Wednesday 21 February 2018

Restored to glory in Strokestown for €900k

The light-filled kitchen of the Georgian mansion
The light-filled kitchen of the Georgian mansion
The elegant lounge at Toberpatrick
The Georgian elegance of Toberpatrick

Katy McGuinness

The quaint town of Strokestown in Co Roscommon is best known as the location of the Irish Famine Museum, which occupies Strokestown Park House, a Georgian mansion in the Palladian style.

Strokestown Park was home to the Pakenham Mahon family, but built on the site of a 16th Century castle that was the seat of the O'Conor Roe chieftains. The museum opened in 1994 and is known for its archive of original documents and regarded as one of the great successes of modern Irish tourism.

Close by, sitting 5km outside the town, is Toberpatrick House, a smaller Georgian house built around 1832, on 30 acres of photogenic pasture.

In NUI Galway's Landed Estates database, Toberpatrick is described as originally owned by the Wynne family, and occupied by a Mulloy McDermott in 1837. At the time of Richard Griffith's Valuation - one of the great resources available to Irish historians and genealogists - in the mid-19th Century, Toberpatrick was the residence of one Alonzo Lawder and valued at £20.

The current owners, a young family, bought Toberpatrick almost 10 years ago and set about an extensive programme of restoration that was completed in 2012. The house now has 370 sqm of living space that is sensitive to the integrity of the house and its history, but also comfortable and convenient for modern family life, with double-glazed sash windows throughout.

The living accommodation is arranged over three floors, with the double-aspect living room and large kitchen /dining room both on the ground floor. The living room is a bright room with high ceilings and a feature marble surround fireplace, while the kitchen is clearly the heart of the home, with a stove, Stanley oil-fired range and marble-topped centre island. It's a space suited to both everyday family life and to entertaining. There's a utility room and a handy shower just off the kitchen designed to facilitate those coming in either from work on the farm or from equestrian activities.

Upstairs there is a contemporary bathroom with double sink, bath and separate shower to the rear of the house, and three bedrooms to the front. The master has its own dressing room. There are three further bedrooms on the second floor.

The land surrounding Toberpatrick is said to be pasture of excellent quality that has been superbly managed. It is suitable for both the rearing of cattle and also for horses. There are already six loose boxes and a six-bay slated shed facility plus ancillary sheds, making it suitable for any type of equestrian activity.

As Toberpatrick lies within the Roscommon Hunt country, and is within easy boxing distance of most meets, it is likely that the property will appeal to horsey types. Toberpatrick is located 142km from Dublin, and 126km from Galway, making it commutable at a pinch.

Work commitments now necessitate a move for the owners to another part of the country, and they are leaving with no small amount of regret.

"We truly enjoyed renovating Toberpatrick House," they say, "and are very proud of the restoration we carried out. Strokestown is a super area to raise a family. It has a very friendly community with plenty of amenities close by. It will always hold a special place in our hearts."

Toberpatrick House 

Strokestown, Co Roscommon

Asking price: €900,000 

Agents: Sherry FitzGerald Country (01) 237 6300 / Sherry FitzGerald McGill (043) 334 5822

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