St John's, Rathmorrissy, Athenry, Co Galway
Superb country residence with farm and equestrian facilities in a wonderful, private setting
St John\'s is a gracious country house set amidst extensive grounds on the outskirts of Athenry just 20 km from Galway City. It is situated in a very private setting just off the R348 which connects Athenry to Clarinbridge and Oranmore. The M6 motorway is 3.5 km away giving easy access to Dublin, Limerick and Sligo.
Athenry is one of the oldest towns in the West of Ireland dating back to 1135 and has the perfect blend of ancient and modern architecture. The oldest standing building in the town is the castle dating back to 1240. It also offers a fantastic transport system, situated next to the M6 motorway there has easy access to all major road networks and being on the Western Railway Corridor there is easy access to trains to Dublin, Galway, Sligo and Limerick. Athenry also benefits from local amenities such as a number of leading primary and secondary schools, sporting facilities, shops, restaurants, pubs and a shopping centre as well as Athenry Golf Club.
Galway City offers plenty of shopping options, with many cosy pubs, traditional music and excellent seafood. For the outdoor enthusiast, there are day trips to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher as well as fantastic locations for cycling, climbing, hiking and swimming.
There is fishing on local rivers such as the River Corrib as well as several local lakes within the County. Golf courses nearby include Galway Bay Golf Club, Athenry Golf Club, Galway Golf Club, Oughterard Golf Club and Gort Golf Club.
There is a good selection of primary and secondary schools in the surrounding area.
Built in the later nineteenth century St John\'s appears on the Ordance Survey Map of the 1890s. Presented in excellent condition, St John\'s is a two storey country residence that lends itself well to family living, with about 371 sq m / 4,000sq ft of well laid out accommodation.
The south facing entrance porch to the front of the property leads to a light filled open hallway with access to the dining room, drawing room and sitting room. The kitchen/dining room is well proportioned and includes fully fitted kitchen units. Access to the external utility room is through the boot room to the rear of the property. The living accommodation comprises a fine drawing room with open fire and a cosy sitting room with open fire place. There is also a spacious study off the sitting room which could double as children\'s playroom or a library. In all there are four reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, conservatory, utility room and bathroom on the ground floor.
On the first floor, the four bedrooms are all of good size and proportion with superb views over the grounds. Also found on the first floor is a family bathroom and an open landing which throws light into the bedroom spaces and the hallway below. All rooms in the house benefit from 3.4 meter ceilings with original cornicing.
The house is situated within well-maintained, informal garden. There are lawns to the front and side of the house which are bordered by mature grassland and paddock areas.
The outbuildings at St John\'s comprise a 3-bay barn and tack room with loft and 3 loose boxes with attached tack room. Both buildings are in excellent condition and as they offer flexibility, they could be used for a variety of uses. There is also a large farm yard and slatted shed next to the flood lit sand arena.
The land extends to about 14 hectares (35 acres) in total and lies within a well-defined boundary. The categorisation of the land is as follows;
Native woodland - 1 acre
Permanent grass - 33 acres
Garden and property - 2 acres
There is excellent access to all of the fields via the internal, private tree lined driveway nearly half a kilometre long.