Property Description

Welcome to Sheane House, a specimen Georgian home celebrating 4,000 Square Feet of pure luxury on a magnificent 1 acre walled picture-postcard garden site.

With an imposing 3 bay 2 storey over basement faé§ade, perfect fanlight and original garden railings, Sheane House has the stunning good looks and proportions equal to any of its Georgian contemporaries to be found anywhere on these islands.

Sheane House has an illustrious history. Built in 1837 by the Sheane brothers who were successful merchants in the town, which was by then a thriving industrial centre built on the firm foundations laid down by the Society of friends or Quakers who settled here in the 17th century. Such was the progressive thinking of the Sheane brothers that they built a private school, complete with living quarters as an annex to the main house. This beautiful building, complete with so much of its original features, forms the west wing of Sheane house today.

Step inside the perfect Georgian door and the house confirms itself as one of immense charm. The welcoming vestibule hall gives a preview of a grand period residence complete with high ceilings, shuttered windows and handcrafted everything.

The delightful drawing room is dual aspect and enjoys an original marble fireplace, wide plank antique floorboards and shuttered windows. Off the drawing room is a beautiful elevated sunroom which offers a splendid picture window view over what is perhaps one of the finest walled gardens in the county. The dining room enjoys a light filled dual aspect setting. Once again original floorboards, fireplace and details endorse the period credentials of this very special home.

The kitchen and breakfast room are a perfect cook€TM idyll. Once again with superb views over the garden and complimented with an array of bespoke cabinets and fitted appliances. Everything is at hand.

Step down the schoolhouse hall into a superb double bedroom, further down this hall you will find a modern bathroom, magnificent laundry room a second double bedroom and perhaps the most interesting room in the house; the original schoolroom. In an ironic nod to the joys of childhood this room is now a marvellous playroom.

The entire schoolhouse section of the property which has it's own entrance could easily be used as a 2 bedroom self contained apartment as it contains 2 bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and livingroom.

On the first floor return there is a guest W/C.

Step onto the half galleried first floor landing and look back through the beautiful arched large window with stained glass panels and decorative architrave.

Off the landing are three well proportioned family bedrooms, each with large windows, period fireplaces and superb views.

A traditional bathroom enjoying a rolltop bath and attractive panelling completes the first floor accommodation.

In the basement there is a selection of spacious rooms. This area could serve as an independent apartment, home office, play area or a multitude of uses. With flagstone floors, a glazed wall and door onto the garden, and a host of original features the possibilities are endless.

Walk outside into the courtyard and the outdoor charm of this celebrated property will surely capture you. A Boston-ivy clad pergola sits counterpoint to the original coachhouses (now excellent sheds and workshops) which in turn sit underneath the schoolhouse to create a very special outdoor relaxation space. The covered archway perfectly houses a tennis table.

Through the gates and brick piers the magic of the garden appears. Celebrating generations of craftsman gardeners this area is a visual masterpiece. The privet hedges, herbaceous borders, lawns, summerhouse and play areas are all quietly sheltered by the stunning high walls and all come together to create the most idyllic space one could possibly find in a near town centre setting.

While Sheane house relaxes in its lovely history is also firmly invested in the future. The property enjoys a quality heating system and broadband. Outside the door everything is at hand.

Schools, shops, playgrounds, and all conveniences are just a gentle stroll away whilst all the convenience of a large town are just 10 minutes away in Portlaoise and Dublin is reachable in an hour.

Countryside lovers will enjoy the nearby Slieve Bloom mountains where all the family can enjoy woodland walks, waterfalls, lakes and immense Irish wildlife. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the Seve Ballesteros Golf course in nearby Killenard along with a host of field sports in the town.

Viewing of SHEANE HOUSE is highly recommended.



3.03m x 2.43m (9' 11" x 8') Wide plank floor, Georgian fan light, Georgian architraves and front door, original fittings, curtain to inner hall.

Inner Hall

5.28m x 2.42m (17' 4" x 7' 11") Coved ceiling and dado rail, wide plank floor, staircase with original balustrades and hand rail.

Drawing Room

6.09m x 4.62m (20' x 15' 2") With original floorboards, picture and dado rails, feature cornice, feature marble fireplace with tiled and brass inset, period features, double doors with stained glass leading to the sunroom.

Sun room

4.75m x 3.44m (15' 7" x 11' 3") Original pine floor, door to garden, glass block wall, light fitting, picture views over garden


5.23m x 4.75m (17' 2" x 15' 7") Wide floorboards, dual aspect windows, grey marble fireplace, with stone hearth, cast iron and tiled inset, dado rail, picture rail, corniced ceiling, light fitting, double doors, to kitchen.


4.77m x 3.31m (15' 8" x 10' 10") Wide plank floors, wainscot walls, recessed lighting, coved ceiling.

Working Kitchen

3.83m x 2.32m (12' 7" x 7' 7") Pine floor, feature fitted presses, recessed lighting, tiled splashback, plumbed.

Schoolhouse Wing

Schoolhouse Hall

4.21m x 1.44m (13' 10" x 4' 9") Access to rear, fitted carpet, coved ceiling.


Fitted carpet, shuttered sliding sash windows, coved ceiling.


2.61m x 1.50m (8' 7" x 4' 11") Comer Jacuzzi bath, radiator towel rail, tiled splashback, Triton shower, Heritage W.C., W.H.B., extractor fan.

Laundry Room

5.25m x 3.13m (17' 3" x 10' 3") Feature fitted presses, dual aspect, shuttered sliding sash windows, plumbed for appliances, stainless steel sink unit, Hamco 2000 oil fired oven.


7.97m x 4.38m (26' 2" x 14' 4") Dual aspect, antique solid plank floor, shuttered sliding sash windows, stove with tiled hearth, vaulted coved ceiling.

Guest Bedroom 4

5.00m x 4.33m (16' 5" x 14' 2") Dual aspect, shuttered sliding sash windows, vaulted coved ceiling, detailed architrave.

Half Landing

Guest WC

1.78m x 1.00m (5' 10" x 3' 3") W.C., W.H.B., timber floor, fitted press.



2.75m x 2.56m (9' x 8' 5") Vaulted ceiling, wide plank floor.

Master Bedroom

4.72m x 2.12m (15' 6" x 6' 11") Dual aspect, shuttered windows, fitted carpet, open fireplace with cast iron and glazed tiles, w.h.b., dado rail.


2.89m x 2.60m (9' 6" x 8' 6") Roll top bath, w.c., w.h.b., shaver light and socket, vaulted ceiling, tiled around bath, electric shower, shuttered windows.

Bedroom 2

4.89m x 3.97m (16' 1" x 13') Fitted carpet, vaulted ceiling, shuttered windows, fitted curtains, w.h.b.

Bedroom 3

4.58m x 4.20m (15' x 13' 9") Fitted carpet, built-in wardrobes, fitted curtains, shuttered windows, vaulted ceiling, ceiling rose, light fitting.


Meter room

1.70m x 1.70m (5' 7" x 5' 7")

Inner Storage Room

2.40m x 1.00m (7' 10" x 3' 3")

Central hall

3.88m x 2.42m (12' 9" x 7' 11")


4.58m x 2.62m (15' x 8' 7") Flag stone, built-in cabinets, open fireplace.


4.50m x 3.20m (14' 9" x 10' 6") Fireplace


3.19m x 2.94m (10' 6" x 9' 8") Door to garden


3.11m x 2.38m (10' 2" x 7' 10") Bath, w.h.b., shower unit.


4.96m x 2.63m (16' 3" x 8' 8") Flagstone floor, open fireplace.


3.74m x 2.30m (12' 3" x 7' 7") flagstone floor, w.h.b.



Selection of sheds, flagstone and w.c. Pergola area, superbly landscaped walled garden of ci. 1 acre with lawns, privet hedge, play area, summerhouse and flower beds.

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