Gracious city living in Georgian Waterford home

Trish Dromey admires a well-loved and carefully-extended Georgian home minutes from Waterford city centre

As a well-loved, much-extended Georgian property in a sought-after residential location with large gardens, The Limes on John’s Hill is generating quite a bit of interest at the upper end of the Waterford city property market.

So says Margaret Fogarty of Remax who points out that Georgian properties located within a 15-minute walk of the city centre are very rare, especially ones with almost half an acre of gardens. Guiding at €750,000, this one has five bedrooms and over 4,600 sq ft space. The Buildings of Ireland website records that The Limes was built in 1840 and describes it as a handsome, substantial house of balanced proportions, symmetrical appearance and reserved detailing which retains most of its original form and character. Originally a two-up two-down house, it has been extended by a number of owners including the current ones who bought it in 1997 and carried out major refurbishment works.

The current owners upgraded, redecorated, re-slated the roof, put in new timber sash windows, reconstructed the conservatory, and added a first floor extension at the side for a master bedroom, while also preserving as much of the period character as possible.

The fan-lit Georgian doorway opens into a marble-tiled hallway which has reception rooms on each side, one red and one yellow. Both are well preserved period rooms with marble fireplaces, timber flooring, and high ceilings with cornicing and shuttered sash windows. The main indicators of 21st century living are in the lighting, the radiators and the retractable cinema screen in the yellow room.

Off the hallway is a utility room and a small bathroom.

A later extension at the rear has provided space for a kitchen/dining room, a conservatory, and a family room which all overlook the garden. The kitchen has maple flooring, maple fitted units with granite worktops, and a breakfast counter, as well as a bright highly-glazed dining area with large roof lights and French doors. In the centre, overlooking the gardens, is a tiled conservatory with a painted timber-panelled ceiling. The family room has maple flooring and a gas stove in addition to a staircase leading up to mezzanine room which has a feature oval window and is used as a playroom.

In a separate extension at the side of the house at the front, there’s a large timber- floored office (with WC) which has its own entrance.

At the top of the stairs in the original part of the house there’s a pale blue bathroom, a roll-top bath, a shower and original features. There are five bedrooms including the more recently added master bedroom which has circular windows, an en-suite, and a walk-in wardrobe. The other bedrooms have period features and two have en suites.

Set on a site of 0.4 of an acre, The Limes has a large gravel parking area at the front and extensive gardens at the rear. Behind the kitchen and conservatory, is a large south west-facing patio bounded by low redbrick walls. Enclosed by high stone walls, the gardens have lawns with mature trees and shrubs as well as redbrick storage sheds.

“The Limes is a wonderful home is situated in one of the city’s most sought after and central locations. It is attracting interest both from locals and from returning emigrants,” says Ms Fogarty.

VERDICT: unconventionally laid out property with lots of charm and character.

John’s Hill, Waterford city €750,000

Size: 435 sq m (4,682 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5

BER: Exempt

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