Drominagh Lodge is a truly remarkable property, with history stretching back to the early nineteenth century. Built for the Biggs family of Castle Biggs, it has been in the same family since the 1880s and is one of a string of classic Irish Period Country houses that are dotted along the lush landscapes of the shores of Lough Derg.
The house itself is full of character and charm, with touches such as a colonnaded veranda, arched stone steps leading to the front door, and beautifully inset casement windows with panelled surrounds and shutters. Inside, the ceilings are high and the proportions are good, making this a wonderful canvas from which to draw inspiration and make a true gem for the next generation.
Surrounding the house are approx. 3.67 hectares (9 acres) of grounds, featuring a pond, millrace and working water wheel, as well as specimen trees including a classic monkey puzzle. There are also well tended woodlands and a farmyard with three barns and additional outbuildings adding to the potential of this remarkable and beautiful spot.
Reached via a charming arched flight of stone steps, and under a period fan lit front door, the oldest part of Drominagh is a classic Victorian hunting box, with a symmetrical layout. Built into a fall in the land, you come in on the upper floor, and find a pair of formal reception rooms flanking the hall. Both the drawing and dining rooms are dual aspect, with original fireplaces, solid wood floors, high ceilings, tall windows, and original decorative plasterwork. Four of the five bedrooms are on this floor, and a family bathroom. Downstairs at garden level, the hall leads to a large dual aspect sitting room with fireplace and French window to the left, with its mirror image, currently a bedroom to the right. Behind is a cloakroom, and opposite a study. To the rear there is a large kitchen, with Aga, leading on to a very lovely sunroom overlooking the pond and millrace. Two storage and utility rooms are behind.
Elegant stone piers flank the gateway to Drominagh Lodge, setting the tone for the gardens and grounds, as they lead to a lovely tree lined avenue, curving to welcome you to the front of the house. The c. 9 acres of grounds include well-tended woodlands, specimen trees, and a separate farm yard housing three barns as well as plenty of other outbuildings, which add a total of c. 371.6 sq m / 3,999 sq ft of additional space. The gardens are dotted with seating areas, and pathways and the entire aspect of Drominagh is made even more charming by the pool and millrace, crossed by little bridges, and working water wheel alongside the house. This is overlooked by the conservatory, which leads on to a pretty patio area.
The pretty villages along Ireland's famed Lough Derg all have their own attractions and characteristics. Ballinderry and Terryglass are no exceptions, with heritage pubs, restaurants, a community market and access to all the amenities the famous lake has to offer. Nearby Dromineer is home to the Lough Derg Yacht Club, one of the oldest in the world, and here you'll also find more cafés, bars and shops. The main town of Nenagh is a bustling market town with a choice of spots to shop and eat, as well as schools. There is a national school nearby, and there is a strong and welcoming community on your doorstep.
Alongside sailing and boating; horse riding, lake swimming and fishing are also favourite pastimes in the region, and there is golf at the Nenagh golf club. Limerick an hour away, and Dublin is an easily accessible two hours.
Drominagh Lodge offers an amazing opportunity to create a truly unique home, set amidst some of the most beautiful surroundings in the country. With mature gardens, and lots of potential to turn this magnificent property into a dream home, it is sure to be the ideal place to relax and entertain.