Stormont House, Castleconnell, Limerick
Stormont House, Castleconnell, Limerick
|Property Type||Country House|
|Refreshed on||Sep 25, 2022|
Location: Limerick City is the third largest city in Ireland and is identified as a gateway city in the National Spatial Strategy for the mid-west region. Renowned for the breathtaking beauty of its lush green countryside and its vibrant riverside city, Limerick’s location offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a quality of life where city and country living co-exist harmoniously. A major attraction for people living and working in Limerick is its accessibility to some breathtaking natural beauty spots, from the majestic River Shannon flowing through the city and riverside villages such as Castleconnell to the stunning Lough Gur, with its captivating scenery and folklore, along with a wealth of archaeology and history dating back to Stone Age times. Limerick is also a key gateway city to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Europe; most notably the Wild Atlantic Way, which includes the world famous Burren and Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare and other stunning Atlantic coastal regions such as the spectacular Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. Castleconnell is a scenic village in on the banks of the River Shannon just 15km outside Limerick City. Castleconnell, which is located in County Limerick right on the border with County Clare, takes its name from ‘Castle Connell’, the ruin of which is located on the grounds of Stormont House. This was the ancient seat of the O'Conaings, and took their name Caislean-ui-Chonaine. It subsequently fell into the possession of the O'Briens of Thomond. The castle, now ruined, is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the bend on the River Shannon, was besieged and destroyed by General Ginkel’s army during the Jacobite and Williamite wars at the end of the 17th century. The village has a selection of cafes, pubs and restaurants, there is a neighbourhood centre, national school, church, train station, Garda station and post office. Castleconnell is home to a number of fine architectural buildings and many activities that centre around its riverside location. The four star Castle Oaks Hotel sits on 26 acres of mature gardens in Castleconnell. The village remains a popular location for anglers fishing on the Shannon and Mulcair rivers and has a long history in angling, once being a popular location for royalty to fish. Castleconnell also has a rich and diverse bird life, particularly for swans that migrate from Iceland in the winter to breed on the river. The village embraces its riverside setting and has an active rowing club in existence since 1983. Castleconnell’s Ahane Hurling Club is one of the most successful hurling team in Limerick. There are a number of beautiful riverside walks on both sides of the river with those on the Clare side being accessed by a footbridge close to the village. A short walk will bring you to the Fairy Woods. There is a children’s playground located at the Ferry Car Park which is opposite Stormont. Since the line was reopened in 2009 commuters can travel by train to Limerick City and Nenagh and there is also an intercity service to Dublin Shannon Airport 42km Limerick City Centre 15km Adare Manor 30km University of Limerick 11km Dublin Airport 195km. Stormont House is set on approximately 6 acres. Originally a three storey property, it was initially refurbished around 50 years ago when, because it was in such poor condition, the owners were advised to take the roof off, which they did, creating an art deco style neo Georgian house. They then decided to turn the house upside down to take full advantage of the magnificent river views from the living rooms and kitchen while still having wonderful castle and river views from the 4 spacious bedrooms. They subsequently created an annex unit beside the garage and attached to the main house by transforming the original stable house into living accommodation. The waterside setting is incredible and the sound of the flowing river is unmistakable when one steps outside the front door of the house. In 2018 the owners were granted full planning to completely refurbish the existing structure and while the house is presently in turn key condition, the new owners will also have the opportunity to create an extraordinary c. 7000 square foot house on the curtilage of the existing structure - the new planning joins the annex to the main house over 2 floors and creates a truly magnificent opportunity to build a dream house on one of the finest riverside sites in the country. The new planning would create an extra c. 306m2.
On approach, traversing the winding tree lined driveway, as you pass the Castle on the right and the river Shannon on the left, you are instantly transported to a serene escape away from the hustle and bustle of city life, which is ironic considering Stormont is only 15km from Limerick City Centre, 10km from University of Limerick and a stone’s throw from the M7. This home oozes character and charm and it underwent a significant refurbishment last year prior to going on the market. This is a family home with warm welcoming tones and elegant décor throughout. The house is entered via proud concrete steps to double wooden doors with glass panels and almost full length glass panes at either side. Beyond the front door you are welcomed into a large bright hallway, which in itself acts as a reception room due to its size and aspect. The uninterrupted river views from here are outstanding. There is a feature marble open fireplace and wood flooring. Through the corridor is the kitchen, with more stunning river views, it is fully fitted with a range of units, an island, granite worktops and a range. There is a beautiful living room to the right of the kitchen, its dual aspect windows provide light throughout the day and the superb river views create a beautifully peaceful and calming living space. The westerly views in this room, create an enviable space to enjoy the evening sunsets. It has a magnificent original fire place and the archway shows that it was once directly accessed via the kitchen. The Dining Room to the rear has hosted many soirees over the years and sits to the rear of the house overlooking the woodlands which separates it from Island House and of course the river. More fantastic views from this room! The ground floor comprises 4 bedrooms. The rear entrance way leads to the back courtyard, annex buildings and garages. The down stairs hall leads to the Master with Ensuite and Walk in wardrobe and to 3 further double rooms , one with an ensuite and walk in wardrobe and the main family bathroom. The annex or 'the archways' as it is known, originally 3 stables now houses a further bedroom, small kitchen and further living accommodation overlooking the garden. There is a large garage, storage and wood shed all set around the courtyard to create an attractive and charming yard space. Room Dimensions: Entrance Lobby 3.60 x 3.80 Dining Room: 6.30 x 4.70 Living Room: 6.30 x 4.80 Kitchen: 4.60 x 5.10 Ground Floor: Hall 20m2 Master Bedroom: 4.70 x 3.00 Walk in Wardrobe: 3.10 x 2.70 Ensuite: 3.10 x 1.80 Bedroom 2: 3.10 x 3.00 Bedroom 3: 4.65 x 4.05 Ensuite: 2.80 x 1.40 Bathroom: 2.70 x 2.00 Bedroom 4: 3.80 x 3.00
Exceptional riverside location on c. 6 acres of manicured lawns and paddocks, mature trees and shrubs. 4 double Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms with Westerly River views 3 Reception Rooms c. 380 m2 in the existing house and a further c. 306m with the new planning permission if developed. New boiler New windows SERVICES Electric Gates with intercom system CCTV Cameras and Alarm Wired Fire Alarm Oil Heating Broadband
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