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Spectacular €1.25m Galway townhouse that hosted politicians, storytellers and secret escapes

Éamon de Valera was just one of the house’s many high profile guests.

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BUILT IN 1837, 10 The Crescent is a property that’s full of charm, situated in an area that’s seen lots of change.

The four-bed is one of the original six Victorian terraced houses on The Crescent, an enclave of houses which used to be right on the coast, overlooking Galway Bay. Looking at it now though, you’d never know.

In the last almost two centuries, land in this area was reclaimed to form much of what is now Salthill and White Strand, and The Crescent now sits almost a kilometre back from the water.

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The house, which is on the market for €1,225,000 through Sherry FitzGerald, has an interesting history. Visitors included former president Éamon De Valera and Tánaiste George Colley. The high-profile connections don’t end there: walking through the house, you’ll spot a couple of ornate fireplaces salvaged from the home of the Irish tenor, Count John McCormack. 

And in another twist, the list of previous owners includes the Kenny family, who once owned the Connacht Tribune. It’s rumoured that one of the Kenny daughters, Peggy, once secretly exited via the rear window of Number 10 to elope with the writer Walter Macken.

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The residence retains many of the original features it was built with – including tile and solid pine floors, high ceilings with decorative cornices, sash windows and shutters – and also benefits from modern services and facilities. 

The house is approached via a cast iron gate which leads to a neat path with lawns, shrubs and flowerbeds on either side, while mature trees to the front add a great sense of privacy. 

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Stepping inside, the hallway features pale pink walls, checkerboard tiled floors and feature stain glass panels. The kitchen and breakfast room is to the left, with original tiling in the kitchen and original pitch pine flooring in the breakfast room.

There’s sufficient storage space in the country-style kitchen, with room to seat four (plus a window seat) in the breakfast room. 

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Across the hall is the dining room, which also has the original timber flooring, as well as a feature white marble fireplace. 

There’s a bedroom with an en suite bathroom at ground floor level, as well as a shower room and utility room. All bedrooms at Number 10 are thoughtfully designed with neutral colour palettes and decor suited to the house’s origins.

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At first floor level, there’s an airy and elegant sitting room with two south-facing windows, a marble fireplace and timber flooring. There’s also a study/library with built-in shelving and a large picture window, making for the ideal spot to unwind with a good book. 

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There are three double bedrooms here, one of which is currently used as a dressing room. These bedrooms share the main bathroom, which boasts a beautiful unique claw leg bath.

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Externally, there’s a detached coach house to the rear which is use as a self-contained guest house. there interior is warm and welcoming, and comprises an open plan kitchen and living area, a shower room and a bedroom at mezzanine level.

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The gardens at Number 10 are beautiful, with the rear garden reaching 43m in length. There are natural stone paved paths and patios, lawns, vegetable plots, flower gardens and matures trees, as well as a paved BBQ area. Conveniently, there’s vehicular and pedestrian access to Palmyra Avenue from here.

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The property couldn’t offer more in terms of location, with Galway city, Salthill village and the promenade all within a 10 minute walk. There’s a great selection of primary and secondary schools nearby – as well as NUIG – and popular bars and restaurants. 

With an elegant interior, enchanting exterior and stellar location, 10 The Crescent is sure to make a very happy home for its new owner.

10 The Crescent, Co Galway is on the market for €1,225,000 through Sherry FitzGerald via Daft.ie.

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