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For Sale

Guide Price: 125,000

Lot 5565450, The Renagowan Schoolhouse,Lyrecrompayne, Listowel, Co. Kerry


Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
Overall Floor Area: 50 m² The current owners are reluctantly selling this traditional country schoolhouse. Its an excellent opportunity for one to put their own stamp on this iconic building. It was built in 1897 to a high standard with exceptional stonework and fine attention to detail in typical fashion of the time under the National School System. There is potential to develop the property into a unique house , with its lofty, double height interior, tall windows and welcoming fireplace.
It is set in the idyllic rural, upland area in the Stacks and Glanaruddery Mountains of North Kerry, just south of Lyrecrompayne, on the historic turnpike road to the Cork Butter Market. Renagowan was also the home place of the famous matchmaker Dan Paddy Andy, who is still commemorated locally with an annual festival, and his children attended the school.
Situated in a rural area yet within easy reach of all the necessary facilities.
Built in the 19th century, the school was used as such until it closed in 1963, and has stood empty since. Only in the last two years, has it been sensitively restored to lock up stage.
On the exterior , the roof tiles were removed, and Scandinavian lumber, which has a tighter grain making it stronger and more durable, was used to replace approx 60% of the rafters due to deterioration.
All traditional materials were used, as in lime mortar, original stone found on the site, etc to restore and rebuild up to the top plate.
The chimney is lined with original clay liners and built from original red brick. A custom China hat was installed after repointing and re-rendered as was needed, again with lime mortar.
A third of the original slates were salvaged and the remainder were sourced. Pre treated counter battons were installed and a good quality breather membrane. New steel gutters have been installed to the rear.
Internally the floor was excavated to a debth of 18 ins, and a vapour barrier and wooden subfloor were installed. One of the original windows has been restored.
Externally the grounds have been cleared and the front dry stone perimeter wall has been rebuilt. The property itself is situated in a lovely sunny location, with expansive views across the valley to the south. For those interesed, alternative sources of power could be explored such as solar and wind power, due to the ideal aspect. The mains water is on the roadside. The site is approx 1/4 acre.

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