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My Favourite Room: From Tokyo to the Galtees — how Lisa Ferguson succeeded in manifesting her dream period property

When Lisa Ferguson fell in love with an old country pile, she had trouble persuading her pilot husband James that they should buy it. Now they’re both passionate about it and its potential as a business

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Lisa Ferguson outside her double-fronted period home in Kilbehenny. The house is set on rolling lawns and Lisa has giant versions of many games — Chess, Jenga and Connect 4 — for her family and her guests to enjoy on fine days. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Lisa Ferguson outside her double-fronted period home in Kilbehenny. The house is set on rolling lawns and Lisa has giant versions of many games — Chess, Jenga and Connect 4 — for her family and her guests to enjoy on fine days. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Lisa in one part of the barn which was extensively renovated, mainly by James. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Lisa in one part of the barn which was extensively renovated, mainly by James. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Much of the furniture in the hall came from James’s late mother, including the antique rug, one of the tables and the paintings. Picture by Tony Gavin.

Much of the furniture in the hall came from James’s late mother, including the antique rug, one of the tables and the paintings. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The swimming pool, housed in a beautiful old building, is one of the many attractions at Loughananna House. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The swimming pool, housed in a beautiful old building, is one of the many attractions at Loughananna House. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The cosy library is full of family mementoes. The leather chair is secondhand and was bought online. Lisa uses the globe to point out to the kids where James is when he’s off working as a pilot. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The cosy library is full of family mementoes. The leather chair is secondhand and was bought online. Lisa uses the globe to point out to the kids where James is when he’s off working as a pilot. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The floors were in the house and James and Lisa stripped and sanded them. The curtains are all from Gillian Lucey of Barn Interiors. Picture by Tony Gavin.

The floors were in the house and James and Lisa stripped and sanded them. The curtains are all from Gillian Lucey of Barn Interiors. Picture by Tony Gavin.

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Lisa Ferguson outside her double-fronted period home in Kilbehenny. The house is set on rolling lawns and Lisa has giant versions of many games — Chess, Jenga and Connect 4 — for her family and her guests to enjoy on fine days. Picture by Tony Gavin.

In our teens and early 20s, many of us crave adventure and escape from the little part of the world we were born into. Yet, often those of us lucky enough to get the opportunity to spread our wings end up back in the very corner from which we started, and feeling happy to be there.

Mitchelstown native Lisa Ferguson, the youngest of three, travelled for many years after she left school. Now she’s back in the Cork/Limerick area in Kilbehenny, a few short miles from where she started.


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