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Beautiful Country Manor House Set in Lush Grounds, Lake Views

Whitegate, Co. Clare, Ireland
  • Estate
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Welcome to a step back in time. Williamstadt House is a beautiful Historic Country Manor House nestled near the banks of Lough Derg in the heart of southwestern Ireland. This Georgian Beauty is set amidst mature lush gardens and lawns with a variety of specimen and fruit trees and surrounded by centuries old beech, ash and oak trees.

The house boasts a private fifty acre wood which runs along the lake with trails for hiking and horse riding and its own private harbor for boating and kayaking. The park like setting allows the visitor to truly enjoy and experience a place out of time, where life takes a slower pace. Relax and take a swing beneath a 300 year old chestnut tree and watch the light play on the hills of Tipperary across the lake, enjoy an evening badminton game on the lawn, drinks and dinner under the evening sky, shimmering with stars. Soak in a beautiful Victorian bathtub and get cozy in front of a turf fire in one of the comfortable well appointed reception rooms.

The Courtyard at Williamstadt House many features including a two bed two bath cottage in the 200 year old Coach House, Known as the GameKeeper's Cottage (HomeAway listing 960200). It is newly rennovated with all the modern amenities, and makes a nice addition to the main House.

Williamstadt House and its environs provide a paradise for hiking, cycling, horse riding, water sports, fishing, golfing and wildlife viewing. For touring Ireland, it is the perfect base, being just an hours drive from Shannon Airport, an hour from Galway City, an hour from Limerick and 2 1/2 hours from Dublin.

Feature attractions within an hours drive include The Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway Bay and the beaches of Lahinch and Fanore, Galway City and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.

Williamstadt House is located one mile from the village of Whitegate, an easy stroll or cycle down small country lane. Nearby towns include the beautiful lakeside village of Mountshannon and the Historic Killaloe, with restaurants, pubs, shops and local farmers markets. This area is renowned worldwide for its Traditional Music and sessions happen in the pubs on many an evening. The world famous Feakle Music Festival happens here yearly. There are many Golf Links in the area, Portumna and East Clare among them. In season there are thousands of acres of private land available for Deer Stalking as well as Duck, Pheasant and Woodcock Shooting.


Carole Clarke

Member Since 2011
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 07, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double
      • Bedroom 4
        1 double
      • Bed Types
        Queen and Double


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower

        Location Type

          • Lake
          • Rural


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Fireplace
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Oven
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Microwave
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining Area


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Bicycles
                                      • Golf
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                      • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                      • Patio
                                      • Tennis
                                      • Wood Deck


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                              • autumn foliage
                                              • duty free shops
                                              • forests
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • recreation center
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • Babysitter
                                                      • fitness center
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • sailing
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • A fifty acre wood with trails for horse riding or hiking with lake access for boating, swimming and kayaking

                                                                18 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                It Was Like a Fairytale Dream Came True

                                                                jane b.

                                                                It is hard to find the right superlatives to describe our experience at Williamstadt House this Christmas. The short version: 3 couple friends leave the US for an Irish Christmas and are met by the most delightful hosts, Carole and Kevin and their precious dogs, Sally and Walter. We enter a spectacularly gorgeous Georgian Manor Home where we immediately felt like royalty as a roaring fire was made for us daily and the exquisitely curated furnishings and treasures on display tell a story all their own. As others have said, Carole and Kevin have an incredible sense for hosting, with ideas and suggestions galore, as well as fascinating story telling as we sipped our beer and whiskey in their pub. The location and grounds were perfect for our day tripping and a most wonderful place for exploring. The bedding and towels were incredibly comfortable/high quality. Each bedroom and bathroom were extremely roomy. Some highlights: My daily soak in the splendid slipper tub; walks to the harbor down the lane; curling up with Sally and Walter on the sofa with the lights of the Christmas tree twinkling; a grand Christmas dinner in the kitchen at the farm table; all the women in our group dancing with Kevin in the pub; reveling in Carole and Kevin's stories...and so much more. We can't wait to go back to Ireland and specifically hope to return to Williamstadt House. A more perfect holiday can not be possible. It truly was like a fairytale dream came true.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                You were the simply best guests that anyone could ever hope for. To share stories, celebrations,

                                                                music, dances, laughs and just good old craic.

                                                                You will always have a place here in our home.

                                                                Hurry back!

                                                                Carole and Kevin, Sally and Walter


                                                                Ian F.

                                                                Usually, when reading gushing testimonials about holidays taken, or meals eaten, I wonder, do those people ever get out? Well, I'm afraid I'm going to join their ranks, and gush in praise of Williamstadt, Whitegate and Lough Derg, but most particularly , about Carole and Kevin. The house you can see from the photos, but the magical quality, you cannot. These guys were like great friends waiting to be met, unassuming, gentle, lovely. The house, countryside, environs and ambience were, well, incredible. But people make the world bearable at worst, and enjoyable and wondrous at best. And that's what we found. Thanks you, from my family and I (and especially Evin) for a little bit of wonder. We'll be back for that trip with Kevin soon!

                                                                Love, Ian, Sandra, and the boys.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Ian you've the heart and soul of a writer! What a beautiful piece to read

                                                                Thank you! We are missing you all, yet collecting more clays and loading up the lake with large pike. So come on back to us, we'll be waiting for you..

                                                                :---) C and K

                                                                The most perfect holiday destination

                                                                Helena H.Ely, Cambridgeshire

                                                                We have just returned from our summer holiday at Williamstadt House, a most perfect place to stay. Carole and Kevin were great hosts and nothing was too much trouble. Our ages ranged from grandparents in their late 70's to teenage boys and everyone fell in love with the house, the setting and the people. The lake is nearby and the boys spent time kayaking and biking around the countryside and we found so much to do that we didn't want to come home. We will return, thank you Carole and Kevin!

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                It was such a pleasure to have Helena and her family stay at Williamstadt House.

                                                                They fit the house perfectly and brought charm, humour and fun to the place.

                                                                We enjoyed our time spent together and hope they return to us again one day.

                                                                They are a delightful family in every way!

                                                                Carole and Kevin


                                                                Sheena E.

                                                                My boyfriend and I recently stayed at the Gamekeeper's Cottage. It is a beautiful cottage, very tastefully decorated. We were delighted with the homemade apple juice and cupcakes on arrival. We were also welcomed by two very enthusiastic and friendly dogs called Sally and Walter.

                                                                Carole and Kevin are the perfect hosts with a wealth of local knowledge and history.

                                                                We borrowed the bikes and cycled to Whitegate for a delicious meal.

                                                                We also explored the beautiful woods on the banks of Lough Derg.

                                                                I can't recommend Williamstadt House highly enough. It is a true hidden gem.

                                                                The only regret I have about Williamstadt House is that our visit was too short. I look forward to returning in the near future.

                                                                Lovely place with lovely people!

                                                                Michele W.Monument

                                                                The house was wonderful, the memories......priceless! Will be going and staying again for many years to come.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                Thank you for your lovely review. We will be welcoming you back here for all

                                                                your future visits! All the best,

                                                                Carole and Kevin

                                                                Exceeded Our Expectations And Then Some!

                                                                Kerry G.Essex, Vermont, USA

                                                                My wife, her cousin, and I stayed in the Gamekeepers Cottage attached to the Williamstadt Manor house in Whitegate for five nights in September. Everything about the stay was wonderful. Maureen and Bill planned to do some research and sightseeing around family history in Clare and the Gamekeeper's Cottage was perfectly situated between Killaloe and Crusheen where the family had roots. The Cottage looked lovely on the website but in reality was ten times better! The courtyard, the cottage, the main house, the grounds, the animals, gardens, the sibin (shebeen), and the hand-painted murals on the walls simply overjoyed us. My wife was absolutely taken by the authenticity and beauty of the place. It added so much to her experience in Clare on an the trail of ancesters!!!

                                                                The rooms were very comfortable and uniquely decorated, Kevin and Carole related fascinating stories about the furnishings, as well as many other stories and tales of the area. As hosts they were perfect. Kevin would lay a fire for us just before dusk and we often shared a drink and conversation together in the manor house. Kevin and Carole were very relaxed and easy to be with. We felt welcomed and at ease and had the run of the grounds!

                                                                The Cottage is self-catering and the kitchen is well equipped for cooking. Carole had great recommendations for food shopping, butchers, spirit shops, and other basic needs. There are not a lot of restaurants right in the Whitegate area so cooking at home is a good choice, unless you plan to be out for the evening listening to Irish music in Doolin or Ennis, which have a lot of good places to eat. Right in Whitegate, however, is a small, friendly pub called the Half Barrel which has very good food. Carole also helped us in finding a local genealogist, who was excellent, and in gathering information for local fishing prospects. She really worked hard for us in the months prior to our trip to connect with people for help and research.

                                                                We would not hesitate to return to Williamstadt Manor/Gamekeeper's Cottage for another stay.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                We really enjoyed having all of you stay at the Cottage. It was such fun everyday hearing new stories about finding ancestral relations and various family stories. You are a part of this area and its history and we would welcome you back anytime!!

                                                                All the Best,

                                                                Carole and Kevin


                                                                Whitegate, Co. Clare, Ireland

                                                                1 hours drive to Shannon, Galway, Limerick, the Burren Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Health/Beauty Spa, Wildlife Viewing, Boating Golf: Williamstadt house can also provide a Chef, Housekeeping, a Car and Driver as well as Airport Pickup. Williamstadt is not just an ordinary Country Manor House, it is an Irish Family Home with many personal touches that help create an amazing experience for the visitor.

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                                                                Christmas and Easter: Peak Rates. Additional heating charge Utilities are included, except November through April. There is a $39.00 charge for property damage insurance. Read more at http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p380103#XZfTekRGsvwYodKb.99

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