Killenoughty is so stylish

THERE’S pastiche and then there is this house at Crecora in Co Limerick - a detailed and finely executed tribute to the Irish country house.

Georgian in style, but second millennium in date, no expense has been spared in Killenoughty House at Crecora.

Not too big and not too small, it’s a lifestyle property that includes a six acre site, stables, a hard core yard, sand arena and paddocks.

As well as the obvious rural pleasures that attend it, the house is still within commuting distant of Limerick and is therefore ideal for the professional/executive market, a sector the house is solidly aimed at.

John de Courcy of de Courcy Estate Agents gives a guide price of €1.65 million for this impressive property.

Des O’Malley of Sherry FitzGerald O’Malley sold what he describes as ‘the most expensive house in Limerick’ at auction on the 2nd of October last. Beechlawn House, a period property on the salubrious North Circular Road, had a guide price of €1.6 million, and while Mr O’Malley wouldn’t disclose the eventual sale price, its believed to have been bid over the crucial €2 million mark to a sum between €2.3 and €2.5 million.

There were four or five active bidders and it’s highly likely the underbidders will cast an eye over Killeenoughty House. However, the market is particular: a pristine example of early 20th century architecture on the equally desirable Ennis road has yet to sell for auctioneering firm, O’Connor Murphy Gubbins.

Guided at €1.1 million, Strand House, an Art Deco property with a large site, failed to sell to private buyers. However, the property is now under negotiation with keen interest shown from developers, says JC Gubbins.

As a prestige property, the modern lines of Stand House didn’t appeal to a majority of purchasers in its price bracket and this, coupled with the amount of investment needed to bring the house up to standard, put purchasers off, local sources say.

With Killeenoughty House, hidden costs are not a problem as the property is less than eight years old and is in immaculate condition.

The main reception hall makes a huge opening statement with its mahogany staircase, tiled floor and panelling and it leads onto a formal dining room on one side and a living room cum library on the other. Less formal rooms include a family room, a big kitchen with Canadian redwood units and top of the range appliances, including a black Aga. Other rooms include a dedicated laundry room, a utility and guest loo off a rear lobby.

The conservatory, housed in the right-hand wing, doubles as a snooker room and is quite a large space.

The five bedrooms and a main bathroom are ranged around a large, upstairs landing, which is lit by a skylight.

Most of the rooms are good doubles and come with a mix of walk-in wardrobes and built-in units.

The grounds are fully landscaped with stabling for four horses and associated facilities.

The rear courtyard also includes a double garage, boiler house and a 3,200 square foot building that hardly deserves the description ‘shed’.

The entrance to the property is flanked by high walls and access is by electric gates with intercom.

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