Moyaliffe House, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co Tipperary
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- 6 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
Property descriptionFrom its elegant Victorian facade, Moyaliffe has all the ingredients of the quintessentially charming country house. But it is also a house rich with history, layers and hidden charms, making it a family home that is also part of the story of Ireland.
The current house sits on the site of a fourteenth century tower house, you can still see the mound, and the remains of the defensive moat to the rear of Moyaliffe. The house, as it now stands, was begun by the Armstrong family in 1810, with a slightly older stable block to the rear.
Successive generations added wings, with the result that you now have the best of several successive periods of defining architecture. A bright and spacious entrance hallway with a tiled floor is flanked by a morning room and formal dining room, which lead on to an inner hallway, large drawing room, study and wine cellar.
Continue on, as the house unfolds, to find a bright, spacious, yet cosy kitchen at the heart of the home, which leads out to a patio area, ideal for al fresco dining. From this there are numerous useful utility rooms and pantries, and a stunning double height, vaulted dining room, that doubles as a music and entertaining space, with its own minstrels' balcony above.
Wood panelling, solid wood floors, shuttered sash windows, open fires, stained glass work and generous excellent proportions add up to create an atmosphere of easy elegance, and comfortable living.
Upstairs are six bedrooms, three of which are en-suite, and there is also a large and sunny library with its own balcony. Because of the charming, rambling style of the house, there are also numerous storage rooms and lofts, so there is vast potential for creating further living space. Added to this, a coach house is ripe for renovation, as a staff quarters, or holiday rental perhaps.
History of Moyaliffe
An illustrious family, it is said the first residents of Moyaliffe, the Armstrongs, gained their name when one of their number lifted a fallen Scottish king back on to his horse with just one arm, during a battle in the 1100s.
They acquired the Moyaliffe Estate in the 1690s, and held it until 1999, a period of more than three hundred years, during which they lavished attention, care, and the designs of the times on the buildings at Moyaliffe. Because of this you can enjoy Georgian symmetry, Victorian charm, thick defensive walls and even a secret passage.
Good marriages brought wealth to the family, meaning that extensive landscaping was done during the years, including the beech walk overlooking the River Clodagh. In the 1850s the house was valued 29.10 shillings: a considerable sum. The Armstrongs were also sensitive and considerate landlords. One of their number, John Armstrong died from a fever contracted while working to support the poor during the Famine.
The house features in many Historic Records of Irish Country Houses, where you can discover intriguing photographs of its interiors through the ages, including the elegant drawing room, and a cosy smoking room, this latter long since gone. What remains is an exceptionally charming home, that has been sensitively restored and upgraded by the current owners, looking forward to the next chapter in its illustrious history.
Gardens and Grounds
The approx 4.85ha (12 acres) of grounds at Moyaliffe include landscaped gardens with mature trees, a paddock, and a beech walk along the banks of the River Clodagh, which runs through the property. In the grounds you can also discern the original site of the castle that gave the property its name.
A sheltered, sunny inner patio leads off the kitchen, while another extends from the drawing room, giving a marvellous sense of the inside of the house fully connecting with the grounds.
These extensive grounds give exceptional peace and privacy, while also offering many leisure amenities, including walks, and a hard tennis court. There is also a coach house in a separate stable yard, an arrangement which will suit either dedicated equestrians, or those with an eye for renovation and development.
Moyaliffe is situated in the heart of some of Ireland's best countryside. Lush fertile land makes this a noted spot for horses and other country pursuits. Meanwhile, the thriving country town of Thurles is just 12km away, and has a range of shops, schools and places to eat. The famously historic, and picturesque town of Cashel is 18km away.
12km from Thurles18km from Cashel16km from M8 with access to Cork and Dublin60km from Limerick City87km from Shannon International Airport121km Cork International airport174km from Dublin International Airport
Moyaliffe House, Ballycahill, Thurles, Co Tipperary, Thurles, Munster, Ireland
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