Ancestral Home of the O’Conors descendents of the last High Kings of Ireland and Kings of Connaught, Clonalis House was built in 1878 by Charles Owen O Conor Don. The House was designed by Pepys Cockrell – it is a Victorian Italianate Mansion with 45 rooms. Located just west of Castlerea, the lands have belonged to the family for a history-making 1,500 years.
Clonalis was the first concrete house to be built in Ireland and, contrary to the perception of Victorian architecture as being dark and gloomy, once you cross the threshold you enter and elegant, bright house with lots of natural light. It has been sensitively restored and contains its original furniture, its collection of historic portraits and its library of over 7,000 books which date from the 17th century. A collection of over 100,000 items includes the O’Conor coronation stone and the harp once belonging to the great Turlough O’Carolan.
Today Clonalis House provide a fabulous place to stay and enjoy it’s timelessly elegant surroundings on either a bed and breakfast or self catering basis.