18th century Georgian house in Waterford is an affordable seafront buy at €795,000

Kya deLongchamps visits a classic 18th century Georgian house with gorgeous gardens beautifully incorporated into its seven acres.

18th century Georgian house in Waterford is an affordable seafront buy at €795,000

Woodstown, Co Waterford

Price: €795,000

Size: 465sq m; 5000sq ft; seven acres

Bedrooms: 6

Bathrooms: 5

BER: Exempt

Built in 1820, extended from an original house of the early 18th century, Dromina House is a six bedroom, seven-bay late Georgian classic extending to 5,000sq ft.

Its gorgeous proportions and enviable location are tickled up by a satisfying girdle of just over seven acres of level fertile land.

Set on the Waterford Estuary, the sheltered cusp of Woodstown offers kilometres of pale sands and safe swimming, a shallow kilometre stretching out to the sea lane at low tide.

Hugged by deciduous woodland, it’s popular for its heavy jewelling of shells and offers rich shore fishing for a range of tidal species.

With a good keel’s depth, the estuary was a safe conduit for the Vikings who develop the ram-fjord on the Suir, as the first secular city in Ireland.

The area is encompassed by the historic barony of Gaultiere or ‘foreigner’s land’ and according to the National Property Register, only a teasing 2-3 houses in this designated scenic area reach the market in any single year.

Agent Michael H Daniels has assigned a price of €795,000.

Due to its architectural interests, Dromina is a protected structure.

Arranged over three floors, a Regency style rhythm of three windows is set on each side of the front door, with a counterpoint of seven windows overhead.

The formal gardens offer low billows of seaside woody shrubs, perennials, specimen trees and a wash of climbers to the facade, nicely softening the gravelled approach.

Stepping under the original Georgian fanlight, the entrance is a pool of cool travertine marble tiles with black diamond inserts, all set beneath a delicate Italianate medallion by a stuccodore master (under preservation order).

The generous drawing room and dining room lead left and right.

Loosely matched in size and layout at around 23ft by 20ft, both feature luxuriant parquet flooring in teak and maple, which marries pleasingly to the understated elegance of the hall.

Gas-fired inserts add evening atmosphere to contemporary fire surrounds, with oil-fired central heating operating as the primary warmth for the house.

The drawing room has a dual aspect and French windows to the garden.

Behind the drawing room there’s a snug sitting room lightly spiced with cigar, together with a games room currently serving for billiards after dinner.

The vast kitchen on the south- east corner is comfortable family territory with ancillary service spaces and a door to a sundrenched patio.

It’s finished to a commercial standard with terraces of units signalling Dromina’s past as a popular guesthouse.

Reached by a traditional staircase bound in a mahogany rail, with one landing adding private access to the master suite, the first floor hosts six bedrooms.

All have been recently decorated and newly carpeted, with decor by LA-based Ruth Corrigan.

Three rooms are en-suites with two family bathrooms handling any argumentative overspill.

The front bedrooms offer the finest views with silvered flashes of the estuary, but with velvety gardens, and distant hillsides, no-one staying at Dromina is ever short- changed for a place to dream.

Four attic rooms currently deliver a gym, a library, a further bedroom- cum playroom, and a box room.

Move in condition? Certainly.

However, a buyer might vouch for some aesthetic updates to some of the downstairs rooms of this beautiful house- and the kitchen, though perfectly serviceable, invites inevitable change.

The lion’s share of the land is laid out in parkland to the shore side in a promising quality paddock-roam for four 16.2h horses or a herd of spoiled ponies.

The Liscannor paved patio on the south facade is screened with hedging, and invites basks over tea and summer cocktails.

There’s an L-shaped area of gentrified pleasure gardens flowing from here to the rear of the house big enough for playing tennis, belting a sliotar, or (as has been done recently) guying down a colossal castle of a marquee.

The 19th century garden house was possibly a bothy for the gardener to store his machinery.

Open to a pitched simple roof in clear corrugate on the south, it has a slab floor, exposed rugged walls and is fully wired.

The north side of Dromina features a number of sound outbuildings around a concreted service yard with access to a private well.

These mews-style structures, already re-roofed and given a second story are ready to be detailed out for accommodation or small holding use.

Dromina House inhabits an area of unmatched sporting and leisure facilities with championship golf courses at Faithlegg, Waterford Castle and Mount Juliet.

Waterford city and its retail sophistication, history and culture is 12km away.

The Woodstown Harriers hunt ball was for many years held here.

Downsizing after 21 years, and devoted to the locality, these retired professionals plan to move into Dromina’s picturesque converted coach-houses.

Their new residence is at a good distance, fully detached and formally secluded from Dromina with a high wall and its own private access to the west.

VERDICT: This elegant coastal house would be perfect for anyone with notions of period pleasures but no nerve for rattling sashes and authentic sea breezes.

The lands and buildings have a multiplicity of uses.

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