A remarkable estate in the west of Ireland – a haven of peace and tranquillity.
This idyllic west of Ireland Victorian house stands on approximately 113 acres on the shores of Lough Conn, with Nephin as a majestic backdrop. It is situated amidst wonderful grounds: many fine specimen trees and shrubs populate the extensive grounds which are a walker’s paradise.
ARCHITECTURE & LAYOUT
Massbrook House dates from 1890 and was designed by the eminent Victorian architect, Sir Thomas Drew. Drew who was born in Belfast, was consulting architect for both St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. He was responsible for the design of the Ulster Bank on Dame Street, Rathmines Town Hall and the Graduates Memorial Building at Trinity College. His most significant work in Belfast was St Anne’s Cathedral, completed in 1899.
The main house, which is approached by a long, tree lined avenue, extends to some 630 sq. m. (6,800 sq. ft) and comprises 4 reception rooms and 5 bedrooms (3 en suite). The house is beautifully positioned with a west facing aspect to the rear and overlooks Lough Conn to the east. The property enjoys almost a mile of lake frontage and is surrounded by some 113 acres approx. of pasture and amenity lands.
An elegant and welcoming hall is enhanced by original wood panelling and solid wood floors. On either side of the hall are two magnificent reception rooms: the drawing room and dining room, each with a feature fireplace with marble surround, and hardwood flooring. Also entered from the hall is the billiard room boasting a full sized table. There is also an additional guest w.c. in the rear hall. An excellent study off the drawing room enjoys a magnificent aspect over the garden. The kitchen quarters incorporate a cold room and a scullery while the kitchen itself comprises a range of high and low level units complete with a gas range cooker.
The first floor, with its 5 principal bedrooms (3 en suite), offers impressive and extensive accommodation. The Master Bedroom Suite is spacious and comfortable with a superb adjoining bathroom. The main bedrooms enjoy stunning views of the lake. The first floor incorporates a library with wall to wall book shelving. Adjoining the rear of the house is a charming guest/staff apartment, known as ‘the Den’, comprising sitting room, bedroom and bathroom which has been recently refurbished. The main house links seamlessly with the gardens and grounds with an abundance of windows offering plentiful sunlight and amazing views of the surrounding lake, gardens and countryside.
THE GATE LODGE
Positioned at the main entrance of the estate, the large gate lodge has been superbly renovated and, while very much part of the estate, is a house of merit in its own right.
THE GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The gardens and grounds surrounding Massbrook House are wonderful and are home to a rich array of fine trees and shrubs, many dating back to the original design of the gardens and grounds in the 890s. These gardens and grounds have been carefully improved and maintained to a very high standard. There are a number of specimen trees throughout the estate that one can appreciate at one’s leisure while strolling down one of the many private walkways that meander through the estate. What a joy to wander along one of these pathways and enjoy nature, the seasons and the west of Ireland at its majestic best. The lands have a number of fields suitable for grazing horses or cattle, and a variety of outbuildings, including the original, exceptional boat house on the lake.