The historic Coach House is nestled in the stunning grounds of Meelick House. Dating from 1790, this beautifully restored building is set in 6 acres of pristine lawns, flower beds, a woodland garden and a walled orchard. Beautifully restored, with exposed stone walls and oak beams. Ideally located for a touring holiday of the West of Ireland, it is 45min drive to Shannon Airport, 45min to The Burren and less than an hour to Galway. This charming Coach House is the perfect location for a family vacation. The rustic feel of exposed stone, oak beams and antique furniture transport you back to a bygone era. Located on the pristine lawns, and magnificent gardens of Meelick House, this is truly a unique property. This part of East Clare is stunningly scenic. Quiet country roads lead to small harbours and lake inlets. A sense of history pervades the area. The landscape and wonderful light have attracted many artists to this part of Ireland. Although a peaceful and tranquil region, it makes an ideal base to visit many of the west of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. The quiet roads and easy access to the lake are ideal for those looking for an activity based vacation. We can provide you with bicycles to cycle on the scenic country roads, or take the Meelick House fishing boat across the lake to Garrykennedy for lunch. Or a boat trip to Holy Island and it's 6th Century monastic settlement. We also have a kayak, which you can take for a leisurely paddle on the lake. It is just a short stroll to the local village of Whitegate, where you can enjoy good local food with a pint of Guinness. The local pubs usually have traditional Irish music at the weekend. There are several golf courses within easy reach, and you can borrow a set of clubs if needed. Or perhaps you would prefer to relax in the spacious living room in the Coach House and watch The Quiet Man, or Ryan's Daughter on the video projection system. As well as a large DVD library, we also have a large selection of music, and a library of books, many of Irish or historic interest.
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Cottage in Whitegate, Clare, Ireland - Superb Historic Coach House and Perfect Base For A Touring Holiday Of The West Of Ireland
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East Clare is an inspirational place to live. The place virtually dictates an interest in art, photography, music and literature. The quiet roads make for idyllic cycling and walking, and the profusion of scenic harbours on Lough Derg are ideal for sailing and boating. The gardens in Meelick are a constant source of pleasure, and the supply of herbs and vegetables is a wonderful resource.
Jim purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Jim chose North Tipperary
Meelick House, the Coach House , Courtyard , and the gardens have been beautifully restored by the current owners. It truly is a hidden gem, nestled in east Clare on the shores of Lough Derg. The area is peaceful and tranquil; the quiet roads are ideal for a short stroll to the lakeshore, cycling on the traffic free scenic roads, or simply relaxing in one of the garden seats in Meelick House gardens. Or perhaps, take the boat across the lake for lunch in Garrykennedy. But it is also the ideal base for a touring holiday of the west of Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Galway and Limerick are all within easy driving distances, and make the perfect daytrip.
What makes this Cottage unique
While Meelick House is a haven of tranquility, it is just a short stroll to the quaint village of Whitegate. Enjoy a pint of Guinness, and some excellent food in a genuinely local pub. Or perhaps enjoy a wonderful salad from the Meelick House vegetable garden in the courtyard. In season enjoy our Elderflower Cordial and Champagne! Or perhaps a drop of our Sloe Gin. Wander through the magnificent gardens, walled orchard, and vegetable garden.
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Our stay in the Meelick House Cottage was like a page out of a storybook. Jim and Annie were wonderful hosts, making sure that all the amenities we required were provided.
The house met all our needs and then some. It took us no time to adjust and settle in.,We ( two couples) were all very comfortable.
It was great being out in the country, however, it had its drawbacks in that we needed to spend more time in the car to see the sights that we had decided were "Must Sees". (This was due more to our lack of familiarity with Ireland and a very ambitious "to do" list.)
We very much appreciated all the local information on what pubs to visit and sights to see that Jim and Annie suggested and recommended.
If, rather WHEN, we return to Ireland we will definitely include the cottage at Meelick House on our itinerary.
Thank you, Jim and Annie, for a great vacation experience.
Lovely accomodations in a beautiful, private setting.
Our hosts were gracious and hospitable. The accommodations were lovely.
We were welcomed by Annie and Jim who were very gracious hosts. Jim had his scrumptious scones and bread waiting for us as well as butter, jam and milk in the fridge.
The property was immaculate and had everything we needed and more.
It was a great central location. Arthur and Bailey, the dogs, were a joy to have around.
It happened to be my husbands birthday and they had a nice get together for him in the wine cellar.
Great experience. We would return in a heartbeat. Jim and Annie go the extra mile.
Nice quite area to relax
Nice quite place to relax.
Simply The Finest Vacation Rental Home Ever
The house is huge, gorgeous and comfortable, the grounds beautiful, and the two doggies (Bailey and Arthur Guinness) lovable and fun, but it is the care and low-key attention to detail (and attention to you!) provided by Jim and Annie that sets this unique property apart from all others. This is REMARKABLE. The fresh eggs, Irish butter, milk, homemade brown bread and scones, lit candles and music playing upon arrival is top notch service that will have you melting into joyous relaxation from the moment you arrive. We've been to the Meelick Coach House twice and we are already planning a 3rd visit for 2018.
Beautifully restored coach house set in picturesque gardens with a view to Lough Derg
Very well appointed, everything you could want, very private, plenty of room to relax. Great shower, even has a full size bath.
Coast/Beach: A stroll of about a mile leads you to Meelick Bay, a shallow inlet on Lough Derg with a small beach, very popular with local families. About 50 miles away, there are magnificent beaches such as Lahinch, Fanore, etc. The large Atlantic waves also make it an ideal surfing area. Travel: Shannon Airport is only 40 miles away, and a pleasant drive through the Clare countryside. Ireland West/Knock Airport is 90 miles, while Dublin Airport is 120 miles. Cork Port is 96mls, while Rosslare Port is 145mls away. Although there is good public transport between the main cities and towns, a car is necessary to get around the west of Ireland. Distances: The local quaint village of Whitegate is less than a mile away. Mountshannon with its marina, sailing club and the ancient monastic settlement of Holy Island is 4 miles away. Portumna, with a marina, Forest Park and Castle is 14 mile trip. While The Burren, Cliffs of Moher,Doolin and Bunratty Castle are a easy day-trip, being within 50 miles. Galway, Limerick and Ennis are 50, 28 and 29 miles respectively. Further Details: Restaurants: The local village of Whitegate has two small grocery shops, a post office and two pubs. One of these pubs, the Half Barrel serves good local food until 8pm everyday. In nearby Mountshannon, The Snug in Mountshannon is a Wine Bar and Pizzeria , and The Hotel also serves food all day. Near Killaloe, The Pipers Inn serves excellent food in a restored pub, and in Killaloe, The Cherry Tree and Goosers offer more upmarket gourmet dining. Le Bouchon Restaurant in Portumna uses local Irish produce to create a modern European cuisine. Shopping: While the local village will supply you with grocery essentials, larger supermarkets are located in Portumna, Scariff and Killaloe, or further afield in Ennis, Limerick or Galway. There is a Farmers Market in Mountshannon every Saturday morning,in Killaloe on Sunday, and Scariff on Fridays. Leisure Activities: In Mountshannon you can take a boat trip to Holy Island, rent a fishing boat or paddle boat. The Sailing Club and marina area around the harbour, also offer fishing and swimming opportunities. In summer there is a lifeguard on duty. There are several Equestrian and Pony Trekking centres in the area, and we have a small pony at Meelick House! For those interested in walking, the area is a walkers paradise. Walking the quiet roads around the Coach House is wonderful, but if you are more interested in off-road, the East Clare Way, a way marked path through the countryside is just a mile away. (maps provided).
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: On confirmation of a booking we require a booking deposit of 25% of the agreed rental. 15 days prior to your arrival date, the remaining 75% is due. We also require payment of a refundable damage deposit of €100. Changeover Day: Our changeover days are flexible. Our usual check-in time is 3pm, and check-out by 11am. Plea contact us if you need flexibility. We will try to accommodate your requirements. Notes on prices: We operate a flexible pricing policy, so please contact us for a detailed quotation. If your group needs more space or beds, we can offer further options in the Coach House. Also, if you just require accommodation for a couple, we can offer a lower cost option.