LOCATION: Charlesfort House is an outstanding estate in a scenic location of rolling countryside hills on c. 5.5. acres just outside Ferns village, Co Wexford. At only 5km from Ferns village, the ancient capital of Leinster and gateway to Norman Wexford. A vibrant community where the village is served by a number of local businesses from grocery shops, pubs, beauty salons, pharmacy, hardware suppliers, agricultural suppliers, computer services, accounting and more. The thriving town of Gorey is only 20 mins drive north, Bunclody is only 11 mins drive northwest and Enniscorthy can be reached in 15mins.
The perfect idyllic location for life in the country, with a feeling of grandeur and luxurious solitude yet only one hour drive north to Dublin on the M11 motorway, 45 mins drive south to the gateway to Europe at Rosslare Harbour and 25 mins drive east to sandy beaches of Ardamine or Morriscastle. The property is close to a range of quality primary and secondary schools.
HISTORY: Charlesfort House dates to 1839. The house was accidentally lost in a daytime blaze in 1977 and acquired by the current owners as a ruin in 2004 and lovingly reconstructed and restored to it’s former in 2005.
Former owners include Martin O’Neill, a GAA player for Wexford and Leinster football teams, who was once referee in the 1947 All-Ireland Senior Football Final in New York and secretary on the Leinster Council. He famously participated in all three Tailteann Games. During the O’Neill residence many GAA council meetings were held at Charlesfort House and legendary hurler Nicky Rackard and his brother Billy and Bobby were guests. On occasion the legendary hurler and his brothers were said to have pucked about sliotars in the gardens of this historic estate.
DESCRIPTION: On arriving at the estate, the splayed wide stone walls with granite features of the avenue entrance immediately sets the tone that this property stands apart from the rest. A sweeping tree lined avenue rising to towards the main residence where it almost teases the visitor view as the spectacular garden shelter the front façade view until you arrive at the beautifully neat double bow fronted country house.
The house stands proud and exudes wonderful charm with all its period features. The estate consists of the main house, two guest lodges, over five acres of land to roam with multiple paddocks, enchanting gardens, a large workshop extending to c. 4,058 sq. ft. ground floor space with additional dual sided loft space. Neighbouring further rolling hills, where today calves graze peacefully.
First and foremost, Charlesfort House is a happy family home with a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Reconstructed and restored in 2005, the house measures c. 4,821 sq ft and is arranged over three floors consists of a magnificent entrance hall, a large reception living room, spectacular dining room, 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, Kitchen / dining room, butler’s pantry, library nook or home office, laundry room, wine cellar, courtyard basement storage rooms, 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. Attention to preserving the period features throughout, detailing the love and design taken to reconstruct with exceptional finishes. A truly remarkable period property offering modern comforts including environmental sustainability features to extend the lifetime of this estate for the centuries to come.
Entering the property stepping up the seven cut-granite steps between wrought iron railings, the cut-granite doorcase with engaged Doric columns on plinths and into the spectacular hallway with marble tiled flooring and marble cut mosaic feature, framed with the four arch rests ideal to showcase the four-season ladies (preservation order). Each door handle you embrace is rounded brass with ornate cut door protectors and key draft sliders, cast iron radiators stand proud along the wall. All splayed wall architrave and skirting throughout enriched with classic gardenia finish.
The large reception living room is as if stepping back in time with timeless features including the treble bay windows overlooking the front gardens, the antique marble open fireplace, the wide panel solid oak floors and dual aspect window within a curved wall facing the rear courtyard.
The fabulous bespoke kitchen designed and fitted by Peter Murphy Kitchens Ferns, a remarkable gifted local craftsman curated an in-frame design with extra height wall units finished in locally sourced solid oak and solid elm timber. This is the heart of the home, where the oak is painted in a stunning classic gardenia colour while the elm is lacquered to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. The remarkable over mantle surrounds the dual fuel Aga cooker. The curved units as well as the curved pull-out larder unit enhances the custom-made beauty of this kitchen, and a granite work top finishes the look. All drawers and hinges are soft close. The butler’s pantry continues with this high-quality finish with solid pippy oak units and granite worktop, and a door leading to the rear courtyard.
Stepping down into the garden basement level, the most impressive formal dining room awaits measuring c. 55sq m / 592 sq ft any family gathering will be special here. The natural stone flooring and dual aspect windows with solid fuel stove surrounded by the most impressive masonry brick wall with red brick cornices and two feature arches on either side with lighting bring the room to its full splendour winter or summer. Two bedrooms, a large walk-in closet, bathroom, and laundry room with door leading to outside storage rooms and wine cellar completes this level.
From the main hallway the stairs mahogany cut monkey tail flows perfectly underhand with every step swoping up to the landing overlooking the rear courtyard. To the left is the library nook with three splendid sash windows filling the room with light which could make an ideal home office space. To the right is the guest bathroom.
Then rising further along the carpeted runner staircase fitted with brass rods you arrive at the Master Bedroom Suite with treble bay windows overlooking the stunning far-reaching countryside, with a large walk-in wardrobe to satisfy space for a wardrobe of four seasons. The bathroom with standalone cast iron bathtub on silver feet positioned to overlook the same countryside view and still catch sight of the beautiful cast iron open fireplace. The antique style Sanitan pull leaver w.c and AGI power jet corner shower with sound system and lighting control are all a sight to behold, however the most remarkable one-off antique furniture piece is the marble countertop his and hers sink unit with over mirror commands a focal point. Across the hall is another bedroom with feature curved walls and two sash windows overlooking the calves grazing far afield.
From the centre courtyard through the large arch gates, you can enter the two guest lodges, one right, one left. The consist of 2-bedrooms, bathroom, and kitchen / living / dining room with separate road access, extending to c. 1,200 sq ft each and have separate road access from the rear of the property.
Moving into the workshop yard the corner unit includes a hallway leading to a fully functioning office on the left and from the hallway continuing straight leads into the entertainment room with bar counter and pool table and bathroom. The large workshop is accessed via a 4.4mtr wide roller door with dual sided loft space and nine sash windows in keeping the traditional courtyard appeal.
All in all, this estate 18th century estate restored to former glory with modern features offers much for those seeking retreat in the Irish countryside.
|Entrance Hallway||10.40m x 2.74m||Marble flooring with center marble cut mosaic feature, the preserved four arched alcoves built into the surrounding walls, cast iron radiators, gate intercom and alarm.|
|Reception Sitting Room||10.38m (max) x 4.63m||Antique solid marble surrounding an open cast iron fireplace, solid wide panel oak floors, dual aspect sash windows with treble bay windows to the front, cat iron radiators and TV point.|
|Kitchen/Dining Room||10.00m x 5.26m||Natural Stone floors, treble bay feature sash windows, cast iron radiators, dual fuel AGA range cooker, bespoke kitchen designed and fitted by Peter Murphy Kitchens Ferns, a remarkable gifted local craftsman curated an in-frame design with extra height wall units finished in locally sourced solid oak and solid elm timber. The oak is painted in a stunning classic gardenia colour while the elm is lacquered to enhance the natural beauty of the wood. The remarkable over mantle surrounds the dual fuel Aga cooker. The curved units as well as the curved pull-out larder unit enhances the custom-made beauty of this kitchen, and a granite work top finishes the look. All drawers and hinges are soft close. Belfast sink under large sash window, integrated Neff electric cooker and microwave, Hotpoint dishwasher and fridge freezer.|
|Butler’s Pantry||5.58m x 1.73m||Natural Stone floors, cast iron radiators, high-quality finished floor to ceiling units with solid pippy oak units, granite worktop with double sided granite cut drains feeding into the stainless-steel double sink, and a door leading to the rear courtyard.|
|Two Steps Down:|
|Guest Bathroom||1.98m (max) x 1.98m (max)||Antique style w.h.b. and w.c. with traditional pull leaver, marble flooring, cast iron radiator, sash window overlooking the courtyard.|
|Stairs leading to Garden Level: Mahogany handrail swooping flow underhand with each step the monkey tail. Underfloor heating at this level, zoned separately to other areas of the property.|
|Hallway||7.06m x 2.27m||Marble flooring, door leading to garden level courtyard with wine cellar and two storage rooms.|
|Formal Dining Room||10.31m x 5.31m||Natural Stone flooring, dual aspect windows, on one side a curved wall where a bespoke crafted curved curtain rail runs and the other side the sash windows overlook the colourful garden planting. Feature spot lighting built into the impressive masonry brickwork and double arches, surround the solid fuel stove.|
|Bedroom 3||4.94m (max) x 4.70m||Marble flooring, feature bay sash window on curved wall, open fireplace framed in a black mantle with burnt orange and green Welsh slate inbuilt and black plated insert (not for use). TV point.|
|Bedroom 4||4.83m (max) x 4.24m||Marble flooring, feature curved wall with sash window and bespoke crafted curved curtain.|
|3.40m (max) x 1.70m||Marble floors, antique style w.h.b. and w.c. with traditional pull leaver, AGI power enclosed shower with multiple jets, tiled surround.|
|Wardrobe Closet Room||3.37m x 2.29m||Marble flooring, open storage fitted units’ floor to ceiling on both walls. Sash window with splayed walls creating the ideal position for a seating ledge.|
|Laundry Room||2.00m x 2.00m (max)||Marble flooring, plumbed for washing machine and dryer, laundry chute from shower room upstairs, floor level storage units and counter space.|
|Outside at this lower garden courtyard level:|
|Wine Cellar||3.16m x 2.00m||Wall-mounted wine racks|
|Storage Room||2.74m x 2.43m|
|Pump House||With further storage space – 3.33m x 2.00m|
|Returning to the main hallway stairs leading from kitchen/dining room and reception living room level rising to the first floor the mahogany handrail and carpet runner with brass rods fixtures on each step.|
|Landing||2.97m x 2.43m (max)||Timber flooring|
|Library Nook/Home Office/Gallery||4.24m x 1.79m||With three steps rising to this area, superbly lite room with three large sash windows overlooking the central courtyard at the window seat. Cast iron radiator.|
|3.47m x 2.20m (max)||Tiled flooring and walls surround, antique style w.h.b. and w.c. with traditional pull leaver, cast iron radiator, AGI power enclosed shower with multiple jets, extractor fan and laundry chute.|
|Stairs continues to upper Second Floor|
|Landing||2.50m x 2.31m||Timber flooring, cast iron radiator.|
|Master Bedroom Suite||7.33m x 5.28m||Timber flooring, treble bay windows over looking the far-reaching countryside, cast iron radiators, TV point, door leading to walk-in-wardrobe|
|Walk-in Wardrobe||5.25m x 2.79m (max)||Timber flooring, window seat overlooking central courtyard and steps leading down to lower garden level through impressive planting, expansive range of open storage units’ floor to ceiling.|
|Bedroom 2||4.77m x 5.11m (max)||Timber flooring, cast iron radiator, feature curved wall and two windows overlooking the calves grazing far afield|
|Master Bathroom Suite||6.85m x 4.71m (max)||Free-standing cast-iron bath on silver feet, bespoke one-off antique his and hers vanity unit with double sinks and marble countertop, antique cast iron open fireplace (not for use, electrical wiring to suit electric fire insert) Sanitan w/c/ with traditional pull leaver, enclosed corner AGI power jet shower with built in sound and light system controls, treble bay window overlooking the avenue and gardens to the front. Cast iron radiators. Door leading to:|
|Walk-in Closet||2.88m x 1.11m||Tiled flooring, ample shelving and loft access.|
Total Floor Area: c. 448 sq.m. / 4,821 sq.ft
Broadband available with Fibre connection planned for Oct 2021
Private well with pressure pump supply
Alarm & CCTV System
Electric gates with intercom
OFCH with underfloor heating and cast-iron radiators
Solar Panels feeding hot water supply with three control zone
Wired for generator
Impressive stone wall gated entrance and tree lined avenue
Enchanting gardens with meander pathways set out in cut granite stone and hugged by a variety of mature bloom hedging
Elevated al-fresco dining area constructed to mirror the main residence foundations as it was in 2004
Large centre courtyard with manicured hedging and rose beds
Wrought Iron gates under arch to rear workshop yard and second entrance
Large workshop c. 4,058 sq. ft. with office, entertainment room with bar counter, bathroom, and separate access roller door open 4.4mtrs wide with dual sided loft space.
Excluded from the sale: All free-standing furniture, chandelier in the reception living room and matching wall light fitting. Guest lodge wardrobe in master bedroom (guest lodge on the left from centre courtyard).
Protected Structure WCC1045- NIAH 15701006
GUEST COURTYARD LODGE 1
|Living/Dining/Kitchen||7.33m x 4.92m||Dual aspect windows, marble stone flooring, Dimplex electric fire unit, phone point, TV point, floor and eye level kitchen units, tiled splash back, stainless steel sink and drain, Whirlpool electric oven, electric hob, and extractor fan, washing mashing, dishwasher, and Hotpoint dyer.|
|Timber Staircase (with built-in ground floor understairs storage)|
|Landing||2.79m x 2.51m||Timber flooring.|
|Master Bedroom||4.92m x 4.69m||Timber flooring, TV point and windows overlooking the central courtyard.|
|Bathroom||2.54m x 2.10m||With w.c., w.h.b., corner enclosed power shower, tiled flooring.|
|Bedroom 2||5.27m x 3.00m||Timber flooring, built-in-wardrobes, velux window, cute courtyard facing peep window.|
|Total Floor Area: c. 88 sq.m. / 951 sq.ft.|
OFCH (own burner)
Private well supply
Separate electric meter
GUEST COURTYARD LODGE 2
|Living/Dining/Kitchen||7.36m x 4.95m||Dual aspect windows, marble stone flooring, Dimplex electric fire unit, phone point, TV point, floor and eye level kitchen units, tiled splash back, stainless steel sink and drain, Whirlpool electric oven, electric hob, and extractor fan, washing mashing, dishwasher, and Hotpoint dyer.|
|Timber Staircase (with built-in ground floor understairs storage)|
|Landing||2.80m x 2.60m||Timber flooring.|
|Master Bedroom||4.98m x 4.61m||Timber flooring, TV point and windows overlooking the central courtyard.|
|Bathroom||2.61m x 2.10m||With w.c., w.h.b., corner enclosed power shower, tiled flooring.|
|Bedroom 2||5.30m x 3.00m||Timber flooring, velux window, cute courtyard facing peep window.
|Total Floor Area: c. 88 sq.m. / 951 sq.ft.|
Private well supply
OFCH (own burner)
Separate electric meter
REAR WORKSHOP – c. 4,158M – accessed from workshop yard – Beside second access electric gates
|Hallway||3.25m x 1.02m||Carpet flooring|
|Office||4.80m x 3.00m||Carpet flooring, electrical and network cable conduit at desk height, large window overlooking rear access and workshop yard.|
|Entertainment Room||5.98m x 4.63m||Bar counter and plenty of space for a pool table|
|Bathroom||1.92m x 1.51m||With w.c., w.h.b. and wall shelving.|
|Large Workshop||33.13m x 9.63m||Accessed via 4.4m wide roller door. Two additional dual sided loft areas. Nine Sash windows.|
|Total Floor Area: c. 377 sq.m. / 4,058 sq.ft.|
|From Dublin: From the M50 follow to the M11 continue towards Wexford/ Rosslare until you reach Junction 24, R772 Ferns / Camolin. At the roundabout take the second exit, travel across the overpass of the M11. At the next roundabout take the first exit. At Clogh Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto R772, travel 9.9km, through Camolin and into Ferns. At the roundabout in Ferns take the second exit onto Upper Main St Ferns / R745. In 350m keep right to continue straight out the R745 passing St Aidans GAA pitch on your right, traveling 3.8km|