Prop­erty Mar­ket

A €2 mil­lion bud­get will get you a choice of es­tates to suit ev­ery taste

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A €2 mil­lion bud­get goes a long way in Ire­land, re­veals Penny Churchill

IN our last Ir­ish prop­erty fo­cus (Jan­uary 18, 2017), Roseanne De Vere Hunt of Sherry Fitzger­ald Coun­try Homes, Farms and Es­tates, re­ported signs of a re­vival of Ire­land’s ru­ral prop­erty mar­ket fol­low­ing the sale of the 180-acre Bec­tive Demesne in Co Meath at an ask­ing price of €3.5 mil­lion—claimed to be the ‘largest coun­try sale out­side of Dublin’ in 2016.

She now has fur­ther cause for op­ti­mism, hav­ing agreed the sale, at a guide price of €1.1m, of the clas­sic, early-ge­or­gian Bon­nettstown House (Fig 1) in Co Kilkenny, af­ter a four-week mar­ket­ing cam­paign that at­tracted prospec­tive pur­chasers from across Ire­land, the UK and the USA. De­scribed in Burke’s Guide to Coun­try Houses as ‘one of the most per­fect medi­um­sized early 18th cen­tury coun­try houses in Ire­land’, Bon­nettstown was built in 1737 for Sa­muel Matthews, the mayor of nearby Kilkenny City. Set in some 28 acres of grass­land, wood­land, and won­der­ful walled gar­dens, the house has had only three own­ers to date, in­clud­ing the cur­rent ven­dors, who bought it in 1982.

Robert Ganly of Dublin-based Gan­ly­wal­ters is another agent with some­thing

Such a high-pro­file sale will help to boost con­fi­dence’

to cel­e­brate, hav­ing tied up the sale of the mag­i­cal Lake Park House es­tate on the shores of Lough Dan, near Round­wood, on the edge of the Wick­low Moun­tains Na­tional Park, for which the guide price was €4m (Jan­uary 18). ‘Hope­fully, such a high­pro­file sale will help to boost con­fi­dence in a coun­try mar­ket still ham­pered by a lack of new prop­er­ties,’ says Mr Ganly.

Sport has al­ways been a driver of the Ir­ish coun­try mar­ket and the un­usu­ally straight road from Dublin to Bellew­stown in the pros­per­ous ‘Royal County’ of Meath is said to have been built by Ge­orge III so that he could not only at­tend the fash­ion­able Bellew­stown races, of which he was a gen­er­ous spon­sor, but also visit his mis­tress.

Ganly-wal­ters (00 353 1 662 3255) are han­dling the sale—at a guide price of €1.6 mil­lion—of the splen­did, late-ge­or­gian Bea­mond House (Fig 2), 1¼ miles from the quaint vil­lage of Bellew­stown and 27 miles from Dublin city cen­tre. The house, which stands in 31½ acres of majestic park­land bounded by the River Nanny, looks south over Bellew­stown Hill, which in turn boasts views of the Moun­tains of Mourne to the north and the Ir­ish Sea to the east.

Built in about 1820, Bea­mond House has fam­ily ac­com­mo­da­tion on two main floors, in­clud­ing a main en­trance hall, three el­e­gant re­cep­tion rooms, a sit­ting room and a kitchen on the ground floor, with five bed­rooms and three bath­rooms on the first floor. The gar­den level down­stairs has been ex­ten­sively ren­o­vated to pro­vide a large kitchen/liv­ing room, plus three bed­rooms and two bath­rooms.

Out­side, two large court­yards have their own sep­a­rate road en­trance and of­fer a choice of eques­trian and farm build­ings, in­clud­ing two barns, 11 sta­bles, five pony stalls, var­i­ous stone out­build­ings and a shel­tered sand arena.

Launched on the mar­ket late last year, charm­ing, 18th-cen­tury Phe­p­ot­stown House near Kil­cock, Co Meath, has a proud sport­ing his­tory, hav­ing been the home of legendary jump jockey Wil­lie Robin­son and, for the past 25 years, that of the horse-mad Treacy fam­ily, whose daugh­ter, Sara, reached the fi­nal of the 3,000m steeple­chase at the Rio Olympics last sum­mer.

Own­ers Liam and Siob­han Treacy have com­pletely ren­o­vated the main house, up­graded the eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties, re­stored the gar­dens and care­fully man­aged the pad­docks and wood­land sur­round­ing the house. now it’s time to down­size and Phe­p­ot­stown House (Fig 3), set in 28 acres of land, is for sale through Sav­ills (00 353 1 663 4306) at a guide price of €1.6m.

Once part of a 700-acre es­tate owned by the Livesay fam­ily, the Ir­ish Times re­ported the sale of Phe­p­ot­stown to one Charles J. Lynch of Peters­burg for ‘more than £4,000’ in July 1982. Although the prop­erty was not in great shape when the Trea­cys ar­rived, many pe­riod fea­tures still sur­vived,

‘Ge­orge III built the road to visit the races and his mis­tress’

in­clud­ing the or­nate fire­places and cor­niced ceil­ings in the main house, the shell of the won­der­ful 18th-cen­tury walled gar­den, the sta­bles and the orig­i­nal cut­stone court­yard.

Phe­p­ot­stown House stands at the end of a long, tree-lined av­enue, which me­an­ders through the lush green park­land that’s so typ­i­cal of the county. Hav­ing re­stored the main house in 1995, the own­ers added a sub­stan­tial ex­ten­sion in 2000, pro­vid­ing a to­tal of 4,950sq ft of ac­com­mo­da­tion on two floors, in­clud­ing three good re­cep­tion rooms, a large stone-flagged kitchen, a fam­ily room, a mas­ter suite, five bed­rooms with fit­ted show­ers and a fam­ily bath­room. A for­mer coach house in the court­yard has been con­verted to a state-of-the-art gym.

Another quin­tes­sen­tial Ge­or­gian house with en­vi­able eques­trian fa­cil­i­ties is Black- hall House (Fig 4), near Bal­brig­gan, Co Dublin, cur­rently for sale through sav­ills (00 353 1 663 4350) at a guide price of €1.5m. the house, set in 18 acres of gar­dens, grounds and pad­docks, over­looks the golf course near the seaside town of Bal­brig­gan—orig­i­nally a small fish­ing vil­lage where William of orange and his army set up camp af­ter the Bat­tle of the Boyne in 1690 and now a pop­u­lar com­muter des­ti­na­tion with easy rail and mo­tor­way ac­cess to Dublin city cen­tre, 19 miles away.

sump­tu­ously mod­ernised by its present own­ers, who bought the prop­erty in a state of faded gen­til­ity in the 1990s and are now look­ing to down­size, Black­hall House of­fers 4,188sq ft of liv­ing space on three floors, with four re­cep­tion rooms on the ground floor, a mas­ter suite, three bed­rooms and two bath/shower rooms on the first floor and a large fam­ily kitchen, a guest suite, an of­fice and var­i­ous util­i­ties at base­ment level.

A tra­di­tional court­yard be­hind the house in­cludes a quaint two-storey coach house suitable for a va­ri­ety of uses, five sta­bles, a boiler house and stor­age sheds. Wooded ma­ture gar­dens and grounds in­clude an

en-tout-cas tennis court and—un­der­lin­ing the own­ers’ pas­sion for horses—an amus­ing topi­ary rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a race­horse jump­ing a hedge.

‘The house has a topi­ary re­sp­re­sen­ta­tion of a race­horse’

Fig 1: Bon­nettstown House in Co Kilkenny has been sold at a guide price of €1.1m

Fig 2: Late-ge­or­gian Bea­mond House is only 27 miles from Dublin city cen­tre. €1.6m

Fig 3: Phe­p­ot­stown House at Kil­cock, Co Meath, has been su­perbly ren­o­vated. €1.6m

Fig 4: Black­hall House at Bal­brig­gan, Co Dublin, will ap­peal to eques­tri­ans. €1.5m

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