An understated classic in Tipp guided at €750,000

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

I see so many houses of Georgian vintage on my trips around the country I sometimes expect to become 'all Georgianed out'.

However, just when I think I don't want to set eyes on another fanlight or sash window, I visit an elegant pile which reignites the enthusiasm. Indeed, no matter how similar in design these houses are, they are all different in character.

It was lashing rain last Thursday when I met Nenagh auctioneer Eoin Dillon outside the local Rugby Club on the Thurles road. We drove towards the town and took a turn towards Ballinaclough.

An unassuming gateway gave way to a long avenue at the end of which was this fine traditional farmhouse, Bayly Farm.

Bayly House, Tipperary
Bayly House, Tipperary

Attached is a new single storey wing built in the latter day vernacular style much favoured by town and county planners. Sitting on 29ac with a modest farmyard, the property is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €750,000.

Bayly Farm has been in the family for generations and was built by the Baylys in the early 19th Century. The current farm extends to almost 120ac and while 29ac is currently being offered with the house the family intends to keep the larger portion of ground. However, substantially more land could be added to the sale if conditions are favourable.

The house has been home to and has connections with its share of celebrities Among them is a man responsible for much of what happens on computer, phone and television screens. In 1833 Helen Bayly married Sir William Rowan Hamilton.

Hamilton became a world-famous mathematician and physicist particularly renowned for his discovery of quaternions in 1843.This algebraic treatment of complex numbers is used in 3-D computer graphics and in calculating certain orbits of spacecraft and satellites. The formulae came to him as he walked along the Royal Canal.

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The Bayly Farm house has all the trappings of auld decency. It is accessed by a gracious hall with traditional Georgian tiles. There are three lovely reception rooms on the ground floor including a library/playroom, a spacious and comfortable sitting room leading to an elegant dining room that in turn leads to a modern kitchen housed in the new extension.


The extension, built to accommodate members of the extended family, created the opportunity to add the new kitchen to the old house.

Other downstairs rooms include an inner hall, a utility, a study/office, a boot room and a cloakroom with a WC. Upstairs are five bedrooms, one of which has ensuite facilities. Other spaces include two bathrooms and a box room. The extension to the side includes a large dining/living area with a large bay window overlooking the garden, a kitchen, two bedrooms with one ensuite, a bathroom and utility.

Outside there is a modern car garage, a carport and a workshop. Farm buildings include a three-column haybarn with double lean-to and a three-span open shed. The land being sold with the house extends to 29ac. This is made up of 12ac of mixed woodland, gardens and paddocks and has the Nenagh river running through it. The house has been operated as a B&B for a number of years and the family has developed walks and trails through the woodlands. The private treaty sale is being handled by REA Eoin Dillon and Colliers International.

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