Castleconnell, which is located in County Limerick right on the border with County Clare, takes its name from Castle Connell, the ruin of which is located on the grounds of Stormont House. This was the ancient seat of the O’Conaings, and took their name Caislean-ui-Chonaine. It subsequently fell into the possession of the O’Briens of Thomond. The castle, now ruined, is built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the bend on the River Shannon, was besieged and destroyed by General Ginkels army during the Jacobite and Williamite wars at the end of the 17th century.
Stormont House is set on approximately 6 acres. Originally a three storey property, it was initially refurbished around 50 years ago when, because it was in such poor condition, the owners were advised to take the roof off, which they did, creating an art deco style neo Georgian house. They then decided to turn the house upside down to take full advantage of the magnificent river views from the living rooms and kitchen while still having wonderful castle and river views from the 4 spacious bedrooms. They subsequently created an annex unit beside the garage and attached to the main house by transforming the original stable house into living accommodation.
The waterside setting is incredible and the sound of the flowing river is unmistakable when one steps outside the front door of the house. In 2018 the owners were granted full planning to completely refurbish the existing structure and while the house is presently in turn key condition, the new owners will also have the opportunity to create an extraordinary c. 7000 square foot house on the curtilage of the existing structure – the new planning joins the annex to the main house over 2 floors and creates a truly magnificent opportunity to build a dream house on one of the finest riverside sites in the country. The new planning would create an extra c. 306m2.
On approach, traversing the winding tree lined driveway, as you pass the Castle on the right and the river Shannon on the left, you are instantly transported to a serene escape away from the hustle and bustle of city life, which is ironic considering Stormont is only 15km from Limerick City Centre, 10km from University of Limerick and a stones throw from the M7. This home oozes character and charm and it underwent a significant refurbishment last year prior to going on the market. This is a family home with warm welcoming tones and elegant décor throughout.