Tuesday 22 August 2017

Kildare's family home in Kilkenny

Viewmount House €675k

Viewmount House in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny, is a Victorian mansion in need of modernising
Viewmount House in Paulstown, Co Kilkenny, is a Victorian mansion in need of modernising
The large entrance hall features ornate ceiling plasterwork

When he died in 2013, at the age of 89, Kildare Dobbs was described as a "Canadian writer". Other nations, though, had a claim to him: India, because he was born there, and Ireland, because he grew up here.

Dobbs recalled his childhood at Viewmount House, Paulstown, Co Kilkenny in an affectionate memoir, 'Running the Rapids', published in 2005.

He described the house as "a Victorian mansion with walled gardens and fine trees", adding it was "well named, sited in clear view of Mount Leinster".

It was built for the Flood family in about 1850, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage. It's been in the hands of the same family since the 1970s and the selling agents say that, although it's lived in, it will need modernisation.

The large entrance hall features ornate ceiling plasterwork
The large entrance hall features ornate ceiling plasterwork

There are some superb period features inside, including the original sash windows, flagstone floors, lavishly ornate ceiling plasterwork, and a beautiful open-string staircase in the entrance hall.

The ground floor has four reception rooms, all still with the "marble chimney pieces" fondly remembered by Kildare Dobbs. The first floor has eight bedrooms, a shower room, bathroom and separate toilet.

To the rear of the house is a separate wing that could be turned into a three-bedroom guest annexe.

It stands on seven acres, mostly in pasture and parkland with mature trees dotted about. There's also a courtyard with outbuildings.

Viewmount House is about six kilometres from Gowran and a 15-minute drive from Kilkenny city itself. Dublin is about an hour-and-a-half away via the M9 and M7.

Joint agents Colliers International in Dublin (01) 633 3700 and Michael Boyd in Kilkenny (056) 776 4833 are handling the sale. The price has recently been reduced from €790,000 to €675,000.

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