Ossory Lodge on the outskirts of Kilkenny City, is a historic and landmark building, that holds a mixed history of use. The house was once the farm manager’s residence, of Lord Ormonde himself, with part of the old walls remaining and running through the paddock fields behind the house. Later the house became an R.I.C. Barracks with remnants of the holding cell still to be seen. Markings at various points to the property remain as reminders as to the history that this now unique family home holds.
Dunmore Village is located to the north of Kilkenny City and only a 3-minute drive away. The village boasts a small community hall and resident’s tennis court. The Parish Church remains in use and dates back to pre-famine times. Dunmore is a short drive from Kilkenny Golf Club, Newpark Hotel and Kilkenny College. The location is excellent. The village is in a reduce speed and driving zone.
Ossory Lodge sits on an elevated site and overlooks the locality. The original features to the exterior of the house remain intact. The porch to the front and the entrance lobby is a feature of amazing character that still holds that sense of importance and that you have arrived at something special. As you drive through the gated entrance to Ossory Lodge and enter into the gravelled courtyard, it’s impossible not to be impressed and to acknowledge, this is a special and unique residence.
The courtyard is fully enclosed with an old stone wall and is completely private and secure. Great care has been taken to bring this amazing and historic property up to a level that caters for modern use and a busy family, with stables, barn and paddocks all surrounding the house. The history behind the ivy clad walls is so inviting, you are just drawn in and its as if you belong and have always been part of this home. The house does have a charm and a wandering feel that you would expect from a property of this type. The large mature site has large specimen trees creating a view to die for.
The house is in excess of 2,500 sq. ft. externally. Everything about the floorplan of the house is to use the space that is created. The house structurally is in perfect order. The roof itself sits without a wave and is good for another 150 years!! There is so much history and character to this property that recognising the privilege of living there needs to be acknowledged. Stepping in to Ossory Lodge is like stepping back in time.
Internally there is a wonderful warm feel to the house and careful decisions were made to protect the integrity of the house and keep it intact for the future. Entering the house from the rear courtyard, the addition of the reception lobby as well as its design and finish, adds hugely to the ground floor usage. A larder storage utility space is cleverly on one side as well as a visitor’s w/c. The lobby also enters directly to the dining room and kitchen, creating an invitation to use the outside courtyard.
The kitchen/dining area has a charm that is only surpassed by its potential. The dining room is just off the kitchen and was once the holding cell of the then operational R.I.C. Barracks. There is fantastic character to the space and the finish in specification is amazing. The parlour to the front of the house, with its large wood burning stove and recently installed sash windows has a snugness about it, that can’t be found in modern homes. It is the ultimate private relaxation hideaway.
The family room is located to the rear and has the walled garden as its backdrop. It is a most wonderful space to sit, relax, look, and enjoy. This room has it all, space, light, and character. The old fireplace with its large outer hearth would undoubtably have many stories to tell. Access to the garden is key to the use of this room. It is a magnificent space.
The four bedrooms on the first floor are all double rooms. All the bedrooms are individual in design and colour and all hold their original character. Both first floor bathrooms fit the house perfectly with their design to match their needs. The hallways and stairs of Ossory Lodge are spectacular. The stairs are the ultimate in design and quality. The stairs are slow, easy and hand crafted to perfection. When you stand back and look at Ossory Lodge and the option to purchase extra land, it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.