New life breathed into Ge­or­gian es­tate

Ge­or­gian coun­try house in West­meath on 86 acres, with two-bed cot­tage along­side

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - GEMMA TIPTON 2.2m

De­scrip­tion: Six-bed Ge­or­gian pile with up­graded kitchen and base­ment space Agents: Sav­ills and Egan Auc­tion­eers When War­den­stown House was last on the mar­ket in 2005, it was writ­ten in this pa­per that while the new own­ers would prob­a­bly want to up­grade the kitchen, and the base­ment had plenty of pos­si­bil­ity, the lo­ca­tion could hardly be bet­tered, sit­u­ated as it was within man­age­able commuting dis­tance to Dublin.

Fast-for­ward 12 years, and the pre­dic­tions came true: not only did the new own­ers up­grade, they ac­tu­ally moved the kitchen to a sun­nier spot, adding a large bow win­dow onto the new break­fas­troom, which is still in keep­ing with the rest of this lovely Ge­or­gian house.

They also fully ex­ploited the po­ten­tial of the base­ment, as it now houses a bar, games room and gym, as well as a wine cel­lar – pre­sum­ably to make up for all that hard work in the gym. A patio off the games room has a hot tub, so the party op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less.

The M4 has brought Dublin even closer in terms of time: Daw­son Street can be reached within an hour, while Kin­negad and Mullingar are 7.5km and 18km away re­spec­tively.

Har­riet Grant of Sav­ills, who is han­dling the sale (at ¤2.2 mil­lion), along with joint agents Egan Auc­tion­eers, also looked af­ter it in 2005, when the house went for auc­tion with Ganly Wal­ters for ¤2.25 mil­lion.

It’s es­ti­mated a fur­ther ¤1 mil­lion was spent on rewiring, re­plumb­ing, drylin­ing, ex­tend­ing, re­dec­o­rat­ing and land­scap­ing.

At 497sq m (5,346sq ft), the six-bed house dates back to the 15th cen­tury, though the main body was be­gun in the 1650s, then added to in the Ge­or­gian era.

Ac­cord­ing to the Build­ings of Ire­land record, it was in the own­er­ship of the Van­deleur fam­ily, and as­so­ci­ated with the Earls of Lanes­bor­ough. With 86 acres of good pas­ture land, it has done time as a stud farm, and could be­come so again. There are plenty of well-main­tained out­build­ings, sta­bles, yards and a sand arena, so ponies could fea­ture. There’s also a sep­a­rate re­fur­bished two-bed­room cot­tage, with its own ac­cess.

Grant points out the ex­cel­lent land­scap­ing car­ried out by the cur­rent own­ers, which inc l udes a beauti f ul , l ong tree-lined av­enue lead­ing over a lit­tle stone bridge and open­ing up to the front of the house. There’s also a sun­room and, out­side, a walled gar­den, a clas­sic green­house and, of course, a folly.

In­side there are a series of el­e­gant re­cep­tion rooms lead­ing off the hall­way, a new kitchen, and two bed­rooms.

The other four bed­rooms are on the first floor. Records show that orig­i­nally the house was a storey higher, but as it is the pro­por­tions are ex­cel­lent for a very live­able fam­ily home close to the handy vil­lage of Kil­lu­can, and on the doorstep of Dublin.

‘‘ Not only did the new own­ers up­grade, they ac­tu­ally moved the kitchen to a sun­nier spot, adding a large bow win­dow

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