The perfect ‘little’ big house
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