GLENLEIGH HOUSE, CLOGHEEN, COUNTY TIPPERARY, IRELAND
An elegant late Georgian country home built in the Regency style and marvellously positioned within spectacular informal gardens on the periphery of the attractive village of Clogheen at the foothills of the Knockmealdown Mountains. In all about 37 acres or 15 hectares.
Glenleigh House enjoys an enviable juxtaposition of being an extremely private small estate comprising some 40 acres and set well back from the public road but yet within a few minutes’ walk from the centre of Clogheen village. An inauspicious but pleasant entrance gate flanked by stone piers leads up a winding gravelled driveway through open pasture to the house, passing a small trout lake and an enticing amount of the splendid informal gardens along the way.
The house, built circa 1840, comprises 2 storeys and has an aesthetically pleasing Georgian country house composition. Typically symmetrical with three-bay front and side elevations and matching chimneystacks. The front features a well-balanced central arched doorcase, approached by a flight of limestone steps and with a decorative petal fanlight. Much of the original fabric and features remain intact and are enlivened by the addition of a later bay window on the south elevation, allowing wonderful views over the garden. There is also a later 2 storey extension to the rear. In all the accommodation within the house comprises 3,550 square feet or 330 square metres. A bungalow lodge within the grounds provides a further 860 square metres or 80 square metres of accommodation.
Inside the principal accommodation has elegant proportions and superb natural light from large timber sliding sash windows. The drawing room faces south and east and features a marble chimney piece and the large bay or bow window. A spacious library has a decorative carved chimney piece with a stove, fitted timber bookcases and parquet timber flooring. The dining room has an interconnecting door to the kitchen, which is in the country kitchen style. Upstairs the entire south elevation comprises a master bedroom suite with a bedroom, dressing room and bathroom. The remainder of the first floor accommodation comprises 4 further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a shower room.
Whilst in need of some upgrading Glenleigh House presents as a fine comfortable home and retains much period character, with original ceiling cornices, window shuttering, doors and architraves intact. The bungalow lodge is uninhabited and requires substantial upgrading.
The gardens at Glenleigh House are quite delightful and contain an amazing collection of specimen trees and plants in a most peaceful and pleasant setting, the Knockmealdown mountains forming a magnificent backdrop. With the Glounliagh mountain stream running through the garden water-loving plants such as Candelabra primula, Irises and Arums thrive. Sheltered by mature specimens of Scot pines, oaks and beeches a wonderful collection of rhododendrons and azaleas spill in colourful profusion over much of the garden. A walled garden has a productive kitchen garden with a poly tunnel and an herb garden and orchard. In addition there is a ‘bog garden’, ‘secret garden’ and a ‘wild garden’.
The house is within a 5 minute walk of Clogheen village. Itself lying in that magnificent valley of Tipperary which expands between the wild magnificence of Galteemore and the mountain ridge of the Galtees and the wild majestic lonely ridge of the Knockmealdown mountains. The immediate locality provides excellent golfing, fishing, cycling, equestrian and walking amenity.
Cork city 72 km or 45 miles, Kilkenny city 78 km or 48 miles, Limerick city 76 km or 47 miles, Waterford city 73 km or 45 miles
Cork airport 55 minutes driving, Shannon airport 1 hr 30 minutes driving, Dublin airport 2 hours driving, Waterford airport 1 hr 20 minutes driving, Cork ferry port 1 hour driving, Rosslare ferry port 2 hours driving
Eircode E21 XHO1
PSRA Licence 003640