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Magnificent residence set on 135 acres with frontage onto Galway Bay



Renville House

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.

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Bearna site offers enormous potential



CBRE’s Darragh Deasy... superb opportunity.

A prime site has come on the market just 350 metres north of Bearna village – complete with planning permission for 40 residential units.

CBRE have been instructed by Receiver Myles Kirby of Kirby Healy Chartered Accountants to offer this superb residential development opportunity to the open market.

The site – for sale by Private Treaty with a guide price of €4m – is  situated to the north of the current Thornbury residential development, along a quiet laneway which connects to the R336, one of the main arterial routes to Galway city.

It extends to approximately 4.58 acres and has the benefit of planning permission for the delivery of 40 residential units, comprising a mix of housing and apartments.

The 22 housing units are all semi-detached and terraced units and range in sizes from 112 – 130 sq. m.

There are also additional lands included within the land holding that do not form part of the permitted scheme and have significant development potential, subject to planning permission.

This portion of the site is zoned R2 under the County Development Plan, which requires that 50% of the permitted scheme are committed to development.

This is a superb opportunity to acquire a residential development site with planning permission in place, in a highly sought-after location on the outskirts of Galway City.

CBRE’s Darragh Deasy described it as ‘a fantastic opportunity to acquire a residential development site in Bearna, a highly sought-after residential location’.

“The permitted scheme will appeal to a wide range of parties, and there is further opportunity to develop further units on the additional lands, subject to obtaining planning permission,” he said.


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Small fall in house prices



Conall MacCoille...grim picture for homebuyers.

Property prices in Galway have bucked the national trend by falling during the quarter, according to the latest Property Report.

The report for Q4 2021, in association with Davy, shows that the median asking price for a property in the county fell slightly by €25,000 over the quarter to €259,975. However, this still means prices have increased by €9,975 compared with this time last year.

Asking prices for a three-bed semi-detached house in the county rose by €6,000 over the quarter to €245,000. This means that prices in the segment have risen by €10,000 compared to this time last year.

Meanwhile, the asking price for a four-bed semi-detached house in Galway stayed steady over the quarter at €285,000. This represents a year-on-year decrease of €3,000 in the segment.

There were 797 properties for sale in Galway at the end of Q4 2021 – a decrease of 15% over the quarter.

The average time for a property to go sale agreed in the county after being placed up for sale now stands at just over four months. In the city, it is just over two months.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at Davy, said that, nationally, the findings of the report painted a grim picture for prospective homebuyers.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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People will be green with envy at this charming home



The Green House in Minna, Indreabhán.

DNG Martin O’Connor Estate Agents are handling the sale of ‘The Green House’, a charming four-bed detached residence located in a private setting a short distance off the Connemara Coast Road west of Spiddal.

The Indreabhán area in recent years has attracted a lot of interest due to major road improvements, quality blue flag beaches every few miles, the popularity of the Irish language and much more. The entire area is well serviced with excellent community amenities, shopping facilities as well as good employment opportunities.

This very distinctive property has been carefully planned and immediately upon entering, you will be struck by the light-filled accommodation which comprises a welcoming and spacious kitchen/dining area leading onto a spacious hallway. Connected to the kitchen is a multipurpose room which is currently used as a den, it has many potential uses. Next to this is the spacious utility room which offers excellent storage.

Directly across the hall is the comfortable living area which overlooks the front the front garden, it is complete with feature solid fuel stove and good quality flooring. The remaining ground floor accommodation consists of two bedrooms and a shower room. Both bedrooms have the benefit of  an extra room area where the rear bedroom has provision for an en-suite and the front bedroom has provision for a study, nursery or playroom.

Upstairs are two further good sized double bedrooms, one boasting a walk-in wardrobe, while a large office/walk-in dressing room can be found in the second bedroom. A family shower room and hot press completes the first floor accommodation.

Externally, the grounds are mainly laid to garden with a large parking area to the rear. The gardens over the years have been well planted with native trees and fruit trees. There are two storage sheds to the rear of the house. The hardcore fill for a large garage have been laid for which planning was granted with the house. The site is extremely private with a lovely patio area to the front.

In a wonderful secluded setting the property is bursting with potential and only on viewing can one appreciate it uniqueness.

The asking price is €375,000. For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Martin O’Connor on 091 866708.



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