Looking up at one side on the ivy-covered ruins of Dromineer Castle and out across the calm waters of Lough Derg at the front, Castle House has the kind of views that modern planning permission makes hard to get.
It was the views which attracted the current owners to buy and demolish an existing cottage on the site in 2010 so that they could build a large two-storey property with a covered balcony facing on to the lake.
Guiding at €700,000, the four bed 2,255 sq ft residence and its site of almost a third of acre has recently come on the market with BOC Properties.
“This is a unique property which has panoramic views and magnificent walled gardens as well as direct access to the lake which is very rare on Lough Derg,” says auctioneer Brendan O’Connor.
The house has been designed so that the main living spaces are at the back. To the rear of the first floor there’s a large carpeted sitting room with high windows and patio doors which open on to a large covered balcony.
To the rear on the ground floor is a spacious modern timber-floored kitchen dining room with cream units, a centre island and a solid fuel stove and a wall with patio doors and full-height glass panels. The property has four bedrooms — all at the front facing away from the lake — two on each floor including two with en suites.
The ground floor has a utility room and a bathroom while the first floor has a shower room and a study. Fitted with oil heating, Castle House has been well insulated and has a high B2 energy rating.
Enclosed by the old stone walls of the original property, it adjoins the ruins of Dromineer Castle at one side and has a lawned area at the rear as well as a parking area and a double garage at the side. On the opposite side from the castle is Lough Derg Yacht Club, which dates from 1835 and is thought to be one of the oldest yacht clubs in the world.
Located ten kilometres from Nenagh, the property is around 48km from Limerick city.
“Properties on Lough Derg are special,” says Mr O’Connor, who says he’s been showing Castle House to buyers from Limerick and Tipperary and also to quite a few returning emigrants.