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Limerick cottage with historic courtyard and modern finish on the market for €295k

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The kitchen with alcove

The kitchen with alcove

The lounge in Caherass Court

The lounge in Caherass Court

The spiral staircase

The spiral staircase

Looking down on to the Caherass living room

Looking down on to the Caherass living room

The bathroom in Caherass Court

The bathroom in Caherass Court

The front of Caherass Court

The front of Caherass Court

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The kitchen with alcove

David Roche MP stood up in Westminster in 1833 and said that as somone who lived in the heart of County Limerick for 20 years, "the Irish people were as peaceable as any other portion of his majesty's subjects."

Roche had been elected for Daniel O'Connell's Repeal Association, and though his parliamentary career was not especially distinguished, he was known as a strong supporter of Irish interests.

In 1838, he was made first Baronet Roche of Carass (or Caherass).

The Roches had been in Limerick for centuries, and by then had a milling business on a 235-acre estate at Caherass. The industry was described in Samuel Lewis' 1837 Topographical Dictionary of Ireland as "a very powerful flour-mill, fitted up in a superior style, with machinery of the most improved construction".

Successive generations of the Roche family - all called David, one after the other - were mayors of Limerick and lived at Caherass House, near Croom.

The house is gone now (it was reported in 1943 as having been accidentally destroyed by fire "many years ago"), and the mill is gone, and the Roches are gone; the fifth Baronet Roche of Carass lives in Yorkshire these days.

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The lounge in Caherass Court

The lounge in Caherass Court

The spiral staircase

The spiral staircase

Looking down on to the Caherass living room

Looking down on to the Caherass living room

The kitchen with alcove

The kitchen with alcove

The bathroom in Caherass Court

The bathroom in Caherass Court

The front of Caherass Court

The front of Caherass Court

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The lounge in Caherass Court

However, Caherass Court - the complex of former stabling and coaching buildings built to serve Caherass House - was fully restored in the 1990s, and has become a bustling community again in the modern age.

"Retaining much of their original fabric, together with their original form, the outbuildings reflect the grandeur of the now demolished Caherass House," is the verdict of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

You reach the courtyard through a set of electric gates about three-and-a-half kilometres north of the village of Croom.

So this is what a 19th-century gated community might have looked like, complete with tennis court and walled garden. Almost straight ahead of the entrance is a two-bedroom dormer cottage, measuring some 1,600 sq ft and now on the market for €295,000.

The restoration here has been careful and sensitive, keeping authentic features such as brickwork and chimneys, but adding modern conveniences like double glazing, oil-fired central heating and a monitored alarm.

In fact, the only anachronisms, externally at least, are a sort of glazed tower construction rising up to the apex at the back of the house, and roof windows on the first floor. But both conspire to supply lots of daylight to the rooms within.

A half-door leads to a small entrance hall with tiled floor. From there you can reach the main living area, an open-plan sitting and dining room with a vaulted wooden ceiling and exposed stone and brick walls.

There's a wood-burning stove in the raised corner fireplace, and daylight from two angles. On one wall is a large box-style window overlooking the grounds, perfect for a window seat. On another is a set of huge arched French windows, topped by a fan light, opening to a patio garden.The wood-floored kitchen is modern-looking, with white painted cabinets, shiny black granite countertops and a centre island with a sink. There is an an oil-fired range by way of cosiness, and a sunny breakfast alcove - part of the glass tower structure.

The master bedroom is on the ground floor, and also has a vaulted wooden ceiling with exposed stone walls. It's a split-level room, lit by two windows and two skylights. The master bedroom has an ensuite bathroom and dressing room, also with exposed stone and brick walls, and a walk-in wardrobe.

The first floor consists of just one bedroom above the kitchen. It's accessed by a steel spiral staircase from the main living room below, and overlooks that room.

The arrangement is not exactly conducive to privacy, but on the other hand, it's just the sort of bedroom where you might put a teenager if you wanted to keep an eye on them. It has wraparound windows - again part of the tower - and an en-suite with an electric shower and a skylight.

Outside the living room French doors is a walled patio, but the gardens as a whole are there as an amenity for the residents. Associated with that is an annual management fee of €1,500.

There's the old walled garden with a summerhouse, the tennis court, and nearby riverside walks along the banks of the Maigue.

Croom village is about seven minutes' drive away - or you could walk. It has a primary and a secondary school, convenience shops and banks, an orthopaedic hospital, and a brand-new civic centre that includes a library, restaurant, 13-acre town park and playground.

Limerick city is about a 25-minute drive via the M20 motorway, which you'll reach after about five minutes on the road.

Shannon Airport is about 40 minutes away.

The Caherass Court cottage is for sale with John Giltinane & Associates (Adare Properties) in Adare, at (061) 605047.

Caherass Court

Croom, Adare, Co Limerick

Asking price: €295,000

Agent: John Giltinane & Associates (Adare Properties) (061) 605067

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