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Carole Clarke

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english

Beautiful Country Manor House Set in Lush Grounds, Lake Views

13 Reviews
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Overview

County Tipperary Estate Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10

Welcome to a step back in time. Williamstadt House is a beautiful Historic Country Manor House nestled near the banks of Lough Derg in the heart of southwestern Ireland. This Georgian Beauty is set amidst mature lush gardens and lawns with a variety of specimen and fruit trees and surrounded by centuries old beech, ash and oak trees.

The house boasts a private fifty acre wood which runs along the lake with trails for hiking and horse riding and its own private harbor for boating and kayaking. The park like setting allows the visitor to truly enjoy and experience a place out of time, where life takes a slower pace. Relax and take a swing beneath a 300 year old chestnut tree and watch the light play on the hills of Tipperary across the lake, enjoy an evening badminton game on the lawn, drinks and dinner under the evening sky, shimmering with stars. Soak in a beautiful Victorian bathtub and get cozy in front of a turf fire in one of the comfortable well appointed reception rooms.

The Courtyard at Williamstadt House many features including a two bed two bath cottage in the 200 year old Coach House, Known as the GameKeeper's Cottage (HomeAway listing 960200). It is newly rennovated with all the modern amenities, and makes a nice addition to the main House.

Williamstadt House and its environs provide a paradise for hiking, cycling, horse riding, water sports, fishing, golfing and wildlife viewing. For touring Ireland, it is the perfect base, being just an hours drive from Shannon Airport, an hour from Galway City, an hour from Limerick and 2 1/2 hours from Dublin.

Feature attractions within an hours drive include The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway Bay and the beaches of Lahinch and Fanore, Galway City and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Williamstadt House is located one mile from the village of Whitegate, an easy stroll or cycle down small country lane. Nearby towns include the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon and the Historic Killaloe, with restaurants, pubs, shops and local farmers markets. This area is renowned worldwide for its Traditional Music and sessions happen in the pubs on many an evening. The world famous Feakle Music Festival happens here yearly. There are many Golf Links in the area, Portumna and East Clare among them. In season there are thousands of acres of private land available for Deer Stalking as well as Duck, Pheasant and Woodcock Shooting.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Carole Clarke (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english

Reviews

5
based on 13 traveler reviews

Beautiful Country Manor House Set in Lush Grounds, Lake Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Essex, Vermont, USA
5

Exceeded Our Expectations And Then Some!

  • 5 of 5

My wife, her cousin, and I stayed in the Gamekeepers Cottage attached to the Williamstadt Manor house in Whitegate for five nights in September. Everything about the stay was wonderful. Maureen and Bill planned to do some research and sightseeing around family history in Clare and the Gamekeeper's Cottage was perfectly situated between Killaloe and Crusheen where the family had roots. The Cottage looked lovely on the website but in reality was ten times better! The courtyard, the cottage, the main house, the grounds, the animals, gardens, the sibin (shebeen), and the hand-painted murals on the walls simply overjoyed us. My wife was absolutely taken by the authenticity and beauty of the place. It added so much to her experience in Clare on an the trail of ancesters!!!

The rooms were very comfortable and uniquely decorated, Kevin and Carole related fascinating stories about the furnishings, as well as many other stories and tales of the area. As hosts they were perfect. Kevin would lay a fire for us just before dusk and we often shared a drink and conversation together in the manor house. Kevin and Carole were very relaxed and easy to be with. We felt welcomed and at ease and had the run of the grounds!

The Cottage is self-catering and the kitchen is well equipped for cooking. Carole had great recommendations for food shopping, butchers, spirit shops, and other basic needs. There are not a lot of restaurants right in the Whitegate area so cooking at home is a good choice, unless you plan to be out for the evening listening to Irish music in Doolin or Ennis, which have a lot of good places to eat. Right in Whitegate, however, is a small, friendly pub called the Half Barrel which has very good food. Carole also helped us in finding a local genealogist, who was excellent, and in gathering information for local fishing prospects. She really worked hard for us in the months prior to our trip to connect with people for help and research.

We would not hesitate to return to Williamstadt Manor/Gamekeeper's Cottage for another stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed having all of you stay at the Cottage. It was such fun everyday hearing new stories about finding ancestral relations and various family stories. You are a part of this area and its history and we would welcome you back anytime!! All the Best, Carole and Kevin
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5

Words simply don't do it justice

  • 5 of 5

I simply don't have the words to express what a wonderful experience this was for my family. My husband and I, along with our 10 year old son and 7 year old daughter, spent a week at Williamstadt House. It was, hands down, the best family vacation we have ever had.

The house itself is beautiful and the grounds were luxurious even in early spring. To a certain extent we were expecting this based on the photographs we'd seen before we arrived. The real surprise, however, were Carole and Kevin. They were far more welcoming and gracious than we ever could have imagined. They were our hosts, tour guides, historians, and, by the end of the week, our friends. Our children enjoyed their time at Williamstadt House so much that even the Cliffs of Moher couldn't compete. We had to practically drag them away from the house every morning so we could explore the area; if they had their way, they would have stayed at Williamstadt House every minute of every day. The kids loved collecting eggs from the hens and playing with Carole and Kevin's three dogs. My daughter carried poor Sally around like a purse for most of the week and even Sally was gracious about it! My ten year old son and "Mr. Clarke" were great pals by the end of the week.

Carole and Kevin went out of their way to make us comfortable and to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Our week went a lot like this: The kids want to visit a local dairy farm? Sure, we'll take you! A boat to Holy Island? No trouble at all! How to find a local artist? We know just the place! Carole and Kevin recommended pubs, castles, caves, tower houses... they suggested activities for us that we hadn't even considered and every single one of them was perfect.

I could go on and on and on about what a fantastic week this was for us, but instead I will say this: We have never been so sad to leave a place. There weren't many dry eyes in the car as we pulled away from Williamstadt House, and we traveled most of the way to Dublin in complete silence. There were just no words to express both how happy we were to have spent time there and how sad we were to have to leave. I'm certain we will be back.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Real Ireland

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about Carole and Kevin's generosity and constant efforts to give us a warm, truly authentic experience in Ireland. They both went out of their way to arrange activities and provide suggestions on how to experience the beautiful area that that they clearly love. The grand old house is very special and gave us all the feeling that we actually lived there, whether sitting at the plank table in the country kitchen or lounging in the sitting room with family portraits and a turf fire flickering, or snuggled into the plush beds upstairs reading one of the scores of beautiful books scattered throughout the house. This seemed to be the real Ireland, a true experience of living in a house with a rich, interesting history.

We were a party of couples and friends, and the house provided sufficient privacy as well as opportunity for group activities and interaction.

Thanks, Carole and Kevin, for a lovely 8 days!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to you all for being such wonderful guests! We really enjoyed having you at Williamstadt House and hope you will return to us one day. You have to, Boru and Walter miss you terribly!!! All the best in future travels, see you when you get back!! Carole and Kevin
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5

A delightful get-away!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay at this lovely, spacious manor home!

Carole gave us a thorough list of local activities, so we were able to see pony races, work at an old blacksmiths, stack peat at a pub contest, and shop at the farmers market. This part of Ireland is beautiful for walks, drives, and sits. We enjoyed the Brian Boru sites.

The house was comfortable, snug, and had a working kitchen. The grounds were nice for the kids to play and for strolling. We would highly recommend this place to anyone who wants a refreshing, relaxing, beautiful place to spend a few days. Carole will help customize your stay to suit your needs. I hope we make it back!

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A perfect destination!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a three night family holiday in Williamstadt house and also had use of the gatekeepers cottage. There were three generations of us and everyone had a most special experience. The children were in heaven with the ducks, hens, peacocks, not to mention the swing and hammock in the beautiful garden! Hours were spent without even leaving the grounds!

At night time we all had wonderful meals around the kitchen table, followed by merry evenings around the huge open fire.

There were lovely walks from the house through the woods and down to the lake. We barely used our cars for the three days.

I couldn't recommend this beautiful house highly enough.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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As Close to Heaven as you can come!

  • 5 of 5

Our family flew from the States to Williamstadt House and stayed for the entire month of June.

My wife and I brought our 4 children---ages 11, 13,14, 16 and we had no idea what to expect.

What we found was literally paradise. Beyond the obvious grandeur of this awesome farm estate we met two of the kindest, most interesting people we have ever had the privilege of spending time with. Kevin and Carole Clarke (the owners) went above and beyond to show us the vacation of a lifetime. Carole hooked us up with a local blacksmith for a private day of learning and working with tools. Kevin took my boys out chopping wood and shared with them some of his amazing stories of adventure from his 10+ years living in Africa.

Spending time with Kevin and Carole was like taking a slow, fragrant walk through a great Irish history book. We spent many a meals together talking and sharing life. They were two of the most gracious and humble hosts you can imagine. If we had a desire to see something or do something, they did everything they could to make it happen.

The property is authentic and amazing. Lovely, live animals are all over the property…ducks, chickens, cool dogs with great personalities, a horse, etc..

The accommodations, artwork, and exotic animal mounts were absolutely amazing. My morning coffee was imbibed in what I found out to be a 100yr old Irish coffee cup, that just happened to be hanging around with all kinds of other interesting antiques in the kitchen. I took my nightly Jameson in a beautiful old antique whiskey glass from a distillery that has been closed down for over 50 years…another Irish artifact that seem to be all over the house. Kevin noticed I liked the glass so much he gave it to me when I left to take home!

We purchasing fresh duck, pork and chicken from the local butcher a couple miles away. We cooked great dinners in cast iron pans over an open fire in the “man cave” out in the back. Although the place has a wonderful, fully furnished kitchen, we loved the ambiance of dinner and drinks in the “cave” out back.

Words cannot describe the beauty and peace that we enjoyed every moment of every day. Where else can you take 4 kids who become so enamored with nature that they forget to turn on a TV for the first 2 weeks? It would be impossible to write down all the numerous goodies this place has to offer, but I know this, rarely a day passes when one of my children won’t ask me “Dad when are we going back?"

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, when are you coming back?? Let us know and we'll organize a parade in the village, I know for a fact that it will be very well attended. That's how much you are missed!! We were so lucky to have you guys for a whole month and you are honorary Whitegatians now. Or Willystadt-ers. Hurry back! The animals beckon! Mandy I will send pictures of Kate, she lives down the road now. Miss you guys!! Carole and Kevin
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Shannon Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nightingale
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Portumna Golf Club
Nearest Train
22 Miles
BirdHill
Nearest Motorway
22 Miles
M7
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Half Barrell
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Killaloe
Car: necessary

1 hours drive to Shannon, Galway, Limerick, the Burren

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Health/Beauty Spa, Wildlife Viewing, Boating

Golf: Williamstadt house can also provide a Chef, Housekeeping, a Car and Driver as well as Airport Pickup.

Williamstadt is not just an ordinary Country Manor House, it is an

Irish Family Home with many personal touches that help create an amazing experience for the visitor.

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Rates & Availability

County Clare Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak
Jun 12 2016 - Aug 31 2016
4 night minimum stay
$400
$2,000
$7,400
 
 
Shoulder
Sep 1 2016 - Dec 19 2016
3 night minimum stay
$350
$1,750
$6,000
 
 
Christmas
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
$400
$2,000
$7,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

Christmas and Easter: Peak Rates. Additional heating charge
Utilities are included, except November through April.
There is a $39.00 charge for property damage insurance.
Read more at https://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p380103#XZfTekRGsvwYodKb.99

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

County Tipperary Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
    Bedroom 5 - 1 twin/ single
  • Bed Types: Queen, Double and single
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A fifty acre wood with trails for horse riding or hiking with lake access for boating, swimming and kayaking

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