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Inchiquin House is an elegant period home in County Clare, romantically tucked away in the west of Ireland not far from the Atlantic. It is the perfect base from which to explore the unique Burren landscape, historic sites and the county’s many leisure activities. Over 200 years old, the house stands in its own peaceful wooded private estate of over one hundred acres, reached by its own half-mile long avenue. This well-appointed self-catering home comfortably accommodates 10 guests in 5 bedrooms, and is an ideal vacation setting for family and friends. We are delighted to provide for the young and old, having a special outside playhouse for children and a wheelchair-accessible bathroom and guest room within. Inchiquin House is conveniently positioned only 30 minutes drive from Shannon Airport, with Limerick and Galway being only a little farther. Both inside and outside, the house exudes atmosphere and an old country charm - an experience you will want to relive again and again.
House Interior: The House is entered through a bright porch added in the early twentieth century and leads into the main hallway with stairs to the upstairs rooms.
To the right of the hallway is a twin-windowed drawing room with relaxing period armchairs and plush sofas, dominated in the background by a Steinweg pianola and a writing table. Two paintings of The Four Seasons adorn the walls. The black marble fireplace, decorated with period blue tiles, burns on coal, wood and pleasantly-scented local turf.
The well-proportioned red-painted dining room with polished marble fireplace welcomes you with a warm glow of old-world opulence. The large mahogany table seats 10 and is serviced by two sideboards.
At the rear of the house is the refurbished kitchen and dining area providing a view towards the old garden at the back. The kitchen has oak units and granite worktops. The dining table seats 10 comfortably, and has an adjacent sideboard.
The Surrounding Estate: The estate borders the country road from Corofin to Kilnaboy, and the house is reached by a kilometre-long avenue which provides splendid views over Lake Inchiquin. Coming up to the house you pass through a double-gate under two old copper beech trees that change colour with the seasons.
The front ground-floor drawing room and dining room look out on to lawn and mature trees. The house is on a working farm, and cattle occasionally graze in the fields adjoining the avenue, being sometimes herded into the extensive woodland at the back.
Surrounding the house there is ‘The Granary’, a storage building and a series of farm outbuildings. There is also a small storage building in the garden that has been converted into a children’s playhouse.
In the woodland behind the House, the Burren’s karst limestone reveals itself, formed by millennia of erosion. A large stone ring-fort over 1000 years old can also be visited on foot, through the moss-covered forest landscape.
Attractions & 6 Day Planner: Sunday
The Burren Centre in Kilfenora
Poulnabrone megalithic tomb
Castle and abbey of Dysert O’Dea
Corofin’s own Genealogical centre in the old Church.
There is also a charming pottery shop adjacent.
Cliffs of Moher.
Ferries to the Aran Islands
Burren Smoke house
Craggaunowen Pre-historic Park
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
Burren Perfumery & tea rooms
Surfing in Lahinch!
Walks in the Burren
Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and we give them new life. Since 1992, we’ve been turning historic buildings into truly special self-catering holiday accommodation. Our properties range from lighthouses and schoolhouses, to castles and gate lodges.
As an educational charity, our primary aim is to conserve and sustain iconic buildings. That’s why Irish Landmark properties are living buildings, not museum settings. Irish Landmark always respects the history and architectural integrity of the structures we conserve, but we also ensure they have all the contemporary comforts you want in a holiday home.
Over the past two decades, we’ve conserved 25 quirky, eccentric, and distinctive buildings across Ireland. Irish Landmark uses only the best artisans, builders and craftspeople, and we give them scope to revive traditional skills that might otherwise be lost.
Conservation projects like ours can lift the morale of communities, and the tourist revenue from Irish Landmark guests brings cash infusions and new energy to these areas. Keeping the buildings truly relevant means offering the romance of a medieval spiral staircase, along with a modern kitchen and a shower that works.
Public and private owners typically agree to let us take properties on 50-year leases that allow us to make them suitable for holiday accommodation. Once a lease expires, the property reverts to the owner.
It might not feel like your holiday is anything but a relaxing indulgence, but when you stay in an Irish Landmark property, you’re part of a community that’s keeping heritage alive.
A perfect home to congregate for a milestone birthday. Elegant yet not fussy, in a beautiful locale. After a week of busy traveling through Europe with our young children, we met up with other family at this home for a week of relaxed sightseeing. Right next to the spectacular Burren with its running and hiking trails and unique geology and ecology, and a stone's throw from history galore. We hired the caterer affiliated with the place for a few special formal dinners, and otherwise enjoyed the kitchen/family room. Lovely bedrooms, property, etc. The local pubs had great music and of course, the Irish are as hospitable and warm as reputed. The property managers, an Irish historic preservation nonprofit, manage properties of all sizes throughout Ireland, including 1 and 2 bedroom lighthouses, gatekeepers cottages, etc., that from the brochures look amazing.
Every once in a while you get the happy chance to have your whole family under one roof to celebrate. My family and I celebrated our Dad's 70th birthday in this most wonderfully warm and welcoming house. We will treasure our stay forever. Inchiquin House was so beautifully prepared. On arrival we were greeted by a beautiful welcome basket generously full of goodies. Our family ranged in age from 1 to 70 and every need was covered from beautiful baby bedding to amazing books and facts for our older family to read in front of the open fire. We will definitely return!
My family had a wonderful week at Inchiquin House. Our 2 families with kids aged 1, 2, 4, and 6 felt so at home! The huge kitchen was great for meals even with all of us attending, and the grounds are like a dream. I have never seen so many stars in my life! Beyond the rear field there is even an ancient mossy forest to explore. The house layout worked well, so each family had their own "wing" but also with many shared spaces. We had a fire most nights, and loved exploring the Burren area during the day. We went on a chocolate hike with Hazel Mountain Chocolates (the best kind of hike really), kayaking on Lake Inchiquin, mountain biking in the Burren National Park, had a day in Galway, wandered through Coole Park, explored ruins, and relaxed at Inchiquin House. It was a trip to remember.
A really lovely home: the renovation kept the historic country charm, but updated kitchen and bathrooms with top-drawer amenities. Our group of 10 stayed for a week and never felt crowded. Our property manager was responsive, helpful, and friendly. The vegetable garden was a particular treat, since our group likes to cook.
I had been a little concerned that we might be "in the middle of nowhere" but nearby Corofin (~2km) is well stocked with groceries, pubs etc. There's plenty to do nearby, such as Burren walks, ancient ruins, live music in Kilfenora. We comfortably did a day trip to Galway City. Even just walking the property grounds is lovely.
My only caveat is that internet access is somewhat slow/spotty, so if you need to work while there, that might be an issue. As a relaxing, restorative vacation spot though, it's really priceless.
The home and grounds are beautifully maintained: the renovation kept the charm, but updated the kitchen and bathrooms to top drawer standards. Our group of ten stayed comfortably for a week without feeling crowded. The property manager was responsive and friendly. Having a vegetable garden was an unexpected treat, since our group likes to cook.
I had been a little concerned that we might be 'in the middle of nowhere', but nearby Corofin is cute with ready access to groceries, pubs etc. There's plenty to do, with hiking/walking in The Burren, Kilfenora, ancient ruins, and live music all nearby. We did a comfortable day trip to Galway city. Just walking the grounds of the property is lovely too.
My only caveat is that internet access is somewhat slow/spotty, so that might be a concern if you need to work while there, but as a vacation retreat, it's not an issue.
I had an absolutely fantastic weekend break at Inchiquin House with a group of friends in November 2010, and can't wait to go back.
The house is stunning, and the attention to detail in the restoration process is evident everywhere, from the antique grandfather clock in the hall, to the grand dining room, to the luxurious drawing room. Each bedroom has it's own individuality, and is comfortably and tastefully decorated without compromising authenticity. The kitchen is the ultimate in modern functionality, and the meal prepared there by the chef for us was absolutely delicious.
A stroll around the grounds has something for everyone - the children's playroom is a special treat. With The Burren on the doorstep, and charming Corofin nearby, the location cannot be faulted. My only regret is that I didn't have more time at Inchiquin House - a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Inchiquin House is situated at the gateway to the famous karst limestone Burren in Co. Clare. It is easily accessible from abroad, being only 30 minutes drive from Shannon International Airport. While the House and Estate is a charming tranquil hideaway, there is simply so much to do and see in the surrounding area. Start simply with the stunning landscape of the Burren National Park, the monumental Cliffs of Moher at the Alantic, or go underground into the Ailwee or Doolin Caves. For those who are actively minded, surf and golf in Lahinch; walk, bike or hike in the National Park and along the breathtaking Atlantic coast, or boat and fish in our own local Lake Inchiquin. Interested in history? Explore the nearby archaeological megalithic tombs, medieval abbeys and castles and cultural parks such as Bunratty. On your way home, drop into Boffey’s pub in Corofin, and sit in front of the open turf fire with your Guinness whilst listening to the jigs and reels of the ‘trad’ musicians.
Golf: Golf and other links
No more than 30 minutes drive from the house there are some of the most famous Irish Links Courses such as Lahinch and Doonbeg. There are many others worth playing too.