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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


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.

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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

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 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.

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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North Tipperary Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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 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!


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Superb Historic Coach House On 6 Acre Gardens: Dream Location In Hidden Ireland
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Simply The Finest Vacation Rental Home Ever

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully restored coach house set in picturesque gardens with a view to Lough Derg

  • 5 of 5

Very well appointed, everything you could want, very private, plenty of room to relax. Great shower, even has a full size bath.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta

Stunning peaceful property!

  • 5 of 5

Our hosts Annie and Jim are fabulous! The welcome soda bread, scones, etc were much appreciated. The coach house was exactly as shown and we could not have asked for any better. The 2 dogs are a treat and we did see 2 deer on the property. We spent 3 nights and found this was a very good base to visit surrounding area. Jim was excellent with suggestions. Linnanes Seafood Bar was excellent and we recommend as well! We definitely did not stay long enough and look forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Monmouth IL USA

How could you not like this awesome VRBO!

  • 5 of 5

It was so hard to leave and wished we'd had more time here! Jim is so helpful and made us feel right at home. The bread he makes is to die for...wish I had some right now! Thanks for everything Jim! My cousin Carol wanted us to just leave her there!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love it!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful spot to stay. It was comfortable and a great spot to jump off to great adventures! The cottage is huge! The landscaping, lush lawn and just the magnitude and privacy was amazing! It was just like a picture out of a story book. Jim and Ann were great hosts, very kind, generous and helpful. They welcomed us baked bread, scones and butter, and a bottle of homemade wine when we arrived. We really enjoyed their dog too. Just a lovely place that you are sure to love too.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

The house was charming, the grounds were beautiful and the hosts were very welcoming. The kids loved the space, dogs and chickens. While we found the location a little bit far from many of the more famous Irish attractions we enjoyed discovering the area around Lough Derg and some lesser known villages and attractions. The maze at Mountshannon was a favourite for our whole family. It was the perfect spot for a quiet few days, which was exactly what we were looking for.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Car: recommended


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.


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.


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).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $49.22
Refundable damage deposit $123.06

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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