October 25, 2020
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To the manor born: Spectacular Waterford estate could be yours … for €3.25m

A historic county Waterford estate has been put on the market for €3.25 million.

Salterbridge House was built in 1751 by Richard Musgrave, on land acquired from the Lismore Castle estate. The house was expanded in the early 1800s and, again, some years later.

The date 1849 is carved into the courtyard arch, and 1884 into the oak panels in the hall. The style is Regency Picturesque, which would have been a bold design move at the time, but which today represents the height of tasteful and relaxed elegance.

Despite its rich history, the house has been sold only once, to the family of the present owners, back in 1947.

Selling agent Sherry Fitzgerald County Homes and Dungarvan-based Sherry Fitzgerald Reynolds said of the estate: “Salterbridge fits into the unique social life of this famous region. The excellent acoustics of its Victorian wood-panelled hallway lend themselves to music recitals, such as those hosted here during the Blackwater Valley Opera Festival.

“Meanwhile the elegant reception rooms are a wonderful backdrop for relaxed entertainment, filled with sunshine in summer or warmed by fires in the generous fireplaces in winter. These are rooms that also rise to the occasion with ease for larger formal social gatherings.”

The main house has eight bedrooms, with additional “staff accommodation”, two gate lodges and a steward’s house, plus a stable yard and a farmyard.

Little is known of the first house at Saltebridge, built in 1751, but it is speculated that it could be by William Atkinson, who was also refurbishing Lismore Castle for the Devonshires at the time. Carved dates link the enlargement of the house to 1849 and 1884, while the interiors reflect their 19th century origins.

The gardens have clearly brought great pleasure to Salterbridge’s owners. A “woodhenge” was commissioned by the current owners, from Wicklow sculptor Naomi Jobson. In spring, swathes of bluebells, primrose and daffodils appear, as well as magnificent rhododendrons, camellias and magnolia.

Other notable trees include Cox’s juniper, wood from which was used for burning incense in the Himalayas, a Korean fir which has blue cones, and a fine Indian horse chestnut.

There is also a two-acre walled garden, forestry, and grassland. The stable yard and farmyard are both in good condition. The three bedroom back lodge has recently been refurbished whilst the front gate lodge has been restored to exacting period standards by the Irish Landmark Trust. The front lodge is under lease to the Trust, with an option to revert to a new owner, should they wish. There is a tennis court adjacent to the coachyard.

The house and garden are currently open to the public under Section 482 and are part of the Waterford Garden Trail.

Salterbridge is just over a mile from Cappoquin village and about four miles from Lismore. Dungarvan is a 20-minute drive away.

To arrange a viewing, contact: Roseanne De Vere Hunt on 01 237 6402 or email roseanne.hunt@sherryfitz.ie

PHOTOS: Sherry Fitzgerald Reynolds

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