From grainy vision to stone-cut precision

Charming hideaway in Cappoquin belonged to Cistercian monks of Mount Mellaeray writes Trish Dromey

It’s not everyday that buyers are offered an opportunity to live in a renovated cut stone property which was built by as a grain store by Cistercian monks who fled to West Waterford after the French revolution in 1830.

Dating from the 1830s, the stone building, and its one and a quarter acre site at Affane, Cappoquin formerly belonged to Mount Melleray, which is named after the French abbey the monks were forced to leave behind.

In 1980, Mount Melleray sold this property to a local farmer, who 16 years later, sold it to the current owners. They embarked on a ten-year renovation project and by 2006 had turned it into Belica House, an interesting and unusual three bed property with 1,500 sq ft of living space.

Seeking offers of €320,000, Eamonn Spratt of REA Spratt says it has been tastefully renovated, is full of character and is located is in a picturesque setting close to Glenshelane Woods and a nearby river. “This is a rustic and romantic property with stone outbuildings which make it perfect for an artist or and artisan craftsperson” Fitted with teak double glazed windows and oil fired heating, Belica House has been fitted out and decorated in traditionally style, in keeping with its origins.

The main living area is on the first floor, accessed by stairs on the inside and an exterior set of stone steps which would originally have led to the grainstore loft.

Now it leads up to a 40 ft long timber floored kitchen dining living room which has a pitch pine handcrafted kitchen with an island at one end, and a living area with a cedar and stone fireplace with a Liscannor stone hearth at the other. Wallpapered in tartan, it has a timber paneled vaulted ceiling and a total of 12 windows.

At ground floor level, the property has a bathroom with a period style stand-alone claw legged bath as well as three carpeted bedrooms with window shutters including one an en suite. Close to the main house there are four detached stone outbuildings which have been repointed and restored. These include a 70 ft long building which was originally a cowshed and a smaller one used as a workshop and one which has been turned into a garage.

Accessed via a cutstone gated entrance, the property has a graveled driveway and courtyard, lawned gardens and large area of paving in front of the house.

Mr Spratt says Belica House which is located few kilometres of Cappoquin and within commuting distance of Dungarvan, is attracting good interest. “ We’ve had viewers from Dublin, Cork, Tipperary and some from the local area,”

VERDICT: would make scenic and charming holiday hideaway

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