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The Merchant's Store

(Ref. 946885)

Kilrush, Country Clare Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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20 Customer Reviews

  • "The Merchant’s Store was a perfect place to spend a week in Ireland."

    From there we could easily drive to a number of other locations or just stay local as the urge dictated. Pubs and shops were within an easy walkable distance. Paul was very accommodating and easy to deal with - a charming gentleman indeed. If we’re lucky enough to get back to Ireland one day, we would definitely consider staying there again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2023

  • "The merchant Store was everything and more ."

    ..the location was fantastic the house itself was so BEAUTIFUL Was so comfortable clean and Jenna was amazing thanks for all the Information we had the best stay ever thank you Paul

    Reviewed by Tracy5.0Jul 2023

  • "Great property, very convenient location, very friendly owner."

    I loved it!

    Reviewed by Christina5.0May 2023

  • "The Merchant's Store is a genuinely great property providing ground floor access throughout, substantial rooms and a quiet location only 40 metres from the main Market Square and a superb 19th century pub - Crotty's - renowned for its friendly Irish atmosphere, cosy small rooms warmed by fires, rugby on TV, weekend live music, superb home-made food and very carefully looked after Guinness."

    In addition the store is walking distance from local shops in Kilrush which is a beautiful West Clare small town on the stunning Shannon estuary and the Wild Atlantic Way drive or cycle route to see County Clare's impressive (very) high cliff-lined west coast. Inside the store we enjoyed the outstanding unique historic furniture and fixtures including paintings and signs and the carefully restored bar and shop features. As retired geography and history teachers we rated everything including the excellent value for money and scored the property unquestionably A+++ and ideal for a small group of up to 4 holiday makers.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Loved how quirky this property is, Paul has something really special!"

    Hope others do this in towns around the country. A fab way of bringing buildings back to life. Everything you need and very spacious, and clean, everything we needed was provided. Highly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Jamie5.0Oct 2022

  • "Great family holiday and so nice to see the old pub conversion into such wonderful accommodation."

    Great convenient location. Mary thanks to Paul and his Mum Mary for looking after everything.. All looking forward to coming back again.

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Sep 2022

  • "This property was perfect, the old world and the new blended to perfection."

    Right in town centre close to great pubs and food in pubs exceptional. The town is full of history famine workhouse, landlord's, Black and Tans. Other beauty spots in near driving range. So the house is perfectly situated. Paul is a great host.

    Maire delighted you all enjoyed your time with us and thank you for your kind and lovely feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Maire5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed the character of the place and the location in Kilrush was great."

    Parking was free and we were close to the square and the shops. It was really easy to pick up the keys from the owner's shop and they were really helpful. (We had a toaster that didn't work and when we popped into the shop around the corner, they replaced it immediately.

    Hello Emma, delighted you enjoyed your stay in our historic house and thank you for taking the time to leave feedback, it is much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Emma4.4Jul 2022

  • "Had a Great Week at this Property, It’s a lovely Place to stay Located in the ..."

    Had a Great Week at this Property, It’s a lovely Place to stay Located in the Square in Kilrush, Paul was Very Helpful, Will Definitely be Booking this Property Again,

    Reviewed by Ciaran5.0Oct 2021

  • "Staying at the Store was a unique experience - loved the carefully curated style of the apartment, the close proximity to all amenities, eateries and activities on offer - I felt the bathroom let the Store down a little - suggest a Victorian style shower stall for less able bodied folk and a slipper bath might be easier for such a small tank - but in all - I had a wonderful stay ."

    Reviewed by Mo4.7Sep 2021

  • "Best ever holiday accommodation we have used."

    Reviewed by Eugene5.0Aug 2019

  • "This is a really special holiday rental."

    Beautifully restored and also child friendly. It felt like a real adventure when we arrived. Couldn't recommend enough! Thanks

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Jun 2019

  • "Lovely place to stay owner was so helpful and informative."

    Suggested a more detailed list of amenities in the house as people traveling on the budget airlines have restricted luggage and may prefer to know what they do not need to take,( but the house was lacking nothing)

    Reviewed by Carol4.4May 2019

  • "This was a truly amazing place to stay."

    It was decorated and furnished in line with its era but still had all the comforts. The feel of the old bar was retained and this added to the experience. My 8 year old loved 'working' behind the bar taking orders for drinks and food. A great place to stay and so central to access all parts of county Clare.

    Reviewed by Therese5.0Jul 2018

  • "The Merchants store was lovely,the situation was fantastic right in the centre ..."

    The Merchants store was lovely,the situation was fantastic right in the centre of the delightful town of Kilrush, the owner Paul went the extra mile to make sure ww had a lovely stay

    Reviewed by Sheila4.4Jun 2018

  • "My sister and I really enjoyed our stay a the Merchant’s Store."

    It is centrally located in downtown Kilrush and is quaintly furnished but has all the modern conviences. Dishwasher, washer/dryer, stove, oven, refrigerator, WiFi, and it’s own private little patio garden. We couldn’t have been more pleased with it and the owner Paul is a joy to visit with.

    Reviewed by Terry5.0Jun 2018

  • "We have just returned from a wonderful week at The Merchant's Store, and we could have easily stayed for longer!"

    The building has been lovingly restored by the owner, Paul, in a way that is completely sympathetic to its history. The whole place has a real charm, with interesting things to look at at every turn. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and it has been the perfect place from which to explore the beautiful County Clare. If you are looking for a place to stay that is within easy reach of the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way, look no further than The Merchant's Store.

    Reviewed by Sinead5.0May 2018

  • "The Merchants Store is fantastic, it’s like stepping back in time."

    The total refursbment of this property is a credit to the owner who is a very helpful and nice person. The location is perfect and sitting in the snug brings back childhood memories. I can not recommend renting the Store highly enough, I will be returning. Shane

    Reviewed by Shane5.0Oct 2017

  • "Loved the inspired renovation of this former shop."

    It was very spacious and located right in the centre of the town. The owner was friendly and very helpful in assisting us with information on local facilities. He also shared mince pies from the nearby Trump golf course with us.

    Reviewed by Helen4.8Sep 2017

  • "Property was terrific."

    ..location perfect for exploring southwest Clare...beautifully appointed furnishings. Host, Paul Gleeson, very helpful and accommodating. No issues..fabulous time.

    Reviewed by Annie5.0Jun 2017

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  • All ground floor
  • Two double bedrooms
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting areas with solid fuel stove.
  • Central heating powered by solid fuel stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Saorview, WiFi, DVD, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent April-Sept, €25 supplement payable directly to owner Oct-March
  • Starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking on first come, first served basis
  • Additional parking in FOC public car park close by
  • Courtyard garden
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 min walk
  • Note: Although all ground floor, there is one step up to the sitting area.

The property

This all ground floor apartment has been refurbished from its previous life as a shop and many of the original features have been retained.

The shop window is now a small sitting area and from here the apartment opens up into an open plan living area.

The galley kitchen has everything you will need and the solid fuel stove in the sitting room makes this a cosy space to relax in the evening.

A bathroom with a freestanding bath and two double bedrooms complete the accommodation.

Note: This property is below Ref: 4669, together they sleep 9.

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.

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:

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