Quin Historic Castle Keep & Coach House, County Clare, Ireland

Historic Irish castle keep tower and coach house, graciously restored, featuring authentic period details mixed with luxury holiday amenities - a perfect blend of history and modern comfort.

Restored medieval castle in Ireland for self-catering hire.

Quin Castle Keep Dining Room
Modern conveniences in restored historic castle rental.
Unsupported spiral staircase column curving up the center of the castle.
4-poster bed in the mater bedroom of this fantastic Irish luxury castle rental.
Soaking tub and shower stall in full bathroom at Quin historic castle.
sweet window spot carved out of the thick stone walls of the medieval castle for rent in Ireland
Lots of seating, lots of light, lots to see from this large open great room in 15th century restored Irish castle tower.
Gorgeous rolling views from the castle turret.
Bedrooms: 4 – 7+ study
Bathrooms: 2 – 5 + powder room
Accommodates: 8 – 20
Daily/Weekly Rates: € 1000 – € 1500 / € 3900 - € 5500 (plus VAT)
Heat & Electricity: Additional, charged at cost by meter reading
Security Deposit: € 500 due on arrival


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Castle Amenities Include:

Authentic historical castle tower details, spacious lush grounds
Unique medieval stone walled rooms and antique furnishings
Informal eat-in kitchen and large formal dining room
Large great room with musicians gallery & 20-mile views
Two Refrigerators, Microwave, Dishwasher, Washer/Dryer
Accommodates up to 10 guests in 4 bedrooms

Coach House Amenities Include:

Large open floor plan, flexible for groups of all sizes
Sun-filled conservatory adjacent to informal kitchen & separate dining room
Comfortable, spacious bedrooms enjoying good privacy on the upper floor
Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave,Washer & Dryer
Accommodates up to 12 guests in 3 bedrooms (plus study with fold-out sofa)

Castle Keep Property Description:

This beautifully restored 15th century Irish castle tower sits on a piece of gorgeous green property lined with original stone walls and overlooking the Shannon Estuary. The castle tower is quite vertical, with terraced rooms spiraling around a central staircase at different levels. The thick walls of stone and many period details make you feel like you are stepping back in time from the moment you enter the door.

Rich colors, comfortable furniture, tasteful decoration and subtly appointed modern conveniences, coupled with the lovely views and terrific proximity to the large 19th century restored Coach House on the grounds makes this a grand holiday location for parties of all sizes. This small and private estate is a perfect spot for weddings, celebrations or casual reunions, with a central location in Ireland’s west, that makes it an excellent choice for touring Clare, Galway, and Limerick, as well as the rolling hills of nearby interior Irish counties.

Castle – Ground Floor: Kitchen & Dining Room

Enter the castle through either to main entrance to the dining room or the casual entry door into the kitchen (which is the only room not original to the tower, though you can’t tell by looking at it as it has been seamlessly integrated into the look and feel of the castle). The ground floor features both the spacious and casual eat-in kitchen, as well as the large formal dining room and a guest powder room.

The kitchen, with high wooden beamed ceilings, dark wood gothic arch cabinet fronts, local granite counter tops, two refrigerators, dishwasher, washer/dryer and a stove, also houses a large casual table that seats 8. In the corner is a stone fireplace, perfect for morning meals by the fireside. When we visited there was a rocking chair by the fireplace that called out a little siren song of “Baily’s Irish Cream in coffee and a book! Come, sit down, rock, go no further, you’ll be very happy here!” But alas, there was so much more to see!

Adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room, with stone walls, oak ceiling beams & a large refectory table seating 16. Four more chairs sit in an alcove under a window. This room was used to house livestock long ago, now when you enter you have immediate impression of history filling up the place, floating up into every corner.

Next to the arched entry is the original spiral staircase. Architecture geeks take note at the unsupported column of the spire! It is trippy (no pun intended, really, though you must watch your step) to walk up, to feel the places where the stone has been smoothed or sloped over time by the hundreds of thousands of steps up and down over their surfaces, to run your fingers across the rough stone of the walls and the thick window sills.

Castle – Upstairs: Living & Sleeping Rooms

Each room above the main floor sits on its own level, fanning off the central staircase like a pinwheel. In terraced succession up the spiral steps, the rooms are arranged as follows:

Large 4-poster Queen bedroom.
Large bathroom with tub and shower stall.
Family bedroom with Queen bed and single bunk beds.
Small bathroom with tub and hand-held shower.
Very large sitting (great) room with high ceiling, views and minstrels gallery.
Third bedroom with 4-poster Queen bed and large window, quite cozy.
Fourth bedroom, top floor, very large, very tall ceilings, but no windows.

Castle – The Great Room

A large, open room with very high ceilings and many windows, this Great Room makes an immediate impression. It feels historic, just as the dining room does, but with a much larger impact. You can picture long ago families sitting on the ledge by the stone hearth, gathering for celebrations, perhaps dancing to music drifting down from the musician’s gallery that lines one wall up above.

Decorated with comfortable antique furnishings and enjoying beautiful views of the Shannon estuary outside, this is a warm and welcoming place for guests to gather. There is a TV, DVD player, stereo and small selection of DVDs, however this room was made for conversation and storytelling, perhaps a hashing of the day’s adventure, whether touring, celebrating or enjoying the local activities like horse riding, fishing, golfing, or the simple pleasure of a pint at the pub.

Castle – Bedrooms/Bathrooms

Four bedrooms, each unique and wonderful in their own way, and two bathrooms (plus the powder room on the ground floor). In order from bottom to top, the bedrooms are arranged as follows:

Bedroom 1: Large Queen 4-poster bedroom with beautiful antique furniture, gorgeous tapestry print fabrics and wall hangings, and a large window looking out to the green lawns and meadow below.

Bathroom A: Nicely tiled bathroom with a tub, large shower stall and thin slanted windows.

Bedroom 2: Family-style bedroom with antique double bed and a single-sized bunk beds stacked next to a deep window ledge, cushioned and perfect for curling up with a book.

Bathroom B: Small stone walled bathroom with deep soaking tub and hand-held shower. The thin arched windows are the original arrow slits so you can imagine yourself defending the castle from the comfort of a bath.

Bedroom 3: Antique 4-poster double bed in a small & terrifically cozy bedroom, with a deep window looking out over the fields and horses below.

Bedroom 4: Very large top floor bedroom with king size four-poster bed with stately antique furniture and very high arched wooden beam ceilings. There are no windows or skylights in this room, but many lamps and lighting options make up for this. It is very quiet (and very dark, of course) at night.

Castle Extras – Turret & Dungeon

Stairs lead up from the top floor bedroom to the turret above.  Standing up in the fresh breeze, you can see the Burren landscape and the sea in the distance. It feels as though you can see the whole of the country from this spot.

The dungeon is located off the the spiral staircase in the center of the castle tower. Kept in its fairly original state, for obvious reasons it is not open/accessible during guest visits, however the owners will happily show you the historic chamber and explain the history and the reasons for its placement in the center of the tower, rather than the lower or ground floors as commonly thought.

Coach House Property Description:

Long, two-story, renovated coach house with an open floor plan, 3 comfortable bedrooms and extra sleeping space in the private TV room/study. The ground floor has a large sitting room, opening to a private TV room with fold out sofa bed, and a wonderful glass enclosed sun room/conservatory adjacent to the small, open, well-equipped kitchen and comfortable dining room. There is a powder room on this level.

Upstairs there is a spacious landing with desk and small library nook, leading to a long hallway with 3 bedrooms (two with Queen beds and one with a Queen bed and a single bed).  There is a large bathroom on the second floor.

The open floor plan of the Coach house makes it a great and flexible space for events, including one wedding party that set up the ground floor with catered tables seating 70 guests for a sit-down dinner. It is something of a canvas on which you can paint your perfect event plans.

Grounds

This historic, comfortable, old-world holiday property sits on a beautiful piece of land, surrounded by lawns and gently waving grounds that roll out toward the Shannon estuary, out to the Burren and the Atlantic ocean beyond.  It is very private, lacking close neighbors besides the horses at the adjoining fields.  The castle keep and coach house are only 150 feet or so away from each other, and the layout of the landscape allows for all kinds of configurations for wedding or party rental marquees and the like.

Location:

This vacation rental is in terrific position for touring County Clare, Limerick and Galway, perhaps parts of County Kerry and County Cork on a longer day (and  with some of the best scenery in Ireland, why not?).  The house is positioned close to the Quin Abbey ruins in the near distance, close to national treasures like the lunar landscapes of the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher. There are several 18-hole golf courses within half hours drive of the house. The gorgeous beaches of Clare and Galway are close, as is the River Shannon, all with boating, fishing and watersports to enjoy.

Quin: 3 miles
Ennis:
10 miles
Shannon airport: 8 miles, approximately 10 minutes!
Galway: 45 miles, about an hour
Cork: 80 miles , almost 2 hours
Killarney: 88 miles, almost 2 hours
Dublin: 130 miles, just about 2 and 1/2 hours

Quin Castle Rental Details:
This large Irish castle estate books weekly in the high season, with short break or special wedding and event booking dates possible. 

VAT is not included in the rental price and will be added separately.

Weekly Rates – Castle Keep & Coach House, up to 20 guests
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 3500
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October:  € 4500
High Season, July, August & Christmas & NY:  € 5500

Part-Weekly Rates (3-day weekdays, 2-day weekends) – up to 20 guests
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 1000
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October: € 1200
High Season, July, August & Christmas & NY (if available):  € 1500

Part-Weekly Castle Only Rates (2-day weekend, 3-day week) – up to 10
Low Season, October 31 to April 1, not including holidays:   € 750 – € 995
Mid Season, April to June, & September to October: € 995 – € 1075
(last minute and special rates sometimes available, please enquire)

Heat & Electricity
Extra, charged at cost by meter reading.

Additional Services
Catered meals and full service are available for hire with advanced notice. Wedding planning services are available to help find catering, florists, musicians and marquee hires.

Security Deposit
A refundable security deposit of € 500 is due by credit card on arrival and returned less charges or damage at departure.

Weddings and large group parties or celebrations
There are lots of options for renting the full property for a length of time or just the castle for a few hours and everything in between. The owners are overjoyed to welcome wedding parties, anniversary parties, family reunions, birthdays, you name it and will work with you to plan the best celebration you can imagine, with many local resources to help with catering, flowers, party rentals, music and entertainment.


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Check-In/Check-Out:

Check-in time is after 4pm.
Check-out time is before 10:00am.

Security Deposit:

The Castle Keep and Coach House property near Quin requires a refundable security/damage deposit of €500 held by credit card on arrival and refunded, less cost of heat and electricity or any damages, if applicable, at departure.

Accessibility Notice:

Regrettably, this unique Celtic castle rental is unsuitable for travelers with even the smallest limitations of mobility or vision, due to the terribly uneven stairs winding up through the floors (they were purposely designed to be uneven to thwart invaders trying to steal silently into the tower in the dark!).

The coach house, however, does suit anyone who can manage interior stairs (primary bedrooms are up a long flight of stairs) but also offers accessible accommodation on the ground floor with a convertible bed in the study/TV room and a bathroom on this level.

Activities:

Between the views, the archaeological sites, and the heritage centers, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this part of the country.

EXPLORE CITIES & VILLAGES
Ireland is short on full-scale cities, but Galway and Limerick are close by, with about a thousand small villages and towns to explore in the radius between them. Doolin and Lisdoonvarna on the coast are excellent destinations for music and good craic.

SCENIC DRIVES & WALKS
There are several fantastic self-drive and walking tours in the area.

NATURE & THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Cliffs of Moher- some of the most recognizable cliffs in the world. Stunning.
The Burren - lunar, rocky, archaic, haunting. Flora unique to Ireland, underground streams and caves that are open for public exploration.  It is an area that can’t really be described well, one must walk along the low, quiet, stone and lichen covered landscape to understand what it’s all about (and even then, won’t be able to take  in enough of the flavor to hold inside after stepping away). Trust us. Take a short drive out into this natural wonder. Send us a postcard, tell us if we’re wrong about this. (We can take it.)

EQUESTRIAN ACTIVITIES
Just next door is a riding center with horses and lessons for hire. Within driving distance is the Connemara region of County Galway, famous for gorgeous scenery, yes, but more so the Connemara ponies.

HERITAGE & HISTORY
This part of Clare is rich with archaeological sites, including castles, stone circles and standing stones. Within sight of the property is an Abbey ruin, and there are other castle keeps and ruins in the vicinity to explore. On the fancier end of history are the various castle hotels like Adare Manor and Dromoland castle. There is a large heritage castle property about 10 minutes away, offering nightly medieval banquets and great fun. A little further is Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, an O’Disneyland for kids and grown ups alike, with reenactments and life size dioramas depicting historical scenes of life at the castle long, long ago, plus a pretty terrific gift shop featuring local silversmith jewelry and artisan wares.

SHOPPING
Speaking of artisan wares, Adare is a lovely village for shoppers, Limerick and Galway have many shops, and most villages have specialty shops of some variety to entice bargain hunters and serious collectors alike.

GOLF
Lahinch Golf Club – 18-hole championship course by the sea, with famous holes “Klondyke” and “Dell” among them.
Dromoland Golf & Country Club
Doonbeg
Galway Bay
Connemara Golf Club
Ennis Golf Club
Gort
Bodyke
Woodstock
Shannon
Adare

FISHING, BOATING & WATERSPORTS
Aran Islands – boat out to the islands or go deep sea angling off their coastline.
Sixmilebridge – lake fishing.
Shannon Estuary – boat hire and guided treks available.

There is no shortage of opportunities for fun in the Irish summer sun, and exciting outdoor activities through every season. We can send you loads of information about planning your outdoor adventures while in Clare.

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