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Saturday 21 October 2017

A home fit for a duke... remarkable Georgian residence

Erindale House is set on 30ac of parkland in Co Carlow and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.35m.
Erindale House is set on 30ac of parkland in Co Carlow and is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.35m.
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Erindale was once a country hideaway for the Duke of Wellington, a place where he is reputed to have retreated regularly to enjoy the sort of delights not available in barracks or battlefield.

Located just over 3km from Carlow town on the Kilkenny road, the house is described as a remarkable and unique Georgian residence with a Gothic flavour. Overlooking the River Barrow and set on 30ac of parkland, it is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €1.35m.

Erindale is a classic late 18th century brick house with many unique features and distinct Gothic influences. It was built to an ingenious plan made up of curved bows.

The windows in the entrance front are pointed with the first floor centre window and the two centre windows on the ground floor being Venetian windows in the Gothic style. A very large semi-circular fanlight extends over the door and sidelights and the elaborate glazing is believed to be original.

The house stands on a slight elevation overlooking the River Barrow with views westwards towards the Killeshin Hills. Located a short distance from Carlow Town there is excellent road access to the property with the M9 approximately 6km away making Dublin City Centre less than an hour away.

Indeed, were the famous duke to come back from the land of the shadows he would no doubt appreciate the speed with which he could come and go to his 'maison particuliere.'

Selling agent Paddy Jordan says the setting is delightful with the house approached through a tree lined, gravelled avenue and mature gardens. An enclosed high walled garden maintains privacy to the rear.

The house extends to 5,500sq ft of living accommodation with several unusual features. The mature grounds include many specimen trees and an unusual summerhouse originally designed as a gazebo over the river.

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The living accommodation includes a spacious hallway with the unique fanlight extending over the door and sidelights. The bow-fronted drawing room has a fine brass 18th century grate and a white regency chimneypiece, along with period coving and ornamentation around the windows.

The bow-fronted dining room also has a brass grate with a marble fireplace and similar coving with ornamentation around the windows. Other accommodation includes a study/TV room, overlooking the walled garden, and an office.

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The kitchen is a large bright room with a fully fitted country kitchen in cherrywood. The fittings include a double oven, integrated fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, extractor unit, ceramic hob, an island unit with fitted presses and a Corian worktop throughout, double-drain, stainless-steel sink unit and recessed lighting.

The upstairs is accessed through a spacious landing and has a range of built-in wardrobes and linen presses. The master bedroom is a bright, bow-shaped room that overlooks the grounds and river. It comes with ensuite facilities. There are four other bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and also a box room.

The basement comprises an additional 2,136 sq ft of space and includes a wine cellar with original brick bins, a utility room, playroom and various other spaces ideal for conversion to additional accommodation. The house is in reasonably good condition but could do with some modernisation.

To the rear of the house is a large walled garden laid out in lawn with rose-beds, herbaceous borders, fruit trees, gravelled walks, a patio and a large greenhouse.

An enclosed paved barbeque patio is located to the side of house; other out-buildings include a garden shed, two loose boxes and an old potting shed.

The land is laid out in three paddocks of reasonably good ground all in permanent pasture. There are superb mature specimen trees on the property and extensive river frontage.

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