Mountain View House is a fair cop in Fair Green

A LOT of local history comes with Dungarvan’s Mountain View House – almost 200 years.

Within an easy walk of the town centre and beyond O’Connell Street, the Georgian restored house was built on what was originally Dungarvan’s Fair Green and dates to 1815.

For most of its early decades it was associated with the history of the Dower family, local scions of commerce and law, and was the home of the magistrate, John R Dower, Justice of the Peace.

Originally built on two acres, it now has a somewhat more diminished site, with new detached houses built along its former approach avenue, while it has held onto a rear yard which is walled in.

It had been slowly approaching dereliction, but was bought in the past decade, refurbished, period pieces saved, and it was subsequently run by the current vendors Tom and Breda Conway as a B&B, given its seven all en suite bedrooms.

As it comes up for sale now with local agents Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds with a €749,000 price tag, it is being pitched mostly at the private buyer rather than a guesthouse operator.

There’ll be no shortage of bedrooms then for a family, and plenty of bathrooms too, no queuing for a loo. The house has a quite formal entry hall, with a truly imposing entry port, a hefty ornate timber door in a wide, fan-lit surround with side glazing features also on the ornate side of the scale.

Beyond, there’s an entry area with wood floor, and just beyond a stone floor section running the rest of the way through the quite deep property.

Room sizes are suitably grand, such as a 26’ by 15’ dining room, with arch, and the drawing rom is 18’ by 15’, and each have timber up and down sash windows.

One of the seven bedrooms is at ground level, so ideal for older relatives or independent teenagers, and the kitchen is semi-commercial, with solid oak units.

According to estate agent David Reynolds, Mountain View House had been on the tipping point of disuse, but clearly has been rescued “the current owners saw the potential of the house and restored and furnished it to its former glory. Many of the original features still remain, including the sash windows, shutters and coving.”

Joining the various coving and roses are feature internal arches, and the staircase is similarly finely wrought – in fact, it is one of two stair options, there’s a former servants’ staircase in the kitchen.

Two fireplaces are piped for gas, one is white marble, the other made from old pine salvaged from the house restoration.

An unusual offering, in that it has the feel of a country house, but in the town, O’Connell’s Street’s Mountain View House is now on a half acre site, with parking, side lawns and a large enclosed walled-in yard.

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