The magnificent Renville House (formally known as Renville Lodge) overlooking Galway Bay in Oranmore will go under the hammer next week with a price tag of €2 million.
Owned by the Lydon family since the 1960s, this is a splendid property on a unique setting on 135 acres of some of the best limestone land in the county. It is all in one block with good-sized divisions and extensive road frontage on two roads.
The various fields are divided by the traditional stone walls, typical of the area, which help to create a wonderful charm and sense of times gone by. Approached via a winding avenue approximately a half-mile from the road, the house is positioned on a spectacular elevated setting with farmyard to the rear, Coach House and a derelict Herd’s Cottage.
Renville House is 388 sq m (4,176 sq ft) with a south-westerly aspect was constructed in circa 1820 and comprises an extensive two storey house, formerly known as Renville Lodge. There are many traditional features remaining, including timber windows with shutters, marble fireplaces and plaster work.
Overall, while the house would benefit from some modernisation, there is an elegance and charm that is immediately appealing. The property backs onto the spectacular Galway Bay with over 800 metres (2,600 ft) sea frontage.
Outside, there is a range of gardens with some mature timber and the vista over the front paddocks providing a splendid uninterrupted view of the estate.
The Coach House is located behind the main residence and it is a traditional limestone building converted into living accommodation making it ideal for guests or staff. It comprises a kitchen, living room, bathroom and two bedrooms (one en suite).
The yard is located to the rear of the main residence and coach house and comprises a number of traditional farm buildings including a lovely two storey limestone building which could convert to a guest cottage in addition to six boxes; four span hay shed with lean-to; silage slab; old milking parlour; ancillary sheds and cattle crush.
The derelict Herd’s Cottage is located in the middle of the holding and has its own internal gravel drive providing access. It is currently in a poor state of repair but could be refurbished to provide a splendid feature on the holding. It has tremendous views over Galway Bay.
There is a lovely old walled garden to the west of the residence and yards. Although not presently used, the walls themselves are in good repair and it could potentially provide a lovely feature to the estate for a new purchaser.
The property is within the jurisdiction of Galway County Council and is located on the edge of the development boundary for Oranmore under the Local Area Plan 2012 – 2018.
A section of the lands adjoining the bay are located in an area classified as a ‘Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA) and Proposed National Heritage Area (PNHA). The house is also recorded as a ‘Protected Structure’.
The Advised Minimum Value is €2m. The auction takes place on Thursday, July 14 at 3pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway. For further information, contact Jordan Auctioneers on 045 433550.