Sheedy’s Country House has been in the family since the early 1700’s – a much-loved home that has been passed down the line of four generations, from great grandfather to son. It was John’s Grandmother Alice Sheedy who opened the doors to guests in the 1930’s. Alice offered the best in Irish Hospitality right up to the 1970’s when John’s Mother Patsy took over. John and Martina, along with their children Matthew and Roisin, carry on the tradition of welcoming guests and offerings the very best in hospitality. Originally the homestead on the family farm, the house was converted into a hotel in the 1930’s and has grown in reputation as one of County Clare’s premium country destinations.
To arrive at this classically beautiful boutique hotel is to immediately feel the history of Ireland of old and to feel connected to a time when things were a little slower, a little gentler. Beautiful timber floors, spacious open rooms and antique furniture offer both style and comfort, while the personal and individual service for which the hotel is known, ensure a totally relaxing stay… as well as offering you a beautiful gateway to the many attractions and highpoints of West Clare.
Sheedy’s is owned and run by husband and wife team, John and Martina Sheedy – who immediately make you feel like family guests in their special home and are on hand at all times to make your stay the best it can be.
Beginning his career in the mid 1980’s, John’s achievements are proof of his lifelong love for fine food. He began as chef in the Michelin Star restaurant of the Plaza Athénée in Paris. He then returned to Ireland to be chef at the Blue Book Property, Longueville House, in Mallow, Cork – and later, took up the position of Chef de Cuisine at Ashford House. From cooking for dignitaries in New York, to appearing in a television series for the Discovery channel – John’s experience is vast and flavourful.
Your front of house host is Martina, who dedicates her time to ensuring your stay is comfortable, relaxing and special. Martina began her career in Ragdale Hall in Leicestershire, England – later moving to Ashford House where she met John and then the Mount Juliet Hotel in Kilkenny. In 2007 Martina received the ‘Host of the Year Award’ from Georgina Campbell.
John and Martina’s partnership is built on preserving the house’s 300 year old tradition of gracious country living – and they look forward to sharing it with you.
Our way is about hospitality with integrity. Our promise to you is one of quality, individual attention and want-for-nothing service.
We have built Sheedy’s on the spirit of all that is real, traditional and authentic and it’s reflected in everything we do – from our attention to the smallest details to the way we work with our local community . We are a part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark – a network of businesses committed to working together to ensure a cared-for landscape, a preserved heritage and a sustainable future. We have established years-long relationships with local food producers and suppliers – helping to build their business while bringing you the very best of local fare.
John and Martina Sheedy run one of the west of Ireland’s best-loved small hotels – it offers some of the most luxurious accommodation and the best food in the area, yet it still has the warm ambience and friendly hands-on management which make a hotel special.
Georgina Campbell, Campbell Guide to Ireland