Set on over 2.5 acres, Sallymount House is out at Castleconnell, out along the Dublin road N7 a few miles from the city, with the well-served village now a Tidy Towns contender.
It is on a size and price par with some of the mid-west region’s top-notch homes, many of which are clustered together out at Adare Manor, albeit mostly on smaller sites. (It’s worth a drive-by, just to ogle them for size, impact and ambition. There’s stock there up to and over the €2.8 million mark.)
Guiding €2.2 million, Sallymount House, though, is in somewhat more rarified company out at Castleconnell, Co Limerick. It was built by a highly regarded contractor as a family home and packs in a sizeable 11,500 sq ft of space, over three levels – two over basement, with its centrepiece, a real scene-stealing (think Gone with the Wind) central hall staircase in mahogany, with natural daylight light flooding down into the house’s core from an overhead lantern/atrium. For sheer comfort and warm impression setting, the hall has a gas insert fireplace, in arched cast iron set into a white marble chimney piece. Rooms include a formal drawing room and a formal dining room facing each other across that lofty hall, a high-ceilinged TV/family room with warm plum-coloured wallpaper and a mezzanine balcony over the fireplace and club fender.
There’s also a study/office/library, and a very large kitchen/dining/breakfast room towards the back of the house, with marble floors and painted units by high-end international maker Clive Christian, a big island with hardwood tops, and a Rangemaster cooker set in an alcove.
The first floor has four en suite plush bedrooms, one with large bath, and all have good wardrobe space as well. As each of the four main bedrooms is in a corner, they all have windows on two walls for double aspect and views over the gardens.
Outside, there’s a seating gazebo area in brick facing the back of the house, and a very large lofted garage building (built to residential standards of insulation), with four arches in brick contrasting with the stone facade.
Sallymount House – designed by the builder-owner along with architect Emer Butler and with interiors by Lisa Whelan – has a mix of extensive use of limestone, some brick detailing, sash-style windows with ornamental upper panes and glazing bars, cut limestone sills, slate roof and finials As selling agent Diarmuid Madigan of Sherry FitzGerald notes “this house has given back meaning to the word ‘quality’.”
A casual viewing here could almost overlook its hidden extra, a full-size basement of over 3,500 sq ft with home cinema/entertainment room, a large gym to work off the few pounds added on by the huge wine cellar. Sallymount House was built in different times to that in which it now finds itself offered for sale, but for those who want to be on the Dublin/business side of Limerick, minutes from the bypass, it would be hard to top.