Pro­tected home on 1.5 acres

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE

De­scrip­tion: Ge­or­gian house on 1.5 acres has de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial Agent: DNG A house on 1.5 acres with de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial in Shankill is one of a pair of semi-de­tached late Ge­or­gian houses on grounds where a me­dieval cas­tle once stood.

Barn Close, a pro­tected struc­ture built in 1824, has many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures, like ceil­ing cov­ing, large sash win­dows with shut­ters, mar­ble and cast-iron fire­places and its orig­i­nal stone-floored kitchen.

It has been up­dated over the 34 years since Ge­of­frey Per­rin bought it from Si­mon Campbell, a dis­tant rel­a­tive of his late wife’s, the son of na­tion­al­ist Ul­ster poet Joseph Campbell. It was reroofed in the 1990s, and has cen­tral heat­ing, but needs con­sid­er­able re­fur­bish­ment to bring it up to mod­ern spec.

Now the 362sq m (3,897sq ft) five-bed house with a sep­a­rate two-bed­room bun­ga­low in the 1.5-acre grounds is for sale for ¤1.9 mil­lion through DNG.

For­tiori De­vel­op­ments made a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion to build 61 homes on the site of Barn Close and the ad­join­ing house, Beech­lands – it was ap­proved by An Bord Pleanála in May this year.

The deal be­tween devel­oper For­tiori and the own­ers of Beech­lands and Barn Close has not pro­gressed and, as a re­sult, Barn Close is now be­ing sold sep­a­rately, says DNG agent David Dobbs. One of For­tiori’s di­rec­tors is Shane Tag­gart, son of busi­ness­man Paschal Tag­gart.

The en­trance to Barn Close is on a bend of busy Shanganagh Road in Shankill, be­tween Com­mons Road and the Tex­aco Garage, back­ing onto Broom­field Court, a small cul-de-sac of sub­ur­ban houses.

A drive­way leads past an old tennis court and a tree-filled front gar­den to the front door, which opens into a timber-floored hall painted a vivid shade of pink.

On the right is a draw­ingroom with French doors open­ing to the rear gar­den; doors open from here into the din­ingroom, which was some­times used as a games room and a party room by the four chil­dren who grew up here.

Both are bright, with win­dows look­ing into both front and back gar­dens.

On the left of the hall is a large liv­in­groom; it opens into a small sun­room at the back of the house, be­tween t he ki t c hen and a study.The kitchen has two large win­dows and an Aga; there’s a util­ity room off it open­ing into a shel­tered court­yard with a num­ber of sheds. Ac­com­mo­da­tion down­stairs also in­cludes a den/fam­ily room that could be a sixth bed­room.

Stairs from the front and back hall lead up to five dou­ble bed­rooms; there’s a large bed­room over the din­ingroom with win­dows look­ing to front and back. The main bed­room at the back of the house is bright, with two deep win­dows, and a cast-iron fire­place with pretty tiles in­set.

The two-bed­room bun­ga­low in the front gar­den needs re­fur­bish­ment. There are lawns at the front and back of Barn Close, with a path lead­ing around a large wooded area.

Shanganagh Cas­tle (not to be con­fused with the 18th cen­tury house in Shankill un­til re­cently used as a prison) was a me­dieval cas­tle that burnt down in 1783 and was then used as a barn, hence the name “Barn Close”. The cas­tle ru­ins are in the grounds of neigh­bour­ing Beech­lands.

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