One of Galway’s finest period homes with magnificent gardens

St Michael's, Averard West, Taylor's Hill.

St Michael's, Averard West, Taylor's Hill.

O'Donnellan & Joyce brings to market this exceptional historic Victorian residence set in its own private, mature grounds of just over half an acre in Averard, Taylor’s Hill, a secluded woodland retreat close to the city centre. Built circa 1860, the property offers elegance, privacy, and tranquillity with all the attractions and amenities of Galway and Salthill on its doorstep. It is within easy walking distance of numerous excellent primary and secondary schools.

St Michael’s has been lovingly and carefully restored over the past 25 years, retaining all its period features including original sash windows and shutters, high ceilings, wooden floors, cornicing, panelling, and original fireplaces. At the same time all the luxuries and requirements of a modern family home have been added including oil fired central heating, en suite bathrooms, and many other comforts. The accommodation extends to approximately 3,500 square feet.

The hallway is a very impressive welcoming space with original panelled walls and cornicing and a lovely stained glass front door. To either side of the hallway are the two main reception rooms, each with elegant windows facing the gardens. Both rooms are beautifully decorated, ideal for family relaxation and formal entertaining. There is a third reception room on the ground floor which is currently used as a bedroom with an adjoining bathroom, which has separate access into the garden. These rooms would make an ideal self-contained flat if required.

The generous kitchen is the heart of this warm family home with a double Aga, hand crafted cupboards, and a granite worktop. Double doors lead out to a generous west facing stone terrace, ideal for dining al fresco on warm summer evenings. Just step into the garden for your own fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruit, and a posy for the table.

An adjoining back stairs leads upstairs, where there are five beautiful bedrooms, two of which have en suite bathrooms. There is also a separate family bathroom with a freestanding cast iron bath. The views from the bedrooms over Galway city and Galway Bay are breathtaking.

The house is surrounded by magnificent mature gardens and carefully tended lawns with planting to provide beauty and interest throughout the year.

The stone coachhouse adjoining the main house could easily be converted into a wonderful mews.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a discerning purchaser to acquire a unique historic residence in an ideal location.

Viewing is strictly by appointment.

The BER is D2. Asking price is €1,800,000.

For more information or to arrange a viewing contact Colm O'Donnellan of O'Donnellan & Joyce auctioneers Ltd on 091 564212, or view online at


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