Imposing 17th Century house set in a commanding position on about 105 acres
Barne House is an impressive period property occupying a commanding and elevated position amongst formal gardens, a feature lake and surrounding parkland.
In eleven bays, the three-storey mansion house, with a dormer attic storey, sits below a French Château-style roof which is believed to have been a late addition to the building in circa 1870 and incorporates a U-shaped design in its layout.
External features of the house include a steep sprocketed hipped slate roof with clay ridge tiles, ornate rendered chimneystacks, cast iron finials, ornate render detail to the entrance comprising paired engaged columns and a dentillated pediment framing the central first floor window.
Accessed off the N24 Waterford to Limerick national road via a stone walled entrance flanked by piers with wrought-iron gates and railings, Barne House is approached along a sweeping driveway with mature parkland on either side and a feature lake to the west before ascending to the formal gardens and a parking area.
With a south-facing position, the house has an outstanding outlook over the lake and beyond towards the rolling farmland and the Knockmealdown Mountains on the horizon.
The accommodation adapts to provide contained day to day family living whilst reserving generously proportioned reception rooms for entertaining and guest bedrooms for larger family gatherings. A key characteristic of the house is the extent and flexibility of the accommodation, with the empty rooms on the second and third floors offering the potential to provide further accommodation or be used for another purpose.
The house is entered through the elaborate front door which is attributed to the highly regarded architect Francis Bindon. It opens to a reception hall with a striking central staircase and a mezzanine above. The ground floor is mainly devoted to entertaining with formal reception rooms including a dining room and drawing room (both accessed off the central reception hall) while the west and east wings comprise a games room, morning room and library/study.
Notable internal period features include sash windows, shutters, picture rails, architraves, cornicing, decorative fireplaces and hardwood floors.
Doors flanking the staircase in the reception hall open to inner passages which provide access to a spacious dining kitchen and a range of service rooms and stores one would expect of a house of this scale and period.
On the first floor are 8 bedrooms, with a further 4 bedrooms and a Lady's drawing room on the second floor. The third floor/attic level was originally used for accommodating staff and along with the east wing of the second floor requires renovation works to bring it back to its former glory.
The internal accommodation extends to approximately 16,930 square feet (1,572 square metres) as shown on the accompanying floorplans.
To the rear of the house is a historic courtyard, which would have originally been the coaching yard. The range of traditional outbuildings surrounding the courtyard provided staff accommodation, cobbled floor stabling, tack room, butchery and dairy buttery.
The back avenue, accessed via the L3205 road, includes a further range of attractive outbuildings including stables, accommodation, bathroom, hayloft and storage.
In total, the traditional outbuildings extend to approximately 9,942 square feet (924 square metres).
Gardens & Grounds
The impressive estate grounds surrounding Barne House include extensive formal gardens to the front which are laid to lawn and overlook the striking feature lake. The historic parkland beyond comprises outstanding specimen trees and mature woodland which provide privacy, colour and amenity.
There is also a walled garden located to the rear of Barne House which is believed to date from circa 1870. The wall remains intact and is characterised by a stone outer leaf and brick inner leaf. To the rear of the house and adjacent to the walled garden is a tennis court, set amongst parkland laid with rhododendron, camellia and rose gardens.
A range of farm buildings are situated beyond the traditional outbuildings and are entered from the L3205 road, adjacent to the west entrance to Barne House. The farm buildings provide a workshop, machinery storage and include a former grain dryer store. Substantial traditional stone walls surrounding the entrance provide privacy and security.
Please refer to the floorplans for a layout of the farm buildings.
The estate benefits from a three-phase electricity supply.
Lot 1 comprises a combination of tillage, parkland and woodland, extending to about 105 acres in total.
The tillage land is in two divisions situated to the north and east of the house, separated by an area of parkland.
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