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Superb Historic Coach House On 6 Acre Gardens: Dream Location In Hidden Ireland

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage in Whitegate, Clare, Ireland - Superb Historic Coach House and Perfect Base For A Touring Holiday Of The West Of Ireland

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.

More Details

Owner
Jim
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About Jim

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 County 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I could not have asked for a more wonderful experience. Jim was an exceptional host, extremely hospitable and accommodating. The welcome goodies were a lovely extra and enjoyed immensely by all. The coach house is charming and equipped with all that we needed. The property and the grounds beautiful. None of us wanted to leave. We appreciated Jim's warm welcome and he was beyond helpful. I would unreservedly recommend this property.......... Larinda, Wanniassa, Australia. Jan, 2015.



I cannot say enough nice words about Jim and Annie!! They were the perfect hosts and made our christmas stay at the Coach House one we will never forget. They went above and beyond to make our stay memorable. The Coach House was cosy, warm and very spacious. It was stocked with everything you could possible need, even hot water bottles. It is the perfect place to relax and do nothing or alternatively there is plenty to see and do -Limerick and Galway are a 45 minute drive away. We even stayed an extra night as we did not want to leave. I cannot recommend staying here highly enough........ Laura, Melbourne, Australia. Dec, 2014.



This is a stunning place to stay in every respect. The location and grounds are superbly kept with beautiful views with very welcoming Hosts Jim and Anne who made sure we were settled in (even leaving treats for our dog Griffon:) but also allowed us our privacy. The house is very luxurious with beautiful well thought out restoration ensuring comfort & warmth with tons of space, impeccably kept and clean, the photos don't do this place justice. We would stay here again in a heartbeat..... Mars, Cork, Ireland.. Jan, 2015.
Feb 2015
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Amenities

North Tipperary Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • There are 2 en-suite bathrooms; one with shower, the other with bath/shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has two single beds. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and a single bed. Both have en-suite bathrooms. One of the sofas in the living room is also a double sofa-bed. For larger groups, there is an option of a further double bedroom with bathroom.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: This charming Coach House is the perfect location for a family vacation. The rustic feel of exposed stone, oak beams and antique furniture transports you back to a bygone era. Capable of sleeping up to 7, we can also offer a further double en-suite bedroom and extra living space for a larger group. . Surrounded by extensive gardens and woodland, this is a tranquil haven to relax and unwind. Our atmospheric period residence is the ideal tranquil country retreat. It provides the perfect getaway to a timeless restful space. This historic property, surrounded by acres of wonderful gardens, is also the perfect base for a touring holiday of the west of Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Bunratty, and Galway are within striking distance. Outside: The 6 acre grounds of Meelick House provide a stunning setting for the Coach House. The strategically positioned garden seats are the ideal spot to read, or just take in the views of Lough Derg and the Tipperary hills across the lake. The stunning Courtyard is a lovely setting for a coffee on a summer's morning, or enjoy a barbeque al fresco. In Spring the avenue leading to Meelick House is lined with Bluebells, Daffodils and Wild Garlic. The Woodland Garden also comes to life is a sea of colour. In summer the gardens are stunning, with hundreds of flowers and shrubs, and lots of roses clambering up the stone walls. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Our sheets are finest Egyptian cotton, and changed weekly, or as required. White cotton towels are also provided and changed every 3 days, or as required. The property is cleaned on a weekly basis. Other: The upstairs living room is an ideal chill out zone. Two large sofas, armchairs, a writing desk, reading lamps and a large library of books are perfect for the reader. Satellite TV,music system, DVD library, games, and a video projection system!

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

Superb Historic Coach House On 6 Acre Gardens: Dream Location In Hidden Ireland
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 24 reviews
5

Charming, quiet, secluded, the perfect getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at the Coach House, it's very charming, just like the pictures show. Jim and Annie were great hosts, very friendly, responsive and very helpful with information while we stayed there. It's a quiet cottage Tucktaway in the countryside away from it all :-) We are dog lovers, so we also enjoyed their two dogs, our boys enjoyed playing with them :)

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Serene and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Meelick house was the perfect choice for us for our week in Ireland. It was centrally located for seeing all the wonderful sights in South Western Ireland. The house was clean, comfortable, and plenty of room for us and the other couple we were traveling with. Having two bathrooms and two living areas was also very nice and allowed us to have our own space when we needed it. The best part of our stay though was the hospitality shown us by the owner and caretakers of the property. Our stay in Ireland and at Meelick house was truly a memorable experience.

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Perfection in County Clare

  • 5 of 5

The Coach House was a wonderful location from which to explore the west of Ireland. Honestly it was difficult to leave because the grounds and coach house were so beautiful! Jim and Annie were gracious hosts providing us with soda bread, scones and coffee to get us started. We were able to do day trips to Galway, Ring of Kerry, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands easily enough from this location. We only wish we had more time to explore the beautiful area around Whitegate and Lough Derg. The Coach House is truly a gem of a place and exactly what we were hoping it would be.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Couldn't have asked for more.

  • 5 of 5

Arrived at this beautiful, historic estate with the dogs greeting us in the driveway and home made scones and bread awaiting us in our excellently remodeled carriage house. Jim and Annie made our stay just awesome. This is a two level home away from home that has all the amenities you will need to make your stay the best you could possibly ask for. They have thought of everything. Why would you ever want to stay in a hotel given the choice? Our only regret was having to leave so soon. If you are lucky enough to get to stay here, cherish the old world charm of a 18th century estate and the relaxing getaway from the fast paced world.

There is a small store and The Half Barrel pub a mile or so up the road. We had to try the shepherds pie and a pint of Guinness. Not a lot of things to do for small rowdy children in the area. Maybe a hotel with a pool would be better for your kids if they get bored easily. I would recommend this home to anyone that can enjoy peace and beauty of a country estate. We had a lot of hotel and apartment options when we were looking for a place to stay in Ireland. We definitely made the right choice. Thank you Annie and Jim for making our stay one to remember.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Pictures don't do it justice

  • 5 of 5

The Coach House is more beautiful than the pictures and our host and hostess were very helpful, friendly and went above and beyond our expectations. We wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

This place is so beautiful and well cared for!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend that anyone stay here. It is on a beautiful piece of property and the coach house is stunning! Loved the separate bedrooms on different floors for privacy and the place was immaculate. The caregivers of the home were so kind and had homemade scones, butter, and jelly waiting for our arrival. If you want a country place with beautiful views, please stay here...you will not be disappointed!

Patty and Debbie

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Map

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).

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Rates & Availability

North Tipperary Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer Peak
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 1 2017
5 night minimum stay
$158
$1,008
$3,268
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$136
$866
$3,263
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $43.58
Refundable damage deposit $108.95

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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