Monday 26 September 2016

Follow in the footsteps of Jackie Kennedy in Waterford for €795k

Dromina House €795k

Published 22/04/2016 | 02:30

Dromina House is a listed building dating from around 1820 and retains many period features.
Dromina House is a listed building dating from around 1820 and retains many period features.
The twin-aspect drawing room has a parquet floor.

About four years after John F Kennedy died, and a year before she married Aristotle Onassis, Jackie Kennedy came to Waterford.

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She stayed at Woodstown House, a handsome early-19th century property close to Woodstown beach on the Waterford estuary, and she wasn't the only one to feel the draw of the local scenery. John Profumo and Nancy Sinatra are among others reported to have stayed in the locality.

The luminaries of the 19th century were fond of the area too, and built several houses there. A few hundred metres up the beach is another example, Dromina House, which dates from around 1820.

It's a listed building that was extensively renovated in the mid-1990s, although the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage is a little sniffy about the restoration.

"The external appearance… has been compromised by over-zealous restoration works that have eroded most of the historic fabric and patina," notes the NIAH.

Those works included a replacement roof in artificial slate, PVC rainwater goods, and, of course, the dreaded PVC windows.

Plenty of period features remain though, including ornate ceilings, elegant fireplaces and wood floors. The property still has its cut-stone entrance pillars too, and is set on 7.13 acres, with parkland and outbuildings.

The house is 5,005 sq ft, with six bedrooms (three en-suite) on its first floor. The ground floor has the kitchen, drawing room, dining room, office and sitting room. And at attic level there are four more rooms used as a gym, library, playroom and box room.

Dromina House is about 20 minutes' drive from Waterford city and 15 minutes from Waterford airport, where there are regular flights to and from Birmingham and Luton.

The agent is Michael H Daniels & Co in Fermoy (025) 31023 and the asking price is €795,000.

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