The Old Schoolhouse, 1 Maree Road, Oranmore, Co. Galway.

The Old Schoolhouse, 1 Maree Road, Oranmore, Co. Galway.
Listing ID: ID-2383
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
August 9, 2019

We are delighted to offer for sale this striking five-bedroom, detached residence located in the heart of Oranmore village. This property was built in the late 1800s and has links to the Lynch-Athy Tribe of Galway. The Athy family were one of the original Tribes of Galway and their estate was mainly centred around the parish of Oranmore through marriage into the Lynch family of Rinville. This listed property is a stunning historical home, oozing character and style, with a modern twist. It boasts many unique and exquisite features and the attention to detail to the interior and the external gardens can only be admired. The current owners have done a remarkable task in restoring the property from when they purchased it in the mid 1980’s. It is evident throughout the house and grounds that no expense was spared when re-designing and decorating this home. It now boasts all the advantages of a modern property, yet still holds on to its character and history and really has excellent future potential.

On entering the property, you are greeted with a tiled entrance hall that is both welcoming and warm. The kitchen; living room and dining room is open plan and oozes charm with its feature pitch pine flooring, panelled walls, oil-fired stove surrounded by original stone fireplace and a variety of fitted pine units. There is also a shower room at this level and two double bedrooms and the current owners added a fantastic sunroom to the rear of the property which is a complete suntrap and even though it is quite spacious, the heat and sunlight draws it in to one of the cosiest rooms in the house. There is vast of amount of glass in this room and the shape and design of this glass make it the focal point of the house. It boasts a high pine ceiling, Chinese slate floors and with the south facing aspect soaks up the sun, whenever it shines. This relaxing room looks out on to the beautiful grounds and gardens which have been meticulously maintained. Leading up to the first floor, there is a landing area and three additional bedrooms, two of which have built-in wardrobes and two of the bedrooms are en suite. The character of the home is evident in the master bedroom where the original fireplace with Liscannor hearth and tiled inset is still in existence.


In 1925, ‘The Old Schoolhouse’ on the Maree Road was leased to the Department of Education at a rent of one penny per year and it continued to function as a school until 1971, when it was replaced by a new larger school at a different location within Oranmore. It was built in the late 1800s or early 1900s and has links going back to the Tribes of Galway through its original owners, namely Lynch-Athy who were large landowners, living in the nearby Renville House; later Bayview House. The property was leased by them to the Department of Eduacation at a peppercorn rent of one penny a year, payable on the feast day of St Brigid, if demanded. In 1946, Mary Athy transferred the freehold to Diocese of Galway, who in turn sold the schoolhouse to the present owners in the mid 1980\’s. They subsequently spared no expense in weatherproffing, restoring, extending as well as installing plumbing and electrics, bringing the property up to modern day standards.


Ground floor:

Entrance Hall: 5′ x 5′ , with tiled flooring

Shower Room: 7′ x 3′ , fully tiled mosaic tiling and tiled mirror wall, shower, wc & whb.

Kitchen/Diner/ Lounge: 18′ x 19′ , Beautiful open plan room with feature pitch pine flooring, oil fired stove surrounded by original stone fireplace in Lounge area, variety of fitted kitchen units, single inner sink unit, open feature pine staircase to first floor level, burren glass wall panel.

Bedroom 1: 13′ x 8′ , double bedroom situated to the rear of the property, with built in mirrored wardrobes and pitch pine flooring.

Bedroom 2: 13′ x 6′ , double bedroom situated to the front of the property, with built in mirrored wardrobes and pitch pine flooring.

Sun Room: 29′ x 10′ , running the full width of the house to the rear. Beautifully finished with feature Chinese slated flooring and pine ceiling.

First Floor:

Landing area: 9′ x 9′ ,

Bedroom 3: 10′ x 11′ , double bedroom with built in wardrobes.

En-suite : 6′ x 5′ , with white bathroom suite, partially tiled and includes bath, shower, wc & whb.

Office : 8′ x 7′ , with built in wardrobes

Bedroom 5 (Master Bedroom): 17′ x 13′ , double bedroom with beautiful feature fireplace with liscannor hearth and tiled inset with timber surround.

Ensuite: partially tiled and white bathroom suite with shower, wc & whb.


– Superb south facing aspect

– Four bedrooms and two ensuite

– French panelled feature pine doors throughout.

– Magnificent Georgian windows

– Double glazing to sun room extension and secondary glazing to original house

– Electric central heating and oil fired stove with three radiators installed

– Separate detached garage measuring approximately 247 sq. feet, with insulated walls.

– Beautiful glass extension to rear of property with insulated roof.

– Listed building steeped in history – exempt from BER

– Property was re-roofed, using Blue Bangor slate (as original) approximately 25 years ago.

– The sun room extension was added with matching Blue Bangor slate and insulated roof similar to the main structure

– The old windows and doors were replace by new teak ones.

– There is an old turf shed to the rear of the property which was re-roofed with Blue Bangor slate and extended to create a beautiful water feature

– There is a newer detached garage which has insulated walls

– Antique cast iron and stone features sourced from the midlands

– Antique gas street lamps sourced from England

– Situated in the heart of Oranmore Village with road frontage of 120ft and 99ft on to Maree road.


The southerly aspect to the rear of the property ensures that when the sun is out, both rear and side gardens (old playgrounds) are bathed in sunshine the entire time. Encompassing the whole of the property is a high quality original stone wall with one pedestrian gate and one vehicular cast iron gate leading from the old Limerick road and one pair of high cedar gates leading from the Maree road to the garage.


This home is situated in the heart of Oranmore village, within walking distance of the Church, four schools, variety of supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, plus convenient access to bus route to Galway City. The entire property is very well insulated and there is further insulation to the roof contained in the glass extension to the rear which was added by the present owners. There are many beautiful unique features evident throughout this 19th century home, including Georgian windows; beautiful feature fireplaces and French paneled feature pine doors throughout, to mention but a few and the house must really be viewed to appreciate the exclusivity of the house.

For further details or for viewing contact Lynch Auctioneers on 091 566157 or Shane Cox on 087 9830450