Since purchasing Ballyglunin Park, the current Canadian owner have invested considerable time and expenditure in meticulously and sensitively restoring much of the main house, river and grounds while being mindful to retain the integrity and spirt of the original period features and in accordance with the Georgian tradition.
Today the house – set on almost 33 acres on the Athenry Road in Tuam – presents itself as a superb family home with wonderful spacious and bright reception rooms, decorated with taste to enhance the ornate period features throughout and emphasise the tall windows and high ceilings.
The accommodation has an appealing combination of grand and more intimate reception rooms on a manageable scale.
Throughout the seven-bed house, there are exquisite features such as original Victorian tiles in the porch, original Victorian staircase, magnificent ceiling rococo plasterwork and plaster freize, ornate cornicing and centre roses, exquisite original stained glass windows, parquet flooring, grand antique marble chimney pieces and original panelled doors with decorative architrave surrounds.
A pleasant sweeping tree lined avenue, ambles along crossing over a bridge, at the spectacular weir on the river bound by woodland to the gravel forecourt at the front of the house.
One enters the house through the Victorian porch into a grand entrance hall where all the reception rooms and kitchen are accessed. All the rooms have high ceilings, are light-filled and have extensive decorative plasterwork and original marble fireplaces with stunning countryside views. The recently renovated large country kitchen has exquisite handmade units with teak counters and oak floors.
There are three large windows which look onto the wonderful river and woodland. Off the kitchen is a fantastic two-storey round tower. Upstairs, there are seven bedrooms and five bathrooms, a laundry and office.
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