Lake­side es­tate on Lough Derg

Seven-bed prop­erty on 116 acres of land could be used as a hol­i­day home or bou­tique ho­tel

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE 2.75m

De­scrip­tion: Ge­or­gian es­tate with lake ac­cess and a three-bed mews and three-bed cot­tage Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Coun­try Homes and Sherry FitzGer­ald Tal­bot Noth­ing il­lus­trates the re­la­tion­ship be­tween price and lo­ca­tion bet­ter than large coun­try es­tates: Fort Henry, a Ge­or­gian villa in good con­di­tion on 116 acres on the banks of Lough Derg in Co Tip­per­ary – along with a con­verted mews house and a cot­tage – is for sale for ¤2.75 mil­lion. That’s only a lit­tle more than prices be­ing asked in Dublin for a Balls­bridge pent­house, a ter­raced house in Sandy­cove or a semi-de­tached house in Don­ny­brook.

Built in the late 18th or early 19th cen­tury, Fort Henry’s pre­vi­ous own­ers in­cluded a cap­tain Charles Henry, whose fa­ther-in-law was a former gover­nor gen­eral of In­dia. Henry bought the es­tate in the 1830s.

In the 20th cen­tury, it was home to the late Bren­dan O’Re­gan, the Clare man who de­vel­oped Shan­non Air­port and also founded peace or­gan­i­sa­tion Co-op­er­a­tion North. A fam­ily from the United Arab Emi­rates bought it about 40 years ago and have used it since then as a hol­i­day home.

Well main­tained

The house and pri­vate grounds have been well main­tained – but it is its set­ting and prox­im­ity to Shan­non Air­port that is likely to at­tract at­ten­tion, says sell­ing agent Roseanne de Vere Hunt.

Fort Henry has its own boathouse and small har­bour on Lough Derg and is only 1.5km from the twin lake­side vil­lages of Killaloe, Co Clare, and Bal­lina, Co Tip­per­ary.

The 116-acre es­tate com­prises 70 acres of wood­land and 46 acres of well-cared for gar­dens that in­clude a rose gar­den and a walled gar­den. There are bridges over a small canal and lots of room for graz­ing.

Ex­tend­ing to 648sq m

‘‘ Fort Henry’s num­ber one at­trac­tion is likely to be its di­rect ac­cess on to Lough Derg, a pop­u­lar amenity for boat­ing and fish­ing en­thu­si­asts

(6,975sq ft), the de­tached seven-bed house is f or sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald Coun­try Homes and Sherry FitzGer­ald Tal­bot and in­cludes a 137sq m (1,475sq ft) three-bed mews and a 85sq m (915sq ft) three-bed cot­tage.

While it would have ap­peal as a sin­gle fam­ily home, it also has po­ten­tial as a bou­tique ho­tel/guesthouse of­fer­ing. Buy­ers likely to be in­ter­ested in­clude in­ter­na­tional buy­ers or Ir­ish ex-pats, says de Vere Hunt, at­tracted by its prox­im­ity to Shan­non Air­port, 54km away.

The en­trance to Fort Henry is from the back, through a con­ser­va­tory into a large hall from which there are views of the lake. Ex­tended at an un­de­ter­mined point in its his­tory, the house is de­signed to make the most of the lake views, with all the ma­jor re­cep­tion rooms fac­ing the wa­ter.

The draw­ingroom on the right of the front hall, painted a vivid blue, has deep bay win­dows curv­ing around the room over­look­ing the lawns and lake. A gar­den room at the other side of the house from the draw­ingroom, added by the cur­rent own­ers, also has tall win­dows on two sides max­imis­ing the views.

Some­what dated

Like the con­ser­va­tory, it has a tim­ber-beamed ceil­ing. The din­ingroom and liv­in­groom, be­tween these two rooms, also over­look the lake. The liv­in­groom has fab­ric-cov­ered and part-pan­elled walls. The large, some­what dated kitchen/ break­fas­troom is on the other side of the house.

Most of the house is dec­o­rat- ed in op­u­lent coun­try house style: walls are painted or wall­pa­pered in vivid shades and fur­nished with pe­riod-style fur­ni­ture.

Other down­stairs ac­com­mo­da­tion in­cludes a small study, two en suite bed­rooms, a util­ity room near the kitchen and a down­stairs toilet.

There are five bed­rooms up­stairs, four of them are en suite. The main bed­room, po­si­tioned over the draw­ingroom, is very large, and has wide bay win­dows over­look­ing Lough Derg.

A mews house out­side was re­fur­bished and has three bed­rooms, two liv­in­grooms and a kitchen. A cot­tage was also re­cently re­fur­bished. It has three bed­rooms, a liv­in­groom and a bath­room.

Seventy of the es­tate’s 116 acres are wood­land, and 20 acres of the re­main­ing 46 are suit­able for graz­ing. The grounds in­clude a canal with bridges across it, lots of walk­ing paths in­clud­ing one along an old rail­way line, a farm­yard, walled gar­den and kitchen gar­den.

Fort Henry’s num­ber one at­trac­tion is likely to be its di­rect ac­cess on to Lough Derg, a pop­u­lar amenity for boat­ing and fish­ing en­thu­si­asts.

The prop­erty price reg­is­ter lists a prop­erty called Fort Henry in Bal­lina, Co Tip­per­ary, as hav­ing sold for ¤175,000 in 2014: it has no re­la­tion to the prop­erty now on the mar­ket. Fort Henry is the name of the area gen­er­ally, and of a small busi­ness park nearby.

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