5 bedroom detached house for sale
Ireland - Galway, Recess
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The property is located in an area of Outstanding Scenic Amenity with broad wide views moorland to the mountains of South Connemara. The property is just 4-6 miles from the renowned Cashel House Hotel, Zetland Hotel and Ballynahinch Castle, while the village of Recess, with shops is within a mile.
Clifden is regarded as the Capital of Connemara, with banks and a large selection of shops, pubs, and an increasing number of cultural and leisure facilities. Clifden is noted for its many fine seafood restaurants, the famous Connemara Pony Show which takes place there each August in the showground close to the property, and the Clifden Arts Festival in September, all of which attract many Irish and foreign visitors. The area is well provided for a wide range of sporting and leisure facilities, with fishing, boating and water sports most popular using the many beaches and bays which comprise this convoluted coastline.
The property is 40 miles from the regional capital of the West, Galway City, with its mainline road and rail connections and extensive and substantial cultural, commercial and retail facilities. Shannon Airport is some 21/2 hours from the property, while Knock Airport is about 11/2 hours.
Golf is available at the Connemara Golf Club whilst there are six other courses within an hour's drive of the property.
THE COTTAGE: The property is quietly situated beside Garroman or Glendollagh Lough and the grounds extend to the lakeshore. The dwelling house is of cut stone and red brick construction under a slate roof and is approx 120 years old, being built by the Midland Great Western Railway Company as the Engine House at Recess on the Galway to Clifden railway.
Upon acquiring the property, the present owners commenced a programme of extensive renovation and refurbishment of the existing building and completed this with a contemporary extention to the property in sympathetic style, which was added in 2011. These works now offer the buyer a historic building with all modern fittings and fixtures and extensive luxury accommodation. There is considerable unused further space on the upper level to create more accommodation. There is good quality treble glazing throughout, oil fired central heating and the curtains, carpets and light fittings are included.
A summary of the accommodation, with room aspects and approximate measurements is as follows:
Entrance door opening into the:
SUN ROOM: (S, E, W) 24'1 x 14'4, with a engineered polished oak floor, varnished pine panelled ceiling, suspended modern candelabra. A period glazed panel door leading into :
SITTING ROOM/LOUNGE: (E) 30' max. x 15' max, a grand room with a very large original granite fireplace with a polished teal mantle, copper hood and red tile hearth as the focus. Carpeted throughout but with a wooden floor under the carpet. Radiator. Doors to kitchen / dining room and to the inner hallway.
KITCHEN/DINING ROOM: (S) 20'5 x 18'6, cleverly divided into two areas, being the dining room and a kitchen. The dining area is 19'4 max. x 10'10 with solid oak display cabinet with drawer, glazed display cabinet and shelf . Door to back hall, radiator. The kitchen area is L shaped and 19'2 x 10' max. Centre light, radiator in cabinet and fully fitted throughout with solid oak kitchen units including:
A solid oak display cabinet with drawer, glazed display cabinet and shelf.
"U" shaped 3 sided kitchen units in solid oak with laminated work surfaces with a double stainless steel sink inset, a green tiled splash back and large suspended book shelves above.
Fully fitted range of storage cupboards and drawers below the work tops which go right way around the kitchen. Matching centre island unit, with wine rack, storage shelves and storage cupboards.
The kitchen is fitted with a Belling double fan assisted oven, fridge freezer, a Siemens dishwasher and a 4 ring Electrolux glass hob.
INNER HALL: 27'2 x 3'8 max. with doors to bedrooms 1 and 2 and then access to the back hall.
BEDROOM 1: (S) 13'7 x 11'5, carpeted throughout, radiator, door into:
DRESSING ROOM: 6'2 x 8'2, fully fitted with full height wardrobes, storage cupboards, access to the roof void, radiator, full height mirror, door leading to:
BATHROOM: (W) fully tiled floor and ceiling, attractive Harlequin black and white marble floor and walls with ornamental wainscoting and good quality matching toilet and wash basin. Shelf above the sink with fitted wall mirror above. Mira Elite 2 electric power shower with a good quality corner shower cabinet. Wall lights and centre light.
BEDROOM 2: (N) 11'8 max. x 10'6 max. fully carpeted throughout with one of the original curved walls from the buildings previous railway use. Radiator.
SHOWER ROOM: (N) fully tiled floor, fully tiled walls, heated towel rack, wash basin, mirror, glass shelf and light above. Good quality shower tray fitted with an Aqua Stream power shower - mains supplied. Toilet and wash basin.
FAMILY BATHROOM: fully tiled throughout with a earthen coloured tile, ornamental covings at waist and head height. Fitted with a luxury bath with centre taps on the side, Aqua Stream Aqualiser power shower over-hanging the bath. Heated towel rail. Fordham matching wash basin and toilet. Glass shelf, mirror above and wall lights. Door to the HOT PRESS.
BEDROOM 3: (N) 7'10 max.x 7'8 max. Carpeted throughout, radiator.
BEDROOM 4: (N) 10'10 x 7'3, carpeted throughout, radiator, door leading to:
BEDROOM 5: (N) 14'8 max.x 10'10 max. with full height range of fitted wardrobes, storage cupboards above, inset vanity unit with laminated work surface and inset sink, storage cupboards below, wall mirror and light above. Radiator.
BACK HALL: 17' x 3'2 with door to the outside, fully tiled throughout. Doors to bedrooms 3 & 4, the snooker room and to:
UTILITY ROOM:, with a large stainless steel sink, double drainers, above storage drawers and cabinets, space for washing machine.
TOILET: tiled flooring throughout with a shelf.
SNOOKER ROOM: (N, S) 29' x 17', fine room with 3 radiators, storage shelves and carpeted throughout. Stairs leading to the upper level.
NOTE: This room contains an original Thurston 'Metropole' Design oak full size billiard table made circa 1930, by Thurston & Co. Ltd, 33 Cheyne Walk, London SW3, (now relocated to Liverpool) on 8 large supports, recently rebaized and renovated. The billiard table has got the original lights above it and the original accessories including the score board, the cues and sets of pool and snooker balls. This magnificent item is available to the purchaser of the property by separate negotiation.
BEDROOM6: (S) 15'6 x 11'10 , accessed by stairs from the Snooker Room, with door leading to:
BEDROOM 7: (S) 13' x 10'10, carpeted with large waist high access into enormous roof void.
ROOF VOID: There is a further area on the upper level which extends to approx. 1320 sq. ft. which is unused ( except for storage) and which could provide further accommodation within the existing structure of the building. This area contains the massive oak roof structure including 12 inch x 5 inch oak beams with 6 inch x 4 inch oak supports, supporting 8 inch x 5 inch cross beams all still in excellent condition despite being now some 120 years old.
OUTSIDE: The avenue by which you approach the house continues in a wrap around driveway around the house. To the rear of the cottage is a rear yard and then there are steps going up with a small rear back garden with pedestrian gate out to the main road. This garden area is laid to lawn, with privacy from the road by a high wall, was obviously previously part of the station complex, with many features of the railway still evident. Also to the rear is a modern GARAGE 29' x 15'2 of concrete block construction under a slate roof with electricity, with windows at the far end and extensive storage cupboards and work benches.
To the front of the cottage and just a little way down the avenue are some of the old railway buildings mostly still in usable condition. Some of these were used for rearing poultry for not only the station house next door but also other workers on the railway.
Garroman or Glendollagh Lough, to which the property has approximately 725 metres of frontage, is a beautiful lake and combines with Lough Inagh and Derryclare Lake to form the Upper Ballinahinch fishery, the biggest salmon, sea trout and trout fishery in the heart of Connemara. Glendollagh Lough and the grounds around the property are a haven for wildlife, with otters and hares frequently seen close to the cottage.
The grounds of the property, which extend to 12.6 acres include a long section of the old Galway / Clifden railway, both east and west of the entrance drive and the eastern section includes two large ponds between the road and the old railway line.
SERVICES: Mains electricity and modern water supply from a pump house down by the lake. Further separate Artesian well within the grounds. Septic tank drainage.