Hidden behind its original stone walls standing on one acre is St Helen's, a charming period split level home of real distinction and character. St Helen's was built in the 1840s by the brother of Lady Gregory, who was part of the Persse family, owners of one of the first whiskey distilleries in Galway, which was situated in Nuns Island.
St Helen's is indicative of its era with many period features still intact including original sash windows and shutters, original floorboards, original fireplaces, high ceilings, coving, ornate corniced ceiling rose, and picture rails. Located on the exclusive Taylor's Hill road, St Helen's seamlessly provides grandeur, privacy, and tranquillity while retaining all of Galway city's amenities in close proximity. The surrounding area offers a host of services including excellent restaurants, bars, shops and breathtaking walks along Salthill Promenade. Also within close proximity are some of Galway's best-known schools together with NUIG and UHG.
Built circa 1840s, St Helen's is steeped in Galway's history and stands proudly on an impressive private site of one acre. On entering the hallway ones eye are immediately drawn to the high ceilings, the ornate moulding and centrepieces, and the generous proportions which give a great sense of space and light throughout. To the left there is an impressively grand drawing room with a magnificent marble open fireplace, a room that is filled with natural light and enjoys a pleasant outlook over the gardens through the four original sash windows. This room perfectly showcases the property and highlights everything you expect from this home and more. To the right is the formal dining room with original open fireplace and views over the front garden.
Taking the double doors further down the hallway one enters bedroom 1 with original fireplace. At the end of this hallway is the main bathroom and access to a separate hallway which incorporates three large bedrooms, all with views over the mature gardens. Taking the stairs down to the lower level of this split level property, one's eyes are once again drawn to the original Italian porcelain tiling on the floor. Taking a left into the dining room, the real heart of the home which leads on to the kitchen and pantry. The French door leading out to the large mature garden is perhaps the real focal point of the sitting room, contributing to the room's overall bright and airy feeling. Further down the hall is the study, again with majestic views over the mature garden making work that little bit easier. The downstairs bedroom with its large accommodation, en suite, and dressing area again enjoys access to the mature garden. Finishing off the accommodation is a scullery and downstairs wc. The property extends to an impressive 376.2sq metres (4,049sq feet ).
Outside, the beautiful large gardens to the front and side of the property wrap around St Helen's and are a noteworthy feature of this unique home, enjoying a southwest orientation allowing for sunshine throughout the day. The side walled garden provides complete privacy and an all year round profusion of colour and perfume, laid out in lawn with mature shrubbery, flower beds, and vegetables patches. Furthermore there is an attached garage, tool shed, and separate stables which could be renovated into separate living accommodation. St Helen's offers stylish period ambiance and proportion with modern amenity and viewing is recommended.
Guide price is €1,500,000. BER is G.
To arrange a viewing or for further information call Heskin auctioneers on 091 565857 or contact Shane Heskin directly on 087 2538 739.