To the manor born

Private and stately, Rockbarton House also offers plenty of free rein to buyers who enjoy equestrian pursuits.

To the manor born

Private and stately, Rockbarton House also offers plenty of free rein to buyers who enjoy equestrian pursuits.

An impressive stone exterior with redbrick features and gothic windows and arches gives Rockbarton House in Crecora a much more stately appearance than you would expect from a property that’s just 22 years old.

Entering the top end of the Limerick market with a guide of €1.3m, the five-bed 4,280sq ft property with its five acres of grounds, large stable block and sweeping tree-lined driveway does indeed appear exceedingly stately.

The stonemason who built it in 1997 is responsible for its very distinctive appearance — for the archways, stone pillars, gothic windows, and redbrick window quoins and chimney stacks, as well as an impressive full-height fireplace in the hallway made from reclaimed stone.

Decorated in classic style, the property has high ceilings with cornicing, high windows and many sets of double doors, as well as several Gothic-style stained-glass windows — including one in the hallway and another on the stairs.

Most of the ground-floor rooms have reclaimed timber flooring, this includes a spacious front drawing room with a limestone fireplace as well as a living room and a formal dining room at the rear.

The kitchen/ breakfast room at the rear has a mix of Chinese slate and parquet flooring.

Fitted with white granite-topped units, it has a large centre island, an Aga and a Belfast sink as well as a feature brick archway.

Off the kitchen there’s a utility room a guest WC as well as a tiled sunroom with access to a patio at the rear.

A staircase in the hallway leads to the first floor which has five large bedrooms with mostly polished timber flooring including three with en suites.

Stretching from front to rear is an exceptionally large master bedroom with carpeted flooring and an en suite and a walk-in wardrobe which are each close to the size of a double bedroom in an average house.

In addition to the accommodation in the house there is also an annexe with an open-plan studio apartment, suitable as accommodation for an au pair, or for use as a home office or granny flat.

Fitted with solar panels to heat the water and fabric insulation, the property has a C2 energy rating.

In the gardens, the most striking feature is a sculpture of a deer found in a circular area of lawn at the front of the house.

“This sculpture was put there by the original owner — it has to do with the area which is known as ‘leim na fhia’ or deer leap,’’ reveals Gillian Dunne of DNG Cusack Dunne.

To the rear at one side, screened from the house by trees, is a 2,000sq ft stable area with a gated entrance.

The steel-framed structure houses four stables and two stores. Alongside it there is an arena and turnout area.

The five-acre site includes three paddock areas located to the left of the main entrance, as well as a small orchard.

The house has lawns at front side and rear and also has a stone patio and some decking at the rear.

“Not visible from the road, Rockbarton House offers total privacy,” says Ms Dunne, saying that it is exceptionally difficult to get a property on a mature private site of this size so close to Limerick City, which is within a 15-minute drive, while Limerick Hospital is just six kilometres away.

“We have sold a number of high-end properties recently and there is definitely a market for properties of this nature with mature acreage — the addition of stables is a benefit,” says Ms Dunne, adding that this type of property typically attracts the attention of buyers from Dubai, the US, and Europe.

For the type of buyer who is likely to be interested in this house, it could be significant that Shannon Airport is within half an hour’s drive, while the distance to Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is just 14 kilometres.

“Rockbarton House is a very significant property in a very affluent area which has a number of private exclusive homes,” says Ms Dunne who has already been getting enquiries from the US.

VERDICT

A spacious and stately home within 15 minutes’ drive of Limerick City.

Crecora, Co Limerick

Price: €1.3m

Size: 397sq m (4,280sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 4

BER: C2

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