Quality at the right price

MAKE a grand entrance into the period property market through the impressive wrought iron gates of the Woodhouse estate in Stradbally, Co Waterford: the guide on this stately home is revised from €6 million to €4 million as it goes publicly for sale.

The 126-acre Woodhouse estate is steeped in over 400 years of history. It dates back to the early 16th century when it was originally built by the Fitzgeralds, a branch of the Desmond Geraldines. Lord Beresford also resided here, having acquired the property through marriage. It was also associated for a period with overseas owners and the former Health Minister, Dr John O’Connell.

What exists today is an extended version of the original, comprising a 10-bedroom, six-bay Georgian home set among acres of mature oak trees just up the road from beautiful Stradbally strand.

Although new to the market, there have already been enquiries from potential purchasers at home and abroad.

People are always looking for a quality estate, says Robert Ganley of Knight Frank, joint agent with Marcus Magnier and Diana Humphries of Colliers Jackson Stops.

The current owners of Woodhouse (who acquired it only in the last few years) have carried out a lot of work on the property in recent months. It has been painted, work has been carried out on the roof, all of the sash windows and shutters are now in full working order, the gate lodge has been fully restored and the old walkways through the property have been cleared and put back into use.

The main house is now ready for occupation. It has four reception rooms, 10 bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom and conservatory.

The grounds include a gate lodge, two cottages in need of restoration, a farmyard and stable block with 14 loose boxes.

The land is divided between pasture and oak forest, planted in 1742 along the River Tay, which flows through the grounds.

The river is stocked with salmon and trout and fishing rights, come with the property, also well-suited to equestrian pursuits.

The €4 million guide price is for the house and buildings on 126 acres. However, there is the possibility of purchasing a further 204 acres, bringing the total to 330 acres.

The Woodhouse Estate is 12km from Dungarvan, and 32km from Waterford Airport.

Knight Frank say the British country house market above €10m is holding up well, but the same level here will be put to the test at the Adare Manor estate ini Clare, where they are handling the sale of an eight-bedroom 16,500 sq ft home called Winterwood, set on three acres, priced at €12 million.

The house was built by Limerick developer Robert Butler, who has finished it to a standard that is fitting for a modern manor. The entrance hall has an enormous crystal chandelier and a sweeping staircase with stone steps leading to curved balconies on two levels overlooking an atrium. Besides the eight en suite bedrooms are a drawing room, library, gym, sauna, golf room, formal and informal dining rooms, family room, kitchen, sun room and play room.


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