Secluded regency villa in a majestic setting on the Banks of the River Slaney.
The Deeps is located in the south east of Ireland in the heart of Co Wexford which is known for excellent verdant countryside, favourable climate, picturesque mountains, white sandy beaches and charming villages. The property is located off a quiet country road and is 3 kilometres distant from the main N11 Dublin Wexford road. A 13 kilometre drive brings you to both the large port town of Wexford (to the south) or the historic town of Enniscorthy (to the north). Wexford is the major town in this part of the southeast of Ireland, and is located at the mouth of the River Slaney.
It's known for its medieval lanes and the opera festival held in the modern National Opera House. West Gate Heritage Tower is a restored 13th Century tollgate. It's next to the old town walls and ruined 12th Century Selskar Abbey. Both towns are thriving bustling towns with a large array of amenities. There are daily train and bus services from Rosslare Harbour (30 kilometres) to Dublin.
The Deeps (originally called Newtown) was erected in the early 1800s for the prominent MP John Edward Redmond, the great uncle of the more famous John Redmond who led The Irish Party. The house was built at the time as a single storey dwelling to the front with two storeys to the rear, with a striking classical colonnaded façade and veranda, which gives it the air of a colonial villa.
The estate is believed to have historic connections with the Walker family of nearby Tykillen House including Colonel Charles Stephen Walker (1841-1916), Magistrate (and) Retired Colonel of 3rd King's Own Hussars' 1911; and the Lockington family including Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Esmé Lockington RNR 1889-1962 and Major Derrick Bruce Esmé Garry Lockington MBE.
The Deeps is not only of architectural importance but also of historic significance. A Norman Castle was built upstream at the Deeps, on the edge of the River Slaney in medieval times. Called the Deeps Castle and now in ruins, it is notable as one of the largest ruined castles in Co. Wexford.
The current owners bought The Deeps in 2001 and have lovingly restored and upgraded the property taking great care and attention to retain the integrity of the original house and grounds.
The Deeps is approached via a long avenue and meanders through parkland and woodland to the front and side of the house. The property extends to about 42 acres which gently slope down to the banks of the magnificent River Slaney. The house is eight-bays Deeps, single-storey over garden level (five-bay full-height rear) built in the early 1800s. In 1880 the house was enlarged, producing the present composition.
Notable features include the most unusual magnificent Doric colonnaded veranda and terrace face, sweeping lawns and exceptional views. The shuttered sash windows and windows on either side of the colonnade have Regency Gothic style tracery, which adds to the exotic flavour of the house.
The Deeps House
The house is entered on the north side through an impressive hall door with Victorian coloured glass windows on either side of the entrance. The entrance hall is vaulted in the gothic style.
An elegant pilastered corridor with sprung vaulting that finishes in three oval top lights runs along the centre of the house. Off this are the reception rooms and bedrooms.
The two principal reception rooms, music and drawing rooms are filled with the most stunning light due to extensive floor to ceiling shuttered sash windows. There are a myriad of decorative period features throughout, to include fine plaster work, ceiling roses, decorated panelled doors and architraves, original marble fire places, wooden parquet floors, gothic windows, sash windows, Wyatt sash windows and French windows to the terraces. Also on this floor is a cosy study, a sitting room with French windows to a balcony, five bedrooms (two en suite) and a family shower room.
At garden level, which was once the domain of the servants is now the hub of family life. The original bells to call servants upstairs remain intact. There is a large country kitchen with a Stanley range, fitted units, bay window and doors to the gardens. Off this is a wood panelled breakfast room in the Georgian style.
Further rooms on this floor include a wine cellar, pantry, scullery, laundry, WC, freezer room, an office and various store rooms. There is also a side entrance and an outdoor passage leads to a boiler house, flower room and boot room. The accommodation is beautifully laid out for everyday family living or entertaining on a large scale.
To the rear of the house is a substantial original two-storey coach house, lofted stables, apple & cider house and courtyard. These buildings are currently being used as studios, various workshops and stores but could be put back to their original use or be converted to provide further residential accommodation or business uses (subject to obtaining the necessary planning consent).
There is also a barn for animals, a cattle crush and a large hayshed, tractor shed and wood store, all of which could be used in a variety of ways. The barn is subdivided into gated stalls and contains a small dairy.
BER Details - BER Exempt
The Deeps has the added benefit of a most spectacular and historic original walled garden which extends to about 1 acre (0.4 hectare). This large redbrick faced garden is most unusual as all the corners are rounded and there is still the original hot wall or glasshouse structure in the middle. The current owners have taken great care in restoring the walled garden to its original style, planting box hedges and re-establishing paths.
The walled garden is sub-divided into hedged areas and contain numerous fruit trees, an orchard, vegetable garden, herbaceous borders, flowering plants and shrubs. A pair of mature Ginko trees sits proudly in the centre of the garden. To the rear of the walled garden granite steps provide access to a classical gate which leads to a very atmospheric walk of Yew trees planted in about 1840.
The garden is currently home to a family of hens, ducks and geese and still retains all the characteristics associated with a 19th Century pleasure garden.
Situated off the kitchen is a south-facing terrace surrounded by an array of planting and an herb garden.
The land at The Deeps extends to about 42 acres in total and lies within a ring-fenced boundary. It comprises an almost equal split of productive farmland and mature woods. The farmland is currently in grass. It is divided into a number of manageable fields with native hedging which provides shelter. The fields are supplied with water and water troughs. Wexford is renowned for its agricultural heritage and productive land. There are no Entitlements to the Basic Payment Scheme included in the sale.
There are areas of mature woods with many wonderful specimen trees dotted throughout the property, including oaks, a monkey puzzle, a cedar of Lebanon, limes, holm oaks, pines, Spanish chestnut, chestnut, copper beech, cotton trees, pear and apple orchard, medlar and maples, to name a few.
Varied and plentiful wildlife can be found in the environs of the River Slaney which meanders along the western boundary of the land. Swans, swallows, sand martins, oystercatchers, dippers, wild ducks, herons and kingfishers are a common sight, while a grey seal can occasionally be spotted. At dusk, bats, owls and otters may be seen.
The Deeps has significant river frontage onto the the River Slaney which is tidal but is one of Ireland's premier rivers for fishing salmon, trout and pike when in season. Boating on the river is also an attractive feature.
Broadband, private water supply via a well, private drainage via a septic tank, ESB, gas (to heat the studios) and oil fuel tanks. The house is heated centrally via a dual system of oil and a timber burning Passat. The house was re-wired and plumbed in 2002 and re-roofed between 2003 to 2005.
Please note that the selling agents have not checked the services and any purchaser should satisfy themselves with the availability and adequacy of all services.
BER - Exempt.
Section 482 Tax Relief
Section 482 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 is currently applicable to The Deeps. The Act aims to help with the preservation of built heritage by giving tax relief to the owners or occupiers of significant buildings or gardens to repair, maintain and restore such properties. A condition of the scheme is that the property is required to be open to the public for a minimum number of days each year, or in use as a registered guest house. More information on this tax relief can be found on www.revenue.ie.
A closing date for best offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are asked to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection. The sellers reserve the right to exchange a Contract for the sale of any part of the subjects of sale ahead of a notified closing date and will not be obliged to accept the highest or any offer.
All offers (regardless of the country of residence of the offering party) must be accompanied by a guarantee or suitable form of reference from a bank, which gives the sellers satisfaction that the purchaser has access to the funds required to complete the purchase at the offered price.
All fixtures and fittings
All items including furniture, light fittings, blinds, curtains and garden statuary are expressly excluded but are available through separate negotiation.
Strictly by appointment through sole selling agents, Savills.
Directions: Directions Travelling south on the M11/N11 for Wexford, pass through Enniscorthy. From the village of Oilgate continue for 4.3 km and turn right onto the L3006 (signed Killurin). Continue 3 km and the entrance to The Deeps is on the left.
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20 Dawson Street
+ 353 (0) 1 663 4350
20 Dawson Street
+ 353 (0) 1 663 4350