Friday 20 October 2017

Demesne event at Galway Bay

2 Barna House €450k

Barna House has retained its period detail and character after conversion into apartments
Barna House has retained its period detail and character after conversion into apartments
The dining room opens into the living room through folding doors

Barna House near Silver Strand in Galway was built in 1778 by the Lynch family, one of the city's Tribes, and as the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage states, it's still "remarkably well preserved".

Its surroundings have radically changed, though. The Georgian building is now flanked by - indeed almost dwarfed by - two modern apartment blocks built during the boom.

Barna House has itself been converted into apartments, and unusually for apartments, they're packed with period details and character. Outside there are limestone steps, a beautiful semi-circular window over the front door, fanlight and sidelights in the front doorcase, and a slate roof. Inside, there are wooden sash windows, high ceilings, fireplaces and polished wood floors.

Apartment 2 is on the first floor, and it's the one that gets that semi-circular window. Measuring an almost improbable 1,650 sq ft, it's bigger than many family homes.

The dining room opens into the living room through folding doors
The dining room opens into the living room through folding doors

The entrance hall of the apartment is where the feature window is. It measures roughly 14ft by 13ft and doubles as a study. The oak floor in this room continues into the 18ft by 14ft living room and has a 5ft-high marble fireplace and a sash window.

There are double folding doors leading from the living room to the dining room, which also has an oak floor and sash window. The kitchen has a slate floor and maple countertops and at just under 19ft long, it has room for a breakfast table.

There are two bedrooms, both with built-in wardrobes and one with an en-suite shower, along with a bathroom.

It's a gated development with views of Galway Bay and the old grounds of Barna House. The building has a lift, and annual management fees are €2,950.

Number 2 Barna House, Barna Demesne, is for sale for €450,000 with DNG Maxwell Heaslip & Leonard in Galway city (091) 565 261.

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