FOR SALE FREEHOLD BY PRIVATE TREATY AS A WHOLE OR IN LOTS AS DESCRIBED:
Lot 1: Castlegrace House with 31.74 Hectares (78.42 Acres)
Lot 2: Lands comprising 16.88 Hectares (41.70 Acres)
Lot 3: The Entire – 48.61 Hectares (120.1 Acres)
The Castlegrace estate comprises a character country estate property set in a lush rural setting overlooking the dramatic Knockmealdown mountains to the south. It was here that Samuel Grubb, a prominent corn merchant, miller and draper leased the lands in 1800 and greatly redeveloped the mill, which still stands. To the north of the medieval castle he constructed Castlegrace House, a three storey house together with the Mill House, and a gate lodge which also doubled as a bank for the mill business. The property was later acquired freehold from the Glengal Estate under the Encumbered Estates Act.
The entire property extends to c. 48.61 hectares (120.1 acres) and includes the mill together with Mill House and Bridge Cottage. The lands are laid out in 12 main divisions, with c 27.4 ha (67.6 acres) in top class tillage and pasture and c. 13.3 ha (33 acres) in cider apple orchards with the balance in river and amenity.
Surrounded by it own prime farmland and commanding delightful aspects over the surrounding countryside Castlegrace enjoys an idyllic, secluded position and a tranquil location, whilst being within easy reach of the M8 (Dublin-Cork) motorway affording rapid access to the country’s main centres and international airports.
The house is bright and airy, being arranged over three floors including a semi-basement. A raised ground floor offers generous well-proportioned accommodation with 3.60 metre ceiling heights lit by large sash windows. Extending to circa 650 sq metres (7000 sq ft), the impressive accommodation includes reception hall, four reception rooms, seven bedrooms and four bathrooms together with annexe and a wealth of space to the lower ground floor.
The house is approached by a sweeping gravel drive leading to a forecourt. The grounds are a particular feature of the property with lawns surrounding the house framed by many mature and unusual trees planted over 200 years, providing much privacy and seclusion. The mill river and River Tar, which forms the southern boundary are a delightful feature and feed a duck-flighting pond.
The Castlegrace Estate is located in a quiet rural area some 4 km from the village of Clogheen and 11 km from the busy market town of Cahir; with a comprehensive range of shopping, financial and leisure facilities. The property is well placed for the M8 Motorway (11 mins) affording rapid access to Cork (60 mins) and Dublin (120 mins) with Clonmel, Waterford and Shannon Airport all within easy reach. Mainline rail to Cork and Dublin from Limerick Junction (40 mins).
The area, bounded by the Knockmealdowns to the south and Galtees to the north, is known for its outstanding natural beauty and its rich valleys of undulating farmland. There is an abundance of leisure and sporting amenities close by with the renowned Vee gap drive, literally on the doorstep with its breathtaking vistas and panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The area provides wonderful hill-walking together with some of the finest fishing to the River Suir and its tributaries, whilst golf is well catered for with courses at Cahir, Clonmel, Ballykisteen and Dundrum. Hunting is with the Tipperary Foxhounds, the only remaining pack hunting four days a week. Racing is at Tipperary and Clonmel with an active point-to-point calendar over the winter months.
Lying to the south of the house within the grounds are the remains of a late 13th Century de Bermingham castle. The two circular corner towers at each end of the curtain wall are the most complete of what remains of a former rectangular court, whose other two corner towers were square in plan. During the 1970s the castle featured as a location in Stanley Kubrick’s 1975 film “Barry Lyndon”, winner of four Academy Awards. The castle walls are draped with climbing plants and are home to a delightful walled garden with several ancient yew trees.
Directly to the rear of the house, is a house yard with garaging. A farmyard with a range of traditional and modern farm buildings is located adjacent to the mill complex with access directly to the public road. Also included in the sale are Bridge Cottage, a two-storey cottage adjacent to the farmyard and located close to river, and Mill House, a charming two-storey gate lodge which adjoins the Mill building. It once served as the bank to the estate, replete with iron-backed door and gun-hole.
Originally used for the production of flour the mill comprises a substantial stone structure of some 5 storeys and located adjacent to the public road. Lewis records in 1837 that an extensive flour mill had recently been built by Samuel Grubb of Clogheen. The mill is a protected structure but would suit a variety of uses subject to the necessary consents. The original mill race still flows through the building and now powers a hydro-electric turbine, located directly across the public road.
The farm lands are comprised of first class tillage and pasture, in 12 main divisions and extending to some 120 acres – with c. 30 acres in tillage and c. 38 acres in pasture. There are some 33 acres in cider orchard with the balance in amenity. A contract currently exists with the C&C Group plc Clonmel for the cider apple crop. The River Tar runs along the southern boundary of the property where the riverside lands form part of a Special Area of Conservation. The main Farmyard is located on Lot 2, adjacent to the public road and comprises of a substantial modern complex extending to some 9,600 sq. ft. In excellent order, it is arranged in four large adjoining sheds with concrete floors together with an outdoor slatted and feeding area measuring 120’ x 12’ and covered crush facility.
There is circa 2.25 km of fishing with the property, comprising of circa 1.47 km single bank fishing to the River Tar and circa 780 m of double-bank fishing to the mill river. A duck flighting pond is fed by the mill river. Water is provided by a private well located on the property with drainage disposal via private septic tanks. All the houses have modern oil fired central heating, but as mentioned above, home produced electric power can be used instead.