DescriptionAnyone for tennis?
Steeped in considerable historical significance ‘Ardeen House’ was built in 1845 and was the one time home of Nurse Catherine Black (Blackie) who was the private nurse to King George V. This stunning 7 bedroom property is positioned on the banks of the River Lennon just a short 3 minute stroll from the charming heritage town of Ramelton. Offering 3325 sq ft of magnificent Victorian elegance, the property includes many original features. The adjoining ‘Ardeen Cottage’ offers an additional c.1240 sq ft of self-contained accommodation with 3 bedrooms. A stunning property which must be seen to be appreciated.
History of the property
Ardeen House was built in 1845 and was the one time home of Nurse Catherine Black (Blackie) who was the private nurse to King George V. Her autobiography 'King's Nurse, Beggar's Nurse' tells her story. Nurse Catherine Black was appointed permanent nurse to King George V in July 1930, installed at Buckingham Palace in her own chambers and remained there until his death in 1936.
The town of Ramelton itself has a very rich history and has been designated a National Heritage Town. The name Ramelton comes from the Irish 'Ráth Mealtain', meaning 'The fort of Mealtain'. Dating back to the 17th Century, it is situated on the River Lennon and has a wealth of architectural heritage with fine old Georgian town houses and a lovely tree lined mall.
According to archaeological evidence there have been settlements in the Ramelton area since the early Stone Age and there is evidence of a Viking settlement from the 10th Century.
The area was the homeland of the O'Donnells, the ruling clan of Donegal, from the 12th century. The heir to the O'Donnell kingdom in the 15th Century was Calvagh O'Donnell whose castle was on the island of Rossreagh, now the site of the present Ramelton quay. No visible sign of the castle remains as it was burnt down in the 1640 Irish Rebellion.
In the 16th century Calvagh O'Donnell built the Killydonnell Franciscan Friary above Lough Swilly on a site which previously housed an earlier church possibly dating back to the 10th Century. The Friary was closed at the time of the Plantation of Ireland and since then it has been a burial ground for the local community.
18th and early 19th centuries represent Ramelton's most prosperous era and it was a busy port with connections to the West Indian trade. The Ships regularly traded between Ramelton, New York, and Kingston, Jamaica. Ramelton's warehouses are amongst the most admired buildings in Donegal and more recently formed the backdrop for the highly acclaimed television series 'The Hanging Gale'. During this time many other attractive and distinctive dwellings were built by some of the wealthier families of the town such as the Watts and the Stewarts.
Ramelton's famous sons include Professor William C Campbell (Nobel Prize winner 2015) and Francis Makemie who was the founder of the American Presbyterian Church.
The town of Ramelton also boasts auspicious sporting connections being the birthplace of Dave Gallaher, captain of the first All Blacks, New Zealand Rugby Union team and Patsy Gallagher, iconic legend of Glasgow Celtic football club.
The accommodation is arranged as follows;
Hard wood front door to;
Entrance Vestibule; 2.40m x 2.20m original tiling, fitted matwell, original stain glass sash windows, half glazed hard wood door decoratively glazed plus decoratively glazed side panels to;
Entrance Hallway; 6.30m x 1.90m (L shaped to 6.30m x 1.40m) carpeted floor, built in under stair recess, dado rail, arch way with fitted mouldings
Drawing Room; 6.00m x 4.50m into bay window, original cornicing, art deco mahogany fireplace with tiled inset, open fire place, mirror over mantel, carpeted floor, TV point
Formal Dining Room; 6.50m x 4.00m into bay window, stunning views over the Lennon, original cornicing, dado rail, mahogany fire place with red brick inset & granite hearth, original oak flooring
Ground Floor Bedroom 7; 4.30m x 3.60m carpeted floor, fireplace, wash hand basin, floor to ceiling built in wardrobe
Internal Hallway; 2.20m x 1.60m tiled floor, built in storage, door to walk in pantry with fitted shelving
Kitchen/Dining Room; 7.43m x 3.99m tiled floor, full range of fitted base units, granite work surfaces, 4 ring gas hob, electric oven with extractor hood over, plumbing for dishwasher, Rayburn oil cooker, matching mirrored dresser unit, free standing pantry cupboard, recess lighting, matching island unit, opening to;
Rear Sunroom; 5.50m x 3.12m vaulted tongue & groove pine ceiling, recess lighting, fully glazed tiled floor, fully glazed white PVC to outside patio,
Off the kitchen double glazed doors to;
Snug; 5.72m x 3.00m mahogany fire place, tiled inset, open fire, carpeted floor, TV point
Utility Room; 4.00m x 3.60m modest range of base units, worksurfaces with tile surrounding walls, Belfast sink, plumbing for washing machine, wiring for tumble dryer, back stairwell to first floor, separate half glazed hard wood door to outside, door to;
Shower Room; 2.50m x 1.90m white 2 piece suite, fitted storage under wash hand basin, separate shower enclosure with manual Mira shower, half tiled walls & tiled floor
Stairs to first floor;
Landing; loft access, incorporating coloured landing window with coloured glass on sash window
Bedroom 1; 5.31m x 3.25m front, enjoying spectacular uninterrupted views of the river Lennon, carpeted floor, high level dado rail, door to;
En-suite; White 2 piece suite, separate fully tiled shower enclosure with manual Mira shower, tiled splashback to wash hand basin, tiled floor
Bedroom 2 (master); 5.25m x 4.00m front, spectacular uninterrupted views of the river Lennon, floor to ceiling built in wardrobes, fitted mirrored vanity unit, high level dado rail, telephone point, door to;
En-suite; 2.30m x 1.80 white 2 piece suite, separate fully tiled shower enclosure with manual Mira shower, high level dado rail
Bedroom 3; 4.40m x 3.20m carpeted floor, high level dado rail, door to;
En-suite; 3.20m x 1.70m white 2 piece suite, fitted storage under wash hand basin, separate fully tiled shower enclosure with electric Triton T80 shower
Bedroom 4; 3.60m x 4.30m carpeted floor, fitted vanity unit with built in storage under
Bedroom 5; 3.60m x 2.29m original pine flooring, door to;
En-suite; 3.20m x 1.20 white 2 piece suite, separate fully tiled shower enclosure with manual Mira shower, fitted storage under the wash hand basin, access to;
Further Bedroom 6; 3.86m x 3.47m also accessed from the stair case downstairs, beautiful tennis court & garden views, floor to ceiling built in wardrobes, telephone point
Bathroom; 4.62m x 4.01m white 3 piece suite, shower attachment & tiled surround to bath, separate shower cubicle with manual shower, painted tongue & groove panelling to walls, vinyl flooring
Outside; Overall grounds of c.1 acre. Block built entrance pillars leading to a tarmacadam driveway with parking for several vehicles, turning bay at front door, extensive front garden laid to lawn with mature trees to side boundary. Well stocked flower beds & vegetable patch to the rear, mature trees, extensive south facing patio off the kitchen for bbq’s and al fresco dining, full size tarmacadam tennis court with 8 ft fencing.
Detached Garage; 2.50m x 1.85m block built, door to front
The accommodation is arranged as follows:
Hard wood part glazed front door with fully glazed side panels to;
Living Room; 4.92m x 3.89m tiled floor, exposed stone back wall with pine fire place, solid fuel burning stove with back boiler, vaulted ceiling with exposed timber beams, door to;
Bedroom 1; 5.44m x 3.50m carpeted floor, double aspect, cornicing to ceiling, door to internal arch way with built in storage unit, additional door to;
Bathroom/En-suite; 2.70m x2.00m white 3 piece suite, built in storage under wash hand basin, fitted mirrored medicine cabinet with recess lighting, fully tiled walls & tiled floor, extractor fan
Hard wood part glazed side door to;
Entrance Hallway; 3.01m x 1.72m tiled floor, built in under stair recess, telephone point, door to;
Kitchen/Dining Room 5.29m x 4.53m double aspect, fitted with modest range of fitted base units, work surfaces with tiled surrounding walls, stainless steel single drainer sink unit, 4 ring gas hob, electric oven with stainless steel extractor canopy over, plumbing for dishwasher, tiled floor, fully glazed hard wood doors to;
Sunroom; 2.90m x 2.81m vaulted ceiling, half glazed hard wood door to outside patio area, tiled floor
Utility Room; 3.00m x 2.00m tiled floor, plumbing for washing machine, wiring for tumble dryer, fitted wall mounted storage cupboards
Pine & carpeted stairs to first floor;
Landing; Door to hot press
Bedroom 2; 4.62m x 3.43m Velux window, stunning views over garden & tennis court, carpeted floor, floor to ceiling built in wardrobes with fitted vanity unit, further wash hand basin with fitted storage
Shower Room; 1.60m x 1.60m white 2 piece suite, separate fully tiled shower enclosure, Triton Rally shower, tiled splash back to wash hand basin, fitted mirror, shaving light & socket, timber flooring
Bedroom 3; 3.78m x 3.32m double aspect, carpeted floor, floor to ceiling built in wardrobes
FeaturesVictorian elegance on 1 acre
Overlooking the River Lennon
7 bedrooms (4 en-suite)
Separate self-contained 3 bed cottage
3325 sq. ft
DirectionsFrom Ramelton village proceed in the direction of Aughnish and immediately after the Tennis Courts the entrance to the property will be found on the right hand side overlooking the River Lennon.
The name Ramelton derives from the Irish name Ráth Mealtain which means ‘The Fort of Mealtain’. It is a Bord Failte designated Heritage Town on the banks of the River Lennon. The old warehouses at the end of The Mall are amongst the most fascinating buildings in Donegal. They formed the backdrop for the highly acclaimed BBC Television Series ‘The Hanging Gale’.
The town now has its own park and tennis club plus a good range of local shops. The famous ‘Bridge Bar’ is a renowned music venue and has its own restaurant and the nearby Conway’s traditional bar hosts lives music at weekends. Easy access is afforded to the coastal areas of Rathmullan, Portsalon and Dunfanaghy (each around 15 minutes distant). Letterkenny, the county’s principal town is just 12 -15 minutes away. Local schools include Brownknowe N.S., St. Marys N.S., Ayr Hill N.S. and Scoil Naomh Cholmcille.