A magnificent estate overlooking the River Suir with a private situation ROCKETTS CASTLE A beech hedge with a timber post and rail fence lines either side of a bell-mouthed, cast-iron electric-gated entrance. Rocketts Castle is accessed via a pea-gravel driveway which is partially lined with lime trees and terminates at a gravel parking area at the front. Dating from circa 1863, Rocketts Castle occupies a private, south-facing position.
It has undergone a full programme of renovation and redecoration to create a fine home fit for the future but retaining many of its original features and period charm. The reception rooms and bedroom suites are eminently suitable for hosting lavish house parties yet the accommodation is equally suited to being a comfortable and homely family abode. Notable internal period features include decorative cornicing and ceiling roses, refurbished sash and casement windows (some including the original glass panes) and shutters, detailed Waterford Crystal chandeliers, decorative marble fireplaces (both in the reception rooms and bedrooms), Swarovski door handles on the handmade kitchen units, hardwood flooring and timber paneling.
The internal fabrics are also of the highest standard including the carpets, curtains and wallpaper (some of which are a replication of the original designs). The house contains some of the original gilded pelmets. The accommodation is laid out over two floors. There is a mains water supply, backed up by a private supply to the accommodation. It has mains electricity and private drainage.
There is a recently installed, state-of-the-art 3-phase, zoned gas central heating system, with the control room at basement level. Oil-fired central heating provides back-up. The ground floor has an underground heating system. There are four gas fires in the bedrooms and an Aga in the kitchen.
The house is situated within mature garden grounds laid to lawn and parkland which is interspersed with a variety of mature and young tree species.
The orangery opens to a terrace area with beds of shrubs and peaceful and private outlook. Of particular note is the extensive metal edging on the numerous paths throughout the grounds. There are excellent views from Rocketts Castle over the River Suir and to the surrounding countryside. FISHING LODGE The main driveway continues beyond Rocketts Castle in an easterly direction to the front of the Fishing Lodge, where there is a turning circle lined with cordyline trees and parking. The Fishing Lodge was originally a range of traditional outbuildings serving the estate.
It was fully renovated, with particular attention given to the fine masonary both externally and internally. A feature of the property is the spa room including showers, a sauna, steam room and spa. The accommodation is laid out over two floors. The lodge includes five bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom or shower room. A boiler room, electrics room and staff WC are within the lodge and have an external access. The lodge has under floor central heating, a fireplace in the sitting room and an Aga range cooker in the kitchen.
It provides spillover accommodation and is used when there are house parties. WALLED GARDEN AND GARDENER’S COTTAGE Lying to the south of Rocketts Castle and within the estate parkland is a walled garden. It is accessed by foot from the castle via the monkey puzzle tree-lined avenue, while the main driveway continues beyond the castle to the rear of the walled garden. The walls were restored by the previous owner with the stone sourced from the traditional farm buildings. The former gardener’s cottage forms part of the walled garden.
It is of traditional construction and its period design and character are particularly charming. The accommodation is over a single storey and is presently used as a tack room. A parking area is to the front. The walled garden includes a traditional apple house/cold store, kennels, children’s playground, helicopter landing pad, two tennis courts (one floodlit), a hardcore base for parking vehicles, an isolation paddock for livestock, borders extensively stocked with flowering plants and shrubs, fruit trees and lawns. A driveway for vehicles passes through the centre, with large cast iron gates at either end.
6 Bedroom House
Rocketts Castle Estate, Portlaw