Ballyneale House, Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, Ireland – SOLD

A MOST IMPRESSIVE ESTATE OF 37.6 HECTARES / 93 ACRES presented in immaculate order with an exceptional late Georgian house, enjoying a delightful setting overlooking charming gardens and an ornamental lake.

LOCATION:  Ballyneale House is well located within easy reach of Limerick and Cork (Adare 11 km., Limerick 20 km., Shannon International Airport (via The Shannon Tunnel) is 35 minutes’ drive, Cork 80 km., Dublin 230 km.)  Ballyneale lies within an area of outstanding sporting and recreational facilities. Golf is well catered for – with a private course in the grounds – together with excellent local courses.  There is excellent racing at Limerick, Mallow and Tipperary whilst there is an extensive point-to-point calendar over the winter months. The property lies within the County Limerick Hunt country and the Stonehall Harriers with the Scarteen, Duhallow and Tipperary Hunts within easy boxing distance.  There is excellent sailing on the Shannon Estuary and fine sandy beaches, close by on the Atlantic coast.  Also close to hand is some of Ireland’s best salmon fishing and good rough shooting; and there is hill walking in the scenic Ballyhoura Mountains.

THE PROPERTY: Ballyneale House was built in 1853 and comprises three storeys with Reception Hall, Double Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen. Cloakroom. Master Bedroom Suite, Guest Suite, Two further Bedrooms. Lower Ground Floor with Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Golf/Boot/Gun Room, Staff Bedroom, Bathroom, Cellar. Cloakroom.  Enclosed Double Courtyard: Inner Courtyard with Four Guest Suites, Manager’s House and Staff Apartment. Outer Courtyard with 10 Loose Boxes. Cinema & Billiard Room. Guest Cottage. Heated Swimming pool. All Weather Tennis Court.  There are wonderful inventoried gardens and delightful grounds, including an ornamental lake with a romantic wooded island and stream. Mature specimen trees ring the house. Walled kitchen garden. Private golf course. Top quality pasture.

BALLYNEALE HOUSE has been completely upgraded throughout and is presented in immaculate condition. The stunning Georgian house, which dates from the mid 19th century, provides extremely comfortable well lit accommodation on three floors.  The house is a most attractive five bay front of exposed stone façade with projecting two storey wings flanking. The doorway is approached via a charming raised gravel terrace with limestone steps rising to the front doorway and elevated ground floor. The house has bright southerly aspects and the well proportioned accommodation is bright and spacious.

The raised ground floor provides wonderful views over the gardens and grounds with three reception room including double drawing room and dining room with kitchen, whilst the lower ground floor has a further kitchen, informal family room, boot room and staff accommodation. The first floor provides extensive master and guest suites with two further bedrooms. The charming stone courtyard, located immediately to the rear, provides four well appointed and spacious guest suites.

ENCLOSED DOUBLE COURTYARD:  The courtyards are located immediately to the rear of the house. They are interlinked and both fully enclosed.

THE INNER COURTYARD is flanked on either side by lofted stone buildings under slate with stone walls and gates to outer yard. The yard is arranged around a centrepiece of a raised stone flowerbed surrounded by gravel with the walls bedecked with roses, creeper and climbing hydrangeas. The character stone former coach houses have been attractively converted to four guest suites, Manager’s House and staff apartment, as well as an office, canteen and stores.

THE OUTER COURTYARD contains a Stable Yard of ten loose boxes in an enclosed walled garden of lawns, with decorative borders and two circular flowerbeds which mirror the raised stone flowerbed in the inner courtyard. Wrought iron gates to estate road. Located adjacent to the outer yard is a converted stone under slate former barn incorporating a Billiard Room with a full-sized snooker table. Cinema with 2.5m x 1.5m screen and top of the range automated projector and surround sound.

A charming stone Folly Cottage with a beautifully designed timber interior with wood burning stove. Swimming Pool of about 4.20m x 8.40m with changing and showering facilities. Hard Tennis Court with pavilion. Glasshouse of about 6.5m x 2.9m. Hen House. Galvanised Barn of about 36.58m x 18.30m including workshop, shower, staff lockers and wc. Diesel generator (capable of running the entire estate with automatic computer controlled start-up). A purpose built bay for loading young horses is adjacent.

GROUNDS & GARDENS: The house is surrounded by wonderful gardens and grounds which are a most special feature of the property. A tarmac drive flanked by mature trees, under-planted with thousands of spring bulbs, sweeps past the charming ornamental lake and small orchard to the house. The house, adjascent trees and path to the island, are lit in an attractive manner.  A raised terrace leads from the front of the house, across a large lawn and down to a stream with attractive planting, backed by mature trees. To the east of the garden is the ornamental lake, with a picturesque island, accessed by a painted wooden bridge. To the west of the house, a path leads to twin, raised herbaceous and mixed borders, which flank a formal Long Pond with water lilies. The well stocked Rose Garden, with brick-lined paths, leads from the front terrace and is adjoined by a Sunken Garden, accessed by a pair of attractive wrought-iron gates.  These gardens lead into an area of parkland, with mature trees, separated from the main gardens by iron estate fencing. A recently planted Spring Garden separates an all-weather, hard Tennis Court and Pavilion from an outdoor heated Swimming Pool.

KITCHEN GARDEN: The ¾ acre walled Kitchen Garden leads off the inner courtyard. An ornamental ironwork tunnel arbour leads down to an oak-framed, heated Glasshouse (12.25 m x 2.90 m) and wooden Potting Shed (4.20 m x 2.90 m), with cedar shingle roof. The paths and vegetable beds radiate from an attractive wooden gazebo. There is also an area of soft fruits, as well as a large ‘cutting garden’. Outside the Kitchen Garden is an orchard plus hazel walk nuttery, including compost bays with hard standing. At one corner is the Pump House for the 90m bored well, providing fresh water to the entire estate. The gardens are fully inventoried.

GOLF COURSE: To the east of the estate is a ‘9-hole’, 2,741 yards par 35 private golf course, maintained in superb condition and played from nine tees to three greens. The course is linked to the estate via an internal estate road and also has direct access to the public road.

LANDS: The lands are top quality and free draining. They are laid out in eight main divisions and are in pasture with electrified post and rail fencing with water supply. There is a system of hardcore and gravel roadways giving access to all parts of the property. Extensive planting of hardwood trees has taken place in recent years.

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