Sunday 24 September 2017

Georgian elegance on show

Glasson House €550k

Glasson House sits on a large site on village's main street
Glasson House sits on a large site on village's main street
The drawing room with a fireplace

In its heyday, Waterstown House in Glasson, Co Westmeath, was a magnificent 18th-century Palladian-style residence. It was sold to the Land Commission in 1923, whereupon it began the process of becoming what it is today - a magnificent ruin.

The nearby village of Glasson (or Glassan) was established to cater for the Waterstown estate, and it has many old buildings that have fared much better than Waterstown itself.

Among them is Glasson House, on the village's main street, which was built around 1820, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. It still has authentic features including cut-stone window sills (although the windows are PVC) and an arched front door.

It's on a surprisingly large site for a village-centre location, standing on just less than two acres of garden and paddock. And it's substantial inside too, with a floor area of 3,255 sq ft.

The drawing room with a fireplace
The drawing room with a fireplace

That includes a self-contained apartment in an extension at the back. The apartment has its own access via an outer staircase but could be reabsorbed into the main house.

On the ground floor of the main house are two formal reception rooms either side of the entrance hall - a drawing room and a dining room, both with fireplaces. At the back is an eat-in kitchen with another fireplace, along with a utility room and another small sitting room or study.

The first floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom, and there's an open-plan kitchen and living room and two bedrooms in the apartment. At attic level are two more bedrooms.

Glasson itself, being close to the shores of Lough Ree, is popular with holidaymakers. It's about seven kilometres due north of Athlone, where you can join the M6 motorway for Dublin or Galway.

The agent is Sherry FitzGerald O'Meara (0906) 475500 and the asking price is €550,000.

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