Survey Data

Reg No

22403413


Date

1715 - 1720


Townland

INCH


County

Tipperary North


Coordinates

205319, 163287


Description

Detached six-bay three-storey over basement country house with two-bay central breakfront and three-bay side elevations, built 1717, now also in use as a guest house and restaurant. Hipped slate roof having rendered chimneystacks. Coursed dressed limestone masonry with ashlar sandstone dressings to breakfront openings, moulded sandstone cornice, sandstone stringcourses to front elevation between floors and render platband to other elevations. Square-headed openings with timber sash windows, one-over-one pane to first floor and three-over-six to second, with six-over-six pane to rear and gables, all with limestone sills. Ground floor openings enlarged in nineteenth century to give high tripartite traceried windows. Large round-headed window in rear with elaborate stained glass window with teardrop overlight. Carved sandstone Venetian doorway to front, having timber panelled door with stained glass spoked fanlight and sidelights and with steps to door. Two-bay single-storey wing, containing chapel to south-east, having hipped slate roof, rendered walls and lancet and round-headed stained glass windows. Flight of stone steps leads from garden level to house. Outbuildings to site. Pair of three-bay single-storey gate lodges having hipped slate roofs, uncoursed random stone walls and square-headed openings with limestone sills. Quadrant entrance-way with cast-iron piers, cast-iron railings set on limestone plinths and flanked by square ashlar stone piers and walls.

Appraisal

This imposing early eighteenth-century house, built for the Ryan family, is clearly the work of a skilled architect. The scale and form of the house are enhanced by the varying treatment of the fenestration on each floor and by the two-bay breakfront. The highly-finished limestone masonry and sandstone dressings were clearly executed by skilled craftsmen. The carved sandstone doorcase adds artistic interest to the fa├žade. The house, in conjunction with the gate lodge, and outbuildings form an interesting group of demesne structures.