Park life in striking Georgian mansion
Milltown Park Estate in Co Offaly has it all - a striking 18th century mansion, 285ac of powerful land and a classic Victorian farmyard
Published 13/07/2016 | 02:30
Last week I wrote a few lines in praise of monks and their eye for good land in the founding of their monasteries. I was referring to the ancient Cistercian settlement at Mellifont in Co Louth and this week I visited a farm near one of the more recent Cistercian Abbeys - Mount St Joseph which is 3km from Roscrea but situated in Co Offaly.
Milltown Park is an 18th century house on 285ac of tillage and grazing land just a few kilometres from the famous monastic school. It is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €2.75m.
Located close to Shinrone, Milltown Park was built by the Spunner family in 1720 and is still in the ownership of the same family, now known as the White Spunners. The family has owned land in the area since the 1500s.
An unassuming gateway leads to an old avenue through tree-dotted parkland where the Georgian house stands in stone grey splendour.
The stone steps lead to a spacious hallway with a double arch and a Kilkenny marble flagged floor. A spacious drawing room lies to one side and a breakfast room to the other.
To the rear is a large dining room with some exquisite Georgian plasterwork and further back there is a smoking room. Off the dining room is a small kitchen. There are eight bedrooms located on the first and second floors along with two bathrooms, one on the ground floor and one on the half landing leading to the first floor. The basement is home to number of rooms including a kitchen complete with vaulted ceiling.
The house is in good structural order with the roof replaced a number of years ago when two of the chimneys, one carrying nine flues, were also rebuilt and lined. The many fireplaces in the house are all functioning.
However, the house needs much refurbishment and renovation and the current owner had plans to reduce the number of bedrooms to six and add four bathrooms.