Landmark property situated on the banks of the River Shannon in Athlone Town
Location and Amenities
Athlone Town is located on the southern shore of Lough Ree in the centre of Ireland adjoining the Westmeath Roscommon border. The town is home to a wide variety of national attractions, festivals, food, craft and music and there is a rich heritage in the surrounding area including the ruins at Clonmacnoise and Athlone Castle.
The Luan Gallery is a state of the art facility offering a multi-sensory experience and is located in the heart of Athlone Town just beside the Athlone Castle and Visitor Centre.
Excellent shopping facilities are located in the Golden Island Shopping Centre which is approximately 500m from the house.
For the golfers, the nearby Athlone Golf Club, and Championship courses at Glasson Golf Club and Mount Temple Golf Club are all within a short drive.
Race-goers are extremely well catered for with superb race courses at Kilbeggan, The Curragh, Roscommon and Galway all within 90km of the property.
Abbey House is ideal for the water sport enthusiast. Athlone Marina is located on the property's doorstep and Athlone Boat Club is located almost directly across the water. It has excellent boat storage facilities and the private jetty makes this a self-sufficient boat lover's dream.
The disused Athlone-Mullingar Railway has been inaugurated to form part of the greenway and a new bridge is planned to be built for bicycle and pedestrian traffic beside the Luan Gallery which will, in the future, connect Dublin to Galway.
Abbey House is a fine period property standing on approximately 0.5 hectare (1.3 acres) of gardens with frontage onto the East Bank of the River Shannon. The property gets its name from the late-seventeenth century Observentine Franciscan ruined church and convent which adjoins to the north. Abbey House is an iconic landmark in the town. It was originally built for the Manager of the Wollen Mills which were adjacent to it.
The detached three-bay two-storey house has stood on the site since 1893 and although in need of some restoration the property retains many fine period features and will form the basis of a truly wonderful family home.
The property is approached via a private avenue sheltered by mature trees to the side of the house. From here, the view over the Shannon and the townscape can be truly appreciated. The tidy lawns on either side of the house offer amenity space and the mature shrubbery area to the north west of the holding offers the new owner countless opportunities in term of development subject to the necessary planning permission.
Internally, the ground floor space is well proportioned with fine reception rooms including a drawing room and dining room. These rooms retain their period character and have extensive views over the river. The cosy living room has a solid fuel stove and is an ideal size for everyday living. The fitted kitchenwith pantry and utility room are located to the rear of the property and from here there is direct access to the rear yard. The ground floor also benefits from a guest WC and a storage room under the stairs. These rooms are all connected by a stylish hallway which leads from the front door to the wide staircase that brings you to the first-floor accommodation.
The first floor comprises 5 double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The two larger bedrooms hold an impressive situation within the property and have magnificent views over the Shannon and the wider townscape.
Throughout the house there is an array of character and period charm from the sash and casement windows with original shutters to the feature fireplaces, large mirrors and attractive coving in the reception rooms. This property holds a wealth of character and is awaiting an astute buyer to transform the property to its original glory.
The subject lands are located in an area zoned Residential Existing' under the Athlone Town Development Plan 2014 2020. The local authority's aim is to to provide for residential development, associated services and to protect and improve residential amenity.
Some of the uses Open to Consideration include;
Church, Community Hall, Guest House, Health Centre, Hotel, Light Industry, Offices less than 100 sq m, Residential Institution, Restaurant / Café, Shops (Neighbourhood), Sports facility, Tourism (recreational complex) and Training Centre.
Some of the uses Permitted in Principle include;
Creche / Nursey, Cultural Use, Doctor / Dentist, Dwelling, Education, Open Space, Retirement Home and Shops (Local).
Further details on zoning and acceptable uses can be viewed on the local authority's website, www.westmeathcoco.ie .
There is a good selection of primary and secondary schools in the surrounding area.
The house is situated within well-maintained, informal garden grounds which are a particular feature of Abbey House. There are lawns both sides of the house which are bordered a stone wall, mature trees, shrubbery and the River Shannon. The gardens enjoy approximately 100m of river frontage onto the River Shannon and the property is further enhanced by a private slip and a private jetty/mooring on the river.
To the north-west of the holding, there is also a separate access to Abbey Road.
The outbuildings at Abbey House comprise stabling and associated outbuildings which are currently used for storage. These buildings could suit a range of uses subject to the appropriate planning permission.
Mains water, mains sewerage, mains electricity, oil-fired central heating and broadband.
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.
Fixtures and Fittings
All moveable items including furniture, light fittings, blinds, curtains and garden statuary are expressly excluded but some items are available through separate negotiation.
Tenure & Possession
The house is a protected structure under the current development plan.
BER Details - BER Exempt
Directions: Eircode N37 AX20
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20 Dawson Street
+ 353 (0) 1 663 4350