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The Merchant's House

Kilrush, County Clare (Ref. 4669)

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  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside
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18 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful townhouse centrally located on the west coast's "Wild Atlantic Way" The house was clean and tidy with all of the facilities as advertised."

    Paul proved to be a great host who couldn't do enough for us. The house is within stumbling (hic) distance of at least 2 pubs which serve food and is conveniently located for shops in the town centre. Despite it's town centre location the area felt quiet and relaxed with minimal traffic noise in the evenings. Everyone we met was friendly and welcoming and we would be happy to stay there again!

    Reviewed by WilliamSep 2021

  • "Great place to stay We really enjoyed our stay at the Merchant's House."

    Really good location in the centre of Kilrush. Great evenings at Crotty's and Buggles for Irish music. We covered the coast from Galway to the Dingle peninsula. Also went to the Aran Isles-beautiful and fascinating. A really good meal at P.Morrissey's in Doonbeg. We liked Kilrush, Kilkee, Galway, Limerick, Kinvarra, Ballyheigue, the Burren, the cliffs of Moher and the cave at Doolin. A great holiday with a great base at Kilrush. A lovely, comfortable place to stay. Thanks to Paul and the family. We would definitely stay here again.

    Reviewed by JimAug 2019

  • "Merchants House provided us with a great base to see Clare."

    Paul was extremely helpful with helping us have a very memorable experience of traveling around Ireland. Thank you

    Reviewed by PatriciaMar 2019

  • "We found this accomodation to be far above what we had anticipated and as a result it was a home rather than holiday accomodation."

    It is central to the Kilrush town and only a very short walk to the local facilities such as pubs, butchers, cafes,,etc. There is an excellent Italian restaurant just around the corner. The only issue of access is the stairs which older persons should consider. We would not hesitate to return there when we come back possibly next year. The owner Paul was always available by phone and provided all information in the most friendly manner.

    Reviewed by AnthonyAug 2018

  • "An old, beautifully restored apartment with local atmosphere in a lovely Irish town."

    Reviewed by RuthMar 2017

  • "Very friendly host with a great knowledge of the history of the town."

    The merhant's House has been sympathetically restored but with all the modern conveniences we now expect. Fabulous area to explore both locally and a bit further afield. Nice friendly town and pubs.

    Reviewed by NeilOct 2016

  • "Owner of property and his family are extremely friendly and helpful."

    They are the kind of people you would want as friends in any situation. This made the holiday that much more enjoyable! Great time for sure!

    Reviewed by KennethSep 2016

  • "Wonderful house to stay in, very clean,spacious and you felt that you could experience the history of Kilrush."

    The owner Paul and his family were very approachable, friendly and gave us a real Irish welcome.My teenagers enjoyed their daily run to Cappagh and shopping in the local bakery, sweet shops and listening to traditional live Irish music in the street and at Crotty's pub. A holiday we will always remember.

    Reviewed by AngelaJul 2016

  • "The property is exactly as described (actually the house is bigger than what I expected) and the location was just perfect."

    The owner is very welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by JosyJul 2016

  • "We would highly recommend the Merchants House as a holiday home."

    In fact it was like a home from home and we didn't feel that we were in holiday accommodation. The owner was so welcoming and his family were too. The property is amazing and we were honored to stay in a place full of history. Kilrush is a great base for visiting tourist attractions and there is also lots to do in Kilrush such as dolphin watching, shopping, eating and more.

    Reviewed by OliveJul 2016

  • "A real jewel of a place, lovingly restored."

    We've had an excellent stay, just what we were looking for. The house is big and comfortable enough for a family of five with every little detail catching the eye. Both the house and the town helped us experience real Ireland.

    Reviewed by AndreaJul 2015

  • "Much care and attention has been paid to this accommodation."

    It's perfectly placed in a quiet Irish seaside town with lovely local pubs and locals. If you're looking for the real Ireland it's here!

    Reviewed by CharleySep 2014

  • "A wonderful house and really nice people who own it."

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2014

  • "The Merchants House is a great spot and we thoroughly enjoyed our week there; a good base for exploring the beauty spots of Clare."

    The house has been very thoughtfully restored and it was a pleasure to stay there, very relaxing, very atmospheric. Lots of little touches, like fresh bread and the makings of an Irish breakfast awaiting us, were much appreciated. Already missing sitting in the window looking down on the Market Square and watching the world go by.

    Reviewed by MariaAug 2014

  • "A lovely place, lovely host and in a wonderful condition for a 200 year old house."

    Reviewed by Mary AliceJun 2014

  • "Great welcome to a wonderful house in a beautiful area."

    Everything we experienced was a delight. We were very sad to leave.

    Reviewed by RoslynJun 2013

  • "Kilrush is well located for the many attractions of the sweet County Clare."

    The Merchant's House is a lovely place to stay. It's in a good position in the town and has been sensitively restored to a high standard. We received a very warm welcome and the owner could not have been more helpful. Friends from the Netherlands who stayed there with us were equally impressed. Traditional music in the nearby Crotty's Bar was a bonus.

    Reviewed by DavidJul 2012

  • "A unique, character property, seeped in history which has been lovingly and carefully restored by the owner's."

    Excellent location, with very friendly and welcoming neighbors all around. Will definitely go back. Thank you to the owner and his family for making us so welcome.

    Reviewed by MariaFeb 2012

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The Merchant’s House Heritage Holiday Homes

These unique holiday homes overlook the Market Square in the lively harbour town of Kilrush, County Clare. Lovingly restored and beautifully furnished, these Kilrush homes offer wonderful period charm, boasting a number of original features dating from the property's beginnings in 1811 and subsequent history through the intervening 200 years. In 1963 the Fleadh Cheoil was held in Kilrush and The Dubliners played in what is now the kitchen of The Merchant’s Store. The timberwork and coving are faithfully presented in a style akin to that enjoyed by the milling merchant who first called the property home in the early 19th century. Antique furniture brings a certain level of luxury and visitors can take a step back in time and relax in the original cast iron clawed leg bath found in The Merchant’s House. For those that appreciate easy access to the amenities of a town, this Kilrush cottage townhouse is centrally located, perfect for the many shops, pubs and restaurants while the town is also home to a small beach, pier and marina. Kilrush is situated on the Wild Atlantic Way, a scenic driving route, which incorporates pretty coastal villages, walks and surfing beaches making it ideal for people of all ages whatever your taste of things to do. Upon leaving Kilrush, the Clare coast lays claim to some of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland while the spectacular Cliffs of Moher are less than an hour's drive. Whether you decide to explore the sights of this beautiful part of Ireland or to indulge in some traditional music and a pint of 'the black stuff' in one of the many welcoming pubs in the town, you can be rest assured that your charming Kilrush cottage townhouse will be waiting to welcome you home at the end of another fantastic day.

The property

This stunning two storey home is set over the first and second floor of this historic building.

With unique features and furnishings throughout, staying at the property is like stepping back in time.

With a well-equipped kitchen and dining space evenings in will be a delight.

Two bedrooms and a characterful sitting room provide a lovely setting for a relaxing break away which will live long in the memory.

Note: This property is above Ref: 946885, together they sleep 9.


  • Over first and second floors
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x second floor 4ft double, 1 x second floor double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Second floor bathroom with original clawed leg cast iron bath, basin and WC
  • First floor kitchen with dining area
  • First floor drawing room with woodburner and sofa bed
  • First floor cloakroom/storage room.
  • Electric storage heaters and electric panel heaters with woodburner in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD/radio
  • Library of books and games
  • Electricity included in rent, €25 supplement payable direct to owner Oct - March inclusive, starter pack of fuel for woodburner included
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • WiFi
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Roadside parking on first come, first served basis
  • Additional parking in FOC public car park close by
  • Bicycles can be hired by arrangement with owner
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Please note the stairgate can only be fitted to a bedroom door due to width of the stairs.

About the location


Kilkee 9 miles; Ennis 29 miles; Shannon Airport 40 miles.

The coastal town of Kilrush is located near the mouth of the River Shannon in the south-west of County Clare. An historic town, one of the listed Heritage Towns of Ireland, Kilrush was once an important Shannon port and is today home to a modern Marina and Heritage Centre. Take a boat trip from the marina and explore the lovely waters of the Shannon Estuary, with its many picturesque riverside towns and villages and resident population of bottle-nosed dolphins! Enjoy a drive along the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal touring route in the world, which goes through Kilrush. Alternatively, take a ferry to nearby Scattery Island, a 6th century monastic island featuring the ruins of several churches and a unique 10th century round tower. Kilrush offers supermarkets, traditional pubs, restaurants and an excellent 18 hole golf course, and golfers will also enjoy the Greg Norman designed golf links at the Trump international Golf Course, Doonbeg, which is within easy reach. Just 9 miles away is the seaside resort of Kilkee, which boasts a horse-shoe bay, 18-hole golf course, restaurants, pubs, cafes and good walking routes, and is the starting point for the Loop Head Drive along the rugged Atlantic coastline, offering wonderful coastal scenery. All the sights along the West Coast of Clare - Lahinch, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren region - as well as the town on Ennis, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park and the numerous other attractions are all in easy driving distance. If you feel the need to travel further afield, Shannon Ferry is just minutes away enabling you to explore the neighbouring counties of Limerick and Kerry.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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