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Luxurious 18th Century Historic School House

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Tierneevin, Gort, Co Galway, Ireland

Shawe-Taylor's Old School House is a wonderful place for golf, walking and relaxation. The name Tierneevin is an Irish word meaning 'A Beautiful Place', so the name speaks for itself. This is a most luxurious building and we are very proud of the finish provided. We are certain that our discerning guests will enjoy holidaying in this beautiful part of Ireland. Charming period school house (ca. 1820), recently restored to its original splendour. Eco friendly interior finished with breathable products such as lime mortar on walls, pitch pine and traditional flag on floors. Insulated throughout, the schoolhouse has a high energy rating. With its cathedral style ceilings, wooden beams and a mezzanine/balcony bedroom, it is beautifully presented with antique furniture throughout, adding enormous warmth and character. This is a wonderful place to get away from all the stress in an area of outstanding natural beauty and geology.

Ideally suited for a golfing and/or walking holiday. Gort Golf club is literally on your doorstep with very reasonable rates available, and an excellent clubhouse and restaurant. This superb 18 hole Championship Golf Course is set on 160 acres of picturesque parkland, overlooking the Burren and the Clare Hills. The Golf Course was designed by the 1989 Ryder Cup hero Christy O'Connor. It consists of four outstanding par-3's, a testing par-5 ninth and a terrific par-4, carved through by Burren stone and natural waterways. From the property you can take a delightful 3 mile circular walk, which runs through the Burren landscape. The scenery, birds and wildlife, botany, geology and archaeology - all can be enjoyed on this short walk. Also close by is Kilmacduagh Monastery with several churches and a round tower. The Monastery was established in the 7th century by Saint Colman Mac Duagh, hence the name Kilmacduagh (the church of the son of Duac). Kinvara and Ballyvaughan are nearby fishing and farming villages both on the edge of Galway Bay. For shopping there is Galway City and Ennis, both only 20 minutes' drive from the property. There are many fine restaurants close by in Gort and Kinvara.

Keywords: Old School House self catering home a wonderful place for golf, walking and relaxation

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
July 28, 2017

About The Owner

My name is John Casey my occupation is Auctioneer & Estate Agent. I have been in the property business for over 25 years. I am married to Brid and we have 3 grown up sons. Together we successfully ran a farm guesthouse for 20 years and we certainly know how to look after guests. I love my leisure time, a keen golfer I play in two wonderful golf courses Lahinch and Gort. Walking is another one of our pleasures sometimes we organize walks in the beautiful Burren countryside. We love music and singing and sometimes organise singing nights in our local pub. We are nearing retirement age and hope to spend much time with my guests.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose County Clare

We fell in love with this beautiful old cut stone schoolhouse two years ago and personally renovated it ourselves to a very high standard, retaining all of its traditional features. It is a building steeped in history. It was first a schoolhouse in 1840 with the principal being a Captain Shawe-Taylor, the owner of the property. It closed after a number of year and then it was a soup house during the Famine. The area surrounding this property is wonderful countryside. The four big attractions would be: Gort Golf Club, Kilmacduagh Monastery, which was founded in the 7th century and plundered in the 13th century, Coole Park, the former home of Lady Gregory, and the Burren countryside, as well as the beautiful harbour villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara.

What makes this house unique

This is a wonderful place to relax, so bright and the sun shines in every window. It is fantastic place to read and unwind. There is always something to keep you occupied: golf, walking, shopping, beaches - all of life’s pleasures are on your doorstep.


Gort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(26 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Gorgeous Home Surrounded by Overwhelming Beauty

  • 5 of 5

Upon our arrival, we were kindly greeted by one of the owners. Brid gave us a tour of this beautiful property that she and her husband lovingly converted from an empty shell of a schoolhouse into a cozy, yet expansive, multi-bedroom home with hardwood and stone floors, a fireplace, multiple bathrooms, and gorgeous antique furniture, pictures, decor, and a bedroom loft that offers a view of the lower floor from a different perspective. It's obvious they took great pride in hand picking each item in that home for the authentic historic feel that's unmistakable from the moment you walk in.

The surrounding area is filled with a beauty I doubt I'll find again any time soon. It didn't get dark until almost 11pm (June), so we walked and explored. Any direction you turn, the view is simply stunning.

The town itself has plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, a redbox to rent videos, Pharmacies, etc. So, while the house may seem miles away from reality, it's actually very close to everything, including many major historic and scenic attractions.

To my husband and I, it was the perfect place. Charming and historic, comfortable and cozy, secluded and quiet, yet still close enough to all of life's modern conveniences provided by their picturesque little town.

Needless to say, if we go back to Ireland, there will be no doubt where we will stay.

Thank you John and Brid!

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you and we are delighted that you enjoyed holidaying in the schoolhouse. We love to hear from guests who appreciate the house because to us it is a very special place and the old house deserves it, if only the walls could talk! Thank you so much for the lovely review. With kind regards John & Brid
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Spectacular property in an excellent location!

  • 5 of 5

This stone schoolhouse looks beautiful in the photographs but it is even better in person. It has been lovingly renovated and meticulously maintained, with every amenity and convenience at your fingertips: fully stocked kitchen, five-burner stove, working fireplace, huge living room with vaulted ceiling, beautiful outdoor space, comfortable beds, walk-in showers, deep soaking tubs, huge windows, every appliance you could possibly need, and on and on and on.

John and Brid Casey have clearly spent a lot of time and effort turning this property into a five-star rental, with beautiful granite flooring in the kitchen and entranceway, rich wooden planking in the enormous living room, comfortable armchairs and sofas for relaxing in after a long day spent exploring County Clare and County Galway, a gorgeous stone picnic table outside for enjoying the flowers, donkeys, birds and climbing vines, and a beautiful big dining table seating eight indoors in the event of inclement weather. The house has robust Wi-Fi, TV and a stereo system for those who want them and plenty of information about things to see and do in the area.

Apart from the gracious owners and the modern feel of this charmingly renovated schoolhouse, the property could not be better located as it is central to so many activities and areas of interest within a 30-60 minute drive of Gort. The four of us (two couples) who stayed in the house wish we had booked it for at least a week since the number of things to do (the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Ballyvaughn, Buratty, Linsdoonvarna, Aillwee Cave, Dollin, the Poulnabrone Dolmen, great hikes, horseback riding - and lots and lots of castles and friaries and cathedrals and ruins, just to name a few) far exceeded our time there.

We have rented properties on VRBO for over 15 years, in several states in the US and in many countries including England, Spain, France, Scotland and Italy, but the four of us agreed that this was one of the nicest we have ever rented. Don't miss it - it's terrific, as are its hosts.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific Property and Terrific Hosts

  • 5 of 5

The house was ideal as a base for my husband and two daughters and I to explore counties Galway and Clare. The Burren is a hidden treasure, and Galway is one of our favorite places to visit in Ireland. We loved Innis Oirr and Doolin, and the drive there from the house is spectacular.

The property has so much character...restored to a wonderful open air but cabiney feel home with all of the conveniences you just cannot get in a hotel or B&B. Loved wakening each morning to the donkeys braying for carrots :), and a light and airy home to have coffee in while planning the day.

John was a terrific host, leading up to our arrival, and then most accommodating when we arrived later than planned. He stopped to give a tour and familiarize us w/ the mechanics of the house soon after our arrival. Irish hospitality at its finest.

This was our first VRBO rental and we were pleased that we tried it.

Thanks, John.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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One of the best rentals we've ever stayed in

  • 5 of 5

The most beautiful house to stay in, in a stunning part of Ireland. We loved everything about the house. Beautifully furnished, well equipped, really comfortable beds. The hosts couldn't have been more helpful - staying up until 11.30 at night to await our very late arrival. We had 3 adults and 2 children in our party and there was so much space.

We were completely blessed with the hottest and sunniest week in Ireland so we didn't get to use the cosy fire in the house but instead took advantage of the lovely courtyard and stone table.

A great location to explore this beautiful part of Ireland - we did lots of water based activity and cycling as it was fantastic weather.

And the kids loved helping John and Brid to get their mum and baby cow from the field into the trailer.

A complete gem of a house and one we would highly recommend to anyone visiting.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent house and location, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We were 4 adults and a little dog. There are more than enough place for us.

The whole house is furnished as you're in the antique shop. It is kind of been sent back in time to grandparents' house. And, really, sitting in a front of fire place, drinking morning coffee surrounded with antique furniture, looking through the windows to the green fields with lots of black and white sheep lazy moving around, seems that you would not be surprised if you see Charles Ingalls from Little House On The Prairie passed the house riding his horse. Really great atmosphere in and around the house.

Location? Great! We travel with a car, and the house is very central placed to drive to our points of interest. Cliffs of Moher (of course) Burren Centre, Klifenora Cathedral, Aillwee Cave and Birds of Prey, Corcomroe Abbey, Caherconnell Sheepdog Demonstrations, Killarney National Park, Ring Of Kerry (of course, of course)… are some of the places we have had on our list. Organize your sightseeing places according to area where they are placed and you can really make good use of house placement to visit lots of them.

And at last, but not least – the hosts. You will not notice or see them because they are not living at same place. BUT, believe me, if you need them, Brid and John will do anything to assist you. Wonderful people! Great people. In this time of moneygrubbing where the profit is a God it is touching hearts to experience people like Brid and John.

Brid and John, thank you very much for helping us to manage that week when our son was admitted to hospital.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Valdo for such a lovely review. So glad your son is better. best wishes John & Brid
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A wonderful week in a beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

Another set of happy customers! There's not much for us to add to all the other very positve reviews about this cottage. We too are full of praise for this beautiful property which welcomed us into a 'home from home' environment. The cottage itself is decorated to a high standard and the kitchen is very well equipped. The location is idyllic and we loved looking out the window to the donkeys. Thank you John and Brid.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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