Moress Farmhouse, Moress, Inch, Inch Island, Donegal F93D3C8Sale Agreed E1

6 Bed Period House 382 m² / 4112 ft² Sale Agreed

Description

Property Partners Paul Reynolds are proud to present to the market this Unique stone built period country house, locally known as ‘Moress Farmhouse’.
Originally constructed 1897 Moress Farmhouse has been beautifully restored in 2002, and now a private oasis ready to welcome the next generation.
Set back from the road and secluded by mature trees, Moress Farmhouse extends to approx. 382sq.m. (4110sq.ft.), over four floors and includes elegant reception rooms and generous bedroom accommodation. The large South facing kitchen /dining room, at the heart of the house has dual aspect windows to maximize the morning to evening sunlight.
The lower ground floor level has its own independent access making it ideal for self contained living accommodation if required. Internal features of the property include wooden paneled walls, exposed ceiling beams, stained glass doors and high ceilings.

Elevated in aspect and set on 3 acres of ground with many features including long sweeping treelined driveway taking you past a tennis court and a small orchard of fruit trees. The property also benefits from the peaceful countryside feeling with splendid views towards Lough Swilly and as far as the eyes can see.

To the rear of the property stands a recently constructed chalet measuring approx. 42 sq m (450 sq ft) and comprises open plan living accommodation. Also to the rear of the property is yet another piece of history, with stone remains of an early 17th century house.

This is a truly unique property and you can be sure that upon arrival, interested parties will admire the warm welcoming atmosphere created by its current vendors.

INCH ISLAND
Moress is situated on Inch Island, an Island in Lough Swilly connected to the mainland by a Causeway Road. Inch Island is world famous for its wildfowl reserve. Bird species include Greenland White Fronted Goose, Whooper Swans and many more.
Inch Wildfowl Reserve is within walking distance from Moress farmhouse and features an 8km looped walk, catering for outdoor recreational activity including walking, running and cycling. The scenic pathway follows around the lake edge and offers panoramic views of the surrounding agricultural landscape.

OTHER IMPORTANT FEATURES OF MORESS FARM

BROADBAND Fibre optic high speed broadband

ENTRANCE Magnificent traditional stone built entrance with armored cable for gates and lights. The pilloried entrance to the main avenue forks at a large stone built arch to separate entrances to the front and rear of the property creating a one way entrance and exit to the property.

ROAD Moress is reached at the end of a .2 km private tree lined idyllic country avenue.

LIGHTING EXTERIOR Perimeter stoned road around entire three acre estate accompanied by armored cable for fourteen street lights. These cables could also serve as electrical socket points for additional provisional accommodation (eg camper vans).

CHALET Private 20 x 25 feet yacht green, box iron PVC coated chalet. Chalet tucked away discretely to rear of estate in oak forest setting with magnificent views opening onto large potential putting green serving six random spaced Tee Offs. Interior of chalet paneled with open plan traditional craftsman built kitchen, dining room, sitting room, bedroom with private toilet and electric shower. Large stone built fireplace and cobbled hearth for stove. Footings for large wraparound balcony and patio prepared.
Situated close by is a traditional walled area with 40 x 15 cobbled floor ideal for large drive through garage.

1608 ORIGINAL HOUSE 25 x 75 FEET Ancestral home of Cresswell family built a year after the historic Flight of the Earls. South facing for maximum sunlight hours, this building with provenance is in excellent state of preservation for restoration. Large stoned site fronting this historic Scottish Planters house. Preservation order intact for heritage funding.

WALLEDGARDEN/SITE Walled garden/site .25 acre (inclusive in 3 acre site). Secluded but within boundary of main property between long Avenue and former gate lodge. Sheltered with views of Donegal mountains and surrounded with mature trees, this area is ideal for a large organic walled garden, for a paddock or positioned for building a house or chalets.

RECREATIONAL AREA Large walled recreational area ideal for sports such as soccer or tennis. This double walled construction area (serviced with water and electricity) would lend itself to covering with a slanted roof encompassing various purposes (such as storage or archery). Alternatively it would be suitable as a camper van park or large car park with direct access to the road fronting the main house. To the rear of this area the orchard is accessible consisting of apple, pear and plumb trees. A long secluded walk from this area passes under a canopy of chestnut trees to the impressive stone build arch leading on to main entrance.

To the rear of the main house behind a large long sheltering wall is a delightful large green area ideal for a putting green serving six random spaced Tee Offs. The enclosure of this area remains in tact by the remaining rear wall of a Georgian dwelling reaching back to 1726; by the original 1608 roofless wall stead of barns and by the original ancestral home of the Cresswell’s, one of Donegal’s oldest families.

RENOVATION WORKS CARRIED OUT

2002 - 2004 Major renovation project of Moress, including comprehensive ground works. All renovations approved by Donegal planning authority. Works include:

House gutted inside and rebuilt incorporation all original features.
Bangor blue slated roof replaced with high grade new Spanish slates including modern terracotta ridge tiles.

All internal walls and ceilings of house replastered including all ceiling cornices remoulded and replaced. Inside external ways insulated throughout house.

Upstairs large billiard room/library floor Joists strengthened by steel feet and girders to support weight of snooker table and/or conference filled room.

Domestic and heating system plumbing replaced.
House rewired in its entirety. Comprehensive armoured cabled lighting system installed throughout three acre site including provision for 14 street lights 8 on .2 km Avenue.

Convenient upstairs room for washing machine and ventilated dryer installed

Original wooden beam window and door lintels throughout house replaced with concrete lintels.

Axminster bespoken carpet throughout hallway, landings and billiards/conference room.

Bespoken steelwork and railings including 80 feet viewing balcony and two elevated balconies, one outside front entrance with the second off front second floor landing.
Stunning 60 feet wraparound balcony to the rear overlooking large patio of 200 year old large terra-cotta flagstones.

One outstanding features of the property is the magnificent proportioned country kitchen with three sets of patio doors. One patio is positioned to take advantage of the elevated views of Lough Swilly and the Donegal mountains beyond. The other south facing patio is hugged in the L-shaped outline of the property. The third patio doors opens on the road to the rear providing easy access for anyone with mobility issues.

The privacy of the gardens at Moress and numerous mature trees provides sanctuary for numerous bird life. The huge acreage fields (originally belonging to Moress but sold in the 1970s) to the rear and sides of the property sweep down to Lough Swilly. The house was build on a unique vantage point looking out over Inch Island beyond Lough Swilly down into the historic village of Fahan with its famous monastery associated with its 6th century, St Mura (the friend of St Columba). The views throughout the house benefit from the elevated position of this one off property.

Another delightful feature of Moress is the stoned walkway around its parameter which requires 10 minutes to circumnavigate at a leisurely pace. The walks to the rear of the property can be followed to the highest peaks of Inch Island.

The most well known feature of the house proper is the Romanesque library which incorporates the entire ground floor with its large gothic wine cellar! Its self contained area comprising living room cum stove opening on to its own patio, kitchen, toilet, cross shaped landing, entrance and hallway, bedroom/ shower and wine seller. Several websites featured articles on this space exuding atmosphere including Red Bull and Lovein websites.

There are three words which capture the past, present and future of Moress:
Provenance, Lifestyle and Potential.

PAST
One of Donegal’s and Ulster’s oldest families lived here for over 350 years, from 1608 till their departure in 1962. What remains today on three acres of gardens of the original ancestral estate of the Cresswell’s is the family home built in 1897. Together with the original roofless dwelling house reaching back to 1608 there are also various outbuildings. Their intact walls today forming a charming cloister like enclosure of a large green area to the rear of the property. The outer boundary of the property in its entirety is composite of a wide variety of mature tree including indigenous oak, ash and sycamore.

PRESENT
Moress offers not just a prestigious property but a lifestyle. It would be the idyll purchase for someone also seeking privacy but not isolation. Its 15 minutes driving proximity to the seaside resort of Buncrana, to Letterkenny and Donegal’s largest town and to Derry with its airport, makes it a convenient combination for a discerning buyer. In addition the property is a natural fortification, not solely because of its island location cum embankment to the rest of Donegal and Derry. The elevated prospect of the property, with the main residence reached along a .2 Km Avenue enclosed amidst a shelter-belt of mature trees, is ideal for someone who values security.

FUTURE
Moress is somewhere to put down one’s roots. It is also the acquisition of a home upgraded to modern standards yet reminiscent of olden times. It’s restoration was achieved at great expense preserving its infrastructure and material fabric in keeping with the best building and preservation practices (the comprehensive list of works carried out, including the ground and garden works) is available for viewing. Everyone should have a project no matter how modest. The individual, family or corporation fortunate to secure Moress will have the opportunity to translate their ideas and dreams into reality: a boutique hotel, a conference or retreat centre, a private home or club surrounded with chalets or a restaurant offering the best of kitchens provided by its very own organic garden. Each to their own!

Features

• Stone built Period house
• Set on 3 acres of peaceful countryside with views of Lough Swilly and surrounding countryside
• Originally constructed 1897 and completely refurbished in 2002
• Dry lined internally and re wired
• New heating system installed and new oil boiler recently fitted
• High speed broadband available
• External cable for external lighting
• Measuring 382 sq m (4110 sq ft) over 4 floors with 3 bedrooms on first floor, 2 bedrooms in attic area and 2 bedrooms on lower level
• The lower level accommodation enjoys independent access and is suitable for self contained living accommodation
• A recently constructed chalet is located to the rear measuring approx 42 sq m (450 sq ft) and comprises open plan living accommodation.
• Also to the rear stands the remains of an early 17th century house.
• Internal features include wood paneled walls, exposed ceiling beams, stained glass doors and high ceilings.
• Walled lawn to the rear suitable for childs playground.

BER Details

BER: E1 BER No.112270889

Accommodation

Ground floor: Entrance porch, hallway, living room, kitchen/dining area, 2 no. drawing rooms and shower room.
First floor: Games room, 3 no. bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, wc.
Attic: 2 further bedrooms and shower room
Lower ground floor: Kitchen, living room, library, bathroom

Room Details

Ground Floor - m x m

Entrance Porch - 2.35m x 1.6m
Original mosaic tiled flooring. Solid Blonde Pine wood paneling on walls. Stained glass door leading to hallway.

Hallway - 6.75m x 2.36m
Solid wooden flooring and oak paneled walls. A combination of solid mahogany staircase with solid oak rails and carpet runner leading to first floor. Feature high ceiling with decorative coving and ceiling rose. Stairs leading to lower ground floor.

Living Room - 5.1m x 4.5m
Solid wooden flooring. Feature high ceiling with 4 no. ceiling lights and decorative coving. Original granite fireplace with marble tiled hearth. Double aspect windows enjoying far reaching views. Semi wood paneled walls and double stained glass paneled door leading to kitchen area.

Kitchen/Dining area - 11.0m x 4.2m
Large area with solid timber flooring and feature high ceiling. Stunning red brick wall façade and exposed timber ceiling beams. Eye and low level solid oak kitchen units with single drainer sink and Belling electric double oven, gas hob and overhead extractor fan. Solid fuel wood burner set on attractive brick platform in dining area and 3 no. sets of double patio doors leading to various garden patio areas. This is a South facing room with double aspect windows allowing natural sunlight morning to evening.

Drawing Room 1 - 4.5m x 4.0m
Accessed off dining area. Solid wooden flooring and feature high ceiling with decorative coving and center ceiling rose. Double aspect windows allowing natural light. According doors leading into drawing room 2. (Full length of both rooms 8.5mx4.5m)

Drawing Room 2 - 4.5m x 3.8m
Accessed of kitchen area. Independent door leading onto patio area. (Full length of both drawing rooms 8.5m x 4.5m)

Shower Room - m x m
Tiled flooring. Comprising w.c, wash hand basin and shower.

First Floor Landing - m x m
Emergency window/exit door leading onto viewing area/balcony with views of Lough Swilly and Inch Island. Library/Games room located on the turn of the stairs. Ornate coving and centre ceiling rose. Wall lights. Spiral staircase leading to attic accommodation.

Library/Games Room - m x m
Double door leading to viewing area/balcony. Centre light and high ceiling. 6 windows. Solid oak book case/shelving.

Kitchenette - 1.9m x 1.7m
Single drainer sink.

Bedroom 1 - 4.9m x 4.5m
Solid wooden flooring. Feature high ceiling with centre light, decorative coving and ceiling rose. Wall lights

Bedroom 2 - 4.5m x 4.1m
Solid wooden flooring. Feature high ceiling with centre light, decorative coving and ceiling rose. Wall lights

Bedroom 3 - 4.6m x 4.0m
Solid wooden flooring. Feature high ceiling with centre light, decorative coving and ceiling rose. Wall lights

Family Bathroom - m x m
Comprising w.c, wash hand basin, bath with mixer tap and separate shower.

Shower Room - m x m
Mosaic tiled flooring. Comprising w.c, wash hand basin and shower.

Independent WC - m x m
Comprising w.c and wash hand basin.

Attic Level - m x m

Bedroom 1 - 4.5m x 4.0m
Tongue & Groove timber flooring. Wood paneled walls and ceiling. Built in wardrobe which is plumbed and could be easily converted to sauna/bathroom. Eaves storage space.

Bedroom 2 - 4.1m x 3.9m
Tongue & Groove timber flooring. Wood paneled walls and ceiling. Eaves storage area.

Shower Room - m x m
Comprising w.c, wash hand basin and shower with own cylinder for hot water.

Lower Ground Floor - m x m
Finished with red brick walls and solid oak exposed ceiling beams. Independent access door from front of property. Ideal for self contained apartment.

Sitting Room - 4.0m x 4.0m
Solid wooden flooring and red brick walls. Solid wood burner with brick platform and surround. Shelved alcoves. Door leading to south facing patio/seating area.

Kitchen/Dining area - 3.6m x 3.1m
Solid wooden flooring and red brick feature walls. Eye and low level units with single drainer sink and electric oven for cooking. Folding fitted dining table.

Library - 4.3m x 4.1m
Solid wooden flooring and red brick walls. Solid oak book shelving. Recessed ceiling lights and wall lights. Wired for music/sound system.

Bathroom - m x m
Wooden paneled walls. Comprising w.c, wash hand basin


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