Saturday 24 February 2018

A real work of art with enormous potential €2.5m

Co Offaly

Restored house on 52 acres
Restored house on 52 acres

Strawberry Hill House paradoxically offers both a finished work of art as well as enormous potential.

Originally a monastery, it later became home to a Heugenot family on the run from French religious wars. During the Viking era, Clonmacnoise monks brought their valuables there for safekeeping.

And its heritage as a sanctuary is also reflected in the ambience of the property. "When you enter through the Gothic door of Strawberry Hill House, you are transported to a world of calm. There is a very warm, restful, therapeutic feel to this house that is not prevalent amongst most period houses," explains the agent Orla Gleeson.

Over the years a variety of owners have been attracted by the prospect of applying their own imagination to the house. Its current owner has brought resources and expertise that may not have been available to some of his predecessors, as he owns a fireplace and marble works. These resources are most obvious in the restoration of existing stonework and his installation of appropriately styled period fireplaces. Gothic windows and doors are complemented by elegant interiors filled with antiques, curios, and paintings.

The owner also upgraded the accommodation, which can be used as a spacious seven-bedroom family home or it can be split, as needed, to generate rental income by letting out the period-style ground and first floors while the owners live in the three-bedroom, self-contained 114 sq m basement.

The whole house extends to 527sqm. At ground floor the rooms include a breakfast room, lounge, diningroom, drawing room, library, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and a shower room. The first floor accommodates one large master bedroom and bathroom.

A prospective purchaser can also avail of plans which have been commissioned to transform the house into a hotel and spa with a 54,000 sq ft extension consisting of 88 bedrooms, two function rooms, a spa area as well as 14 residential units.

Alternatively it has the potential for a nursing home.

The 52 acres consist of good quality grazing land so another option is an attractive stud farm property.

Located in the heart of Ireland, the property is just a kilometre from Cloghan Village, 6kms from the River Shannon, 28km from Athlone and 30kms from Tullamore.

Agents Orla Gleeson & Associates (05793) 20945 / 20983

Irish Independent

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