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Sunday 4 December 2016

A castellated home fit for a Presidential visit

Published 17/05/2011 | 05:00

Reduced from an asking price of €1.5m to €695,000 in recent days, Busherstown House is a unique Georgian castellated house set on 10 acres.

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Busherstown House was bought in 1973 by the current owners, the Rudd family, known for their specialist pork business and Grand National-winning son Tom.

Since riding Glebe Lad to victory in the National for trainer Michael O'Brien in 1999, Tom has been breeding thoroughbreds at Busherstown House.

Located close to the well-publicised village of Moneygall in Co Offaly, the property is approached by an impressive tree-lined avenue and includes mature woodland and gardens, a courtyard, walled garden, large two-storey studio, converted coach house and stabling.

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The three-bay, two-storey castellated house was the seat of the Minchin family and dates back to 1815, when it was built on the site of an O'Carroll castle.

The house's eclectic character is due mainly to the fact it was constructed in various phases.

The most notable addition was probably the 19th century gothic revival frontage, complete with towers and parapet.

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The 90,000ft2 nine-bedroom main house includes a dining room, ante room, sitting room, wine cellar, kitchen/ breakfast room among the numerous rooms on the ground floor.

All of the house's original features, like ornate cornicing, centre roses, original fireplaces, sash windows with tooled stone stills and gothic fan above the front door, have been maintained.

Outside, the bellcote and cut-stone courtyard is entered through a carriage arch into a central yard that contains a recently renovated loft-style coach house, a two-storey studio, stabling and various outbuildings.

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The coach house, currently lived in by Tom and wife Katie, has an open plan sitting room/dining room/kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, office and cloakroom.

The 1,400ft2 two-storey studio contains a large reception room, catering kitchen, and cloakroom facilities.

The property's informal gardens are laid out with extensive lawns, a walled garden, herbaceous borders and pathways protected by mature lime trees.

The 10ac of land also include two fenced grass paddocks, garden and views over the Tipperary and Offaly countryside.

Contact Knight Frank on 01 662 3255

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