LAIRAKEEN HOUSE, BANAGHER, COUNTY GALWAY, IRELAND
An exquisite late 19th-century country home, privately positioned within glorious parkland, on the banks of the River Shannon, and nearby to Banagher town. Lairakeen House is a superb country home presented in excellent condition and comprising some 8,913 square feet or 828 square metres of accommodation and positioned within some 53 acres or 21.4 hectares. The main house is augmented by a Guest Cottage and a Studio Apartment to present some 12,019 square feet or 1,165 square metres of accommodation in total. Beautifully positioned within well-timbered parkland, against a backdrop of the River Shannon, the setting is picturesque and private. The small town of Banagher is just 2.5 miles or 4 kilometres away. Dublin International and Shannon International airports are each, respectively, within about a 1 hour 40 minute and 1 hour 30 minute driving time. Galway airport is about a 50 minute drive.
The grounds are impressive, and quite a feature of the property, with an abundance of ancient indigenous Irish Elm, Beech and Sycamore trees interspersed throughout the parkland meadows, through which a series of clipped pathways meander, to take in a river bank walk and connect to a small island and the formal gardens, positioned to the rear of the house and including an Edwardian vine house resplendent with home-grown figs, apricots and peaches.
Lairakeen House was completed circa 1870 as the centrepiece of a large landed estate. All the principal rooms benefit from elevated views over the mature grounds and to the River Shannon itself. Re-building and restoration works were painstakingly carried out in 2002 to sympathetically reinstate the house to restore the composition of the circa 1870 mansion, and to imbue period character and charm, a fire having destroyed a large portion of the house in 1931. The reinstated drawing room and library feature 16th-century mahogany and ebony panelling, while a chimneypiece dating from 1425 depicts the Palestine wars. Owing to the extensive re-building and renovation works the house is now presented in excellent ...