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Old Church / School House, Old Church / School House, Ardmore, Sneem, Co. Kerry

3 Bed

2 Bath

159 m²



  • Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
  • Overall Floor Area: 159 m²
Distinctive property beautifully restored into a unique family/ holiday home retaining many of its original features is situated in a lovely countryside setting just off the main Ring of Kerry Road. The house was last used as a church in 2010 and since being in private ownership it has undergone extensive refurbishment and converted into a lovely family/holiday home. A truly one-of-a-kind property with a unique mix of old meets new you are immediately captivated by the uniqueness of this home with its interior comprising of open plan kitchen/dining area, utility room, living room, downstairs bedroom, and family bathroom to complete the ground floor. Upstairs the accommodation provides two bedrooms and main bathroom with the master bedroom having direct access to the bathroom. Access from the landing and master bedroom to the balcony with beautiful outlook over the rolling countryside. The house retains many of its original features such as two of its original church-stained glass windows, Valentia Island Slate alter now becomes its Kitchen Island and its original tower bell, being used as its doorbell. Outside this charming property is approached via electric gates, its original limestone steps lead to the front door, walled garden to the rear and natural stone wall surrounds the perimeter of the property, one is immediately captivated by this very special residence. Features Gas central heating combi boiler Triple glazed windows including velux window Two of its original church-stained glass windows Original Valentia Island Slate alter now becomes its kitchen Island Natural slate flooring in kitchen Exposed natural stone wall Insulated to a very high standard Approx. 159.2sq. m (1714 sq. ft) Its own private well Walled garden area Electric gates Kept its original tower bell, used now as its doorbell Close to all local beaches Recently renovated Character and charm throughout Retains many of its original features of both the school and church Situated on 0.11 hectares (0.27 acres) History Ardmore Church, Sneem, Co Kerry On April 30th 1868, the then commissioners of education gave aid to build Glenlough School on the then landlord Francis C. Bland Estate. The first teacher at the school was David Fitzgerald and was paid £38 yearly and his assistant Anne Bennett was paid £36 yearly. One of its famous teachers was P.W Palmer who started in 1924, chairman Kerry Irish National Teachers organisation, member of Kerry Co Council and in 1948 a fine Gael T.D. It is recorded on 30th June 1932 it had 86 pupils, two separate classrooms and a separate playground. It was not until 1920 when it was finally amalgamated. The bishops were against this as they said it would be detrimental to the feelings, and modesty of young girls. It closed 1st July 1967and it had 31 pupils who moved to the school in Sneem village. Then it was converted into a church, it was one church you dare not be late for mass as your only option to enter was mid-way, where everyone would notice. Sadly, the church closed in 2010, its new owner got planning permission to convert it to its third reincarnation, to this beautiful 3 bed house. Sneem                         8.7km    (5.4miles) Killarney                      54.3km   (33 miles) Cork                               131km    (81miles) Kerry Airport                71.3km   (44miles) White strand Beach    4.9km    (3miles) BER Rating: C1 BER Number: 115522195 Energy Performance Indicator: 160.56 kWh/m²/yr Folio Number: KY73569F,
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BER No: 115522195

Energy Performance Indicator: 160.56 kWh/m2/yr





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