Home with half a mile of private shoreline on Lough Derg is the ultimate country retreat

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A Tipperary home with half a mile of private access to the shores of Lough Derg makes the ultimate country retreat – if you can spend £1.5m to live in rural Ireland in style.

Slevyre House near the village of Terryglass looks like a classic period property but was actually built in the 1960s, by owners who were no strangers to grandeur.

The four-bedroom house, priced at 1.495 million euros, features high ceilings, hardwood paneled doors, sash windows, a private lake entrance and jetty and some 60 acres of land.

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

It is also rich in history, built by the Hickey family in the orchard of the large house they once owned, Slevoir House.

The family had lived in this house for about 100 years after it was built around 1870, but in the 1960s they made the decision to downsize and sell the large house to an order of nuns, who then sold it to an American businessman.

However, the Hickeys haven’t left Lough Derg – carving out 60 acres of their once 200-acre estate to build the Slevyre lodge-style house in 1963, which is in many ways a miniature version of its larger neighbour.

William Talbot of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot says the house only left family hands in 2013 when it was sold to its current owner.

With the house listed at €875,000 a decade ago, Mr Talbot says its new price is due to extensive renovations.

“The current owner has completely transformed the house… he has done a tremendous amount of work with it in terms of [new] windows, doors, plumbing and wiring, heating, etc., so there is a lot of money [that] was spent on the property,” he said.

“Along with this, property prices have also risen dramatically in the meantime.”

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

The house has been completely modernized despite its period appearance, with a new kitchen, bathrooms, heating system and security system installed by the current owner.

The property is accessed via a winding wooded driveway, which emerges into lawned gardens with views of the lake.

Inside, little betrays the fact that the house was built in the middle of the 20th century.

It is designed along classic lines, with high ceilings adorned with elaborate cornices; hardwood paneled doors, including architraves and entablatures; and the main rooms with seven-foot sash windows.

Many of its period features have been salvaged from Irish country homes.

Off an entrance hall is a living room, dining room, kitchen (adjoining a pantry, scullery, utility room and boiler room), a large reception room and an office – these two the latter opening onto a patio through French windows.

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

There is a Georgian marble fireplace in the living room and a neo-classical statuary marble fireplace in the study.

Four bedrooms, two of which are en-suite, include a master bedroom which also opens onto a patio via French doors.

Beyond the house, the property’s lake frontage extends half a mile along its southern shore and includes a mooring for a fishing boat.

Nearby is the quaint village of Terryglas, which Mr Talbot says has won several Tidy Town awards over the years.

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

Photo: Courtesy of Sherry FitzGerald Talbot

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