Marfield House in Clonmel on the market for €720k
Briarview House Marlfield, Clonmel, Co Tipperary €720,000
Local legend has it that Anthony Trollope, the prolific Victorian novelist whose works include The Barchester Chronicles and, in 1875, the splendidly satirical The Way We Live Now, once lived at Briarview House near Marlfield, a couple of miles west of Clonmel.
Trollope certainly did spend time in Ireland - he arrived in 1841 - and lived for a time in Clonmel during the course of his work as a Post Office official. (He is credited with the introduction of the pillar box.) An Englishman by birth, he developed his talents as a writer while traversing Ireland by rail carrying out his duties, but it was not until he made the switch from Irish to British characters and settings that his career took off.
Whether Trollope did ever live at Briarview is unconfirmed, but if he did then he was a lucky man because it is a fine house, located in a beautiful part of the country.
The current owners bought the property in the late 1990s and are now downsizing to a smaller house in the area. When they purchased Briarview, they set about a major refurbishment and extension of the original house, which dates from around 1840.
They engaged architect John Stewart, who designed and oversaw the construction of two wings - one to either side of the original main house - and an extension to the back that is so seamless that it is hard to discern where the original house ends and the extension begins.
The result of Stewart's work is a Victorian house that has been sympathetically brought up to date to suit modern family life. Briarview has the elegant proportions, the charm and grandeur that you would expect from a house of its time, and the attention to detail that the current owners brought to its restoration is evident throughout with period features such as sash windows and feature fireplaces intact.
The entrance hall has an open thread wooden staircase with mahogany handrail and superb plasterwork. The drawing room is to the left of the hallway, while the family room, with ceiling cornicing and marble surround fireplace, is to the right.
The kitchen/breakfast room is positioned in one of the new wings. It has a Belfast sink, an oil-fired range, integrated appliances and an extensive range of fitted wall and floor units plus an island unit that makes it both family-friendly and a venue for entertaining. The dining area is bright and airy. Also on the ground floor are another sitting room, study, cloakroom, pantry, hot press and guest lavatory.
On the first floor, there are five double bedrooms, of which two are en suite. There is also a family bathroom.
Outside, a large two-storey garage is roofed in the same slate as the house so that it blends in with the original house, and there's a little over half-an-acre of mature garden.
Marlfield is a picturesque village, and Marlfield House was the seat of the Bagwells, a wealthy and politically influential Irish Unionist family in South Tipperary from the 18th to the 20th century.
The village has lovely walks around the local lake, which is a wildlife preserve, as well as walking trails through local woods, and fishing on the nearby River Suir.
Era: Circa 1840
Size: 320 sqm
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald Power & Walsh (052) 6170720