Large, rare Victorian home in Ennis, on market for €450,000-plus

This home has already attracted interest from emigrants returning from Dubai and New York as well as buyers in Limerick, Galway and Shannon. 

Ennis Co Clare €450,000-plus

Size: 278 sq m ( 3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 4 & 2

Bathrooms: 1&1

BER: Exempt 

The selling agents for Gleneagles on Lifford Road in Ennis don’t appear to be exaggerating when they that this substantial detached Victorian property is rare to the market.

A quick online property check reveals that with its guide of more than €450,000, it’s easily one of most expensive properties available in the town, as well as being the only detached Victorian property currently on the market in Ennis.

It’s believed to have been built for a local magistrate in 1875, which seems plausible since it’s just a five-minute walk from the local courthouse which was built in 1850. 

Subsequently bought by a local business family, it’s been extensively refurbished by current owners who have had it for the last 20 years.

“It’s been done magnificently — original features such as marble fireplaces, cornicing, tiling and sanitary ware have been kept, while the house was upgraded to modern standards, drylined and fitted with double glazed sash windows,” says auctioneer Cormac O’Sullivan of DNG O’Sullivan Hurley. 

In all there’s 3,000 sq ft of accommodation — some 2,200 sq ft of this is in the original four-bed two-storey house. The additional 800 sq ft is in an adjoining single-storey lodge which appears to have been a later addition.

Mr O‘Sullivan says the attraction of the property doesn’t just lie in its elegantly-restored high-ceilinged interiors but also in its site of a third of an acre — with a courtyard and private gardens enclosed by walls and hedges.

“Gleneagles is situated on an exclusive tree-lined road across from Smythe Park. It’s within a ten-minute walk from the town centre and is one of only a small number of substantial detached properties in the town dating from Victorian times.”

Entrance is through a large front porch with arched windows and vaulted ceiling which leads though to a hallway which has restored cornicing, a ceiling rose and dado rails. 

On either side of the hallway there’s a reception room — one has a marble fireplace while the other has a granite fireplace with a stove. 

Both have 9’ high ceilings with elaborate coving and high, shuttered windows. 

A second hallway at the rear leads to a timber-floored dining room which has an archway opening in to the kitchen.

Spacious and more modern than the other rooms, this has white units with granite worktops, a movable granite-topped island, as well as a traditional stone fireplace which has been converted to facilitate an oil-fired range.

The first floor has a main bathroom with a bath set in a marble surround, as well as four carpeted bedrooms, all with high ceilings and picture rails.

The adjoining guest lodge can be entered from the main house but also has a separate entrance.

Accommodation here includes a kitchen dining room with fitted units, a timber-floored reception room with an exposed stone wall, and a timber-panelled vaulted ceiling. 

It has a ground-floor shower room and two upstairs bedrooms. 

In the gardens, there’s a detached garage, an attractive courtyard with an 8’ foot high stone wall, as well as lawned gardens planted with shrubs and seating which is sheltered behind high stone walls and hedging. 

Mr O’Sullivan says it’s early days yet, but that Gleneagles has already attracted interest from emigrants returning from Dubai and New York as well as buyers in Limerick, Galway and Shannon.

VERDICT: They don’t build houses like this any more


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