Castle Ffrench on c.16.19 ha (c.40 acres), Ballinamore Bridge, Co. Galway.
on c. 40 acres (16 hectares)
Grade A Georgian manor house situated in a glorious parkland setting.
This beautiful listed Grade ‘A' manor house is situated amongst century old trees and lawns. 29 rooms, stone walled cobbled courtyard with a 2 apartment guest cottage, 16 stall stable, 8 paddocks and 2 large pastures. Set in rolling parkland Castle ffrench ranks with Irelands ' outstanding examples of Georgian architecture. Absolutely one of a kind with its original floor plan, elaborate plasterwork and woodwork. Ornate fireplaces and large bedrooms all being the hallmarks of this country house, which is full of eye-catching features including a barrel vaulted semi-basement, ornate cornicing, marble fireplaces, wooden floors and flagstoned hallway.
Castle Ffrench was the ancestral home of the French family one of the fourteen tribes of Galway . The house was built in 1779 by Sir Charles French, Mayor of Galway. The ashlar-faced house has three storeys over a basement with a fanlighted and plastered doorcase. The interior plasterwork is of a style characteristic to Galway with delicate naturalistic foliage and flower swags. The doors, door knobs, sash win
There is excellent hunting locally with the Galway Blazers, East Galway and North Galway hunts. There are golf courses nearby at Glassan and Athlone. The River Shannon, one of Europe 's longest navigable rivers is a short drive away. Lough Corrib internationally renowned for its Brown Trout fishing is within an hours drive of the property. The sandy beaches and majestic mountains of the west coast are within an easy drive.
The castle, as it is known locally, lies a mile up a drive and appears suddenly from through the trees. Built on the site of an earlier castle.
The provincial town of Athlone has prospered greatly in recent years and has a wide variety of shops and restaurants. The historic University City of Galway often referred to as the Capital of the west is a 45 minute drive away.
ENTRANCE HALL: 5.49m. x 5.79m. With Portland stone floor, marble mantel piece and ornate plasterwork ceiling and cornice. Carved timber architraves.
DRAWING ROOM: 5.96m. x 8.15m. With pitch pine floor, carved marble chimney piece with brass inset. Bay win
DINING ROOM: 5.64m. x 7.29m. Carved chimney piece and brass inset, pitch pine floor, ceiling cornice and fine plasterwork in alcove.
INNER HALL: Original winding stairs leading to first floor, fine plasterwork ceiling, cornice and niches.
STUDY: 3.66m. x 5.64m. Fireplace, alcove with attractive archway.
CLOAKROOM TO REAR OF HALL: W.H.B. and W.C.
LIBRARY: 6.02m x 3.28m. With fireplace and bookshelves.
FIRST FLOOR: LANDING: With fine plasterwork, west facing arched win
BEDROOM 1: 5.49m. x 5.79m. Fireplace
BEDROOM 2: 5.49m. x 5.96m. Fireplace. ENSUITE:
BATHROOM 1: With bath, shower over bath, W.H.B., W.C. and shelves.
BEDROOM 3: 5.49m. x 5.96m. Fireplace. ENSUITE:
BEDROOM 4: 5.43m. x 5.94m. Fireplace.
BATHROOM 2: Bath with shower attachment, W.H.B. and W.C.
SHOWER ROOM 1: Partially tiled shower, W.H.B. and W.C.
SECOND STAIRS LEADING FROM BASEMENT TO SECOND FLOOR:
BEDROOM 5: 4.42m. x 5.94m. Fireplace.
BEDROOM 6: 4.57m x 5.92m. Fireplace.
BEDROOM 7: 4.80m. x 6.03m. Fireplace.
BATHROOM: Roll-top cast iron bath, W.C., W.H.B. and fireplace.
BEDROOM 8: 4.57m. x 5.72m. Fireplace.
BEDROOM 9: 4.17m. x 5.66m. Fireplace.
OUTBUILDINGS: Cobbled courtyard to rear of main house with attractive stone cottage divided into two apartments. The accommodation in both includes sitting room, kitchenette, bedroom and shower room. There is also a coach house, cow byre, store rooms with overhead loft and separate garage.
Beyond the courtyard there is a recently built American Barn with 16 loose boxes, automated drinkers, feed hay store and overhead open loft.
THE LANDS: The grounds total approximately 40 acres of which about 3 acres comprise the gardens, yards and some woodland. The remaining 37 acres are parkland situated to the front of the house.
BASEMENT: Vaulted throughout with main door to courtyard.
KITCHEN: 5.49m. x 6.55m. With flag stone floor, oil fired Aga cooker, extensive worktops and cupboards, stainless steel sink, granite top work island with gas hob, fitted cupboards, Kenmore oven, plumbing for dishwasher, fine vaulted ceiling and stone arches, two recesses one of which incorporates old bread oven, door leading to courtyard.
BREAKFAST AREA: 4.19m x 6.10m. With slate floor and fireplace.
LARGE UTILITY ROOM: Plum
BOILER ROOM: WINE CELLAR: VAULTED STORE ROOM: WORKSHOP: SITTING ROOM: With fireplace
CLOAKROOM: W.C. and W.H.B.
SERVICES: Well water with treatment system, septic tank drainage, telephone
DIRECTIONS FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT:
When you pass through the toll booth on the motorway, take the next exit and follow the signs for the West N4 & N6. Leave Dublin and head West via M4. Drive on the By-pass around ATHLONE, and look for the TUAM R363 exit.
DIRECTIONS FROM SHANNON AIRPORT:
Take the N18 to GALWAY, passing through ENNIS and GORT. When you reach GORT take the N66 which is a right turn in the middle of the town to LOUGHREA, where you will join the N6 (just after you pass a lake on your right) towards BALLINASLOE (turn right in LOUGHREA).
Grade A manor house, considered to be one of Ireland's outstanding examples of Georgian architecture.