Tullymurry is an early Victorian house of what Maurice Craig called “the middle size”. Having once been at the centre of a working farm it still has extensive grounds and has remained in one family for several generations, with little change and an extensive collection of furniture.
The McMinn family decided that the best way to ensure its future was to lease it to the Irish Landmark Trust for holiday letting, but to assist with the funding of its restoration and retain a close involvement in the property. Hearth was invited to be architects for the project, which was carried out in 2012.
The house was restored with a light touch and
consisted mostly of repairs – reslating the roof using salvaged slates,
rebuilding one chimney stack, repairing sash windows, tackling dampness in a
couple of rooms (one caused by an impermeable floor finish having been
installed in the past), rewiring and plumbing and introducing central heating.