This striking architect-designed family home has something for everyone, says Trish Dromey.
The architect for Ryvoan at Castleconnell in Limerick threw symmetry to the winds to create a unique and striking property with a range of different angles, shapes, slopes and windows.
It has windows which are wide, others that are narrow, square ones, rectangular ones as well as dormer windows with flat roofs and dormer windows with arched roofs. The roof shapes and slopes are also varied and asymmetrical, and the architect completed Ryvoan’s striking appearance by painting it a deep rich shade of ochre yellow.
The owners, who bought it in the early 2000s, were smitten by its appearance, size and comfort, but most of all, by the scenic views of the River Shannon which can be seen from the back.
“We are looking down at a turn in the river and from the gardens we can hear the sound of the water flowing”, says the lady of the house.
Previous owners had built the property in 2000 and called it Ryvoan, indicating that they might have been Scottish since Ryvoan Pass is a scenic walking route in Scotland. When the current owners bought it they thought the exterior shade of yellow was a little too strong.
“We painted it a lighter colour but we changed it back again because we decided that it suited it much better this way.’’
Ryvoan, with four bedrooms and over 3,000 sq ft of living space provided all the space the couple needed for themselves and their three small children in addition to giving them one and a half acres of grounds with grazing for Uncle Paul and Bluebell, the family horses.
Changes made since moving in have involved redecoration as well as converting an outhouse into stables and putting a roof on first floor balcony to create a covered terrace “so we can sit out on and enjoy the views of the river all year round”.
The main living area is a 40 ft long oak floored kitchen/living/dining room, which extends from front to rear. To the front is a kitchen with country style cream units, hardwood worktops, a plate rack, an Aga and walls papered in a pretty pink Laura Ashley floral pattern.
At the far end, with large windows offering scenic river views, is the dining area, a bright space which matches the kitchen by having a cream dresser and some Laura Ashley patterning on the curtains. In between the dining room and the kitchen, is a comfortable sitting /TV room with a fireplace and a stove.
Double doors from the dining room at the rear lead through to a second timber floored living room with a stove. There’s also a ground floor en suite guest bedroom, a games or playroom and a utility room.
At one side of the hallway is an office with a separate entrance which could be used as a consultation room for someone working from home.
A staircase leading for the Laura Ashley patterned hallway leads to the first floor which has a spacious central landing, a bathroom and four bedrooms including one used as a study.
The master bedroom has an en suite and a walk-in wardrobe as well as a covered terrace with seating, a set of binoculars and the best views in the house.
Enclosed by six-foot high stonewalls and mature trees at the front, Ryvoan has wrought iron gates opening in to a front cobbled area with a stable block for Uncle Paul and Bluebell, painted yellow to match the house.
The majority of the site is found at the rear of the property where the gardens slope down to the river. Outside the dining area is a large raised decked area with views of the river, countryside and the horses grazing in grassy fields.
The owners say that in addition to offering great views the riverside site also provides great space for playing and is good for all manner of activities including swimming, tree climbing and hide and seek.
“The greatest pleasure for our children was, and still is, sitting on the oak tree at the bottom of the garden watching the world go by,’’
Located almost two kilometers from Castleconnell village, Ryvoan is 12 kilometres from Limerick city. Seeking offers of €695,000, Ailbhe O’Malley of Sherry FitzGerald Limerick, says that the river frontage is its key attraction.
“Castleconnell is hugely sought-after area for trade up buyers from the city. For a waterside property on a site that sweeps right down to the river’s edge, and is also spacious and in excellent order, strong interest is expected.”
Castleconnell, Co Limerick
Size: 290 sq m (3,100 sq ft)
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