occupancy at any given time is limited to house guests (max 10).
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Could not be better.
Everything we could have hoped for. Great house, amazing view, and warm helpful people.
Beautiful Place in the Country
This was a beautiful property. It had everything my family of 7 could ask for. Plenty of room. There was even a guesthouse available if we needed it. It was homey and decorated beautifully. The scenery was exceptional. It was quiet and peaceful. We enjoyed the deck and using the BBQ. The little pub in town was awesome and the people were so friendly. Our favorite day was driving around the lake and seeing the countryside. It was very easy to have communication with our host Mary. We experienced plane trouble on our outbound flight from Chicago and therefore arrived much later than expected. Mary was very accommodating and kept in contact with us. We had a huge apple pie and ice cream for everyone upon our arrival. I can't wait to come back and visit Ireland again and stay in this fabulous home. Thanks Mary for the trip of a lifetime!!
Beautiful home and wonderful owners!
Perfect vacation home for our family of 12 adult children and spouses with our 91 yr old mother to enjoy and experience her country of origin. A wonderful lifetime wish fulfilled for her. The owners were fantastic... welcomed us with fresh baked pies and always there for anything we needed.
This home had everything we needed to enjoy being together with mom and watching her take in the beauty of her ancestral homeland. We easily made day trips to cliffs of Moher and Galway. Would definitely recommend this home for a large or multifamily stay.
Beautiful property and home with stunning views!
We had 12 adults and 1 baby on this trip and were very comfortable in this home. it was well stocked with plenty of china, flatware and glasses which many times is an issue when traveling with a large group. The common areas have a very nice flow with the kitchen, dining tables, love seat and club chairs all in one large room that also opens right into the next space with an L shape couch and TV. We were all able to enjoy these spaces together without it being tight at all. Right behind the dining tables there are doors that open onto a large deck and seating area below. The property is gorgeous, views were amazing and just a wonderful trip ! Thank you!
Spectacular country property with stunning views of the lake and hills
Our family of six, ages 22-65, spent 4 fabulous nights in this beautiful home which served as home base for day trips to the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, and the Dingle Peninsula. This house is amazing! The interior has a very spacious open floor plan with ceiling to floor windows which conveys the feeling that the views are part of the house itself. The bedrooms are privately situated in the four corners of the house and all, but one, have an adjacent bathroom. The kitchen was very large and well-equipped - literally everything we needed, except for our food/wine, was here. Lots of glassware, French-press coffee pots, outdoor grilling utensils, etc. There are 2 wood burning firestoves complete with starters and kindling. The house has an excellent sound system with several hundred CDs loaded in containing all variety of music. We all fell in love with the gorgeous setting which is in several acres of grassy meadow with views of Mountshannon harbor and Lough Derg. The outside deck is a wonderfully peaceful place to have morning coffee and watch the butterflies and the sheep in the meadow. Our adult children's only disappointment was that we did not "take a day off" from sightseeing to simply hang around and enjoy the property. In the evenings, we witnessed beautiful sunsets as well as a rainbow or two. The town of Mountshannon is very small, but it does have a couple of pubs and a gem of an upscale pizza restaurant called Snug (reservations needed). Unfortunately, we did not have our own car for transportation in the evenings to nearby larger towns but we did walk down (and later up) the long hill to the property and into town a couple of times. Our hosts and property manager Mary could not have been more helpful during the planning stages of our trip. She very quickly responded to each of my questions about grocery stores, restaurants, bike rentals and kitchen items. She left us a little lagniappe (yep, I'm from New Orleans!) in the form of a large homemade apple pie and creme fraiche for dessert upon arrival our first night. We did not experience any issues whatsoever during our stay. I would very highly recommend this fabulous property to a large family looking to have all the warm comforts of home in an Irish country setting.
Awesome home away from home!
Our family of 10 loved this home. We all felt at home here. Our 3 grandchildren had plenty of outdoor space for playing while the adults enjoyed the view of the lake and harbor in the distance. The neigboring horses,, donkeys and sheep became new playmates for the kiddos! The kitchen was well equipped for enjoying family dinners accented by herbs growing on the property. It's a great location for day trips to Galway, The Burrens, The Cliffs of Moher and more. We loved this home and highly recommend a visit. The photos are beautiful but still cannot capture the charm of the amazing property. Mary and her team were wonderful - always available to communicate and assist. The "goodies" and note from the owners was a nice welcome after our day's travels. We stayed in 3 different houses on our journey around Ireland and this was by far our favorite!
The property is ideally located for touring the south-west of Ireland. Day trips to The Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle, The Burren, golf and surfing at Laninch, Galway and Connemara are all within easy reach. Locally, there are boats for hire to explore the lake, and boat trips to the earliest monastic settlement at Holy Island. There are several parks and walking routes, and a children's playground. There is also horse-riding, music, and great pubs and restaurants. There is a great fishing service with fully equipped boats - and the area is renowned for pike fishing (Sept- March).