Limerick mansion has a fascinating history – take a look inside

Nantenan Estate

A stunning period house in Limerick has been put up for sale with an asking price of €1.6m.

The beautiful Georgian house was built between 1848 and 1850 and is part of a fascinating and tragic history of both the Nantenan Estate where it stands and some of the darkest aspects of British and world history.

The Nantenan Estate was granted to the Royce family by Queen Anne in the early 1700s. During this time Catholics were banned from owning land in Ireland, and many had been stripped of their assets.

The White family had owned numerous estates throughout Limerick until their properties were confiscated due to the Penal laws.

One of their estates was given to the Royce family who owned it for over a century, until they fell into financial difficulty in the 1800s.

During that time the White family had become wealthy again as successful merchants. Lieutenant Colonel John White made a huge fortune in the sugar plantations in Jamacia.

Colonel White provided loans to the Royce family and eventually purchased the Nantenan Estate to regain what was taken from his family.

However, he refused to live in the house that was taken by Queen Anne, and instead had it demolished, and a new mansion was built in its place.

That is the property that is still standing there today.

The seven-bedroom mansion sits on 208 acres of land is furnished with beautiful antique décor. Some of the features include corniced ceilings, decorative fireplaces, architraves, sash and case windows and shutters.

There is even a private oratory and a chapel, which was built specifically with religious family members in mind.

The White family included two nuns and one Jesuit priest.

The grounds include gardens, a former coach house and a range of farm buildings, silage ground, permanent pasture, and forestry.

The house boasts views of the parkland within the estate and much of the design of the property was created “with entertaining in mind”.

The drawing room and adjoining dining room are fantastic settings for guests to enjoy long evenings of socialising and eating.

Estate agent Savills says the property is just as much a space for “comfortable family living” as it is for “hosting lavish house parties”.

Take a look at the photos below.

For more information visit Savills website.

Nantenan Estate above

Nantenan Estate living room

Nantenan Estate dining room

Nantenan Estate reception room

Nantenan Estate kitchen

Nantenan Estate bedroom

Nantenan Estate bedroom

Nantenan Estate chapel

Nantenan Estate outside

Nantenan Estate walls

Nantenan Estate cows

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