Enjoying an idyllic waterfront position within a highly regarded and sought after location on Lough Derg the situation of Kilteelagh House is magical. Arguably the best positioned historic house on Lough Derg there is a great sense of privacy, the house being positioned deep within its lands and only viewable from the water. Set within mature Victorian designed gardens the vistas from the house are superb, over wild flower meadows to the vast expanses of the lake to the north and well-timbered mature parkland to the south.
Accommodation within the house extends to some 10,904 square feet or 1,013 square metres and includes 5 reception rooms and 8 bedrooms. The grounds include a substantial boat house, a stabling block and machinery shed and numerous mature shrubs and trees.
Kilteelagh House enjoys a remarkable position on Lough Derg, with mature parkland protecting the house from the public road and ensuring privacy. Whilst private the house is nearby to Dromineer village. Built in circa 1863 in the High Victorian Gothic style Kilteelagh House comprises two storeys of accommodation over a small basement level. Most attractive with an exposed stone exterior and high-pitched slate roof with a distinctive polychrome pattern on the slates the house enjoys a splendid position, enjoying tremendous lake views and all the principal rooms having a bright south or west facing orientation. Inside the accommodation benefits from generous room proportions, tall ceilings and large windows to provide spacious and bright accommodation. Exquisite features include ornate cornicing and central rose plasterwork, fine wide plank timber flooring boards, carved timber architraves to doors and windows complete with the original window shuttering.
An entrance porch leads into a fine reception hall, which is linked through a large open archway to the inner stair hall and has interconnecting doors into the study, drawing room, dining room and a rear passage hall. The stair hall is wonderfully bright, being lit from a large Venetian style window, and has an ornately carved timber staircase that leads to upstairs. The drawing room and study interconnect in the Victorian double-drawing-room style with concealed sliding timber doors linking the rooms. Combined they present a splendid entertaining space and benefit from windows along 3 sides, providing good natural light throughout the day. There are fine marble chimneypieces and decorative plasterwork ceiling cornices and central roses in each room and the larger drawing room has a raised plinth seating area with commanding lake views. The dining room faces northwest and enjoys sunset lake views and again has strong ceiling plasterwork and a strikingly coloured marble chimneypiece. The family room is a cosy space with a solid fuel stove and coved ceiling. The kitchen is adjacent to the family room and occupies 3 former rooms that now openly interconnect to create a modern open plan style kitchen, albeit with period character and an open fireplace.
A generous landing hall on the first floor leads to all the principal bedrooms. The Master Bedroom Suite has a large bedroom with magnificent lake views from a bow or bay window, a dressing room and a bathroom. There are 4 further large principal bedrooms on the first floor and 2 bathrooms and another bedroom on the ground floor. A courtyard apartment on the lower ground floor provides 2 further bedrooms to give a total of 8 bedrooms within the house, although the office and boot room could combine to provide a further bedroom suite if required or the studio and gym used for bedroom accommodation. The Studio, situated in the courtyard immediately behind the house, includes an artists studio, gym and games rooms and interconnects to the house ground floor from the upper level.
Approached from the south an impressive arched entrance with electric security gates leads through post and railed parkland to a gravelled forecourt in front of the house. The gardens surrounding the house retain the original Victorian design with numerous magnificent mature shrubs and trees. There is a seamless link to the wider parkland meadows and to Lough Derg itself. Like within the house, the presence of the lake is omnipresent with carefully placed seating areas throughout the gardens offering commanding and differing water views. A barbeque terrace has a large barbeque pit. Night lighting pleasantly lights up the exterior stone work of the house.
Mown grass paths lead from the house to a boat house on the lake side. The boat house has a harbour and there are 2 timber pontoons outside, each with seating. Equestrian facilities include a small stable block, a circular sand ménage and post and rail paddock grazing. A large barn is used for machinery storage but could easily provide additional stabling. The stabling and barns are situated nearby to the house and adjacent to a large garage block, which is insulated and has a mezzanine upper floor.
Kilteelagh House enjoys a remarkable position on Lough Derg within glorious private grounds with magnificent specimen ancient trees and easy access to Lough Derg and Dromineer Village.
About the Area
Dromineer (Irish: Drom Inbhir, meaning "ridge of the river mouth") is a small village and townland in County Tipperary, situated on the shores of Lough Derg on the River Shannon. The village is located 10 km north of Nenagh on the R495 road. It is a civil parish in the historical barony of Ormond Lower.
Home to an ivy clad ruinous 13th-century Kennedy tower house, idyllic scenery, a public harbour and other facilities, it is a popular place to visit, especially for those boating on the lake. Amenities in Dromineer include restaurant and pub (The Whiskey Still), a bed and breakfast (Lough Derg House), a cafe The Lake Cafe) and a children's playground.
The Lough Derg Way is a long-distance trail between Limerick City and Dromineer. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Shannon Development, North Tipperary County Council and Tipperary Integrated Development Company. The trail was reconfigured and relaunched in 2011 with many sections taken off road aided by an investment of €115,000 under the Comhairle na Tuaithe Walks Scheme, which supports landowners to maintain trails that cross their land. The trail connects with the East Clare Way at Killaoe.
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