Welcome to County Clare, home of traditional Irish music. Situated on a private road, with 4 acres of land surrounded by a stream, this spacious farmhouse, with central heating throughout, is secluded and private. Switch of your phone & unwind in peace and quiet, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Excellent fishing with boat hire if required. Horse riding on site. 12 miles from Shannon airport.
Originally a single story thatched cottage, dating from before 1845 , it was believed to have been burnt to the ground in 1921 by the Black and Tans as a response to the Gleenwood ambush in Belvoir, during the war for independence. When it was rebuilt, using the original walls, they added on a second story. Surrounded by mature trees, it's ideal for large families or groups, especially for those that like to cook and entertain, with its large modern kitchen and 10 seater dining room added in 2015. For those of you who really want to escape the hustle and bustle of modern living, it's perfect. Read, paint, or just sit and listen to the birds. There are no street lights and no traffic (occasionally one car or tractor may pass, but not every day!), at night, all you can hear is silence. Thanks to central heating in every room and underfloor heating, it is cosy and warm in winter, with 4ft thick walls in the old part of the house, it is nice and cool in the summer. Bring wellingtons or sturdy shoes, there are some spectacular walks. It's a beautiful, quiet, truly wild place, come and see. Don't worry about minor dents or scratches, it already has a few, you can relax!
Completely open plan downstairs, with four areas to enjoy, two old and two new.
Kitchen (4m x 11m) Tiled floor.
Smeg dual fuel range cooker, 7 ring gas hob with two electric ovens and a grill.
Fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, waste disposal unit and utilty room with downstairs toilet. Underfloor heating. A great place to hang out and cook.
Dining room ( 6m x5m)
Large dining table, seats 10. Oak panelled gable end with tinted double glazed glass overlooking 1.5 acre field . Double doors opening to the outside patio. Wooden floors with underfloor heating. Ideal for those large dinners with friends and family.
The old original building:
The old dining room (4mx4m) wooden floors and ceiling, with original large walk in fire place that now shows off our carbon neutral wood pellet stove, the heart of the heating system, providing all the hot water and heating for the whole house. Stairs to the three double bedrooms upstairs. Large double radiator.
The old living room (4mx5m)
Wooden floors and ceiling, large goose down sofa (2.5m), valve amp and speakers, open fireplace with backboiler. large double radiator and a flatscreen T.V. Sash windows and stone walls that are 4ft thick, this is the oldest part of the house.
The stairs go up to an open landing with original pine floorboards, leading to:
The master bedroom, added in 2015, has a full ensuite, comprising a roll top victorian bath and separate shower with underfloor heating, a large Velux window with a blackout blind. There is radiator in the bedroom, a kingsize bed and a chest of draws. Views out over the fields through floor lenghth windows with curtains, a large Velux window with a black out blind. Situated above the new dining room, a wooden floor for warmth, is laid over concrete base that keeps the noise out.
The second bedroom in the old part of the house, this is the smallest bedroom, cosy as the estate agents would say, with original pine floorboards, a double bed, chest of draws and a large velux roof light with blackout blinds.
The third bedroom is a large room in the old part of the house, with original pine floorboards, a double bed, a chest of draws and the option of camp beds if needed. We have two camp beds available, with sleeping bags, more can be arranged if needed. Large velux window and gable end windows both with blackout blinds
Acesso de hóspedes
You will have access to the whole house and back garden/field. The back garden is totally fenced in and lockable, the kids can camp out if they want and it's ok to light a fire in the garden. We keep horses, three dogs and a cat, none of which can get in to the back garden or the house, although the cat might sneak in! If you're lucky, the chickens and ducks are probably laying, collect your own fresh, free range eggs for breakfast. Check in is not set in stone, let us know if you are arriving early or late.
Interação com hóspedes
We have a lovely log cabin to live in while you enjoy your stay, a couple of hundred yards away, it doesn't over look the main house so your privacy is assured . We are available and willing to help with anything during your stay. If you need anything at all, just call over or ring . We won't bother you at all.
Outras coisas a ter em conta
This house is over 170 years old, it's our own home that we rent out to make a little extra income and meet interesting people. It is not 5 star, it's nice, it's clean, but it is not perfect. We don't have polished shiny floors and matching colour schemes. On the other hand, after a sumptuous meal and a bottle of wine, you don't have to go outside to smoke while you sip your Jameson's. Sit by the log fire, on the goose down sofa, and let your dinner digest. If you do spill your drink, we won't sue! Likewise, there is nothing for the kids to break, so you can relax! What you will get, is to stay in one of the most enchanting places in Ireland.
The private road down to the house has a hard surface but is not tarmac. It's a little rough, with some shallow potholes. I have had several low sports cars that can drive down it without any problems. It really is fine, i just felt it should be mentioned.
We will provide the basics, there will be some food in the cupboards, milk in the fridge, fruit, veg, rice, pasta etc. Various teas and coffee. Please do a shop on your way to the house if you can, the nearest good supermarket is in Shannon or Ennis, they close at 10pm. Local shops sell the basics. Please replace any food you use if possible. We won't hunt you down for a tin of beans! The nearest off-licence / liquor store is 6 miles away in Sixmilebridge.
Fuel is provided for the central heating and the fire place. You are welcome to split your own logs should you need the excercise.
Doon lake is half a mile away, with some of the best coarse fishing in Ireland. A boat is availble for hire ( please give advanced noticed as it is not stored at the house ). The villages of Tulla, Broadford & Feakle are surrounded by some 30 to 40 lakes collectively referred to as the East Clare Lakelands. Doon Lake is one of the prime fisheries in the East Clare Lakelands. Predominant species are Roach, medium sized Bream, Hybrids, Perch, some Tench and Rudd. The lake is divided into two parts and is joined in the centre by a smaller pond which holds specimen sized Tench but can only be fished by boat.
Doon lake is a noted Pike Fishery and has produced some fine quality Pike over recent years. For best results a boat is essential.
Horse riding, or if you're feeling brave, a sulky ride, can be arranged. Prices on request.
There is a good selection of board games availble.
The house is damp free, well ventilated and will be thoroughly cleaned before you arrive. Once we know you are coming, we'll fire up the cental heating, stick on the underfloor heating and light the fire to ensure you have gallons of hot water and you get a trully warm welcome.
- Shoes off inside please.
- Suitable for small kids under constant supervision only. There is a stream nearby and animals ,an open fire and trip hazards ( steps ).
- Strictly no smoking upstairs.
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My partner Arlene and i have been together for 11 years. I have worked offshore in Oil and Gas Exploration for the last 27 years. I have travelled the world over and love experiencing different cultures. Arlene volunteers for the Clare women's network, advocating for women's rights in Ireland. We live on a small holding of 4 acres, with a few horses, dogs, a cat, chickens and ducks. We welcome people from all walks of life, and all walks of lifestyle. We are foster parents to one girl, now grown up and i have a 15 year old son. I ride a couple of old british motorcycles from the 40's and 50's and have a couple of old classic cars. We like dining out, holidaying in France, and walks in the area. Most of all, we enjoy just being at home in our very quiet and peaceful home. Every day we wake up at home,we realise just how lucky we are. We are very easy going, we don't do stress. Motto: If their is nothing you can do about it, don't worry. If there is something you can do about it, either do it, or don't worry!