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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Georgian house that just oozes elegance

Jim O'Brien

Published 20/09/2011 | 05:00

Clonageera House, located at Durrow, Co Laois, is a gracious Georgian country house built around 1803. Set on 30ac of grassland, this lovely two-storey over-basement residence is both elegant and homely.

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It extends to 9,634ft2 and includes several spacious reception areas and nine bedrooms.

The residence and its lands have recently come on the market and are being sold by private treaty, with a guide price of €1.35m.

The sale is being handled by Dublin estate agents Savills.

The property is a short distance from the village of Durrow on the N8 south of Abbeyleix. It is approached by a long gravelled driveway and set on grounds with many interesting and unique features, including a splendid oval-walled garden with an old gardener's cottage.

Typical of properties of its vintage, Clonageera has a fine traditional stable yard with a range of single and two-storey outbuildings.

The current owners raised a large family in the house and, since most of the children are now grown and have left, they no longer need the space.

The house has been refurbished over the years and is fully decorated throughout and appropriately modernised.

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The principal rooms on the first floor enjoy great light from large sash windows and are decorated with ornate plasterwork, impressive chimneypieces and many other original features such as door architraves and window shuttering.

There are several ensuite facilities with the bedrooms, some of which are on the first floor with four located in the basement.

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The basement, like the rest of the house, enjoys plenty of natural light and contains a family room, a wine cellar and a kitchen, which includes a traditional Aga cooker and a scullery with all the modern appliances one might need.

Located a short distance east of the house the stable yard comprises a range of outbuildings.

These include two coach houses, four loose boxes and a tack room.

The large lofted area is accessed from a flight of stone steps, while to the rear of the stable yard is a chicken coop and dog pen with kennel.

The lands, extending to 30ac, are laid out in five divisions and dotted with mature trees.

The ground is in good heart and all in grass, it is well fenced and has water troughs servicing each division.

A right of way from the land gives access to the Cork road, while another right of way gives secondary access to the Durrow road, access that is useful for machinery.

Services include mains electricity, private well water, a septic tank, oil-fired central heating, telephone and broadband.

According to David Ashmore of Savills Clonageera is one of the finest country houses to come on the market in recent times.

"Overall this property is fine condition and any new owner can move in and take their time deciding what changes or refurbishments they may deem necessary."

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