The property for sale is an old railway crossing house, which was known as Ruan Station, on the now-defunct West Clare Railway, made famous by Percy French in 1897. The West Clare Railway was a narrow-gauge railway, which ran from Ennis Railway Station to the coast at Kilrush/Lahinch/Miltown Malbay, passing Corofin and Ruan, etc., and operated from 1885 to 1961. There were over 20 stops and crossing cottages on the line when it was in service. The West Clare Railway is still fondly remembered in story and song by the people of Co. Clare. Some details are recorded here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Clare_Railway
. The plinth for the platform, or waiting area for the trains, is still in its original location outside the house.
The house was built around 1887-1890, and functioned as Ruan Station until 1961 when the railway ceased to function. The station was purchased from C.I.E. (the Irish Railway Company), by the occupants, the Conway family, in 1968. Martin Breen purchased the old derelict Ruan Station in 1984 and renovated and extended the property during the period 1985-1988. Ruan Station has been a family home since then.
The renovation/restoration was tastefully carried out using traditional old style materials such as weighted timber up-and-down sash windows (solid hardwood), traditional old recovered quarry slate, with designed ridge tiles (mid-nineteenth century) on all dormer windows. Barge boards on gables windows are of Douglas Fir with traditional rounded designs and spiral finials. Brick chimneys were rebuilt and fitted with antique-style chimney pots. Many of the incorporated features of the renovation have a long and varied history of their own, all of which is documented.
The property, which is a dormer style house, is on approx. 0.30 acres, with approx. 2000 sqft internally, and contains the following accommodation: four bedrooms, each with H&C wash basin; porch with high timbered ceiling and bow-window; fitted kitchen with granite worktops, Belfast sink and traditional half-door; sitting room with oak floor and molded plasterwork ceiling; dining room/study with mahogany bookcases, nineteenth century marble fireplace and hand-cut octagonal timber ceiling; bathroom with shower on ground floor; toilet on first floor; first floor spare room/den with exposed structural beams.
Other features include: fitted storage units throughout the house; a 150-year-old seasoned pitch pine spiral stairway and two smaller internal hardwood stairs; master bedroom with aged 200-year-old oak entry stairs; twin first floor bedroom with hand-crafted built-in storage units, wash area and work area; single first floor bedroom with built-in storage areas, wash area and a varnished timber floor (a feature common throughout the house); double ground-floor bedroom with wash area and built in units.
The internal decoration is mainly of timber, with a designed ceiling in the dining room, a plaster-mould designed ceiling in the sitting room and a high, timber (10.5 ft) kitchen ceiling. Loft storage space runs throughout the house. Heating is provided by two fireplaces (one marble, which dates to the 1800s, and one cast iron with tiles, which dates to 1930s, with back-boiler), one solid fuel kitchen stove (anthracite burner) and oil-fired central heating, with a boiler in the outside fuel/utility shed.
There is a rear paved patio area, complete with concrete cast garden furniture and a large separate two storey garage/workshop (300 sq ft on each floor), built in 2007, with two separately heated upstairs office/general purpose rooms, with downstairs toilet. This building could be designated as a separate rental area or ‘granny-flat’.
The property is located in central Co. Clare, 5 miles from Ennis, 3 miles from Ruan, 3.5 miles from Corofin, and 20 miles from Shannon Airport. Limerick and Galway are 25-35 mins drive. The Burren lies 7 miles to the north, and the West Clare coast, Wild Atlantic Way, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, etc., lie approx. 15 miles to the west.
The house can be bought with or without contents.
Broadband speed at the property is 35-50 Mbs
BER: D2 – 299.01 (kWh/m2/yr)