IF you are not to the Manor born by birth, fear not: you can always buy your way to the good life – and Limerick’s Crecora might be a place to start.
Similar to Adare and a few other choice mid-west hot spots, Crecora is one of those locations embraced during the heady days of the property boom, yielding up its prime land for huge new homes.
And one of the hugest just might be the mannered and manored Somerton House, built less than a decade ago, but immediately aged and settled into its grounds - thanks to the not inconsiderable sums spent on landscaping and planting of already mature trees.
They almost literally root it to its six acres of private ground and paddock, and even more land (14 acres) can be acquired if a new owner really wants to live the life of a squire.
The stone and brick-built two and a half storey Somerton House has 6,000 sq ft of living space, plus a large garage, car port and office. And its grounds even include a small lake, or large pond.
Estate agent Gordon Kearney of Rooneys in Limerick city quotes and AMV of € 2.3 million for one of the region’s most distinctive and best modern builds, and says he’s open to offers for the vendors, originally from Galway, with Limerick business interests, and who bought Somerton a few years ago.
It looks and feels like the real deal, only newer, and is built with concrete floors on all three levels. Its list of accommodation and features is a check-list of top-end product, starting with the four-oven Aga in the country style kitchen, with painted, granite-topped mahogany units.
Mahogany crops up again in the galleried hall’s floor, where there’s also a Liscannor limestone fireplace with cast-iron gas-fired stove, the main lounge has an impressive high cut limestone fireplace, with sun room off, and the sitting room’s fireplace is black marble, and this room has a bay window and French doors to the rear patio, with raised decking and a feature pergola beyond, with glimpses up the high brick gable walls.
The ground level also has a utility, dining room, and guest WC, upstairs are four bedrooms, all en suite (the master has a walk-in dressing room and a Jacuzzi bath) and the uppermost floor has two more bedrooms and a bathroom. All taps produce filtered drinking water, showers are powered and pumped, and there’s a biocycle for waste, plus a power generator in case of electricity outages.
Spending is also evident in the zoned heating, sensor lighting and alarm, the quality of the limestone entrance pillars and electric gates. Build quality is high, and money was equally lavished in the grounds. It should all mature rather well over the next few centuries, a classic in the wings.
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