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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cannot say enough about our wonderful hosts and this special property. This is more a home than a holiday rental and stay was really memorable. Personal introductions and friendly advice only add to the superb quality of the school house itself. Large but cozy in the Autumn chill and very well appointed with everything you need. It is perfectly located to give you access to everything from shopping to major and less well known attractions in the region, and beyond.
Just got back from a wonderful stay at this gorgeous house in Gort. It was everything and more the description stated. The location was very central to seeing the sights of the region. The house was immaculate and beautiful. Everything that you could need while there was provided. The donkeys out back were a real hit with my two boys and Mum. They added a real country feel to the vacation. Mr. Casey could not have been
nicer or more helpful. I felt I could have contacted him for anything and he would have helped. Luckily there was no need b/c all was so well taken care of. Can not recommend this house enough! Truly a wonderful experience!