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Frances Loudon

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport

24 Reviews
Sleeps12
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Overview

County Clare Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8 - 12, 4 bedrooms + convertible bed(s), 2.5 bathrooms

WHEN GUESTS drive down our road and take in the view they all exclaim 'Wow!' When they open the front door the sense of wonder continues as it dawns upon them they will be spending the next week or more in this unique, beautiful home. It’s no surprise our home in Glendree was featured in the UK Sunday Times (June 2014) as one of twelve Irish homes offered for self-catering accommodation which have ‘risen above the identikit Irish cottage”. Travel writer Niall Toner continues “ With more of us choosing to vacation in Ireland over the past few years, the market has demanded higher standards . . . and the supply side has duly responded with luxury-as-standard facilities”. Loudons at Glendree has 'luxury-as-standard' and a whole lot more.

In Glendree we found a peaceful and picturesque location, and working with an existing traditional house and farm buildings we extended and restored to create our dream family home centred around a huge, open-plan room with a grand design - a room in a home full of light and warmth, beauty and comfort, and interesting things reflecting our own interests and travels. 

When we’re home we like to spend some of our time with family and friends – walking, talking, cooking, dining, touring and exploring . . . and at other times quietly reading, listening to music, watching movies. . . and our high quality cook’s kitchen, big tables, wall of books, fireplaces, superior underfloor heating system, wifi internet, ipod docking stations and sofa and reclining chairs in front of the big screen . . . all help make you comfortable and relaxed.

Our home really is the best of the old and the new. A complete renovation of the main house was undertaken in 2008, the conversion and connection of the old dairy in 2009 and, adding charm and character, the original 300 year old cottage stands proudly next to the old piggery and coach house ... unrestored ... our next projects!

The property sits peacefully in idyllic, Irish countryside, halfway up the mountain side of Slieve Aughty and overlooking the valley to the Slieve Bearna mountain range. The view is stunning - green, rolling hills, hedge lined lanes and fields, and old stone walls and cottages – all made for quiet, contemplative walking or if you feel like it - more active hiking, cycling, fishing, biking and exploring. It is all here!

Our home was designed to bring the best of the outside inside. A run of French doors open onto an elegant and large terrace which wraps around the living areas and provides an ideal area to quietly gaze at the view, sit by the firepit or BBQ and entertain. From this terrace you can hear the fall of our stream only 50 yards away, and on a clear night the Milky Way can be viewed arcing across the sky. Our large, south-facing conservatory is full of healthy plants and houses our favorite overstuffed sofa in which to recline with wine or a book, and is also set up for sunny, picturesque dining. Large expanses of double glazing and multiple skylights throughout the house all serve to capture the view, solar heat and light - all bringing the best of the outside inside.

We find many of our guests, despite the best touring plans and our proximity to major tourist attractions, simply relax and stay close, enjoying our home and close environs ...as we do whenever we can.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Frances Loudon (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Frances Loudon

We're the Loudons - Fran, Paul, Bridget and Alex. We're all Australian born but started travelling for work and adventure when the kids were 4 and 7 years old. We've lived in several countries but our ancestory and love of all-things-Irish called us 'home' to settle and raise our children in County Clare. We grew vegetables, played traditional music and bred sheep . . . and the kids fed lambs and forked hay. To support ourselves, Paul commuted to London and I taught in the local secondary school. We made many friends, belonged to a wonderful community and celebrated the beauty of our surroundings on a daily basis. We also renovated and extended our home - a beautiful home to be shared with family and friends and more recently, with guests.

We started holiday renting Glendree when, a few years ago, our nest emptied and Paul and I decided to continue our adventure and have developed projects in South Africa, his in mining and mine in NGO education - interesting times. As we'd hoped in the land of 'saints and scholars', the kids received a wonderful education in Ireland and we are very, very thankful for this. Bridget is now a bright shining and successful young entrepreneur and Alex is in Trinity College in Dublin doing his PhD in Chemistry.

We count our blessings and we come home to Glendree as often as possible and . . . we can never get enough of it!

Frances Loudon purchased this farmhouse in 1997

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fran and Paul,



I wanted to tell you how very much we enjoyed staying in your home. Our children loved adventuring outside and enjoying the sounds and sights. My wifes parents enjoyed the quiet serenity and simply relaxing and reading. It was just more than we had ever even hoped for.



The icing on the cake, so to speak, for us was Bernie and Trix. Trix greeted us with cookies and cream and a very warm heart. Bernie greeted us the same and together they made us feel so welcomed. My wife and our youngest children visited Trix at her home to see her animals one of the afternoons and had the time of our lives. My daughters both rode a horse for the first time and we had the chance to see why Glendree must be so close to your heart. Wonderful people, a wonderful house, and an experience that we will talk about for the rest of our lives.



Thank you again so much!
Sep 2012
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Luxury Country Family Home - Superb Views - 40 mins to Shannon Airport
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 35 reviews
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fabulous, beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

We were 8 adults and the house accommodated us wonderfully. It is contemporary and beautifully designed - my husband and I are both architects and we loved it. It is fully equipped and well located. We would all return in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic! So delighted you loved the house and it worked so well for your group. With thanks, Fran
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Awesome property!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely recommend this house! The description in the listing was extremely accurate. Would certainly suit a large family, the fully equiped kitchen would be a chefs dream. The house was extremely clean and well maintained. We found it a good base to explore the west coast and central Ireland from whilst having some country peace and quiet. Only problem for us was finding the place directions could have been a bit better.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your recommendation and comprehensive review of our holiday house in Glendree. We're always pleased to hear that guests consider the description of our house to be accurate. We certainly try to meet, and hopefully exceed, the expectations of our guests who have entrusted their precious vacation and family time to us. As you suggest, we'll look more carefully at our written directions to the house, and try to make them more user friendly. We appreciate finding your way to the house on the first occasion can be a challenge. In some respects this is also an inevitable part of the charm of being somewhere with loads of 'country peace and quiet' but if we ca make it easier - we will! If any guests are concerned about this, please remember our House Manager, Bernie, is very happy to meet you in the village of Tulla, 4.5 kms from the house, when you arrive and guide you to the house. With thanks, Fran
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The tranquility

  • 4 of 5

We had a lot of fun to stay in the home of Fran . Thank Bernie always available. The house is quiet, it is very well organized and practical. Although localized starting making visits during the day. Feel free to rent .

  • Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review and yes, it is very tranquil and at the same time, a fun house to be in!
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Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We are back after spending some fantastic days at your house.The whole family enjoyed our stay with no rain at all !!!

We wanted to say thank you for Bernie’s amiability and also for all the comfort of the house. It has all you can need for some great family vacation !!! If we go back to Ireland we will let you know!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review and we're delighted your whole family had a great time. The house really is at it's best when it's full of a family or bunch of friends. One of the things that makes this house so unique though . . . is that it works well in all weather . . . always an important consideration in Ireland. There's so much light and warmth and so many large and small places for everyone to share their time together or to find a peaceful private place. Warm regards, Fran
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5

Absolutely Amazing!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a way to feel at home when your not at home!

Our entire family of 14 fit very comfortably in this lovely home. Everything we needed was available to us and more, from a kitchen well stocked with pots pans etc, to games and activities outdoors. We were even able to buy fresh milk, cheese, eggs and organic vegetables from the neighbor down the road. The beds are so comfortable. It made me want to upgrade when we got home. And Bernie was the best caretaker and host we have ever had!

We can not hardly wait to return again. It was too short even though we were there for a month. Not many could accommodate for this length of time but Fran was so helpful and willing to welcome us to their own home with all of its special touch they have added. We have truely been blessed!!We love this place and the people!

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
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Owner's Response: Katrina, thanks so much for your kind words. We're so happy you and your family enjoyed your time our home and embraced all Glendree has to offer. It really is a magical place. We're now home for Christmas and have such a lovely sense of you all having been here before us . . . 'warming it up' for us. Wishing you and your lovely family all the best for 2016. Fran & Paul
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ONLY A WORD : PERFECT

  • 5 of 5

It's been a fantastic week in a the most beautiful place we've ever been.

In Glendree you aren't in a guest house, you are simply at home!!

It has everything you need to feel like at home, as well as nice people to welcome you.

Of course, I have already recommend it to all my friends, and I hope to go back in a future.

I only have a word for it: PERFECT.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow - thanks so much M for your review. I've also cut and paste a few words below from an email you kindly sent me which I really valued: "We've been travelling all around Europe for the last 10 years and always in rental houses, but none of them like yours, believe me !!!" I'll be going there next week with a group of friends, and like your group, all of us are 50 plus (haha!) and very well travelled, and I CAN"T WAIT to share Glendree with them. Please do come back. Warm regards, Fran
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Map

Nearest Airport
37 Kilometres
Shannon Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Pepper's Pub, Feakle
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
East Clare Golf Club, Tuamgraney
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Ennis Station
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Let Italian chef Rico come to you in Glendree
Nearest Beach
48 Kilometres
Lahinch Beach
Car: necessary

The property sits peacefully in the heartland of traditional Irish Music on 20 acres of idyllic, Irish countryside. The view is stunning - green, rolling hills, hedge-lined lanes and fields, and old stone walls and cottages – all made for quiet, contemplative walking or if you feel like it - more active hiking, cycling, golfing, fishing and exploring. It is all here! Go touring or walking, absorbing the past or nature's best, then find a cosy local pub, order yourself a pint of the black stuff and soak up the atmosphere of a traditional Irish music session!

We are on the mountainside between two villages in East Clare and less than 10 minutes to . . .

FEAKLE VILLAGE, home of the famous FEAKLE FESTIVAL held each year, you'll find Peppers Pub with traditional Irish music sessions every Wednesday and Sunday nights, and Shorts (Lena's) Bar with the longest running session in Ireland – every Thursday night for 37 years - great craic!

TULLA VILLAGE, home of the famous Tulla Ceili Band where you'll also find a well-stocked supermarket with fresh crusty bread baked throughout the day and a decent selection of wines, Flappers award winning restaurant, your choice of half a dozen traditional Irish pubs, an ATM and bank and a Saturday morning Farmers Market in the old Courthouse.

EAST CLARE WAY scenic walk, a 172 km loop through forests, bogs and magnificent scenery

FISHING in Loughs Ea, Roslara, Clondanagh, Clondorney & Bridget just to name a few

20 minutes to . . .

KNAPPOGUE CASTLE: built in 1467, it's a magnificent example of a medieval tower house and has long been the seat of the MacNamara clan.

CRAGGAUNOWEN ARCHEOLOGICAL Park & Museum: Situated on 50 acres of wooded grounds, the park interprets Ireland's pre-historic and early Christian eras and features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago.

ENNIS Town: A picturesque, narrow-streeted, historic market town. “As the capital of a renowned music county, Ennis is bursting at the seams with pubs featuring live sessions almost every night of the week. In fact “it's one of the best reasons to stay here” Lonely Planet (10th Edition 2012).

Clare EQUESTRIAN Centre: at Clare Equestrian Centre they provide the quintessential experience of horse riding in Ireland and cater for all levels and disciplines.

QUIN ABBEY: A 14th century Franciscan abbey. From the top of the tower, visitors can take in stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

EAST CLARE GOLF COURSE: A championship course set in 150 acres of unspoilt, rolling, quiet countryside with majestic views of East Clare.

30 minutes to . . .

BUNRATTY CASTLE & FOLK PARK: long been one of Ireland's top 10 visitor attractions. The Norman castle is the only of its kind in Ireland to be restored to its true former glory. Also offers evening entertainments: such as the Medieval Banquet and the Traditional Irish Night held in the converted Corn Barn in the Folk Park.

LOUGH DERG, for Holy Island visits, a peaceful picnic by the banks, a looped walk around the lake or a river cruise

40 minutes to . . .

KIILLALOE on the Shannon: on the Clare side of the river, is made up of charming narrow streets, a 13th century cathedral, home to Brian Boru, the High King who united Ireland against the Vikings

SHANNON International Airport

LIMERICK City and 800 year old KING JOHNS CASTLE: Explore 800 years of history brought to life in the imaginative historical exhibition, excavated pre-Norman houses, fortifications, siege mines, and the battlement walks.

Corofin Heritage & Professional GENEAOLOGY RESEARCH CENTRE where you can trace your ancestory

60 minutes to . . .

The BURREN & the CLIFFS of MOHER, two of Ireland's most famous landmarks and landscapes.

POULNABRONE DOLMEN (Portal Tomb): A prehistoric portal tomb, dating between 4200BC and 2900BC in the Burren.

LAHINCH Golf Club or surfing

GALWAY City: a thriving, bohemian, cultural city with labyrinthine cobbled streets, colourful shop facades and busy café & bar culture and the renowned Festival Capital of Ireland.

Important note: if you want to eat very well and not leave the house at all, we find a combination of Tesco online delivery service for everyday food, and visits to the house by Italian chef Enrico, suits us very well. Enrico will come to house and entertain you with his flamboyant style of authentic Italian cooking. As he says . . . 'like Mama does!' Ask us for menus or special requests.

When you stay in Glendree - you can do a lot - or you can do nothing at all!

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Rates & Availability

County Clare Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
Jun 1 2016 - Aug 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,620
$4,859
 
 
Fall 2016
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,340
$4,021
 
 
Winter
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,117
$3,351
 
 
Spring 2017
Mar 4 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,340
$4,021
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,620
$4,859
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,340
$4,021
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,340
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

County Clare Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 300 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Luxury
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ensuite to main BR
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • The bathrooms are beautifully finished with natural stone and chrome fittings with large shower heads. The showers enclosures are spacious, walk-in, wet rooms. The bath in the main bathroom is deep and double ended and a gorgeous place to relax - light a few candles, pour a glass of wine and just soak in the bubbles.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Farm building conversion connected to main house
  • Additional sleeping options - all good quality and very comfortable 1 day bed in the office gym area. 4 good quality single mattresses suitable for additional children for use directly on the floor
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Mobility & Access: This is a single story property suitable for guests with mobility challenges - however there is a step at the front door and back door, and into the barn studio conversion, and our internal doors are not wide enough for wheel chairs. Firewood: We provide a starter kit of firewood for your arrival and then wood may be purchased in the local village or delivery arranged. Other Services: Experienced professional masseurs, personal trainers, chef, housekeeper and driver services available. Babysitting: Trusted, experienced babysitters also available.

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