The Paddocks and the cottage: Two distinct properties for sale in Limerick village

Maria Flannery


Maria Flannery

The Paddocks, Adare, sits on 4.5 acres, and comes with lots of leisure extras. Below, the Adare Cottage, damaged by fire in 2015

The Paddocks, Adare, sits on 4.5 acres, and comes with lots of leisure extras. Below, the Adare Cottage, damaged by fire in 2015

IT’S currently one of Limerick’s most expensive properties — a luxurious family house, standing on 4.5 acres of manicured landscaped gardens in the County Limerick jewel that is Adare.

And it could be yours, if you’re in the market for a home expected to fetch upwards of €1.5m — a sign that the good times may be back, at least for some, in the locality.

‘The Paddocks’, a turn key 3,582 square foot house, is one of only a handful of properties in Limerick to hit the market this year with a price tag of over €1m.

The aspirational brochure shows off the luxurious, classic interior, but viewing the house in person comes highly recommended by Rooney Auctioneers.

“Electric gates lead to a driveway, winding through exceptionally landscaped gardens, including water fountains and ponds, one with two sculptured birds which form a clock,” it reads. Among the recreational facilities its new owner can expect to enjoy on site include a tennis court, a running track and a golfing practice green.

There are also three large stables (which can be used as storage units), a tack room and feed store, and an outdoor toilet and wet room/shower, for cleaning up after a leisurely ride through the four-acre back garden.

There’s a large detached storage facility or hangar to the rear of the house, which is situated near Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel. Outdoor mood lighting adds to the magnificence of the house after dark, while sensor lighting and CCTV cameras boost security on the property.

The large dining area on the patio could inspire the new owner to spend summer evenings entertaining guests. There’s also a private well with a newly-fitted pump.

And from one end of the luxury spectrum to the other, an investment and some TLC in a burnt out shell could allow an historic cottage to rise from the ashes.

One of the Adare cottages gutted in the fire of June 2015 is back on the market. The Church View property was listed for sale early this year, and was under offer for a number of months.

Now back on the market under REA O’Connor Murphy, the cottage is listed with a guide price of €180,000.

Although a shell of its former self, one only has to look next door — to the other cottage that was completely destroyed in the fire, and which has since been restored — to see the potential.

But a suitable investor would need to take on the project, as a refurbishment to bring it back to its former glory would cost a pretty penny.

The historic cottage was featured on a recent episode of Nationwide, which showed off the local tight-knit community.  Whoever decides to take control of the refurbishment would have the support of a whole village.

As one of 11 cottages built by Lord Dunraven in 1826 as staff houses for Adare Manor, and the quaint house is part of the village’s DNA.  Finished under a thatcher’s hand, the cottage would be another welcome completion in a list of recent Adare refurbishments, including the Manor and the old courthouse at Aunty Lena’s — which is due open at the end of the year.