Farm Ireland

Saturday 29 October 2016

Shannonside potential

Jim O'Brien walks an unusual 78ac property by the banks of the Shannon in Co Clare

Published 21/10/2015 | 02:30

Landscape House in Clonlara, Co Clare dates back to the 19th Century and was redeveloped as a tourism and leisure enterprise.
Landscape House in Clonlara, Co Clare dates back to the 19th Century and was redeveloped as a tourism and leisure enterprise.
The property has extensive frontage onto the River Shannon

Landscape House on 78ac at Clonlara in Co Clare is what one would call a project waiting to happen.

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It is a challenge waiting for the right person or people to transform it into a residential farm or return it to what it once was - a tourism and leisure enterprise that included a 12-hole golf course, along with hotel and self-catering accommodation.

In any event, the property will require considerable investment on top of the initial guide price €550,000.

Located 3km from Clonlara, 15km from Killaloe and 12km from Limerick, the former hotel and its lands are situated on the banks of the Shannon and close to Lough Derg.

Driving into the property it is clear that while it needs work it has undoubted potential. The first sound you hear once you turn off the car is the rush of the Shannon located just a field away as it makes its way to Limerick and on to the sea. There are buildings everywhere and plenty of evidence of what was once a thriving tourism and leisure venture.

"I played golf here many's the time," says Tom Crosse of selling agents GVM, "and I drank a pint in the bar," he continues, as we make our way through what remains of the pub on the property.

The premises still has a seven-day licence and this too is included in the sale, along with 78ac of land, river frontage on to the Shannon, road frontage and extensive tourist accommodation. There is also a gate lodge at the entrance.


The main house, consisting of two storeys over basement, was built in 1834 and remodelled in faux Tudor style between 1913 and 1917.

It is a rambling structure extending to 8,557sqft and in need of complete renovation and refurbishment.

Many of the original features are intact and include marble fireplaces, timber shuttering and some ornate plasterwork. Indeed there is a very fine oak staircase and some lovely wood panelled walls.

The old courtyard to the rear of the house was converted into guest apartments and it too is in need of a lot of attention. There is an extensive range of outbuildings that could be used for machinery storage and, with conversion, could be made suitable for livestock accommodation.

The house is surrounded by extensive parkland dotted with mature trees and much of the land runs down to the river.

The ground is rough underfoot but even though it has been untended for a number of years there is a fine sward of grass.

The lands are in one block divided into a number of fields and all in grass.

Bounded on one side by the River Shannon and on the other by a country road there is considerable site potential, subject to the required planning permission.

The focus with this property is very much on the potential.

Apart from its proximity to Limerick city, its location by the Shannon, one of the most prized natural amenities on these islands, has to be a distinct advantage in an age when planning permission of any kind along this part of the river is difficult to obtain.

The main house is quirky and unusual and in the right hands could be transformed into a super residence or a unique boutique hotel.

Finally there is the land; it needs a lot of work, it is quite low-lying but in places it has a lovely parkland aspect and has no problem growing grass.

The property is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €550,000 and is being handled jointly by GVM Auctioneers, Limerick and Ganly Walters.

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