A coun­try es­tate fit for a King

Irish Independent - Farming - - PROPERTY - JIM O’BRIEN

GLENCARNE House and lands near Car­rick-on-Shan­non is a tra­di­tional es­tate on 98ac.

Home to a very suc­cess­ful tourism busi­ness that won many awards in the farm­house/ ru­ral tourism sec­tor over the years, the house, lands and yards are be­ing sold by pri­vate treaty in a sale jointly han­dled by Sav­ills and Far­rell Prop­erty Group. The price is guided at €985,000.

Lo­cated at Ard­carne on the Roscom­mon side of Car­rick-on-Shan­non just to the south of the N4, the prop­erty is 8km from both Boyle and Car­rick-on-Shan­non and 47km from Sligo.

Com­pleted in 1845, it was built for Robert King, the 1st Vis­count Lor­ton, as a satel­lite house for the Rock­ing­ham Es­tate. Rock­ing­ham was one of the largest es­tates in Con­nacht and at that time the King fam­ily was con­sid­ered to be the rich­est fam­ily in Ire­land.

The King fam­ily moved to Rock­ing­ham in 1810 hav­ing pre­vi­ously lived at King House in Boyle, now a mu­seum open to the pub­lic. Rock­ing­ham House was de­stroyed by fire in 1957 and the ex­ten­sive grounds are now open as Lough Key Na­tional Park and Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre.

Ex­tend­ing to 3,600 sq ft, Glencarne House is ‘L’ shape in de­sign, sim­i­lar to a sis­ter house, the nearby ‘Ellesmere’. The ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes seven bed­rooms, three re­cep­tion rooms and a mod­ern kitchen.

It has been sug­gested that the Glencarne was de­signed by the ar­chi­tect John Nash. He was one of the most fash- ion­able and in­flu­en­tial ar­chi­tects of that era and de­signed Rock­ing­ham House.

Ren­o­vated and re­fur­bished over the years, the house has re­tained many of its clas­sic Vic­to­rian fea­tures in­clud­ing fire­places, cor­nic­ing, ceil­ing roses, pic­ture rails, hard­wood floors, tim­ber pan­elling, ar­chi­traves, sash win­dows and orig­i­nal shut­ters.

A bell-mouthed stone wall en­trance with piers and ca­st­iron gates leads to the prop­erty where a hard­core drive­way sweeps to the front door.

Im­me­di­ately to the rear of the house is the tra­di­tional yard of cut-stone build­ings ac­cessed by cast-iron gates.

A range of more mod­ern farm build­ings ex­tend­ing to 5,365 sq ft is lo­cated at the cen­tre of the farm and in­cludes a slat­ted shed, a hayshed, cat­tle han­dling fa­cil­i­ties and a con­crete apron.

To the west of the house is a for­mal gar­den that in­cludes a former veg­etable gar­den and or­chard while the area around the house is shel­tered with fine stands of a va­ri­ety of ma­ture, de­cid­u­ous trees.

All in one block, the land is a com­bi­na­tion of pas­ture and mead­ows suitable for graz­ing, fod­der har­vest­ing with some suitable for wood­land.

A cen­tral road­way ser­vices the farm in­ter­nally while there is also in­de­pen­dent ac­cess from the pub­lic road. The fields are well fenced and wa­tered by a nat­u­ral supply and piped wa­ter.


The land has been let in re­cent years for graz­ing and silage and it in­cludes a site with lapsed plan­ning per­mis­sion for a dwelling house. The place was farmed as a thriv­ing live­stock hold­ing and has the fa­cil­i­ties and the po­ten­tial to con­tinue as such an en­ter­prise.

Glencarne can be bought in lots or as an en­tire. The first lot is made up of the house and build­ings on 12ac of park­land and graz­ing laid out in a pad­dock to the front of the house.

The sec­ond ex­tends to about 59ac and has a sep­a­rate en­trance from the N4 and from L1025, a mi­nor road. This lot also con­tains the site with lapsed plan­ning per­mis­sion and is ser­viced by an in­ter­nal road­way.

The third lot ex­tend­ing to 27ac is lo­cated to the north of the N4 and is made up of graz­ing or fod­der ground and in­cludes cat­tle han­dling fa­cil­i­ties.

Glencarne House was built as a satel­lite home for the King fam­ily who were re­puted to be one of the rich­est fam­i­lies in Ire­land

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