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Lough Derg: The quiet of the lough

Live life like a billionaire in a rare €2.45m. lakeside demesne writes Caitriona Murphy

Published 27/01/2012 | 05:00

Once the home of American billionaire John Paul Getty III, Gurthalougha House, overlooking Lough Derg in Co Tipperary has had its asking price reduced by €750,000 to €2.45m.

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The 100-acre lakefront estate was first purchased by the Getty oil dynasty in 1998 and is being sold by the family trust following Mr Getty's passing last year.

Dating back to the mid 19th century, the 734sqm (7,898sq ft) Victorian main house was extensively refurbished by the family during the 14 years they owned it.

Located 1.5km from the village of Ballinderry, 10km from Borrisokane and 25km from Nenagh, the property comes with its own private harbour, fishing rights on the lake and numerous woodland walks.

All of Gurthalougha's period features -- ornate cornicing, antique marble fireplaces, panelled doors and decorative architrave -- have been retained throughout the house.

To the front of the main house, the ground floor includes two interconnecting drawing rooms with marble fireplaces, a library, office / bedroom with bathroom, stairs to the first floor and access to the courtyard outside.

To the rear of the main hall, there is another small office, the dining room and a wing corridor containing the pantry, kitchen, breakfast room and living room. The kitchen and breakfast room feature wooden floors, two large Belfast sinks and access to the courtyard.

The living room also opens out to the courtyard through arched glass doors.

The ground floor accommodation is completed by the staff quarters, which includes further storerooms, another kitchen and a large laundry room.

The first floor of Gurthalougha House contains 11 bedrooms, of which six are considered main bedrooms and three are en suite. By far the grandest of these is the master bedroom, which overlooks the lake to the front of the house and has a large bathroom with roll-top bath and a reading room off it.

The bedroom corridor to the rear of the house contains five more bedrooms, (two en suite), two bathrooms and two shower rooms.

Outside, the grounds of Gurthalougha Estate are a mixture of mature lawned gardens, wooded walks such as the Cathedral Walk and Lady Alice's Walk, islands in Gurthalougha Bay and parklands.

The original walled garden has been fully restored and is divided into formal rose gardens and shrubberies and adjoining vegetable, fruit and herb gardens, with a greenhouse.

A pretty garden house sits along the walls of the walled garden and features double doors opening on to a sheltered patio within the garden.

The 111sqm (1,194sq ft) cottage is comprised of a kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, sunroom, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a laundry room.

Enquiries to Knight Frank on 01 6623255.

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