Sunday 24 September 2017

Going back to school in Sligo

Primrose Grange House €595k

Primrose Grange House is a listed Georgian building and was built in 1744 as a school
Primrose Grange House is a listed Georgian building and was built in 1744 as a school
The living room has a pitch pine floor and a marble fireplace

There are splendid views from the summit of Knocknarea in Co Sligo; you can see from Sligo bay to Ballysadare Bay and the Atlantic, and from Ben Bulben to the Ox Mountains.

Most people climb it not so much for the view from the top but to see Queen Maeve's Grave - a huge, 180ft cairn on the summit which has never been excavated but is said to date from about 3,000 BC.

While the constant stream of visitors to the mountain doesn't do the cairn much good (you're not supposed to climb the monument but people always do), it does create a revenue opportunity for people in the locality.

Primrose Grange House is a listed Georgian house about one-and-a-half kilometres from the summit of Knocknarea, and until recently it was used for guest accommodation.

The living room has a pitch pine floor and a marble fireplace
The living room has a pitch pine floor and a marble fireplace

In its earlier history, though, it was a school. It was built in 1744, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, and thanks to its elevation it has commanding sea and mountain views. The main house has five bedrooms (three ensuite) and there are two apartments in the guest wing, each with two bedrooms, a living room and kitchen.

By way of family reception rooms, there's a dual-aspect living room with a pitch pine floor and a marble fireplace, and a second sitting room adjoining the kitchen. The kitchen is country-style, with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a flagstone floor and a Rayburn.

The grounds amount to about an acre and include a long, lawned back garden, and a walled courtyard for barbecues and outdoor dining.

Primrose Grange House is about six kilometres from Sligo town and five kilometres from Strandhill, which is where Sligo Airport is.

Selling agents DNG Flanagan Ford in Sligo (071) 915 9222 are seeking offers above €595,000.

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