A home full of Eastern promise
Ballymore School House, Camolin, Co Wexford
Four-bedroom home on two acres of Japanese gardens.
This idyllic Wexford retreat offers imaginative living quarters and an array of colour in its two acres of Japanese-style gardens.
Over the last 39 years John and Sylvia Mulcahy have enjoyed enhancing and transforming this former Ballymore School House and its grounds in Camolin, 10 kms south of Gorey and convenient to Wexford's sandy beaches.
Originally designed by a famous 19th-Century architect, Erasmus Smith, it retains many of the features associated with his designs, notably the windows.
However, it has also tastefully incorporated modern features such as the three walls of windows in the upstairs master bedroom, which despite their first floor level also include doors that open directly on to an elevated area of the garden.
This bedroom is sufficiently large to include a sitting area to enjoy the views as well as an en suite and a dressing room.
A second upstairs bedroom is located in a mezzanine area where it is separated by a a screen from an open games area.
The mezzanine is accessed by a metal spiral staircase which also provides an attractive feature in the open-plan ground floor living and dining room.
This living area is partly separated from the kitchen by a dresser while some housekeeping activities are also hidden from view in a utility room.
Original pitch pine floors from the old schoolhouse have also been retained to enhance the quaint character of the 210sqm (2260 sq ft) four-bedroom house. The other two bedrooms are also located at ground level as is a family bathroom.
The gardens are so well designed that they have their own website – www.ballymoregardens.com – and occasionally the Mulcahys open them to groups of gardening enthusiasts.
Criss-crossed by numerous pathways to hidden delights, they are set against a background tinkle of gently trickling water.
Approached via antique electric cast iron gates, their features include a traditional Japanese Teahouse, stone bridge, traditional stone lanterns, a moon gate, a 25- metre Laburnum walk complete with a Zen watercourse that runs through it, a decorative Potager, and a peaceful Dell garden provides an oasis of calm.
It also has a Temple Garden, Mirror Garden and scenes captivating different moods and interests for every season.
For extra impact a bamboo railing and archways through a Woven Hedge lead to 'The Hand of God'. Sylvia says: "This is a garden which truly brings one back to nature."
Ballymore School House is located in the Wexford countryside at the foot of Ballymore Hill with expansive views over North Co. Wexford toward Sliabh Bhuí. Situated about 4km from Camolin village, it is convenient to amenities such as primary school, church, shops, pubs, restaurant, community playing fields and lots more. Gorey is 10km.
The property is 15 minutes' drive from sandy beaches and golf clubs, such as Seafield Golf & Country Club and Courtown Golf Club.
Contact Ganly Walters 01 665 3924 and Quinn Property 053 9480000