Curragh House stands the test of time

BIG, wide and solid — this Lissarda farmhouse reflects the prosperity of its earlier farmer-builders and now shows a new face to the world.

Set in a sheltered hollow just above the N22 and close to the villages of Lissarda and Kilmurry, Curragh House has to be at least 150 years old.

Its solid, red sandstone walls have stood the test of time, and the house comes on the market in perfect nick. The roof has been replaced, windows removed in favour of PVC, and the interior has been completely overhauled.

The layout remains the same, however, along with the furniture, which was purchased by the now vendors when they bought the old property a few years ago. Since then, they have renovated Curragh House completely, but without losing its character, or the lovely old stone pillars and walls at the entrance.

Facing onto a large paddock, the grounds run to seven acres, but the property can be sold with two acres, for a guide of €750,000 through John O’Mahony of Property Partners, O’Mahony Walsh.

A large lawn with a bank of woodland fringing the boundary is to the left of the farmhouse, and a modern shed sits at the end of the rear yard. This could easily convert to an American barn for a family with horses and the layout of the paddocks and house make it ideal as such.

The house is a headache free buy on a cursory viewing: it’s smart, warm and tastefully finished with an almost modern feel.

However, the doors, staircase and old polished floors on the first floor have been retained and Curragh House still has that period look. That’s particularly so in the drawing room where the ornate slate fireplace remains and is one of two ‘good’ rooms flanking the central hallway. At the rear, the two-storey wing houses a brand new ash kitchen with original Aga in the firebreast. Porcelain tiles run from the south-facing porch to the kitchen and the reception rooms are finished in new oak.

There are five bedrooms spread over three wings for privacy, with a bathroom for every wing. The master bedroom includes walk-in wardrobe and full bathroom.

A functioning, efficient and lovely family home, Curragh House is well worth a look for buyers looking for a big house and a bit of land.

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