Sotheby's International Realty - Ballyragget, L
GRANGE MANOR, BALLYRAGGET, COUNTY KILKENNY, IRELAND
A gracious and imposing historic Georgian country home set within delightful grounds, which include a stretch of the River Nore with fishing rights. In all about 24.6 acres or 10 hectares. Recently restored to a very high and thorough standard Grange Manor is presented in excellent condition and features some superb Adamesque plasterwork. Accommodation includes 4 particularly impressive reception rooms, a magnificent stair hall and 6 bedroom suites. Medieval Kilkenny city is 10 miles or 16 km away and Dublin International airport a driving distance of circa 1 hour 25 minutes. Cork and Shannon International airports are each within a driving distance of circa 1 hour 30 minutes.
The impressive and substantial Georgian home, circa 1790, found today incorporates an earlier late 16 th Century house, the Georgian build comprising the elaborate and generous reception rooms and bedrooms to the front of the house and the earlier Elizabethan house utilised for the kitchen and domestic offices. Extensive restoration works undertaken circa 2000 retained the layout of the principal reception rooms but re-configured the kitchen and smaller rooms at the rear to provide an interconnecting suite of 3 rooms incorporating kitchen, eating and living spaces and re-configured the bedroom accommodation to provide 6 bedroom suites.
Plasterwork within the house includes some superb Adamesque decoration, most especially within the stair hall. The stair hall also has a painted roundel, possibly of late 18 th Century design. The chimneypieces are of good quality and mostly of a design dating from circa 1800. In all the accommodation within the house extends to some 6,830 square feet or 634 square metres. The gate lodge, dating to circa 1840, comprises some 670 square feet or 62.3 square metres. The circa 2000 works extending and upgrading the lodge.
Grange Manor benefits from an off centre position within its own lands, the greater majority of the lands lying forward of the south elevation. This generates a sense of acreage far beyond that which exists, the elevated situation probably contributing to this. Within the grounds there is a pleasant mix of woodland and parkland, enhanced by such features as the River Nore and a delightful private bridge. A walled garden lies to the east of the house and forms part of a delightful ‘Lady’s Walk’ that includes a stretch along the banks of the River Nore. Positioned a short distance in front of the house is an octagonal dovecote, thought to relate to the original house of circa 1680 but restricted circa 1790.
The lands are of good quality and benefit from a gradient to the River Nore and a tributary river. Laid out in 2 divisions the lands are currently in pasture. A stable yard is located a short distance from the house, a branch of the avenue providing direct access. Built circa 1790 it has a delightful range of stone outbuildings, a lofted one comprising 8 stables and the old Coach House with a cobbled floor. Fishing can be enjoyed on a nearly 0.25 mile single bank stretch (approx. 350 metres) on the River Nore included with the property, the river noted for its salmon and brown trout fishing.
Grange Manor lies a short distance of 1.5 miles or 2.4 km from Ballyragget, a small county town, some 10 miles or 16 km northwest of Kilkenny city. Kilkenny is a medieval city noted for its vibrancy, boutique shopping and quality restaurants. The heritage towns of Durrow and Abbeyleix are 6.5 miles (10.5 km) and 12 miles (19.5 km) away. The M8 Dublin/Cork motorway is accessible about a 20 minute drive away.
The estate is offered for sale by Private Treaty. Full particulars with restoration details available from the selling agent.
BER (Building Energy Rating) Exempt
Selling Agent David Ashmore [PSRA Licence 003640]