THE PROPERTY OFFERS AN IDEAL PRIVILEGED LIFESTYLE THAT RARELY COMES ONTO THE MARKET.
• Magnificent 32 room heritage listed Georgian home, built in 1810.
• Updated during the Victorian period
• Set on site of historic Viking settlement (circa 850AD)historic Norman fortress to the rear of the house (circa 1100AD)
• Beautifully restored and maintained with original features
• Approx. 857.3 sq. m (9,228 sq.ft) of living accommodation
• Elegant reception rooms including ‘morning room', substantial drawing room and formal dining room, Double height, vaulted music room with minstrels gallery, Family kitchen with range, and French windows to sheltered courtyard
• Six bedrooms in main house, three with ensuites
• Sixth bedroom used as main office overlooking river and gardens
• Other rooms including library, ‘gun room', smoking room', museum, gymnasium and wine cellar.
• One-bedroom guest apartment including kitchen and living room.
• Stables and coach house
• River frontage on the River Clodagh
• Approx. 4.85 Ha (12 Acres) of grounds and paddocks, including showpiece gardens
• Exceptionally fine restored two-acre walled garden including bespoke glass house, tool shed and ornate fruit cage, formal garden beds, orchard and irrigation system fed from river.
• Hard tennis court with night lights
• Mature trees, including a historic beech walk
• Numerous heritage outbuildings, stables and sheds
Elegant, characterful and wonderfully situated, Moyaliffe sits at the heart of a c.4.85Ha (12acre) Tipperary estate on the banks of the River Clodagh. This elevated site, now surrounded by mature specimen trees has played a pivotal role in Ireland's history, since the 8th century when it was the site of an early viking settlement (under King Olaf), and thereafter in the 11th century, when it played home to a Norman fortress, the staircase of which can still be seen on top of a mound behind the house.
Now, a graceful period home stands at the top of a tree-lined avenue, around which are paddocks, woodlands, formal gardens and a restored two-acre walled garden. Building of the present house began during the reign of George III, by William Armstrong, with generations of the Armstrong family adding to it, including the Victorian facade that characterises the house today.
Inside, a spacious tiled and panelled entrance hall with original plasterwork and features draws you into the house, and is flanked by three formal entertaining spaces: the morning room, drawing room and the dining room. Beyond this, the house charmingly unfolds to include an informal dining room, music room, wine cellar, study and playroom, kitchen, library, gym, plenty of storage and six bedrooms.
With a separate one-bedroom guest suite, stable yard, coach house and plenty of stone-cut storage, Moyaliffe has huge scope to create a family home, a rural base, executive retreat, or to take advantage of the considerable potential for Ireland based hospitality and heritage tourism ventures.
Moyaliffe's easy access to Thurles and Cashel, and close proximity to key road and rail networks, coupled with its perfect seclusion and atmosphere of timeless serenity make it a unique jewel in the heart of some of Ireland's best
One of the most important houses of County Tipperary, Moyaliffe House combines history with contemporary comforts, and elegant formality with welcoming character. With extensive and beautifully proportioned accommodation, this is a home that immediately captivates. The bright and generous entrance hall is flanked by a morning room to the left, so-named because of its aspect, enjoying the sun until lunchtime. To the right is a formal wood-panelled dining room.
The morning room opens to a spacious drawing room, with French windows and an open fireplace. An inner hall leads to a study, playroom, wine cellar and then through to the family kitchen which opens to the courtyard and patio to the rear. Off this is a double-height, vaulted music room with a minstrels gallery, which makes for an unforgettable entertainment space. Plan for this with the atmospheric wine cellar, with ample capacity.
The ground floor also houses a gym and laundry room. The gym leads to a further hall, which is also separately accessible, with stairs to the guest apartment. Fully refurbished by the current owners, and housed in the former quarters for female servants, this has obvious potential for guests, staff accommodation, or for rental income. The apartment has already achieved global renown as a boutique bed and breakfast.
Upstairs, in the main house, there are six bedrooms, three of which are en-suite. There is also a library with its
own balcony, while a further balcony off the main stairs means that there are always spots to enjoy river views, particularly when it glistens under the setting or rising sun as it flows next to this beautiful heritage home.
The previous owner commissioned extensive restoration to the interior and roof of Moyaliffe while upholding its authentic Georgian features.
A DEEP SENSE OF HISTORY
At the heart of Moyaliffe, a small mound rises above the formal gardens. More than one thousand years ago, before the mature oaks and beeches sheltered the house as we know it today, this defensive site commanded views across the countryside. These were the days of the Vikings, and the name Moyaliffe comes from the Irish field of Olaf , the Viking sea king, and first king of the Norsemen in Ireland.
At the top of the mound, lie the ruins of an original Norman keep, now lying on its side, including the curve of the spiral stone stairs, which is included on Ireland's Register of National Monuments.
Later, Moyaliffe was the site of a Cromwellian battle. The house and lands came into ownership of the illustrious Butler family, whose stronghold was in nearby Kilkenny, and from them to the Armstrongs, who were granted the estate by Charles II.
A powerful family, the Armstrongs gained their name in the 12th century, when one of the clan lifted a fallen king to his horse using just one arm. Successive generations of Armstrongs lavished care and attention on Moyaliffe for more than three hundred years, from the 1690s until 1999.
Advantageous marriages bought wealth, which resulted in continuous improvements, including landscaping and care of the countryside. They were also considerate landlords, and one of their sons, John Armstrong was much mourned, having died from a fever while helping the local community during the Famine.
Today, records, photographs and items from Moyaliffe are held in museum collections around Ireland, while the original Regency Moyaliffe Landau coach, commissioned from Paris, is on loan to the owners of Moyaliffe, and
is a centrepiece of the Open Days and Heritage Days held here each summer.
Following the thread: from the land and its features, to the layers of landscaping, including the Beech walk,
walled garden and rediscovered old well, to the house itself; you can follow the story of Ireland at Moyaliffe, as the country emerged from ancient times, through the Georgians and Victorians, to the thriving nation we know today.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
The grounds at Moyaliffe are laid out in formal gardens, paddocks, woodlands, and stable yards. Each spring, the grounds become covered in a sea of blue, white and yellow as many thousands of daffodils and wood anemones emerge throughout Moyaliffe's woodland and over the ancient Norman mound. The yards and additional outbuildings offer huge potential, and currently include two stables and a coach house, with the possibility of more. The River Clodagh creates one boundary, and includes a swimming hole for warmer days, as well a soothing sounds throughout the year, or to sit on its banks and watch plentiful trout within its crystal clear waters.
The current owners have spent time and resources on restoring the grounds under a professional landscape design and using authentic methods and styles of the Victorian era, most notably the two-acre walled garden, which is a rapidly maturing national showpiece. This marvellously serene spot has been brought back from abandonment and now boasts an orchard, vegetable and herb gardens, a large fruit cage, flower gardens and a reflecting pool. At the heart of the walled garden is the newly-built glass house and potting shed, both perfectly in keeping. This is a space for complete indulgence in the floral world and for serene relaxation while listening to the tinkling of the water in the pond.
Following the original walls, a rear yard includes more original stone buildings. There is also a hard tennis court, beech walk, formal parterre and Victorian three tier cast iron fountain, and a restored well dating back to the Norman period. A feature of the grounds are its towering stands of oaks, beech, lime, birch, maple and chestnut trees, some planted over two centuries ago.
Moyaliffe grounds are home to a range of wildlife including Red squirrels, otters, pine martens, foxes and hares while birdlife of Moyaliffe has such vast array of species as to warrant visits from a number of bird watching clubs.
The gardens and grounds at Moyaliffe give you all the tools for peace, tranquillity, biodiversity, recreational amenities, and marvellous produce for the family table, adding up to the ingredients for an exceptional lifestyle in this perfect setting.
Situated in the heart of some of Ireland's best countryside, Moyaliffe is perfectly secluded, yet conveniently close to the county town of Thurles, just fifteen minutes away. Here there are direct rail connections to Dublin and Cork, and access to the M8 and Ireland's motorway network.
Nearby Adare and Cashel boast prestige accommodation, including Adare Manor, which will host the Ryder
Cup in 2027; and the newly refurbished Cashel Palace which attracts visitors from around the world, many of whom are visiting the nearby famed Ballydoyle and Coolmore equestrian facilities. This means there are many wonderful pubs, cafés, restaurants and boutique shops on your doorstep.
The Clodagh River has salmon and trout fishing, and the land around lends itself to walking, hiking, horse riding and other country pursuits. Limerick is a technological hub, which also boasts a University, and
burgeoning film industry with the Troy studios at Castletroy.
• 12km to Thurles
• 18km to Cashel
• 16km to M8 with access to Cork and Dublin
• 60km to Limerick City
• 75km to Adare
• 87km to Shannon International Airport
• 121km to Cork International Airport
• 163km to Dublin City Centre
• 174km to Dublin International Airport
(All distances are approximate.)
• Oil fired central heating
• Septic tank
• Own water well
• Satellite broadband