About the property
Inchiquin House is an elegant period home in County Clare, romantically tucked away in the west of Ireland not far from the Wild Atlantic Way. It is the perfect base from which to explore the unique Burren landscape and all of the wonderful attractions of County Clare. Staying at Inchiquin is a pure delight. It has comfortable beds in spacious rooms, all beautifully appointed. A cosy living room to gather in, a formal dining room for dinner (it is possible to book a local chef to do the cooking!). It also has a fully modern kitchen with large french doors leading out to a wonderful patio area and garden.
We think you’ll love
- Stargazing at night where the skys are oh so clear.
- Dining al fresco on the patio.
- The peace and quiet of this wonderful location.
- Lighting a roaring fire and curling up in wintertime.
- It is possible to book a chef to do the cooking at Inchiquin, so you can have a truly relaxing break.
- 3 Double Bedrooms
- 2 Twin Rooms
- Oil-Fired Central Heating
- Open Fire in Living Room
- Large Professionally Equipped Kitchen with Oven, Gas Hob, and Range
- Dish Washer
- Washing Machine
- Fridge and Freezer
- Towels and Linens Provided
- Travel cot/crib for infants (under 2 years), on request
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
- Cooking Utensils and Equipment
- 4 Bathrooms
- Drawing Room
- Formal Dining Room
- Garden and Patio with Garden Furniture
- Car Parking
- 1 dog permitted
Things you should know
This property is suitable for the Assisted Disabled.
Inchiquin House is located on a working farm so please ensure to drive with care and keep gates closed.
There are two speed ramps on the avenue approaching this property so guests are asked to please drive with care.
From 1st June to 2nd September 2023, the minimum stay is 6 nights, with arrivals on a Saturday and departure on a Friday only.
Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures. It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay.
The name Inchiquin comes from an island (Inis in Irish) of the O’Quin family, one of whom was killed at the battle of of Clontarf with Brian Boru in 1014. The house itself is thought to have been built around 1800 (some say even earlier), and is marked as ‘Inchiquin Cottage’ in the first edition of the Ordnance Survey map of around 1840. At that stage, the line of out-houses to the north of the house originally turned briefly southwards, but no trace of that remains overground. The two story building on a raised platform overlooking the house was constructed as a granary (with outside stairs on the west wall). The back part of the house, including the present kitchen and back bedrooms is a later addition, the date of which is unknown.
The name of the builder of the original house is not recorded – but the Owens family were among the owners in the middle of the nineteen century, though the links with the famous Chevalier O’Gorman rest on shaky foundations. Subsequently, Cahirs, Bloods, Markahans and McGann – some of which are still resident in the locality – were in possession until the house was bought around 1910 by Col. John Macnamara, who had come from having served as a doctor in the Indian Medical Corps and whose family were doctors in and for Corofin from 1836 to 2006. He himself never lived in the house, renting it out in turn to his brother-in-law, Walter Perman (an Englishman whose car was taken by the IRA during the Civil War and who returned to his native country because he feared for his life was in danger) and Turlough O’Bryen, a famous bee-keeper who cycled around Ireland teaching people about bees, and who kept hives in the field in front of the house.
After the setting up of the State in 1922, the Land Commission set to work to divide up the larger country estates in order to give holdings to poorer farmers. Col. John Macnamara's holding reached down to the lake, but all his land between lake and road were taken away, as was land to the village side of the property in return for Land Bonds which turned out to have little or no value. What was left was about 40 acres of arable land and 65 of scrub and woodland which still belongs to the house, now reachable by an avenue about half a mile long.
When Col. Macnamara died in 1932 he left the house and remaining land to his wife of twelve years, Gertrude Macnamara (neé McDermot) whose father had been a doctor in County Roscommon. She continued to farm (partially with the help of her nephew Desmond McSherry, whose name is fondly remembered in the area) and on her death in 1967, she bequeathed it to her niece (Desmond’s sister) Sheelagh, who had been as good as a daughter to the childless couple. Sheelagh was married to James Austin Harbison, Medical Officor at first of Co Kildare, then for County Dublin and finally for Dublin City. He died a year after Gertrude Macnamara. Sheelagh Harbison owned the house until her death in 2012 at the great age of 98. Austin and Sheelagh’s sons are Dr. John Harbison, formerly the State Pathologist (1974-2002) and Dr. Peter Harbison, archeologist and art-historian. Peter is now the owner of Inchiquin House and his sons John, Maurice and Ronan have taken responsibility for Inchiquin’s future.
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at email@example.com.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.00p.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Can I book for just one night?
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Please note that at Inchiquin House, from 29th April to 29th September 2023, the minimum stay is 6 nights, with arrivals on a Saturday and departure on a Friday only. Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a TV?
Yes, there is a TV at this property.
Is there WiFi?
Yes we have WIFI. Coverage for both WiFi and mobile phone coverage is best at the front of the house due to it's remote location
Can I bring a dog?
Yes. Check the Irish Landmark T&Cs re bringing dogs to Irish Landmark properties. This property is only suitable for one dog.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Yes – There is an open fire in the downstairs drawing room
Can I light a fire?
Fires can be lit in the drawing room and dining room. There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay. Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.
Do you supply fuel for the fire?
Irish Landmark Trust supply enough fuel for one night only. Guests will be advised where to purchase fuel for the fire locally.
Do I need a car to get here?
It would be preferable to have a car as otherwise it will be difficult to get to shops, etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
Corofin Village – 2 Kilometres
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
As Irish Landmark Trust properties are self-catering we do not provide a catering service. Should you chose to dine in at Inchiquin House and would like a very special treat we can forward details of a local so you can contact them directly. Irish Landmark Trust do not enter into this arrangement. All correspondences and agreements must be contracted between Chef and Guest directly. Irish Landmark Trust accepts no liability for any agreement entered into between the Hirer and Catering Service for catering at Inchiquin House.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes, this is a suitable family property.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
There is 1 Bathroom & Bedroom on the ground floor that is suitable for the Assisted Disabled.
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Yes. On the ground floor there is a large wheelchair-accessible rest-room with its own wet-room power-shower especially designed for guests with disabilities. “The Liscanor” bedroom is comfortable and suitable for the assisted disabled.
Is there central heating?
Is the cooker electric or gas?
Cooker has gas hob with 2 electric ovens. There is also an Aga.
Is there a shower?
Yes – downstairs shower room
How many bathrooms?
4 bathrooms - 2 of which are en-suite
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Where is the nearest train station?
Ennis – 14 kilometres
What type of heating is in the house?
Central Heating & Open Fires Downstairs
Is there a garden at the house?
Yes. There is a lawned area around the house.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
Limited to 3 cars
Is there parking on site?
Is there outdoor furniture?
HOW TO BOOK AN IRISH LANDMARK HOLIDAY :
It is possible to reserve dates online at www.irishlandmark.com but bookings are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from the bookings desk.
Your booking must be for holiday purposes only. Irish Landmark reserve the right to refuse hire for purposes other than holiday accommodation. When you make a booking, you accept full responsibility for all persons who will use or visit the property during the period booked. When you book, you agree to indemnify us against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any person accompanying you.
CONTRACT OF HIRE:
The hiring contract shall be between the Hirer and Irish Landmark and made subject to these Booking Conditions . The Contract of Hire is not effective until Irish Landmark dispatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
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Great Weekend with old friends
“Could not have been better for a chill weekend in the heart of the country & beside the Wonderous Burren, Anne gave us a lovely welcome & topped that off with fab scones , We even managed to get a photo of our Non Paying Guest ( The Pinemartin) without disturbing him and if you are an early riser , put the boots on and take a strole in the field at the Patio and look at the Rabbits raise their curios heads at you , its a trull lovely spot & to be honest a bit of a find that I dont like sharing with too Many . Well Done Irish Land mark Trust
Like coming home again ( if I had notions!)
“Fabulous stay again in Inchiquin House. Anne always has the house in perfect condition and is so welcoming and friendly. It is extremely well equipped, so much so that, if we are there in the winter we may not leave the house for the duration of out stay! We have been going there since 2015 and it is such a great location for us, as we are spread throughout the country. I highly recommend it”
Anne Foley is the House Manger at Inchiquin. Anne loves to meet guests and tell them about the best things to do in the local area.