With seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, this former estate property is full of old-school charm.
Set on the banks of the river Shannon, and close to the town of Banagher, Lairakeen House is an expansive country home, featuring 828 square metres of accommodation with 40 acres of land. It also features a guest cottage and studio apartment, giving even more options for guests or family to stay.
The house is set in beautiful parkland, which features many ancient indigenous Irish elm, beech and sycamore trees. Lush meadows have a series of clipped pathways through them that take you along a river bank walk and connect to a small island. The formal gardens, positioned to the rear of the house, including an Edwardian vine house which has home-grown figs, apricots and peaches.
Built around 1870, the house was designed in such a way that gives elevated views of the grounds and river from all the main reception rooms. An extensive renovation and restoration completed in 2002 means the house is in excellent condition, with modern wiring, plumbing and heating systems. Unusually, a lift has been installed, providing easy access to all floors for people who may have reduced mobility.
The outer courtyard and outbuildings were also restored, meaning that any new owners can rest assured about their longevity. The property also includes 400 yards of river frontage, perfect for those who enjoy fishing or own boats. A harbour and marina in Banagher provides good boat access to the river, while the boathouse at Lairakeen provides access for small boats and could be upgraded to accommodate larger ones.
With seven bedrooms and six bathrooms, this house would easily suit a large family, or those who had frequent guests to stay. Several reception rooms mean there would be plenty of space for entertaining, too.
At €2,650,000, Lairakeen House certainly doesn't come cheap. In fact, before the current owners, it was the home of singer-songwriter Roger Whittaker, whose best-known songs include 'Wind Beneath My Wings', 'Durham Town (The Leavin')' and 'New World in the Morning'. Click through the gallery to get the full tour of the property.
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