Anyone for Ennis? Property with its own tennis club
In the 19th Century, Alexander Bannatyne, owner of the famous Bannatyne's mills in Ennis, built a house called Woodlands, adjacent to the mill, for his manager, Henry Bradshaw Harris.
Harris had a daughter, Martha, who liked to play tennis, and Ennis Lawn Tennis Club was at the end of the garden, conveniently enough. Martha went on to marry Richard Scott, even though he doesn't seem to have been interested in tennis. Scott was the Presbyterian minister of Ennis for 46 years.
That original house burnt down in 1921, but Woodlands was rebuilt soon afterwards, and was to stay in the ownership of the same family for generations. The tennis club is still at the end of the garden.
Woodlands is in the heart of Ennis town – on the Mill Road, in keeping with its provenance – but it is shrouded in trees and protected by a private driveway so it can't be seen from the street.
The River Fergus flows right alongside the property, and local lore – or local estate agents' lore at least – has it that the owners used to be kept awake by the leaping of salmon.
The house extends to just over 3,000 square feet. On the ground floor is a large drawing room (21 feet by 16), a study, a dining room, a kitchen with Aga, a pantry, a back kitchen and guest toilet.
Upstairs on the mezzanine level is a bedroom, family bathroom and toilet, and on the first floor are three more bedrooms. The master bedroom, measuring 21 feet by 16, has views over the river.
The house could do with a bit of a makeover, and the site also includes a stable yard with various stable buildings in need of repair, which might be converted to other uses.
The agents handling the sale of Woodlands are Sherry FitzGerald McMahon in Ennis (065 686 7866), and the asking price is €600,000.