Our Story

Hello, we are Tony and Joanne Burke owners of  Burkedale House for 18 years. We bought it after  we moved to Ireland in 2001. Tony is originally from Dublin and Joanne from Oxford. We met over 30 years ago in London.

We  wanted our children, Naomi & Hamish to be educated in Ireland hence the move to Clare in 2001. The proximity to Shannon Airport was key in our choice of location as Tony, an IT Consultant, commuted for work. Tony was familiar with the county from his rock climbing days and Joanne was soon to fall in love with its diversity. 

When the children flew the nest and went to university in the UK we decided to head back to the UK too. We wanted other people to enjoy the spectacular views from the house and relax in its comfortable surroundings and began our Airbnb journey.

After 6 years back in the UK Joanne retired from her nursing career and we returned to Burkedale House and bought  the cottage at the end of the garden. 6 months was spent renovating the 100 year old traditional Irish cottage before welcoming our  first guests in April 2018. At the same time we started to offer B&B in the house. We also had a new addition to the family, our border collie, Bali who is a real hit with the guests. Last year we were adopted by Hermione a black and white cat who thought this was a nice place to live!

We could not be more delighted with the success of the business and love welcoming guests from around the world.

For 2020 we have added  our newly renovated Garden Suite, self catering accommodation for up to 4 people. We of course still have the cottage and 1 B&B room. 

In addition to running the accommodation we are both Nordic Walking instructors working through our sister company Nordic Fitness Ireland

We can arrange learn to Nordic Walk courses and guided or self guided  walks for our guests ( booking and additional cost required). We always enjoy the 5k circular walk / run from the house round to the monastery stopping off for a cup of tea at the castle.

We love to travel and have visited many places around the world memories of which can be seen on our numerous fridge magnets and landscape photos around the house, and world map in the Garden Suite.

 We hope you enjoy Burkedale House & Cottage as much as we do.

Our Mission

To provide you with outstanding comfort for your holiday home  from home

We are a family owned; family run business. Established in 2018 we provide luxury accommodation to suit couples, families and solo travelers.

Having travelled extensively ourselves we know what is important when you are away from home. We aim to ensure your every need is met

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