The per­fect ‘lit­tle’ big house

Irish Independent - Farming - - Property - Jim O’Brien

BAL­LARD PARK is a Ge­or­gian house on 17ac and one of the many prop­er­ties as­so­ci­ated with the Guin­ness fam­ily in Dublin and sur­round­ing coun­ties.

Lo­cated at Bal­li­na­clash near Rath­drum, Co Wick­low, the property in­cludes a coach house and ex­ten­sive gar­dens and comes with a guide price of €750,000.

Ac­cord­ing to Celia Lamb, of sell­ing agents Ganly Wal­ters, t he house has al l t he ap­pear­ances of a large coun­try es­tate house but yet is quite a man­age­able fam­ily home that is in very good con­di­tion.

Ap­proached by a tree-lined, gravel av­enue, the house is set among im­pres­sive gar­dens rep­re­sent­ing the life’s work and pas­sion of the cur­rent own­ers. The gar­dens e xtend to ap­prox­i­mately 4ac and in­cludes herba­ceous borders and rose beds, shrub­bery, wood­land and wa­ter fea­tures.

The ac­com­mo­da­tion ex­tends to 4,169sq ft and com­prises an en­trance hall, din­ing room, draw­ing room, con­ser­va­tory, study, gar­den room, kitchen/ break­fast room, laun­dry and boot room.

Up­stairs, there are two large dou­ble bed­rooms and a fam­ily bath­room. Mean­while, the first floor com­prises two bed­rooms with en suite bath­rooms and dress­ing rooms.

Two at­tic rooms could eas­ily be con­verted into fur­ther bed­rooms sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion. The house has a wealth of pe­riod fea­tures through­out such as ceil­ing roses, dec­o­ra­tive cor­nic­ing, ar­chi­traves and shut­ters.

A con­verted coach house is l ocated t o t he s i de of t he property with ac­com­mo­da­tion that in­cludes a kitchen, util­ity room, a large draw­ing room, a sit­ting room, two bed­rooms and a loft area. To the side of the coach house is a large garage and green house.

The lands ex­tend to 17ac and are di­vided into four pad­docks. They are mainly i n grass aside from an acre of ma­ture wood­land.

In­deed, the en­tire property is sur­rounded and dot­ted with some very fine trees. There is also sub­stan­tial road frontage with the property.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Lamb the hold­ing would make a great fam­ily home.

“This is a lovely place to bring up chil­dren, with the sur­round­ing gar­dens and fields a nat­u­ral play­ground,” she said.


The property’s ir­reg­u­lar shape has about 300 yards in road frontage and comes with re­stricted plan­ning per­mis­sion for the con­struc­tion of a 3,500sq ft res­i­dence.

Mr O’Fla­herty be­lieves the farm will have a broad ap­peal given its size and lo­ca­tion.

“The farm is ideal for neigh­bour­ing farm­ers wish­ing to in­crease their acreage or in­deed for a per­son seek­ing a lo­ca­tion to con­struct a coun­try house in a de­light­ful ru­ral set­ting within 20 min­utes of the


Lo­cated be­tween War­ren­stown and Drum­ree, the hold­ing is 6km from Dun­shaugh­lin and 7km from Bat­ter­stown.

Laid out in a num­ber of well-drained, large di­vi­sions, the tillage por­tion is sur­rounded by nat­u­ral hedg­ing and trees.

To the rear, about 15ac of the lands are in grass and bounded by a river.

While road frontage is limited to two ac­cess points from the main road, there is a farm road­way run­ning the length of the hold­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Celia Lamb, the lands are suit­able for any kind of farm­ing and the property, with the ap­pro­pri­ate plan­ning, could also pro­vide a site for a house.

LOVELY: Bal­lard Park has all the ap­pear­ances of a large coun­try es­tate house but yet is quite a man­age­able fam­ily home with gar­dens (right) ex­tend­ing to around 4ac

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