Ardglass House, Rathowen
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- 5 bedrooms
- 1 Reception Room
Property descriptionArdglass House is a superbly renovated period property built c. 1860, together with guest cottage, courtyard and farm buildings on a variable acreage from approx. 11 ha (16 acres) to the entire approx. 30 ha (74 acres).
Ardglass House is a superbly renovated period property built c. 1860, together with guest cottage, courtyard and farm buildings on a variable acreage from approx. 11 ha (16 acres) to the entire approx. 30 ha (74 acres).The spacious yet manageable Georgian house has undergone extensive, comprehensive and meticulous refurbishment paying close attention to the period features of the house. Under the supervision of a conservation architect, the current owners have replaced the entire plumbing and heating system adding a new high capacity solid fuel boiler, new water tanks and traditional cast iron radiators in all rooms. The insulation has been upgraded in the roof and there is the addition of under floor insulation. The roof has been restored using a Welsh blue slate and new double glazed wooden sash windows have been installed in every room. The entire property has been repainted using the Farrow and Ball heritage range that combines both traditional and modern shades and the flooring in all rooms has been stripped and stained to produce a beautiful dark finish.
Externally, the avenue approaching Ardglass House has been upgraded with new stone and planting on either side. The cottage in the courtyard has been entirely renovated to a very comfortable living standard The original granite and timber windows have been reinstated and the roof repaired in the style of the main house. The coach house and stable block have new timber doors and the lands have been refenced with the addition of new strong farm gates.
The extensive works carried out by the current owners have transformed a dated property to a very comfortable, modern family home in excellent condition.
The reception hall at Ardglass House is truly special, the Corinthian columns in the hall form an arch to the grand mahogany staircase which splits on the return and 2 separate staircases continue to the first floor gallery landing, which is flooded in light by a central square cupola. The space under the staircase is home to a secret wine cellar. To the left is a fine drawing room with fireplace, intricate cornicing and large windows allowing the room to be flooded with light. On the right is an equally bright dining room again with intricate cornicing and a feature fireplace. From here is a small butlers' pantry and a study with fireplace. Across the hall is the family room with feature fireplace. Accessed from here is the Rhatigan & Hicks designed family kitchen with 4 oven Aga, quartz countertops and French doors to the sheltered breakfast terrace. The back kitchen which is also Rhatigan & Hicks designed provides ample storage and shelving. Off the hall is a bathroom that is fully tiled with a wet room style pressurised shower, a store room and a boot room with a back staircase up to the laundry room.
Upstairs are 5 bedrooms all with coved ceilings and feature fireplaces. The master bedroom has an en suite with beautiful roll top bath with separate shower and fireplace. There is a family bathroom that is fully tiled with a wet room style pressurised shower. The laundry room is also on this level.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
Ardglass House is available on a variable size from 11 ha (16 acres) to the entire 30 ha (74 acres) of pastures, parkland, woodland and gardens. The glorious sylvan setting is approached via a beech hedge lined avenue with an array of mature specimen trees including chestnut, oak, beech and monkey puzzle. The stone wall banks are planted with bluebells and when in season the rhododendrons provide an array of vivid colours.
To the rear of the house is the old Victorian walled garden, originally designed to grow vegetables, fruit and flowers for the main dwelling and with very little work could be returned to its former glory.
Approached through an archway is the refurbished courtyard with coach house, 5 lofted stables, a store room and the restored 2 bed cottage. The cottage has been renovated in keeping with the style of the main house. The sitting room has a solid fuel stove and kitchen with modern appliances. Both bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and the bathroom is fully tiled with a wet room style pressurised shower.
To the rear of the courtyard and coach house is the extensive farm yard with its own separate access from the rear avenue. There is a double 4 bay barn with lean to, a second 3 bay barn with lean to and a cattle crush.
In all are 30 ha (74 acres) surrounding the house, laid out in mature pasture with 7 ha (17 acres) in new plantation which are accessed via the secondary farm entrance. The entire has been refenced offering secure and protective sheltering for livestock. The large holding is ideal for a medium farming enterprise be it sheep, cattle or equestrian related. The land includes approx. 540 m of road frontage. There is a land reservation on part of the lands to facilitate the improvement of the N4.
Ardglass House, Rathowen, Ireland
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