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Ireland Self-Catering / Vacation Rental Accommodation - Co. Clare
|County Clare commonly referred
to as simply Clare, is a county of Ireland and part of the wider province
of Munster. Clare is one of the 26 counties within the Republic of Ireland
and it provides a basis for local government, in the form of its own constituency
within the Dáil Éireann.
The county system has existed since
the 16th century; as well as its governmental usage, the counties form
a significant part of local identity and culture within the country. Located
on the west coast of Ireland, Clare is northwest of the River Shannon covering
a total area of 1,215 square miles (3,147 km²). The most populated
town and county seat is Ennis.
During the Early Middle Ages the
area was part of the Kingdom of Connacht ruled by the Uí Fiachrach
Aidhne, until it was annexed to the Kingdom of Munster to be settled by
the Dalcassians in the mid-900s.
|It was renamed Thomond,
meaning North Munster and spawned Brian Boru during this period, perhaps
the most noted High King of Ireland. From 1118 onwards the Kingdom of Thomond
was in place as its own petty kingdom, ruled by the O'Brien Clan.
There was some Norman influence during the 14th century due to battles
with the de Clare's for control. Sovereignty of Thomond was handed over
to the Tudors in 1543 and the area joined the Kingdom of Ireland as a county.
After the kingdom was merged into the United Kingdom, there were wars in
the 20th century which resulted in secession of the Irish Free State. The
conclusion of the pro-treaty, anti-treaty Irish Civil War confirmed its
status - the state became the present republic Ireland in 1937.
County Clare succeeded the district
of Thomond (which was part of Connacht), and when first created it was
sometimes called County Thomond. Its nickname is the Banner County, which
may refer to a former local tradition of carrying banners at political
meetings and public occasions.
Thatch Cottage (Ref: 66544) Self catering cottage in Clare, Ireland
Creag Torthúil is
Irish for Fertile Rock: this stunning cottage located in the heart of the
Burren has beautiful views of the Aran Islands and the Atlantic ocean across
the family alpaca farm. It offers all the comforts of home in an ideal
holiday location. Located along the coast road in the townland of Murrough,
Creag Torthúil is ideally situated for a relaxing break, or an adventurous
change with some Ďalternative stressí. In the heart of the Burren this
beautiful arts and crafts cottage has been updated to include all modern
comfort and convenience without compromising on the traditional beauty
of the building. It was our family home for four generations, and now provides
our guests with a home-from-home luxury and comfort. The cottage sleeps
8 in four double en suite rooms . There are 2 living rooms, a separate
dining room and a large personally designed kitchen complete with electric
Aga for cooking and year round warmth. Set in its own gardens with outside
dining area it adjoins our farm Sleeps 8.
Cashel - The Stables (Ref: 11936) Self catering cottage in Sixmilebridge,
Enjoy luxury self-catering
accommodation in this beautifully restored 18th Century lakeside cottage,
with 4 bedrooms, all en-suite, sleeps up to 9 people. Set in a 38 acre
private landscaped estate with private lake, a Victorian cottage garden
and orchard to explore. Lake boating and fishing are available on site
and complete this idyllic retreat. This self-catering cottage sleeps up
to 9 people and enjoys an excellent location from which to tour the dramatic
west coast of Ireland and visit attractions such as Bunratty Castle, Cragganowen,
Ennis, Limerick and the Burren. The cottage is self-catering and has been
inspected and awarded a 4 Star rating by Failte Ireland. The cottage has
4 bedrooms all en-suite. Two doubles, one double and single and 2 single
bunk beds. Kitchen, Lounge and dining areas are fully equiped, including
free broadband internet access. The Stables has its own private courtyard
and views and direct access to Castle Lake. Sleeps 9.
Cashel Lodge 2 (Ref: 22004) Self catering cottage in Sixmilebridge, Ireland
landscaped estate with Riverside
walk, a Victorian cottage garden and orchard to explore. Lake boating and
fishing are available on site and complete this idyllic retreat.
Each self-catering lodge sleeps 5 people and enjoys an excellent location
from which to tour the dramatic west coast of Ireland and visit attractions
such as Bunratty Castle, Cragganowen, Ennis, Limerick and the Burren. Mount
Cashel Lodges were recently renovated from the original coach house on
the Mount Cashel estate which was built initially in 1850. The lodges are
self-catering and have been inspected and awarded a 4 Star rating by Failte
Ireland, Ireland's Tourist Board. Both lodges are similar in layout, refurbishment
and accommodation.The lodge is approached via a private courtyard. Sleeps
Na Láir House (Ref: 50832) Self catering house in Miltown Malbay,
Pairc Na Láir house
is situated 1½ miles from Miltown Malbay on the Lachinch road. At
the end of a private road it boasts 180degree sea views in a secluded location.
It is a short drive to the nearby blue flag White Strand beach and 10 minutes
from the renowned seaside resort of Lahinch. Lahinch which has long been
known for its famous links golf course is also the premier location for
surfing in the west of Ireland. For the golfers the Greg Norman designed
course at Doonbeg is less than ½ hour drive. White Strand beach
is a favourite amongst locals and a fantastic beach for children. Other
beaches in the area include the well known Spanish Point beach. Take a
drive to see the famous Cliffs of Moher or for an alternative day out catch
a boat from Doolin and view the cliffs from the sea or visit the Aran Islands.
There are many other attractions in the area why not have a look at these
websites for some ideas. Pairc Na Lair house is a modern house with three
bedrooms all Ensuite, a large open plan living area... Sleeps 6.
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