Castlerea, Co. Roscommon
Clonalis House is the ancestral home of the O’Conor family, direct descendants of Ireland’s last High King and traditional Kings of Connacht. The family has lived on this heavily wooded 700 acre estate on the banks of the River Suck for more than 1,000 years–an achievement unrivaled elsewhere in Ireland. The present Victorian house, the latest in a series on the estate, is a large, comfortable Italianate building on an elevated site. Clonalis is furnished with family portraits and memorabilia, including the harp of Turlough O’Carolan, the famous blind harpist.
An elegant Victorian mansion
The present owner, Richard O’Conor Nash, is the most recent of his family to live here and the the 27th generation of O’Conors since the last high King of Ireland, an unbroken line of descent stretching back for more than a thousand years.
Clonalis is now home to Richard and his family, the 27th generation of O’Conor’s since the last high king of Ireland.
Step back in history
The Library lined with ancient tomes, some of which date to the 16th century, is a wonderful room to spend time sitting by the peat fire. Dinner is served in the handsome dining room lined with portraits of O’Conors down through the generations. The elegant Drawing Room and the peaceful Chapel all contribute to the atmosphere which is Clonalis.
Guests are free to enjoy the peace and serenity of our 700-acre estate. We have 2 national walks through our woodlands The Suck Valley Way and the Beara Breifnie Way so guests can go exploring, breathe in the fresh air and return to a roaring fire. A place to feel at home.
Truly warm hospitality
Richard & Carol-Anne O’Conor Nash live here with their family and are renowned for their warm hospitality……
Things to do in the area
We suggest that guests enjoy the simple pleasures of country living. Take advantage of miles of walks through our woods and meadows, play croquet on the lawn, surround yourself with nature, relax, recharge or revive.
Nestled deep within the Roscommon countryside, our historic home may feel a million miles away from it all, but we’re actually just a stone’s throw from these top places to visit, Strokestown House & the Irish National famine museum, Kings House, Clonmacnoise (ancient monastic settlement where the last two O’Conor Kings are buried), Boyle Lough Key Forest park with its zip lining, Segway, boat tours walking & cycling trails and The Shed distillery (home of Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin) is also close by. We also have some notable golf courses and renowned fishing lakes & great surfing nearby.
We asked some of our guests how they enjoyed their stay with us in Clonalis House and here is what they had to say…
“From the very beginning we felt at home and like pampered Aunts & Uncles. We liked everything especially the conversations” (Kevin, Eviivo)
“amazing combination of history, beauty, comfort & personalised attention.” (Clonalis Guest Book)
“Too brief! The O’Connor family extended the warmest of welcomes. The house & grounds are lovely, our room was charming, and Marguerite is a very fine cook, so meals are quite delicious, and enjoyed in elegant & cosy surroundings. History buffs will enjoy the manuscript room in particular though, of course, history pervades the house & grounds.” (Clonalis Guest Book)
Richard & Carol-Anne O’Conor Nash live here with their family and enjoy sharing the romantic history of their magnificent home with guests, making it a stunning venue for intimate weddings.
In recent years Clonalis have hosted micro weddings for parties of up to 30 people. Guests enjoy the intimacy and exclusivity of Clonalis and the grounds on which it stands. There is also a small chapel situated in Clonalis which can host blessings.
The reception rooms are all very spacious, with old furnishings and many interesting historic details, the bedrooms consist of massive four poster and half tester beds with bathrooms to match.
The dining room where wedding guests dine is an impressive and elegant room, with a richly decorated table that is perfect for a special occasion; the room is dressed with flowers and candles to suit the occasion. There are no restrictions except the seasonal closure but the house is not suitable for children.
Walled garden marquee weddings
For guests interested in larger wedding parties, Clonalis can offer the option of a marquee wedding in the walled garden. This facility would include the use of the self catering cottages in the Courtyard at Clonalis.
Guests staying on for a few days will find this a good base from which to explore counties Roscommon, Galway, Mayo and Sligo.
Clonalis House, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, F45 H265, Ireland
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