House hunters with €1.5m to spare can pick up a piece of local history as period property Park House has just gone on the market.
Located in Ballyboggan, the house on the six acre estate was built around 1780 and owned by the Pierce family for many years. More recently, it was owned by the late businessman, author and historian Tom Williams, until he passed away in 2012.
Boasting six bedrooms, two bathrooms, a reception room, entertaining room, a bar and a sauna room, the house and grounds have retained many of the original features. A notable feature is the round tower which includes an air raid bunker built by the Pierce family as a precautionary measure during the Second World War. A large hall complete with unique Victorian glass windows serves as a grand entrance to the historic home.
The landscaped gardens also include some interesting features such as Victorian follies, a lake and waterfall, stables and a walled garden housing apple, cherry and plum trees. A gate lodge also adds some additional accommodation and includes a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.
There have been numerous occupants of Park House over the years, including James William Harvey. At only 15 years of age, James was commissioned into the Coldstream Guards. Less than two years later, he was involved in the siege of the farms of Hougoumont during the Battle of Waterloo. In 1896, it came into the hands of the Pierce family who made many additions and renovations over the years. Park House came into the possession of Baroness Louise Catherine Antoinette van Zulyen van Nyevelt in the 1960s, who was the last surviving member of the Dutch Royal Lineage dating back to 1100 AD. Her life was spent in the service of others during World War Two.
Commenting on the property, John Radford from Sherry FitzGerald Radford said:
‘A really nice aspect of it is the fact that when you go in, it doesn’t feel like a grand house. It feels like a proper home. It is in perfect condition.’
‘You wouldn’t even know that it is in the town. It is so country orientated yet, at only 2 km from the Main Street, you have all of the benefits of the town.’
The property is for sale by private treaty and the current asking price is €1,500,000. Viewings can be arranged through Sherry FitzGerald Haythornthwaite in Wexford and Sherry Fitzgerald Radford in New Ross.
(First published in the Wexford People newspaper: print edition. Also available online at: http://www.wexfordpeople.ie/news/park-house-on-sale-for-15-million-34631195.html)