Bleach House, Villierstown, Cappoquin, Co Waterford.
Asking price: €850,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6433
So you’ve just bought an empty period home almost eight times the size of a standard semi-d. How are you even going to start furnishing and decorating? Importantly, how can you do it right? Because this is an important historic home.
When the owners of Bleach House at Villierstown, Co Waterford, first bought their enormous, elegant, but rundown Regency-era mansion on the outskirts of the town in 1999, their good fortune determined that the very first person they befriended in the area was designer Stephanie Hennessy.
The Los Angeles-born interior designer had moved to Ireland for the new millennium after 30 years travelling the globe and designing the interiors of the world’s most luxurious hotels.
And 15 years after she first engaged the project, she’s still working on Bleach House. “Right now, I’m