A fine Georgian House with farmland and equestrian facilities.
Whitechurch is a compact, residential and equestrian estate extending to about 57 acres. With a private rural situation, it is centered around a magnificent two-storey period house which has been fully renovated by the present owners. Attached to the rear of the house are four apartments, forming a central courtyard and a charming gate lodge completes the residential accommodation. The apartments and gate lodge have been let in recent years, generating useful additional income. The formal grounds are a particular feature of Whitechurch and include an impressive walled garden and lawns.
There is a range of outbuildings including 14 stables. The land lies in a contiguous block and comprises 37 acres of productive farmland and 14 acres of mature woods which provide shelter,
privacy and amenity. Whitechurch has been run as a stud farm in recent years and has gained a reputation for breeding a number of notable racehorses.
The estate has an accessible situation about 2 kilometres to the south of the N72.
Whitechurch House is accessed off a minor public road via an impressive bell-mouthed stone walled entrance with piers and electric iron gates. A driveway lined with mature lime trees leads to the front of the house where there is parking. Whitechurch House is a substantial period home dating from about 1820 and occupying an elevated, westerly-facing situation in the heart of the estate. It is listed as a protected structure and is well positioned for the excellent views towards the Knockmealdown mountains.
The accommodation within the house is over two storeys and is laid-out in an L-shape, as set out on the accompanying plans. It is well laid-out for entertaining and family living. The house is entered through a single-storey, Ionic portico. Internal features of the house include working shutters, three stoves, an Aga range cooker, French windows, cornicing, ceiling roses, sash and case windows, decorative fireplaces and architraves.
The house is heated centrally by oil. There is a mains electricity supply, a private water supply via a well and private drainage via a septic tank. There is a broadband connection.
APARTMENTS 1 4
Attached to the rear of the house are four self-catered apartments. Each has comfortable accommodation over a single storey, with two apartments comprising two bedrooms and two apartments comprising three bedrooms. The apartments all have independent access and were fully renovated by the present owners. They are positioned around a gravel courtyard and one apartment (Number 2) can be accessed internally from the house.
A successful holiday-letting business is run at Whitechurch but has been scaled back in recent years. The property has a website: www.whitechurchhouse.com.
The house is set within mature garden grounds which are sheltered by mature deciduous trees. The gardens include areas of lawn and a tennis court. One of the notable features of the property is the walled garden which adjoins the rear of the house and includes lawns, gravel paths, a terrace and beds and borders which are well-stocked with flowering plants and shrubs.
Situated next to the entrance to the estate is a single-storey gate lodge of traditional construction. It includes a reception room and two bedrooms. There is a small garden which is laid to lawn and parking.
The Gate Lodge is presently let. Further information is available on request by the selling agents.
Situated to the rear of the house is a range of outbuildings which include a hay barn with lean-to and a stable block with 14 loose boxes and a tack room.
The land at Whitechurch lies in a ring-fenced block and includes about 37 acres of productive pasture which is suitable for silage and hay. The fields have electric fences and a water supply. There are 14 acres of mature deciduous woods which provide shelter and amenity in the form of attractive walks.
The Finisk River passes through the north western boundary. An estate wall forms the western boundary. The land is farmed in-hand and the Entitlements to the Basic Payment Scheme are owned.
Whitechurch House has a wonderful private situation in the panoramic backdrop of the Knockmealdon Mountains. It is within the historic, coastal county of Waterford in the south east of Ireland.
Though set within private surroundings, the property is easily accessible to Dublin with the M9 from Waterford City (56 kilometres distant), linking the city to Dublin and its International airport. Shannon Airport is accessed via the N24 (127 kilometres).
For everyday amenities, the nearby town of Cappoquin (8 kilometres) provides shops, services and local amenities.
The coastal town of Dungarvan (13 kilometres) is a bustling market town set on its own coastal bay. The town is the administrative centre of Waterford. There is plenty of choice for fine dining including the Tannery and restaurants overlooking the Quays. The Waterford Festival of Food takes place annually and attracts visitors from across Ireland and abroad.
The historic city of Waterford is world-renowned for its famous crystal and glass-making industry. The Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre is open to the public and is a very popular tourist amenity within the area. The fifth largest and oldest city in Ireland, Waterford provides a full range of services, amenities, education and cultural activities. It is home to one of the country's major cargo ports providing links to continental Europe.
From nearby Dungarvan, there is regular Bus Eireann Express Routes providing links to Cork, Waterford and Rosslare Europort. Waterford Railway Station provides regular rail services to Dublin, as well as Limerick, Galway and Cork.
Golfers are well catered for in the surrounding area with quality courses located throughout the county. There are nearby golf clubs including Dungarvan Golf Club, Gold Coast Golf Club, Lismore Golf Club and West Waterford Golf Club.
Anglers are enticed year upon year to the nearby Blackwater River, internationally renowned for its run of salmon. The River Finisk flows through Whitechurch and is popular for trout fishing.
The county of Waterford is synonymous with equestrianism. For race-goers, Tramore racecourse (59 kilometres) hosts flat racing and national hunt racing events throughout the year. There is excellent hunting in the county with a number of local packs including The Waterford Foxhounds and The West Waterford Foxhounds within boxing distance.
For outdoor pursuits, there are popular hiking trails through Waterford's glaciated mountain range, the Comeragh Mountains. The Waterford Greenway is a 46 kilometres trail of off-road cycling and walking routes along a railway line, running from Dungarvan to Waterford.
The nearby Whitechurch Primary School is conveniently located (1 kilometre) distant. There is also a variety of excellent private and public schools in the area including Newtown School situated in Waterford City, which provides day and boarding facilities for both girls and boys. In the neighbouring counties, Rockwell College is a renowned school in Cashel, Tipperary and also offers the choice of day and boarding facilities.
From Waterford City, travel west on the N25 for about 37
kilometres. Continue on the N72 for about 13 kilometres, then
take the first left after the Welcome Inn Pub onto the R671.
Travel on this road for about 2 kilometres where the entrance to Whitechurch House is on the left. The Eircode for the property is X91 VW73.
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