Fine country living at Bayly Farm

Trish Dromey views a fine Georgian country home which could be turned to a number of uses.   

After almost 200 years in residence, the Bayly family are about to leave their Georgian home at Ballyclough in North Tipperary, creating an opportunity for a buyer who wishes to enjoy country living, on a rather grand scale.

While it’s called Bayly Farm, the two-bay detached two-storey property with a large modern wing and 6,000 sq ft of living space seems more country residence than farm, and is currently being run as a bed and breakfast.

It’s being sold with 29 acres of grounds which includes paddock, woodland and garden in addition to some tillage fields.

Originally called Clover Hill, the property was built around 1820 by a cadet branch of the Bayly family, which had been a major landowner in the area since the previous century. 

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Local history records show that the first owner was Rev Henry Bayly who had an estate with 101 plantation acres. 

One of the family’s subsequent claims to fame was that in the 1833, a daughter of the house, Helen Bayly, married Sir William Rowan Hamilton, a world-famous mathematician and physicist — who discovered the algebra of quaternions while walking with his wife by the Royal Canal.

This algebra is still being used in 3D computer graphics and calculating elliptical orbits.

Later in the 19th century, a son of the house, Lancelot Bayly made his name as a painter and held exhibitions in Dublin. Some of his paintings still hang at the farm.

Accessed by a tree-lined avenue, the L- shaped Georgian property has kept much of its original form and structure.

 Some of its timber sash windows have been replaced with double glazing, but the views which they offer of the parkland, the countryside and the Silvermines in the distance, probably haven’t changed a great deal since the house was first built.

The interior has high-ceilinged rooms with cornicing, picture rails, window shutters, and archways as well as fireplaces believed to date from at least the 19th Century. Carefully maintained by successive generations of Baylys, the property was upgraded by the current owners who turned it into a guest house and built on a new wing over 20 years ago.

Auctioneer Eoin Dillon of REA Dillon says the house has maintained much of the feel of a Georgian residence and that entering through the front porch into the hallway is a little like taking a step back in time.

There are three large reception rooms; a drawing room, a sitting room and a dining room with a cast iron fireplace which came from the dining room of Loughton House, a Georgian property in Moneygall.

A staircase in the hallway leads to the first floor which has two bathrooms and five bedrooms including an en suite. Three of these — the River Room, the Keeper Room and the Garden room — are offered as guest accommodation on the Bayly Farm website (www.baylyfarm.ie).

During the construction of the new wing with a dormer roof, the owners used some of the additional 3,000 sq ft of space to provide the house with a new kitchen, utility room and study. They also created a self-contained property which has a kitchen, living /dining room as well as a utility room, a bathroom, and two bedrooms including an en suite as well as attic space.

The grounds around the house include five acres of oak and ash plantation, three acres of grass paddock as well as five acres of river paddock at the front. To the rear there is a stone barn and a three-span hay barn.

Seeking offers of €750,000, Mr Dillon say

says this is a well-maintained period residence with character and history.

Located 3.6km from Nenagh, it’s being sold jointly with Colliers. Viewings have come from buyers interested in acquiring a country residence, others wanting to run it as a guesthouse, and another who is considering using it as a retreat centre.

The Bayly family is leaving the house, which is too big for them, but not the farm. The have kept 100 acres and are planning to build a smaller bungalow on it.

VERDICT: Country living of a by-gone era.

Ballyclough, Tipperary

€750,000

Size: 278 & 278 sq m, 3,000 & 3,000 sq ft

Bedrooms: 5 and 2.

Bathrooms: 4 and 2.

BER: Exempt (main house) and C2 (wing).

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