The Irish Mail on Sunday

Tothemanor born

Spacious 19th Century country home on five acres looking over the wooded Nore Valley near Inistioge

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Rathsnagad­an House, Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny

This dower house set on a rise overlookin­g the River Nore and across the valley represents all that country living is about.

Solid, beautifull­y proportion­ed, with large comfortabl­e rooms that capture the sun, light and spectacula­r views, it’s a house at ease with itself and the countrysid­e around it.

It dates back to the mid-19th Century and is approached by a gravel driveway lined with old beech and oak trees.

The property has been completely refurbishe­d by its owners to a high stand- ard that emphasises the house’s elegant charm. It extends to 338sq.m/3,637sq.ft, – a comfortabl­y spacious family home laid out over two floors. It’s large but very manageable.

A central front door with fanlight opens into the fine square hall with a staircase that winds up to the bedrooms.

The sitting room and dining room are connected to the drawing room by

glazed double doors, and all these rooms have high ceilings with simple coving, large windows, feature fireplaces and solid wood floors.

The main drawing room itself has a bank of huge windows and double doors that open onto the terrace outside where the views can be enjoyed.

The very large newly fitted traditiona­l painted kitchen and breakfast room perfectly suits the country style of the property and is a great family space. Very handily, a bootroom and cloakroom are off the kitchen.

Upstairs, there are four large bedrooms, two of which are ensuite.

Behind the main house, a most attractive cut-stone guest lodge has recently been refurbishe­d, and to just as high a standard as in the main house. Here there is an open-plan kitchen and drawing room, bedroom and bathroom while upstairs there is a bedroom and ensuite.

Five acres of grounds surround the house with pretty gardens featuring old roses and shrubs and flower beds widening out to paddocks and fields. The house has four stables, a tackroom, allweather arena and a dog run.

It is is about seven kilometres from Inistioge and 31km from Kilkenny City.

Foir further details contact selling agent Ganly Walters on (01) 662 3255.

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The wellpropor­tioned property was built as a dower (or widow’s) house
retreat: The wellpropor­tioned property was built as a dower (or widow’s) house
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fitted painted kitchen is a great family space. Far left, the cut-stone guest lodge
has two bedrooms
traditiona­l: The newly fitted painted kitchen is a great family space. Far left, the cut-stone guest lodge has two bedrooms
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stately: The staircase, left, and generous living room with doors opening onto the pretty garden
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it: The wooded banks of the river in the Nore Valley near the house offer walks and magnificen­t views
a river runs through it: The wooded banks of the river in the Nore Valley near the house offer walks and magnificen­t views
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