Luxury living in Adare

Trish Dromey discovers an expansive and lavishly-appointed modern home in the historic Co Limerick town

Adare manners: Time flies at The Paddocks, where this heron water feature rotates to tell the time.

Adare, Co Limerick - €1.5 million

  • Size: 332 sq m (3,582 sq ft)
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • BER: C2

For a buyer looking for luxurious accommodation in Adare - on a more permanent basis than a €1,995-a-night Signature Suite in JP McManus’s the newly reopened Adare Manor - The Paddocks has just become available....with a €1.5 million price tag.

A very substantial five-bed family residence on 4.5 acres of grounds, it has stables and paddock, running track, golf practice green, games room, and a tennis court. For buyers who want access to additional facilities, (after its €50m-plus upgrade) Adare Manor is just a five-minute drive away.

Build in 1988 and completely redecorated by the owners who have had it since 2000, The Paddocks has a very high level of creature comfort as well as landscaped gardens filled with ornamental features as well as practical ones. There’s a stone summerhouse and a rose garden, as well as several ponds including a circular one which is actually a water clock with two sculpted herons which act as hands to tell the time.

Selling agents Rooney auctioneers believe this to be one of the finest residential properties to come on the market in Adare for quite some time. Auctioneer Lisa Kearney says that although Adare has always been popular, the reopening of the enlarged Adare Manor Hotel and golf course is now making it even more so, especially with buyers from abroad: “We have already had interest from a US buyer who has been staying there,” she says.

One of just a tiny number of Limerick homes with a price tag in excess of €1 million at present, The Paddocks is quite rare to the market in Adare which, according to the Property Price Register, hasn’t seen a sale of at this price level since 2015.

Offering over 3,500 sq ft of living space, The Paddocks is redbrick and quite modern on the outside with a two-tier roof at the front and an L-shaped sunroom at the rear.

The interior has been decorated in classic style by owners, who chose mainly gold, cream and reds in their colour schemes and filled their home with both period style and antique furniture and also hung Waterford Crystal chandeliers in many of the main living areas. Off one side of the spacious red and gold hallway at the front is an elegant cream and gold drawing room with a marble fireplace, a chandelier and a hand-made V’soske carpet. At the other side of the hall is a long dining room decorated in green and gold and perfect for formal entertaining.

To the rear is a less formal reception room used for family living which has a TV and bookshelves as well as a restored period fireplace. Alongside it is a large, well-equipped kitchen / dining room with a cream gloss c Siematic kitchen with granite countertops.

Off the kitchen is an L-shaped wraparound sunroom — which uses the redbrick exterior walls as a feature and is designed to get sun throughout the day.

There’s a large games room which has a full-size snooker table and doubles up as a music room, as well as a utility room, a bathroom, and an office/study.

A staircase, overhung with a chandelier,, leads to the first floor which has a bathroom and five bedrooms. Two of these have en suites, including the master bedroom at the front which is decorated in cream and red.

Electric gates at the front lead through to landscaped gardens with water fountains, ponds and stone and gravel paths.

There’s also a block of three stables with a tack room, a large storage facility / hangar and a huge expanse of paddock.

VERDICT: Adare luxury, with lot of extras.

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