Sunday 19 November 2017

Georgian on my mind

A historic three-bay country house, built in a 19th-century villa style and situated on 32 acres in the County Limerick village of Crecora, has come to the market with an AMV of €1.2m, writes Caitriona Murphy

Situated on an elevated site commanding views over the Limerick countryside, Kilpeacon House is an impressive Georgian home located one mile from the village of Crecora.

The three-bay country house is attributed to the renowned architect Richard Morrison, a favourite of the nobility and gentry of Ireland. Morrison built Kilpeacon for Edward Cripps Villiers, whose family owned the Kilpeacon parish and estate during the 19th Century.

Kilpeacon was built in the villa style that was popular in the early 19th Century.

The house's front elevation features a curved balustrade porch at the centre, with Wyatt windows on either side.

The 557sqm (6,000sq ft) property has a highly ornate interior, approached through an oval entrance hall that leads to a central stair hall lit by a glass lantern from above. This inner hall has a cantilevered staircase leading to the first floor and a series of ornate plasterwork friezes.

The reception rooms include a library/sitting room with mahogany bookcase, a dining room, drawing room, study and cloakroom/back hall.

Each of these rooms features original carved marble chimneypieces, ornate plaster ceilings, mahogany doors, ornate architraves and pitch pine floors.

The kitchen annex, off the ground floor, contains a breakfast room, kitchen, pantry, storeroom, bathroom and one bedroom.

The kitchen has an Aga cooker and fitted wall and floor cupboards, while the pantry has a hatch to the hall and a door to the sitting room.

Moving down a level, the basement of Kilpeacon House is a large and well-lit space that contains a wine cellar and numerous storerooms.

Moving up a level, the first floor contains Kilpeacon's five remaining bedrooms. Two of the five bedrooms, including the master bedroom, are en suite, while the rest all have wash hand basins in the rooms.

Adjacent to Kilpeacon House is an impressive cut stone quadrangular courtyard. This holds 15 loose boxes and three large foaling boxes, as well as an overhead loft, tack room, feed room and stores.

The courtyard is entered by way of a stone and brick arch and is in excellent condition, having been maintained by the current owners.

There is also a staff cottage, located to the rear of the house in a small private courtyard. This open-plan cottage is comprised of a kitchen/living room, bedroom and shower room.

The pretty gate lodge at the entrance to Kilpeacon House contains a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The long, tree-lined avenue leading to the main house meanders through the property's 28 acres of pasture and four acres of grounds surrounding the house.

Kilpeacon House is seven miles from Limerick City, two miles from Limerick racecourse and 23 miles from Shannon Airport.

Enquiries to Colliers International on 01 6333700.

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