DescriptionA masterfully restored 19th-century residence
built in 1825
Jenkinstown House is a truly magnificent residence, having been the subject of a major programme of renovation and redecoration by the present owner to provide extremely elegant accommodation. Every design detail has been meticulously considered in the restoration to create a fine landmark in the Kilkenny countryside.
Great flair and craftmanship has gone into creating a stunning property which retains its period style with accommodation fit for the 21st century.
In addition, the 106-seat theatre provides a variety of potential opportunities for a boutique hotel, wedding venue or a private events venue, subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
Jenkinstown House is accessed off a minor public road and approached through stone piers with electric gates via a winding hardcore drive. The house is positioned on the periphery of Jenkinstown Park, which, with its hundreds of acres of forest parkland, provides shelter and a great deal of amenity.
The accommodation within the house is laid out over three unique floors - the Neo Gothic Floor (garden level), the Regency Floor (ground floor) and the Georgian Floor (first floor), each incorporating contrasting styles and exhibiting their character from the respective era.
The exterior of the house includes notable features such as battlements, pointed arch windows, voussoirs and gabled finials.
Luxurious internal features of the house include Irish oak wood panelling, window shutters, cornicing, ceiling roses, David Skinner wallpaper, Kilkenny tombstone fireplaces, architraves and stained glass. There is a Rangemaster cooker in the kitchen.
Attached to the west of the house and with an independent access is a spacious auditorium with the ability to seat 106 guests. It was converted from a former chapel, with the interior specifically finished with acoustics in mind. It can be accessed internally from the house and in recent years the venue has played host to many concerts. There is a stage/recording studio plus electrics rooms, control room and four WCs. The seated area is tiered at the rear. The building includes magnificent period features, including lancet windows, stained glass, cornicing and ceiling rose.
The gardens comprise a beautiful walled terrace to the rear with teak doors opening onto the forest, plus formal gardens to the side including paths, plant beds, box hedging and a pond. The current owner has planted a variety of deciduous trees. There are lawns to the front which could alternatively serve as grazing. There is a garden shed.
Jenkinstown House is situated on the perimeter of Jenkinstown Wood, a large woodland once forming part of the Bryan-Bellew estate.
While having the luxury of nature on your doorstep, the property is easily accessible to Dublin via the M9 from Kilkenny City (9 km distant), linking the city to Dublin and its international airport.
The medieval city is renowned throughout Ireland for its rich culture of the arts, music and lifestyle with a wide variety of national attractions, festivals, food and crafts available.
Kilkenny City provides a wide range of shops, culture and professional services.
The surrounding countryside is known for its picturesque river- side villages, mountains and many picturesque walks. For those who enjoy hunting, the famous Kilkenny Hunt operate in the area.
Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for including the nearby Castlecommer Golf Club, Mount Juliet Estate & Golf Club and Kilkenny Golf Club.
There is a variety of excellent schools in the local area - both national and secondary - including Kilkenny National School, Kilkenny College and Loreto Secondary School. In the neighbouring counties, Rockwell College is a renowned school in Cashel, Tipperary and Newtown School, Waterford, both offer day and boarding facilities.
The original Jenkinstown House was built in the 1800's by Major George Bryan to the design of William Robertson of Kilkenny. At that time, it was a substantially greater house in size and according to a description in 1829, the entrance
hall was a "noble apartment finished in the most florid style of Gothic architecture". An original purpose-built chapel wing - formerly a Catholic Church - was known as "a theatre of elegant construction and sufficient magnitude".
Major George Bryan served with the Kilkenny Militia and as High Sheriff of Kilkenny in 1846. Both he and his daughter are buried at Jenkinstown Church.
The history of Jenkinstown is closely associated with County Kilkenny's strong connection to the arts, music and drama with no greater relation than having the Bard of Ireland, composer Thomas Moore, write ''The Last Rose of Summer'' while staying at the house.
The lyrics of the famous song are encapsulated within the essence of Jenkinstown House:
''Tis the last rose of Summer, Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions Are faded and gone''
In the 1930's the estate declined in size. Following the ownership of the Bryan-Bellew family, Jenkinstown House, the church and Jenkinstown Wood were divided up.
Jenkinstown House was first offered to the parish of Conahy. The offer was not taken up for the whole mansion. Only the Oratory and adjoining room were retained, with the Oratory open for public worship. During the Second World War the mansion was occupied by the Irish Armed forces. Afterwards the house was demolished and left as a ruin for a number of years. In recent times the Department of Forestry developed the parkland as an amenity area for visitors. It provides facilities for forest walks, picnics and the study of various trees. There is also an area set aside as a Garden of Remembrance in commemoration of Thomas Moore.
- Wonderful period features
- Over 3 unique floors - Neo Gothic, Regency and Georgian
- Auditorium (106 seat-capacity)
- Formal gardens
- 2.7 hectares / 6.7 acres
BER DetailsBER: Exempt
DirectionsFrom Kilkenny take the N77 Castlecomer Road, continue for 6.4 km and take a left-hand turn, signposted for Jenkinstown Park and Gardens. Continue for 0.5 km and at the junction turn right. Take an immediate left signposted Jenkinstown Park and Gardens, which is at the end of the road. The entrance to Jenkinstown House will be on the right.
The Eircode for the property is R95 PW94.
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Savills Dublin - Country on + 353 (0) 1 663 4350