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Luxurious 18th Century Historic School House

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Tierneevin, Gort, Co Galway, Ireland

Shawe-Taylor's Old School House is a wonderful place for golf, walking and relaxation. The name Tierneevin is an Irish word meaning 'A Beautiful Place', so the name speaks for itself. This is a most luxurious building and we are very proud of the finish provided. We are certain that our discerning guests will enjoy holidaying in this beautiful part of Ireland. Charming period school house (ca. 1820), recently restored to its original splendour. Eco friendly interior finished with breathable products such as lime mortar on walls, pitch pine and traditional flag on floors. Insulated throughout, the schoolhouse has a high energy rating. With its cathedral style ceilings, wooden beams and a mezzanine/balcony bedroom, it is beautifully presented with antique furniture throughout, adding enormous warmth and character. This is a wonderful place to get away from all the stress in an area of outstanding natural beauty and geology.

Ideally suited for a golfing and/or walking holiday. Gort Golf club is literally on your doorstep with very reasonable rates available, and an excellent clubhouse and restaurant. This superb 18 hole Championship Golf Course is set on 160 acres of picturesque parkland, overlooking the Burren and the Clare Hills. The Golf Course was designed by the 1989 Ryder Cup hero Christy O'Connor. It consists of four outstanding par-3's, a testing par-5 ninth and a terrific par-4, carved through by Burren stone and natural waterways. From the property you can take a delightful 3 mile circular walk, which runs through the Burren landscape. The scenery, birds and wildlife, botany, geology and archaeology - all can be enjoyed on this short walk. Also close by is Kilmacduagh Monastery with several churches and a round tower. The Monastery was established in the 7th century by Saint Colman Mac Duagh, hence the name Kilmacduagh (the church of the son of Duac). Kinvara and Ballyvaughan are nearby fishing and farming villages both on the edge of Galway Bay. For shopping there is Galway City and Ennis, both only 20 minutes' drive from the property. There are many fine restaurants close by in Gort and Kinvara.

Keywords: Old School House self catering home a wonderful place for golf, walking and relaxation

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About The Owner

My name is John Casey my occupation is Auctioneer & Estate Agent. I have been in the property business for over 25 years. I am married to Brid and we have 3 grown up sons. Together we successfully ran a farm guesthouse for 20 years and we certainly know how to look after guests. I love my leisure time, a keen golfer I play in two wonderful golf courses Lahinch and Gort. Walking is another one of our pleasures sometimes we organize walks in the beautiful Burren countryside. We love music and singing and sometimes organise singing nights in our local pub. We are nearing retirement age and hope to spend much time with my guests.

The Owner purchased this house in 2008

Why The Owner chose Gort

We fell in love with this beautiful old cut stone schoolhouse two years ago and personally renovated it ourselves to a very high standard, retaining all of its traditional features. It is a building steeped in history. It was first a schoolhouse in 1840 with the principal being a Captain Shawe-Taylor, the owner of the property. It closed after a number of year and then it was a soup house during the Famine. The area surrounding this property is wonderful countryside. The four big attractions would be: Gort Golf Club, Kilmacduagh Monastery, which was founded in the 7th century and plundered in the 13th century, Coole Park, the former home of Lady Gregory, and the Burren countryside, as well as the beautiful harbour villages of Ballyvaughan and Kinvara.

What makes this house unique

This is a wonderful place to relax, so bright and the sun shines in every window. It is fantastic place to read and unwind. There is always something to keep you occupied: golf, walking, shopping, beaches - all of life’s pleasures are on your doorstep.


Gort House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View
  • Lake View
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(33 traveler reviews)

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Luxurious 18th Century Historic School House
average rating of 5.0 based on 33 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

We have enjoyed our 4 days at this property. The house is beautiful and the hosts are extremely nice .

We have loved our daily excursions and have discovered the beauty of this part of Ireland.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, Convenient and Great Amenities

  • 5 of 5

The property itself is quite beautiful, situated approximately 5-7 minutes from Gort, which has everything needed for self-catering (Aldi, Centra and SuperValue grocery stores, several nice restaurants and pubs, and multiple gas stations). The location of the house provides easy access to the N18 national road (for access to Galway and points north) as well as the M18 motorway (for access to Ennis, about 25-30 minutes away, Shannon Airport at 35-40 minutes away, and Limerick beyond). The property is very quiet, and is surrounded by fields. The church next door has two donkeys grazing in the fields during the summer months, and they are very domesticated and friendly (they love being fed carrots and apples).

The Caseys are wonderful hosts; Mrs. Casey provided a thorough walk-through of the property, and provided their contact information in the event of any issues. The house itself has thick outer-wall construction. Barely any sounds could be heard outside (no wind, no sounds from passing cars, etc.), and the house retained heat well during the cool (upper 40's/low-50's Fahrenheit) nights. The oil heat worked quickly, and well. The appliances, including washer/dryer, refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave, and TV's, all worked properly.

This was a fantastic property from which to explore the central-west of Ireland, and major sites were in very reasonable driving distance including the ruins of Kilmacdough Abbey (< 5 mins drive), Dunguaire Castle and the lovely town of Kinvarra (< 15 mins), Poulnabrone and Caherconnell Stone Fort (30 mins), Cliffs of Moher (< 45 mins), Lough Derg (30 mins), and Galway City (45 mins), not to mention the incredible N67/R477 drive along the Wild Atlantic Way in northern Co. Clare. We had a great time, and highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family time in Ireland

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 4 adults traveling on holiday. Staying in John's home for 4 days was just what we needed. It is very centrally located and gave us easy access to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, Kinvarra, Connemara and Galway. The home is beautiful and very comfortable with plenty of room for all of us to spread out - we each had our own bathroom! This house is located in a rural area which we enjoyed, coming from big cities. It is very quiet and unhurried. Gort is just a 5 minute drive up the road with grocery stores, restaurants and pubs so we were able to prepare a few meals at the house which saved time and money. The sweet donkeys out back were fun so be sure to pick up apples and carrots for them! All in all a very succesful visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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FOUR bathrooms!!! Perfect location!!!

  • 5 of 5

The owners were an added plus...caring, thoughtful, helpful...sincerely interested in helping guests enjoy their stay. The cool nights incentivized use of fireplace. Beautifully maintained, super clean and with four bathrooms, even two women could enjoy themselves:))).

Clean cold tap water with no Florida-like Sulphur odor made the coffee and afternoon tea and scones most pleasant.The owners had two donkeys visiting for summer on the grounds. After hand feeding them 2 bags of carrots each day...they became loyal steadfast friends and would come running to greet us upon arrival after a day of touring. Plenty of touring brochures, maps, dining suggestions on hand...went twice to Pier Head Rest. in Kinvarra. The Thai mussels bowl with endless mussels, crab claws, clams and fish in a spicy cream chili pepper sauce was one of the top 3 meals I consumed over 70 years..70 year x 2.5 meals per day x 365 days = approximately 70,000 meals in my lifetime...the Thai mussels are #3 on all-time best meals after the bone-in sirloin steak pizzaiola at Gene & Georgetti's in Chicago and the Prime Rib King Cut at Durgin-Park in Boston. Tom McMahon, Captain of the Gort Golf Club, was super hospitable and Minahans Market in Gort had everything one would need to self cater.

Back to the owners....they really care about their guests....the inside décor and woodwork to the former schoolhouse was handcrafted by owners who show their pride in the rental home. Price was fair and the owners provided thorough briefing on electrics and appliances.

A perfect family reunion site for 8 people with an hour of most west coast touring sites.

The only suggestions, no criticisms, would be a bigger TV in main room and a simplified instruction page to access programs/channels for those visitors from the Colonies who can't miss America's Got Talent and House on the Prairie reruns.

Best of all, no USA chain food vendors within easy drive....wake up flew a few thousand miles to get to Ireland....if you want to eat KFC and McD's, stayhome!!!

From Morans Oyster Cottage in Kilcogan to the Cloisters in Ennis and the Pier Head in between, dining was great...and for our final stop on way to Shannon Airport we enjoyed breakfast at the elegant dining room of Dromoland Castle. The Dining Room manager and Hostess remembered my 4 times yearly visits from 1978 thru 2008. The made our visit special as we dined on local farm eggs, lamb liver with saute'd onions/bacon! Will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highlight of the trip

  • 5 of 5

Staying at John and Brid's restored schoolhouse was a highlight of our Ireland trip. It exceeded our expectations! We were met by John and Brid upon our arrival and given a tour of their lovely property. John explained how everything worked, gave us some history on the place (it is obvious they have put a lot of thought into decorating with antiques and collectibles that suit the place to a "T"), provided some local tourist information (including information on the Fleadh in Ennis which was amazing) and left us with some milk and tarts for a quick tea. We later ran into them in Gort as we went out for dinner and we laughed about meeting again the only people we knew in West Ireland! The schoolhouse was perfect for our needs - providing quiet and solitude when we wanted it, a place to meet with Irish relatives one evening where it easily accommodated a large group for dinner, and a chance to explore the local countryside. Waking up to the donkeys looking at us over the fence was a highlight of each day! The kitchen is well stocked and easy access to the grocery store in Gort meant we could have meals in, or make lunches for our day trips. There is much to see and do in the area and it is no problem filling the days. The property was very clean and well maintained - toiletries and laundry detergent certainly made our life easier. The beds were so comfortable and the quiet of the area made for blissful sleeping.

We hated to leave and will long remember our stay here in Gort. Thank you, John and Brid for a wonderful addition to our holiday!!

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stirling, Scotland

Certainly 'A Beautiful Place'

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday in this lovely property. The house is very comfortable with everything we needed for our stay. One slight criticism might be the amount of "stuff" lying about the house but it all adds to the character and quirkiness. Loved the donkeys in the field next door (and enjoyed feeding them carrots in the mornings). We all slept well in very comfortable beds and the well equipped kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals for 6.

There is a good supply of information about the property and the area round about. The taxi information in the book was a bit out of date but we managed to find a big enough cab to pick six adults up from a restaurant in Kinvarra and have left details.

There is so much to see and do in the area - stunning scenery, castles, monasteries, interesting towns and villages, lovely eating places, horse-riding, walking ......... We were only there for four nights and would have liked to stay longer to see more of the surrounding area.

We would love to return to this beautiful part of Ireland and if we do would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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