Inchiquin House

Corofin, Co. Clare

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, historic sites, and the region's many leisure activities.

  • Sleeps 10

  • 1 Dog Allowed

  • Child Friendly

  • From €1256 for 2 nights

  • Open Fire


  • 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, historic sites, and the region's many leisure activities. 


    • 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
    • Microwave
    • Dish Washer
    • Washing Machine
    • Dryer
    • 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
    • Internet
    • Radio
    • Car Parking
    • 1 dog permitted

    Assisted Disabled Guests facilities (Wheelchair accessible Bathroom & Assisted Disabled Bedroom)

    • On the ground floor there is a large wheelchair-accessible restroom with its own wet room power-shower especially designed for guests with disabilities.
    • “The Liscanor” bedroom is comfortable and wheelchair-accessible, having a king size bed.  Suitable for the Assisted Disabled. 

    Special Note: 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. 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 Thursday only.

    Please note:  Irish Landmark properties that welcome a pet may not have secure enclosures.  It is vital that you supervise your pet during your stay.

    A contribution towards energy fees is applied to all bookings.   As a not for profit organisation, this fee makes a significant contribution to energy costs.   It is our aim to reduce our energy consumption at all self catering properties and encourage guests to reuse, reduce, recycle.

    Before and after Restoration

    Slide the bar to compare before and after photos

  • history

    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.

  • visitor book
  • Loc8: LT1-82-KF7
    GPS: 52.960634 , -9.066120


    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

    Arrival and Departure Time?

    Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.oop.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 Thursday only.

    Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.

    Is there a TV?

    No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.

    Is there WiFi?

    No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life:  beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.

    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 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?


  • The Burren Region

    The Burren National Park

    Clare Heritage and Genealogy Centre

    Burren Wild Guided Walks

    Heart of Burren Walks

    Famous Co. Clare Atttractions

    The Cliffs of Moher

    Aillwee Caves

    Doolin Cave

    Golf Clubs & Courses

    Food Destinations in Co. Clare

    Burren Smokehouse

    The Burren Perfumery & Tea Rooms

    St. Tola Cheese, Inagh Farmhouse Cheese

    Hazel Mountain Chocolates

    Burren Fine Wine & Food


    Gregans Castle

    The Wild Honey Inn

    Sheedy's Country House Hotel

    The Roadside Tavern

    Roadford House Restaurant

    Dromoland Castle Hotel

    Morans Seafood Restaurant Galway

    Linnane's Bar, New Quay

    Vaughans Anchor Inn


    Activity providers in Clare

    Burren Outdoor Education Centre, Turlough, Bellharbour, Co. Clare

    Loophead Adventure Ltd, Fodra, Kilbaha, Clare, Tel.: (065) 9025525 (065) 9025525

    Aer Arann Scenic FlightsAer Arann provides charter scenic flights, taking in the Aran Islands and the Cliffs of Moher. This trip take approximately 35 minutes and costs €385 per aircraft - 8 passengers maximum. Other scenic flights are also available on request.  A fantastic experience if there is fine weather.

    Address: Aer Arann Islands, An Caislean, Inverin, Co. Galway, Ireland.

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