EDEN HALL, Ballyragget, County Kilkenny, R95 W3WV, Ireland
A most attractive historic home idyllically positioned within private woodland grounds on the periphery of Ballyragget town, itself pleasantly positioned on the river Nore. Mature private grounds extend to about 11.7 acres or 4.72 hectares.
Dating back to circa 1761 and built in the elegant Georgian Regency style, Eden Hall is beautifully symmetrical in design and very well proportioned. Quite uniquely this is the first time Eden Hall has been offered for sale, having been retained by the original family owners for over 250 years. Comprising some 4,530 square feet or 421 square metres the accommodation includes 4 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a country kitchen.
Eden Hall is well presented and retains many original features, including the original carved timber staircase, the timber door and window architraves and shutters, marble chimneypieces and an impressive range of stone outbuildings. The decorative marble chimneypiece in the dining room is Kilkenny Black Marble, highly fashionable from the 17th to 19th-centuries and hence why Kilkenny is often referred to as the ‘Marble City’. Charles Stewart Parnell was once a house guest.
First laid out in circa 1825, the gardens or ‘pleasure grounds’ are enchanting and evocative of a Jane Austin novel. A tiered ornamental garden with mature box hedging is positioned beneath the dining room and kitchen windows, with direct access from the kitchen, courtyard and wider garden walks. A myriad of manicured walking paths meandering throughout the entire acreage and take in a picturesque Yew Walk, an old Victoria plum tree and a fig tree, mature woodland and newly planted woods. A large lawn originally laid out to allow tennis and croquet is extremely well protected, being nestled between an arch of mature woodland and the house itself, making it a very pleasant amenity. Rich bird song is omnipresent throughout. The house and gardens intertwine to create a most magical home.
Ballyragget is a picturesque town, largely laid out in the mid-17th-century. Positioned on the Nore river within a wide alluvial valley it is picturesque and scenic. Facilities are typical of a small town and include a petrol station, 2 pubs, a café, primary school, hair salon, take-away restaurants, a pharmacy, butchers, a hardware store, convenience stores and a large grocery store. Fishing on the River Nore, mainly brown trout and salmon, is available. Walking trails in the area include those at Dunmore Woods, Jenkinstown Woods and at Castlecomer Discovery Park, all within a circa 10-minute drive.
Nearby Kilkenny city is a 15 to 20-minute drive away and provides boutique shopping, a theatre and an array of eateries, restaurants, wine bars and pubs typical of a small city. A 12th-century castle, a bustling crafts scene, time-honoured traditional pubs, cobbled lanes and secret alleys all make Kilkenny special and combined with a lively traditional music scene, art and design exhibitions, popular seasonal festivals and Michelin star restaurants the city is enthralling. Kilkenny College secondary school offers day, day-boarding and weekly-boarding. Spa and Leisure Centres are available in Kilkenny city.
The heritage towns of Durrow and Abbeyleix are a 10 and 15-minute drive away. The M8 Dublin to Cork motorway is a 15-minute drive away. Dublin city centre is accessible in less than 1 hour 30 minutes and Dublin airport in about 1 hour 20 minutes. The Dublin-Waterford railway can be accessed in Kilkenny city (circa 19 minutes driving) and the Dublin-Cork-Limerick railway from Portlaoise town station (circa 28 minutes driving).
Eircode [property specific address code] R95 W3WV, GPS location 52.7919698 Latitude, -7.3272698 Longitude. Elevation above sea level 266 feet or 81 metres.
BER (Building Energy Rating Certificate) Exempt