Let there be light at Glebe House, Cratloe

Trish Dromey views an unusual hillside home which was designed to optimise light and space.

Let there be light at Glebe House, Cratloe

When the owner of Glebe House in Cratloe asked for good light and lots of windows and balconies, her architect got very creative with the design. Built in to the side of a hill, it’s a highly unusual house which is a conventional two-storey on one side, but three storey on the other with a steeply-pitched roof which has two rows of Velux windows and three balconies.

The property also has a triangular-shaped conservatory at a gable end on the middle floor with a steeply-pitched wall of glass at one side.

The objective was to get as much light as possible, and also for the house to have the best possible views of the Shannon.

Trees which the owner planted along the front have since obscured the views a little, but she says that from the upper levels you can still see across treetops to the river.

When getting the property built in 1994, the owner also asked the architect for a games room to accommodate a full-size snooker table she’d bought from Adare Manor, and for a few additional guest bedrooms.

The result was an extra spacious 4,100 sq ft house, which has three reception rooms as well as five bedrooms and five bathrooms.

The main living space is on the middle floor and accessed through a main entrance on the gable end.

Off a spacious timber-floored hallway is a large living room with a wall of full-height windows and patio doors opening out on to a south-facing front balcony with views of the countryside and the Shannon.

Alongside the living room is a maple-floored kitchen with an expanse of pale sage units with granite worktops and large dresser.

A pine support beam has been turned into a feature which separates the cooking area from a breakfast space. Here, a row of three almost full height Velux windows light the room and also provide access to a small front balcony. Off the kitchen is a slate floored conservatory/dining room which has a vaulted timber panelled ceiling on one side and a sloping glass wall on the other.

To the rear at this level there’s a family room, cloakroom and WC.

On the lower level/basement is a large games room, bathroom and two guest bedrooms as well as an integral garage and some storage rooms.

The top floor has an extra spacious master bedroom, both en-suite, and a dressing room. A front facing room, it has a row of three Velux windows — including one in the middle which opens out into a Juliet balcony.

Also on this level are two double bedrooms which share a bathroom which has recently been redone in black tiling.

Set on a site of 1.7 acres, the house used to have a full-sized tennis court at the front. But since the tennis players have flown the nest, this has been turned into extra parking.

Accessed by a sweeping silver beech lined driveway, the property has mature gardens with shrub beds, low stone walls and a lawn at the rear. There’s also a large field enclosed by post and rail fencing which has a separate entrance.

Located off Gallows Hill, Glebe House is within a ten-minute walk from Cratloe village, and is 11km from Limerick, and 14km from Shannon Airport.

“This is a stunning property with great space and an address that is popular and desirable. We are getting strong interest from trade up buyers from Limerick and Shannon,” says Orla Sheehan of Sherry FitzGerald Limerick, quoting a guide of €600,000.

VERDICT: Spacious, stylish and very distinctive

Cratloe, Co Clare


Sq m 384 (4,133 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5


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