MARLFIELD HOUSE, CLONMEL, COUNTY TIPPERARY, IRELAND
A classical Georgian Mansion built in the Palladian style and enjoying a riverside position fronting onto the River Suir and stunning views over the surrounding verdant countryside, including the Comeragh Mountains and the Galtees to the west. In all about 31 acres or 12.5 hectares.
Marlfield House is a most attractive and imposing 18th century Georgian Mansion set on the banks of the river Suir and including a stretch with fishing rights and a lake within the village of Marlfield. Marlfield represents a wonderful example of Irish architectural excellence and significance with William Tinsley, one of Ireland’s finest architects, and Richard Turner, a highly regarded designer and manufacturer of Glass Houses or Orangeries, were both commissioned works on the house and wider estate.
The principal reception rooms retain their original form with generous proportions, high ceilings, large sliding sash windows, decorative ceiling plaster work, carved architraves and Adams style chimney pieces and a magnificent Richard Turner conservatory. A large and impressive reception hall leads to the principal reception rooms and the stair hall. The south entire south elevation of the core central block is comprised with the dining room, drawing room and library. The drawing room incorporating a marvellous curved bow and each having large French doors to the south garden and interconnecting doors, the library in turn connecting to the Orangery to create a magnificent and impressive suite of reception rooms. The Orangery or conservatory is hugely impressive and exotic with growing ferns, palms and vines. The basement benefits from good ceiling height and is well lit from natural light along the south elevation. Original wine cellars and a tunnel linking to the stable yard in the west pavilion block remain intact. The segmental-vaulted tunnel having marl voussoirs.
The bedroom accommodation on the first and second floors has been altered from the original form to create a number of independent apartments but the divisions were created with stud partitioning and great care seems to have been taken to maintain the integrity of ceiling cornices when divided. Subject to any necessary permission[s] the changes seems inherently reversible or adaptable, the generous number of bathrooms in the current form giving great scope for a myriad of layout configurations. When rebuilding the house in 1925 a flat roof was installed behind the raised parapet’s giving a marvellous viewing platform and accessed from a permanent staircase.
Designed to the classical layout of Palladianism, Marlfield House exhibits many notable features which contribute to its architectural significance. The blind niches to the quadrants and the façades of the pavilions, with their entablatures and urns, display direct influences from Classical architecture, enlivening the appearance of the building. The grandeur of the house is further enhanced by the related outbuildings, fernery, garden entrance and tunnel, all contributing to the setting of the house.
Located just 10 minutes’ drive from the bustling town of Clonmel, where good local amenities including, museums, theatres, shopping and many sports clubs are provided. Golf and equestrian enthusiasts are well catered for with the Clonmel and Cahir golf courses and three large equestrian centres within 20 minutes drive. Annual music and film festivals also contribute to Clonmel’s bustling atmosphere. The town is also known internationally for being the home of the award winning Bulmers/Magners Cider.
16 km / 10 miles from Cahir [M8 Motorway access], 55 km / 34 miles west of Waterford and 80 km / 49 miles east of Limerick. Cork city 102 km / 63 miles, Kilkenny city 60 km / 37 miles, Limerick city 80 km / 49 miles
Eircode E91 Y398 [Property Specific Postcode]
GPS location 52.343043,-7.759331 (52°20’35.0”N7°45’33.6”W)
BER (Building Energy Rating): Exempt
David Ashmore [PSRA Licence 003640]