Trish Dromey reports on a eight-bedroom modern mansion which is new to the market in Co Limerick.
Co Limerick €1.2 million
Sq m 770 (8,250 sq ft)
UP FOR sale with a guide of €1.2 million in East Limerick is Boher Lodge, an eight bed modern 8,200 sq ft mansion with a stable block and five acres of gardens and paddock.
Built in the heady days of the boom in 2004, it’s on the market with Wheeler auctioneers who estimate that the original cost of the site and the construction was likely to have been in the region of €2.5 million.
Auctioneer Joe Wheeler says he is now seeing resurgence in demand for this type of property. “We’ve had interest from Limerick, London, Dublin and Dubai and have had seven viewings in the first two weeks. We’ve already had an offer “in the ballpark” of the asking price but are holding out for €1.2 million.”
As could be expected for a property of this calibre, the best of everything has gone into it, including marble tiling and fireplaces, solid wood flooring and quality cabinets in the kitchen and bedrooms.
Additional touches of luxury and comfort are provided by a raised Jacuzzi bath, a tiled sauna room and eight en suite bedrooms. Outside there are carefully landscaped grounds with limestone walls and features as well with paddocks and a stable block.
The property has space enough and reception rooms enough for a small hotel. In total there are three living rooms — the first and largest being a 28’ long marble tiled room at the front which has a large brick fireplace with a stove and two bay windows.
The second has solid walnut flooring and a marble fireplace while the third has black and white check tiles and a white marble fireplace set in a chimney-breast painted a deep shade of red.
Boher Lodge was constructed and owned by a builder who used mainly craftspeople from the Limerick area to supply the fittings.
This includes the kitchen which has cream hand-painted units topped by granite counter tops as well as a centre island, integrated appliances and a stove set in a redbrick chimney breast.
The 23’ long dining room off the kitchen offers space for formal dining under the 10’ high ceiling, chandelier and elaborate ceiling cornicing. At one end, there’s a small sunroom area with five large windows and seating.
To the rear of the house there’s a large timber floored room with recessed lighting, one of the few rooms at this level without chandeliers and a high ceiling.
The ground floor accommodation is completed by a utility room, and a 100 sq ft tiled sauna room which can accommodate five or six people and a bathroom with a large high-tech shower enclosure with spray jets and a radio.
An oak staircase with carved paneling underneath leads up to the first floor landing which has marble floors, a chandelier and a large custom-made arched window with leaded glass which performs two functions — it illuminates the landing and also serves as a distinctive feature.
The first floor has five large en suite bedrooms which all have solid timber flooring and walk in wardrobes. The master bedroom (24’ by 18’) is the size of a small apartment and has an extra large walk-in wardrobe and a marble tiled en suite with a raised double Jacuzzi bath.
Adding an unusual feature to the bedroom, the owners put in a large, fitted headboard behind the bed which partitions off the doors to the en suite and bathroom.
Up another flight of stairs is bedroom number seven, which has an en suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe and number eight which is en suite.
With an impressive B2 BER Boher Lodge has a high level of insulation, LED lighting, oil fired heating, triple glazed windows and solar panels to heat the water. It is also fitted with a central vacuum system and surround sound.
At a distance from the house is a 4,000 sq ft building which houses four stables, a garage, a shed and an office/apartment overhead with a balcony.
In the gardens around the property stonework is very much a feature, starting at the entrance wall by the electric gates and continuing in kerbing running alongside the graveled driveway, with two stone arches on the path to the stables.
Surrounded by acres of fenced paddock, the house has a decked patio at the side and a large expanse of landscaped lawns.
Located within a few minutes walk from the thatched pub in Boher village, Boher Lodge is eight miles from Limerick and 23 from Shannon. Auctioneer Joe Wheeler reckons this is probably the finest house to come on the market in the mid-west this year.
VERDICT: Offers country living as it was meant to be lived.
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