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“a bit eccentric but great”
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Newpark House
Ranked #2 of 34 Ennis B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2013

Decklan, the host and lord of the manor, is a character who well fits the old family estate which he presides over. Set way off the road this 18th century mansion could be uses as a period movie set with its well worn bones and funrnishings, books and artifacts collected over the century. Chickens in the back yard and dogs lazing about make you feel that you are a guest of a friend rather than a tourist. The breakfast was lovingly made. All in all a great stay.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 25, 2013

We stayed at Newpark House from 5-12 July, 2013. What a fantastic place to spend the last week of our 3 week journey through Scotland and Ireland. Centrally located to all the places we wanted to see our last week (Ennis, Cliffs of Moher, the Aron Islands, the Dingle Pennisula, Bunratty Castle, the Willy Clancy festival in Milltown Malbay, searching for ancestry links a few miles away, a block from a grocery store with ATM and a restaurant, and only about 15 minutes from the Shannon airport).
Our rooms were lovely, comfortable and clean. The great breakfasts (full Irish with fresh eggs from the hen house, delicious fruit, much of it picked fresh, fresh baked bread, biscuits and scones, etc.) were a great start for all our daily journeys.
We stayed in room 3, our sisters and brothers-in-law were in rooms 2 and 5. Rooms 2 & 3 share a balcony, on which we enjoyed the evenings, playing cards and visiting with each other and enjoying the beauty of our surroundings. The rooms were lovely. The house and grounds are beautiful, a pastoral setting in the city with historic stone ruins right next to the B&B. We enjoyed relaxing in the lovely library with lots of reading material, much on Ireland and even a puzzle to work on (something I love).
Declan and his mother, Bernie, were great hosts. Bernie’s baking the evening before breakfast filled the house with delicious smells! Declan is expert on ancestry search and both are full of great information for whatever questions you might have to make your outings the best. Lovely place and people and what a blessing it was to spend our last week there.

Missy and Carlin Craig
Lafayette, LA

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

What a great way to end our magical trip to Ireland! It's outside of Ennis, about a 30-minute walk. We loved the old-worldness of the place, the wonderful pets--a terrier with a funny face, a noble Irish setter, and a friendly calico cat. Also cows and chickens! Declan, the host, and his mother were welcoming without being TOO present, if you know what I mean. Just perfect. The house is a wonder, honestly: full of antiques, like stepping into another century. We had a wonderful breakfast the next day in a dining room that felt like a room in a Helena Bonham Carter movie. Delightful!

Room Tip: We had room 1. The shower is a little hard to turn on--requires some strength--but that is a quibble...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I found Newpark manor on Tripadvisor when I was looking for a place near Shannon to spend our last two nights in Ireland. It looked interesting and a bit quirky, and sounded like just the place for us, including the references to genealogy since my wife is Irish-Canadian on both sides. It was everything we hoped for and more. Beautiful antiques-filled manor house surrounded by 50 acres of quiet grounds with ruins, paths, cows, chickens, dogs and a cat. This place is probably not for everyone -- it is not like staying in a new hotel -- but I am recommending it to everyone I know who travels to Ireland, and I wouldn't consider staying elsewhere on our next trip. Really unique and lovely. If you go, take Declan's advice (he left the brochure in our room) and take the two - three hours Burren walk with Tony Kirby. It was one of the highlights of our trip. One of the many, many highlights, I might add. Bed was great, reading material rich and deep, and only 20 minutes to Shannon airport. Make sure you understand that it isn't a chain hotel and you'll love it.

Room Tip: Room 1 has a larger bed than the other rooms we looked at. If you're well over six feet as I am...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 19, 2013

In Nick Carraway's words (Fitzgerald), "not everyone has had the advantages I have had," and I am most blessed to have been able to travel to Ireland and land at the Newpark House in Ennis, County Clare, for a week. Accompanied by my husband and joining siblings and their spouses across the pond was exquisite, and sharing our trip with the proprietors extraordinaire (Declan and his Mum Bernie), elevated our experience to beyond expectations. The house is gorgeous, homey, historic, secluded yet close to conveniences, and story-book picturesque.
The location was perfect for all our day trips, to the Cliffs of Moher, the Dingle Peninsula, the Aran Islands (via boat out of Doolin), Milltown Malbay for the Willie Clancy music festival, Spanish Point, and of course, the lovely town of Ennis with many shops and unique boutiques and quaint historic pubs alive in the evenings with traditional Irish music.
The included breakfast was a daily feast with many choices for all tastes; I especially loved the variety of fresh breads and scones and biscuits and the many flavors of homemade jams and marmalades, special "sides" to whatever breakfast chosen.
As is typical when you return from a magical experience, you are quick to plan a return visit. My husband (Dan) and I are already looking forward a future trip that includes a stay at the Newpark House. We highly recommend it! Char (and Dan) Hall

Room Tip: Rooms 2 and 3 share a large balcony overlooking the ruins on the grounds below and the charming gard...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

My husband and I spent our last two nights at Newpark House four years ago and it was our absolute favorite of the eight days we were in Ireland. We liked it so much that when we planned a return journey for this summer with my sister and brother and their spouses, I wrote to Declan to secure rooms for an entire week. We asked for our beautiful room with canopy bed, window seats and sitting area (Room 5) back again and he offered the two rooms that share a balcony (Rooms 2 and 3) for the other two couples. It was perfect! I hadn't realized how big the balcony is; it was like having an extra room that we all shared, especially in the evenings after busy days, overlooking the lovely garden and yard. The property is secluded and peaceful, the house is historic and Bronte-esque with gorgeous and appropriate furnishings; the rooms and ensuite baths are very roomy and clean; the hosts (the very gracious Declan and his wonderful Mum Bernie) do anything and everything to ensure that their guests are comfortable and happy and have all the best information for nearby attractions and best travel routes and just everything right down to researching their ancestry. They truly go above and beyond and are great conversationalists to boot! Breakfast is exquisite; so much variety even if you don't choose the delicious full Irish breakfast with eggs from their own hens and finally done to perfection. The fresh fruit, unique yogurts, and homemade porridge are topped if you wish by fresh berries picked right there on the property. Even the resident pups are a pleasure to know! (Our favorite was Jesse with the bushy eyebrows and Irish face!) It is just so comfortable and homey, yet so elegant at the same time, it is a place you just have to experience to really appreciate. And Ennis is the perfect hub for short trips to Doolin, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Bunratty, the Burren, and our favorite, Milltown Malbay for the annual Willie Clancy Music Festival. Shannon Airport is a quick and easy 20 minutes away.

Needless to say, we can't wait to return to Newpark House. It gets our highest recommendation.

Cathie (and Rick) Barry

Room Tip: Please see above for our favorites, but we peaked at every room and they are all lovely!
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Newpark House in Ennis. The historic property is charming and surrounded by many acres of woods and pastures to explore. Our room was very comfortable; breakfasts were excellent. Our hosts, Bernie and Declan, were delightful and very accommodating.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: Tulla Road, Ennis, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Munster > County Clare > Ennis
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Ranked #2 of 34 B&Bs / Inns in Ennis
Number of rooms: 6
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