Friday 24 February 2017

Intriguing Georgian with secret doorway

Glenamara, Stradbally, Co Waterford
Glenamara, Stradbally, Co Waterford

Lord and Lady Monteagle have reduced the asking price for their intriguing Georgian house, Glenamara, in the pretty village of Stradbally near the west Waterford coast. They had been asking €775,000 and now are asking €650,000.

Once the dower house of the nearby Lord Beresford's Wood House Estate, the house was built in 1830 and has been well cared for over the centuries.

An intriguing aspect of the 325-sqm property is the secret door disguised behind a bookcase which connects the library to the only bedroom on the ground floor and an adjoining bathroom. No doubt the library/bedroom combination may have been inspired by some books a previous owner read.

This library is one of four reception rooms, two on either side of the hallway, with each pair interconnecting. A kitchen and utility room are also located off an inner hall to the rear of the ground floor and a rear staircase leads from there to the first floor to ensure servants in the olden days could speedily serve breakfast upstairs to their masters and mistresses.

Five bedrooms are located on the first floor, all with vaulted ceilings and overlooking the gardens.

Two are double-aspect overlooking the gardens and courtyard and three retain their original fireplaces. Two bathrooms are also on this floor.

The one-acre site also accommodates attractive gardens from which there are distant views of the sea at Stradbally and Ballyvooney Cove. With the grounds having separate access from the road there is potential for further development.

For instance, a coaching yard comes with stone stables and there are also some stone storage sheds. Stradbally is located 35km from Waterford City, and 94km from Cork Airport.

Contact Knight Frank 01 662 3255 and Shelley & Purcell 051 649992

Irish Independent

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