Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Not for the Faint-Hearted, but with a Lake View ; Neglected Irish Estate, like Many Manors Here, Is Listed at a Discount

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

Not for the Faint-Hearted, but with a Lake View ; Neglected Irish Estate, like Many Manors Here, Is Listed at a Discount

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Manor in County Clare, like many properties in the country, is listed at a discount.

The woods surrounding Tinarana House, in County Clare, are home to pheasant and grouse and deer with fawns and red squirrels overhead.

A road winds one kilometer, or a little more than half a mile, through old oak and beech parkland to the manor and its view of Lough Derg, Ireland's third-largest lake.

Sold in 2006 for a reported EUR 12 million, or $15.3 million, according to the local news media, the property, which covers 222 acres, or 90 hectares, is now in the hands of receivers and on the market for EUR 2 million.

"The most important thing about Tinarana is its spectacular setting on Lough Derg and its 2.3 kilometers of lake frontage," says Robert Ganley, head of residential property at the Knight Frank real estate agency, which is handling the sale.

The agency recently sold the nearby 100-acre Gurthalougha Estate, also on Lough Derg, once owned by the American billionaire John Paul Getty III. The sale price was not disclosed, but the asking price was EUR 2.4 million.

Tinarana comes with a manor and four smaller houses: Gate Lodge, Deer Cottage, Garden Cottage and Stable Lodge, all of which are in need of renovation. There are equestrian facilities, including a 400- year-old stable block set around a courtyard, a boathouse and two jetties.

Half the acreage is woodland, crisscrossed with walks, rivers and streams, the rest is good grazing land for cattle or horses. It is seven kilometers from the historic town of Killaloe and a 40-minute drive from the Shannon airport.

The main house is a Victorian mansion of 1,344 square meters, or 14,467 square feet, overlooking Lough Derg, famous for salmon, trout and pike fishing. The three-story building has an ivy-clad exterior; cellars house a chapel, sauna and steam room.

There is a large entrance hall, dining room and two interconnecting drawing rooms overlooking the lake. Sixteen bedrooms are spread over the upper floors, most en suite and many with fireplaces, and there are staff quarters.

It was built by the Purdon family of England in the 1870s as a fishing and hunting lodge, and in more recent times, two doctors ran a health farm at Tinarana. …

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