Wexford home rules on the Slaney - Renovated regency villa on 48ac guided at €850,000
The Deeps is the intriguing name given to a regency villa located near Crossabeg in Wexford, between Enniscorthy and Wexford town. Set on 48ac of grassland and woodland, and with frontage on to the tidal end of the Slaney, the renovated villa is for sale by private treaty. Selling agents Savills are guiding the price at €850,000.
Located 13km from Wexford and Enniscorthy, the house was originally home to members of the renowned Redmond family associated with the Irish Parliamentary Party and the Home Rule movement of the late 1800s.
The Deeps was built in 1800 for MP John Edward Redmond, the great uncle of famous brothers John and Willie Redmond. John led the Irish Party from 1900 to 1918 and his brother Willie, an MP for East Clare and an ardent nationalist, fought in the First World War. He was killed during the Battle of Messines in June 1917.
In a quirky historical juxtaposition, the area that was laterally home to a family that campaigned for separation from Britain, is also home to a very early Norman Castle - Deeps Castle - built after the invasion of 1169 and located further up the river.
Purchased by the current owners Peter and Phil Pearson in 2001, the place has been carefully and tastefully restored. Great attention was paid to detail and all improvements remain true to the provenance of the building, "We re-roofed it, rewired it and replaced the windows with proper shuttered sash windows," said Peter.
The house is what might be called split level in design, with a single storey to the front and two storeys to the rear. The front is described by Mr Pearson as having a "striking classical façade and veranda, which gives the air of a colonial villa.
The hall is vaulted in the gothic style with glass windows at either side. A corridor with vaulted ceiling and oval top lights runs along the centre of the house leading to the reception rooms and the bedrooms.
The drawing room and the music room make up the main reception spaces and are lit by floor to ceiling sash windows. This floor is also home to the study and a sitting room with French windows opening to a balcony. There are five bedrooms, of which two are ensuite, and a shower room.