DescriptionNestled on a carefully sculpted, south-facing site just 15 minutes outside Limerick city, 'Carrig', Portdrine is perhaps one of the most strikingly beautiful properties currently on the market in the south-west of Ireland. Retaining only a shadow of its former self (a small section of the original front wall), our clients have razed what was a traditional 1970's bungalow, rebuilding in its place a breath-taking yet remarkably understated home more worthy of the site it commands.
Carrig's elevated, gently sloping 0.4-acre grounds offer a panoramic viewpoint toward the River Shannon and its lower estuary, dotted with ancient points of interest such as Battle Island and Carrigogunnell Castle. The property is situated at the heart of Portdrine, a small hamlet positioned just a kilometre north of the Limerick/Clare border. The townland is conveniently located just 15 minutes from Limerick City Centre, seamlessly connected via the N18 to the M7 (Dublin), M18 (Ennis, Galway) and M20 (Adare, Cork). Shannon Airport is an exceptionally short commute - just a 15-minute drive by car, worth noting for frequent flyers based anywhere in Ireland or the UK. Local schools include the highly regarded Villiers Secondary School, Ardsoil Rís and JFK Memorial School. The University of Limerick is also within a 20-minute drive.
Entering the grounds via its gated entrance, the north facing front of the property is characterised by its low lying, wide-fronted design - interceded with long narrow windows and a zinc-clad porch entrance. Internally, large-format Italian porcelain tiles flow from the porch through the entrance hall, and on to the heart of the home; the open-plan kitchen, dining and living space. The vaulted ceiling and its skylights combine with floor-to-ceiling triple glazed windows to flood the house with natural light, while framing the vista to the south. The kitchen itself is a SieMatic, handle-less design, integrated with concealed, state-of-the-art Miele appliances. A Corian island worktop subtly divides the kitchen from the dining area, whilst housing large, sliding storage units, a stainless-steel sink & Quooker tap. Finer details include shadow-gap skirting and a minimalist picture rail, facilitating easily interchangeable artwork.
The living and dining spaces open to a Kilkenny limestone patio via a sliding floor-to-ceiling glass door. Forming a semi-courtyard, the terrace provides a private suntrap and entertainment area during the summer months. The overhead larch-clad soffit is designed to regulate solar gain, providing a heatshield during high-summer, without hindering valuable low-lying sun during the winter months. The grounds are framed on two sides by a Liscannor cut-stone wall, while mature hedging to the east and south of the site form a natural sill to the views beyond.
Re-entering the house and continuing toward the west-wing, a generous walk-in pantry is set to the right. To the left, the family room or fifth bedroom is purposely versatile, complete with a large walk-in store/wardrobe. The guest WC is set beyond, offering one of three walk-in rain showers. A boot room provides side access to the garden, external store, and stand-alone utility/laundry.
At the opposing side of the house are four distinct bedrooms, one of which is in use as a home office. Opposite the front porch entrance is a study/ double bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling south facing windows maximise the southerly view, as they do in the adjacent master suite. Both the ensuite and main bathroom are fitted with matching walk-in rain showers, heated towel rails and sanitary ware by Laufen & hansgrohe. Toward the front of the house, two further double bedrooms complete the accommodation.
Porch, Ent Hall, Living/Dining/Kitchen, 5 Bedrooms, Main Bath, Ensuite, Guest WC, Utility, Boot Room, Pantry.
228 Sq. Metres, BER: A2, Underfloor Heating, Fully Alarmed, Mains Water, New Septic Tank, Room Thermostats, Air-Source Heating, MVHR, Alarm, Triple Glazed Aluminium-Clad Windows, LED (Flos) Lighting, Roof: Welsh Slate (Blue Bangor)
0.4 Acres, Bounded by Liscannor Stone and mature hedging. Large external storeroom at west gable wall, electronic gated entrance. Private south-facing site.
'Carrig' is an Energy Retrofit with Passive House Components. 'Passive' efficiency results in low heating and hot water bills, while maintaining a comfortable draught free environment and superb indoor air quality. Energy efficiency is achieved through a high level of air tightness in addition to the installation of 'Passive House' certified components. These include a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery System MVHR (Nilan); Air-to-Water heat (Nilan); triple glazed alu-clad windows and external doors (Internorm) and heavily insulated (Kingspan) floors, walls and roof.
Underfloor Heating, driven by the air to water heat source pump, provides supplementary heating for the Winter months. This combined with thermostats in each room, ensure indoor temperatures remain comfortable to the occupant's preferences, 24/7 and throughout the year.
BER DetailsBER: A2
BER No: 103405809
Performance Indicator: 45.7
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Sherry FitzGerald Limerick City on 061 418000