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Bishop to sell gothic palace

Price: €750,000

Published 14/10/2011 | 05:00

A bishop's palace in Ballaghadareen, Co. Roscommon, is being offered for sale with a €750,000 price tag.

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Currently the home of the Bishop of Achonry, Brendan Kelly, the 650sqm Edmondstown House was designed about 150 years ago in the high Victorian gothic style by John McCurdy who also designed the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin.

Attractive features which enhance the impressive exterior of the house are the octagonal corner tower, the entrance, as well as the way in which its stonework is interspersed with bands of red brick on a split level.

As befits a property which also accommodates diocesan offices and archives, the palace itself includes substantial reception rooms with decorative ceilings.

In the entrance hall are double doors with stain glass panels while the inner hall has an impressive staircase.

As well as the feature corner tower, bay windows in a number of the rooms including the diningroom and drawing room, enhance the gothic style.

These reception rooms also benefit from period features such as cornicing and fire places with marble surrounds.

Also located at ground level are three other rooms including a library, archive room and strong room.

The bishop's accommodation is to the front of the house and spread over two storeys and benefits from high ceilings.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, two of them with en suites and one with a dressingroom. In addition an oratory is also located at this level.

Off the back hall are the staff quarters which are integrated into the house and spread over three storeys and a basement.

These include a TV room and the kitchen at ground level as well as three or more decent sized rooms at each of the other levels.

With its original cellar, the house may appeal to wine buffs, or some one wishing to offer a Hidden Ireland style guest house and restaurant.

There are also outhouses which could be converted to stables or into holiday home accommodation.

Approached by a tree lined avenue, it stands on 29 acres of mature secluded grounds, much of it in pasture and also including an orchard and glass house.

It is strategically located west of Ballaghaderreen, just 3km from the N5 Ballina/Dublin Road and 10km from N17 Galway Road.

Contact Murphy & Son 071 9142118

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