Charming Athlone residence is steeped in history

Property: The Moorings, Ballymahon Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Price: POA

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a stunning three-bay two-storey over-basement Victorian house in the heart of Athlone.

The Moorings is a well-composed house of balanced proportions and classical symmetry, which retains most of its original form and massing. Measuring in excess of 400 sq m, this house was built ca1835, renovated ca1880 and again ca1990, with a single-bay single-storey extension to the north and canted bay windows and central conservatory porch added to the front entrance (west ). There is a two-storey flat roofed extension to the rear, ca1975.

Features include hipped natural slates with wide bracketed eaves, hipped roof to north extension, attractive exposed natural tone walls with raised stone quoins to corners, square-headed window openings to first floor with cut stone sills, replacement windows and hood mouldings over.

The central window to the first floor has a cast-iron balcony, and there are margin timber windows to canted bays on the ground floor, as well as door case behind conservatory.

This was the family home of the Brodericks, a well-known local business family. It was once home to the well-known Irish novelist John Broderick, who wrote controversial novels purporting to feature local people in compromising situations. He sold the house in the late 1980s to retire to Bath.

Set back from the road in extensive grounds measuring 0.9 acres, this charming residence on the Ballymahon Road is about five minutes drive from Athlone town centre. It features eight bedrooms, five reception rooms, and four bathrooms; there is an outbuilding to the rear, ample circulation and car parking space, and attractive gardens.

The house is currently sub-divided into three residential units, yielding a steady annual rental income, but could easily be reinstated into a gracious large detached residence close to the centre of this thriving Midlands town.

For more information call Dermot O’Meara of Sherry FitzGerald O’Meara on (086 ) 2551082.

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