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Luxurious 18th Century Historic School House

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
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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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  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 Ireland

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.


based on 21 traveler reviews

Luxurious 18th Century Historic School House
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews

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
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An absolute gem

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Excellent house and location

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodend, Victoria, Australia

attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with 3 friends and found this house to have all that we could ask for. Each bedroom was comfortable and inviting with the added bonus of a bathroom each! The kitchen is well equipped and spacious and the living area is charming. There is also ample parking space in the garden. So nice to come home to after a day on the road. The location is great for touring, with the village of Gort a short drive away to pick up the groceries etc. Thank you Brid for the warm welcome and afternoon tea and for your helpful advice. I can thoroughly recommend a stay at this peaceful property.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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West Chester, Pa USA

Wonderful Location

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was so memorable. It was a great location for jumping off and visiting many sites. The house itself was spacious and quaint. Each room had charm and was decorated beautifully. We enjoyed each moment there. Unfortunately, we did not take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere and were on the move constantly. Thank you for sharing such a memorable home and opportunity for an adventure in your beautiful country.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the house! John and Brid have done an excellent job renovated the old school house. John met us the first day and he was as nice as could be. We received a true Irish greeting!

It was just my husband and I that stayed in the house, but it could easily accommodate 4 more people comfortably.

The town of Gort, is a great hub for exploring the Western part of Ireland. I highly recommend visiting the town of Kinvara, (20 minutes away) a quaint fishing village, and also home to Dunguaire Castle where they hold banquets dinners inside.

In Gort, there is also a train station that will take you into Galway City, which we fell in love with, and it also gives you a break from driving. :)

We loved feeding carrots to the two donkeys (which we named Honky and Tonky) in the morning.

Highly recommend the stay, before we even left, we were already discussing when to return. :)

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks very much for the nice review love to get them for the sake of the house. It was a pleasure having yu. John & Brid Casey
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest


Rates & Availability

Gort Area House Rental Rates


  • €475-€800/wk
  • Euros
  • Jan-Mar .. €475/week
  • Apr-May .. €600/week
  • Jun ...... €650/week
  • Jul-Aug .. €800/week
  • Sep ...... €700/week
  • Oct ...... €650/week
  • Nov-Dec .. €475/week
  • Christmas/New Years/Easter .. by arrangement
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Ireland House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • 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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