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Sunday 25 September 2016

A Kildare classic with big potential

Jim O'Brien

Published 07/10/2015 | 02:30

Kellsboro House, Co Kildare is in need of refurbishment to return it to its Georgian pomp.
Kellsboro House, Co Kildare is in need of refurbishment to return it to its Georgian pomp.
The gate lodge at Kellsboro House

A Georgian property with a good slice of prime Kildare land goes to auction next week with a guide price of €1.8m.

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Located at Walshestown, on the outskirts of Newbridge, Kellsboro contains a two storey over basement Georgian residence. To the rear of the house is a large courtyard with stables and a range of farm buildings and a walled garden. The property is set on 46ac of good grassland in good heart and includes a gate lodge.

Kellsboro is accessed through stone piers with electric gates and a tree-lined avenue leads to the residence. A set of stone steps leads to the arched door. The ground floor accommodation includes an entrance hall, drawing room family room, dining room, kitchen and sun room.

The reception rooms are decorated with original ornate plasterwork, cornices and centrepieces and marble fireplaces. The kitchen has built-in wall and floor units, a tiled floor and an Aga. Upstairs are four spacious double bedrooms, three of which are ensuite, and one has its own access to the family bathroom. The basement has four rooms and a bathroom.

Auctioneer Aideen Gilsenan of Ganly Walters says the house is structurally sound but needs attention and refurbishment

A gate lodge located at the entrance is in good condition and is currently rented. The accommodation there includes a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Stable yard

The yard is a relatively new and extensive stable yard. Set out in the courtyard style it has an arched and roofed entrance and includes 20 horse boxes.

There is a stable block with eight stables, a three-bay haybarn and two four-bay hay barns, a foaling unit with three stables, a yearling yard with five stables and a lofted feed unit. Ms Gilsenan says the stable yard is a fine facility but needs some refurbishment.

There is also a range of older traditional farm and storage buildings.

The land surrounds the house and extends to 46ac. It is all in grass and suitable for all agricultural purposes, while a traditional walled garden is fallow but ready to be brought back to life.

The property will be sold at auction at the Ganley Walters auction rooms, Percy Place, Dublin at 3pm on Wednesday, October 14.

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