Victorian with a Georgian twist, No 3 Main Street in Doneraile is a detached renovated property with the high-ceiling grandeur of another era.
Doneraile, Co Cork €350,000
Size: 204 sq m (2.200 sq ft)
Best Feature: Stunning interior work in old world setting
Probably built at the end of 19th Century, it has the stepped doorway, the fanlight, and the corner decoration usually found on Georgian houses.
It is likely that it was designed to match existing houses built by Lord Doneraile during the time when Doneraile became known as the “ Gentleman’s village”.
The house has 12’ high ceilings with cornicing, and dado rails and high windows.
The current owner grew up across the street from the house and visited frequently as a child. Buying it 11 years ago, she set out to renovate, restore the period look, and research its history.
She learned that it was owned by a local doctor in the early 20th Century and also discovered a connection to the Doneraile Park estate, which her garden wall backs onto.
“I found out that a now-blocked up gate in the back wall was used by Lady Doneraile to visit meetings in the town hall,” she notes
She brought in workmen to pour concrete floors and began work on restoration.
“I brought in a specialist to repair the lime ceiling and also the coving in the sitting room. He also replaced the dado rail on the stairs.”
Originally a three bedroom house, the property now extends to 2, 200 sq ft. It has a two-storey extension at the rear with a kitchen and two extra bedrooms.
Other modern installations include double-glazed windows, oil fired central heating and CAT Grade 5 wiring which the owner quips could run a computer network.
She took out kitchen units which she says were too modern for the house and put in a painted cream kitchen and a Sorn range cooker which is similar to an Aga.
During the renovations she also converted a shed at the rear of the kitchen into a timber-floored family room.
After the repairs and the renovations came the redecoration, which was the part of the task the owner enjoyed most.
For this she enlisted the aid of her near neighbour from Townhouse Interiors who who helped her select fabrics and colours from the Farrow & Ball palette.
Painted in Farrow & Ball Mouse’s Back green, the sitting room, with long heavy velvet beige curtains, original shutters, blinds from Paris and reinstated plasterwork, is probably the piece de resistance.
The owner fitted the fireplace with a stove and added candelabra-style light fitting.
To the rear is the dining room painted in Farrow & Ball green, with timber flooring, a period style cast iron fireplace and antique gold crinkled satin curtains.
Period ceiling decoration is much in evidence in the hallway and in the master bedroom on the first floor.
Decorated in cream this has two large front windows with pelmets and velvet damask cream curtains.
In the original part of the house there are two carpeted bedrooms with high ceilings and a bathroom while the extension has two timber-floored bedrooms and a shower room.
Much effort has gone in to the large private garden at the rear, which is partly enclosed by the high limestone walls of Doneraile Park.
Guiding at €350,000, the property is on the market with Sherry FitzGerald O’Donovan.
VERDICT: An elegantly attired period property
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