TARA was built in 1880 for Mrs Ryan, a music teacher, and and her family who gave the house it's name. They lived here till the turn of the century when it became a surgeon's residence and surgery for a few years. Tara then became a maternity hospital, known as Nurse Starkies Maternity Hospital until the beginning of WW1, with many babies born here. It was then owned briefly by a dentist.
In 1919 a young doctor and his wife moved into the practise with the dentist and soon after bought the house in 1920 renaming it Alcazar. They made it their home and surgery until 1965 with 3 generations of the family living here. The house was then bought by the charity, Our Lady of Snow, and until 2008, when we bought Tara it was a boarding house sheltering a long list of colourful characters, so it has seen a lot of stories in its very full life.
We are in the process of bringing the old girl back up to its former glory. Tara has come a long way from the extremely dilapidated state it was in when we first found it and needs some more done to make it perfect but is a gorgeous work in progress. Our guests are charting that progress as we continue to make improvements, eventually enabling us to offer en suite facilities for each room.