Period Property for Sale in Co. Donegal

The Old Rectory, Lough Eske, Co. Donegal
Rare opportunity to buy a large family residence in one of the most beautiful settings in Ireland

This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a large family residence in what must be one of the most beautiful settings in Ireland. Peace and tranquility are perhaps the greatest benefits any home can offer, but The Old Rectory has so much more. Located on the quiet, southern edge of Lough Eske, this is a superb example of a fine lakeside residence within a private, elevated location (sitting above a sweeping drive leading through mature gardens) giving wonderful open views across the lake to the Blue Stack mountains which begin their assent from Lough Eske's northern shore.

The rectory was originally built by the Church of Ireland around 1900 and retains many of the original features creating a welcoming home of character and warmth, with tall ceilings, an elegant staircase and fine cornice mouldings. Recent improvements and enlargements have created a stunning and generously proportioned family home. Set out on three floors the accommodation is flexible and there is plenty of space for family rooms, offices, entertaining and for guests.

The fully glazed entrance hall enjoys lovely garden and woodland views, often being utilised as a dining room by the present owners. There are two further, formal, reception rooms and a studio room (with semi-glazed ceiling) beyond the kitchen and drawing room on the ground floor. The light, airy, kitchen/dining room houses a two oven Aga and is enhanced by two walk-in larders and a scullery. The kitchen/diner has splendid lake and garden views. A ground floor WC and wash-hand basin is located in a separate room at the foot of the stairs to the first floor.

On the first floor are four well proportioned double bedrooms, all with wash-hand basins. One includes an en-suite shower and WC, while another includes a slipper bath with en-suite WC. A large family bathroom is located on this floor, including a roll top bath with shower. Two of the bedrooms have superb lake/mountain views, the other two having extensive views across open country to the Barnsmore Gap.

On the second floor the large master bedroom (more a bed/sitting room) has a spectacular lake and mountain vista from two large windows. A good sized bathroom contains bath and separate shower. There is a further bedroom with two Velux windows offering views towards the Barnsmore Gap.

This property is ideally situated in approximately 4 acres of secluded natural woodland and gardens offering a high degree of privacy, with the house being within 75 yards of the lake shore. It has been a (much loved) family home for more than twenty years and during that time has been carefully and tastefully upgraded and updated. The house would make an ideal exclusive guest house.

Price: €on application
Last update: 14th April 2014
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