Wednesday 18 September 2019

Artist's former home on the banks of the River Slaney in Enniscorthy

Clonhaston House, Co Wexford €495k

The dual-aspect dining room with an original fireplace
The dual-aspect dining room with an original fireplace
The house is on 6.77 acres

The artist Susan D Rudd had a reasonably successful career, exhibiting in the RHA for a spell, but it was not successful enough to ensure that her reputation would survive into posterity.

In the near-century since her death in 1923, Rudd has become what is euphemistically described in artistic circles as 'neglected', apart from one oil painting that surfaced at an Adam's auction several years ago and fetched €190.

Rudd was born at Clonhaston House just outside Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, and lived out her life there with her sister Ellen. The place had been built by their ancestors Thomas and Emily Rudd in 1862 and, as the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage notes, it was aligned to make the most of the views of the River Slaney nearby.

The Rudds had plenty of space inside from which to enjoy the view. The house measures 3,208 sq ft on two floors, with bright, double-aspect rooms.

The house is on 6.77 acres
The house is on 6.77 acres

Either side of the entrance hall is a reception room - a bay-windowed drawing room to the right and a dining room to the left. Both are dual-aspect with sash windows and original fireplaces.

Behind the dining room is the kitchen, also dual-aspect, and there's a library behind the drawing room.

At the back of the ground floor there's a boot room, utility and storage.

The first floor has five bedrooms, two of them dual-aspect corresponding to the reception rooms below. There are also two bathrooms and a study on this floor.

Clonhaston House is on 6.77 acres of gardens and paddocks and there's good shelter from the road as most of the land is to the front of the house.

Enniscorthy railway station is about two kilometres away. It's for sale for €495,000 with Sherry FitzGerald O'Leary Kinsella in Enniscorthy (053) 923 7322.

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