Farm Ireland

Thursday 18 January 2018

To the Banner born

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Clare is festooned with saffron and blue at the moment as the locals pray for a win in the upcoming All-Ireland Hurling Final replay.

Now, if one wanted to celebrate such a victory in style then a nine-bedroom Georgian country home near Clarecastle would be the ideal setting.

Carnelly House (pictured above) is a fine pink brick residence set in 74.20ac. It has just come on the market and has a guide price of €550,000.

Located 2km from Clarecastle, 6.5km from Ennis and 3.5km from the Limerick to Galway motorway, the property is also 10 minutes from Shannon Airport and 20 from Limerick city.

It was bought for development in 2006 and plans were at an advanced stage to turn it into a nursing home/retirement village. It is now for sale under the instructions of the receiver.

Carnelly House was built around 1750 to a design attributed to architect Francis Bindon. A three-bay two-storey recessed wing was added around 1840.

Constructed with unusual and striking pink brick, the residence is an impressive five-bay, three-storey Georgian country house approached through stone entrance gates. The property's gate lodge, also in striking pink brick, was recently refurbished.

A long avenue leads to a gravel sweep at the front of the house. The entrance is through an unusual Venetian doorway leading to a spacious entrance hall.

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Carnelly comes with a wealth of period features, particularly in the reception rooms. The house contains nine generous-sized bedrooms some with en-suite bathrooms. Many of the bedrooms contain decorative wall cornicing and views over the surrounding parkland.

The original walled courtyard and walled garden, now in ruins, contains a number of two-storey buildings of the same unique pink brick as the main house.

In summary, the accommodation includes an entrance hall, morning room, drawing room, dining room, library, kitchen, utility room, nine bedrooms (five en suite), and six bath/shower rooms. The 74ac are currently in grass and divided into a number of large fields.

According to Charles Irwin of joint selling agents Ganly Waters, planning permission was granted by Clare County Council in April 2007 for the construction of a 64-bedroom, two-storey over-basement care centre (nursing home) and village facilities for residents. The facilities included a therapy room, chapel and security room, together with 135 residential units.

This planning permission was renewed in July 2011 and is current until April 2017.

Some works had started and foundations are now in place for part of the development.

The property has serious potential for the buyer who wishes to implement the project associated with the planning permission. While it would make a magnificent private residence, it also has real tourism potential. Shannon Airport is just minutes away and the property is within striking distance of Bunratty, the Cliffs of Moher, the beach at Lahinch and the Burren.

In conjunction with joint agents GVM Limerick, Carnelly House will be sold at auction at the offices of Ganly Waters, 8-34 Percy Place, Dublin at 3pm on Wednesday, October 2.

Irish Independent