One for the books

Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 00:00

North Circular Road €2m plusThis five-bedroom Edwardian landmark residence stands on 1.3 acres at the most sought after address in Limerick. Dating from 1904, built by a local property developer, the house retains all the original doors, coving and ceiling roses over three floors comprising 4,600sq ft of spacce.

The attention to detail is staggering especially in the fireplaces and magnificent stained glass windows throughout. The ground floor hosts a fine-sized kitchen adjacent to the old maids’ scullery, tack rooms and butler’s pantry, all of which have been given a new lease of life with three utility rooms and an office so storage for new owners will never be a problem.

A library leads on to a large conservatory – one of two that overlook the well manicured gardens. Well proportioned drawing and dining rooms separated by the original sliding doors again overlook the gardens with double door access to the lawn. Shamrockville retains all the original fireplaces the most striking being the white hand-carved marble in the drawing room and the imposing oak fireplace in the hallway which would be equally fitting in an old baronial hall. All bedrooms and libraries (two) still have the more modest hearths and are in working order.

On the first floor, the master suite, which is the size of a modest apartment in the city, has a large dressing area, a vast bedroom and large bathroom.

The next floor is a complete surprise, and in the early part of the 19th century would have housed the staff. The many servant quarters were changed by the current owners into a children’s floor with three bedrooms a living room and a huge games room which houses a full sized billiards table. The floor also has a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, steam room and sauna. This is a dream family home with one of the largest gardens on the North Circular Road. The property is in good condition throughout, though new owners will want to update the decor and remove the carpets to reveal the original floorboards.

Shamrockville was withdrawn from the market three years ago after failing to attract its guide price of €4.5m. Offers in excess of €2m through DNG Cusack Dunne dng.ie

Shamrockville, North Circular Road, Limerick

DescriptionFive-bedroom Edwardian residence with two libraries and a large garden

AgentDNG Cusack Dunne