Grand living in 'Obama country'
Thornvale House is a country property with tremendous potential
Captain George Garvey must certainly have been tired of the sea when he chose Offaly as his abode in the early 1800s after retiring from the Royal navy.
The doughty captain picked one of the most inland counties in the country to rest his sea legs when he took up residence at Thornvale House near Moneygall on the Offaly/Tipperary border.
His father-in-law resided at the nearby Loughton House, now the palatial home of the acting Minister for Children, James Reilly.
Thornvale is an extensive property centred around a fine house that is currently a family home and big enough to be a small hotel. The holding, set on 21ac, is on the market by private treaty with Savills who are guiding a price of €1.5m.
Located 4km from President Obama's ancestral home village of Moneygall the property is 3.7km from Toomevara on the N7.
The house is approached through an unassuming if non-descript entrance however, after that one has to reach for the superlatives.
The shared tree-lined avenue neatly lined by post and rail fencing is as symmetrical as man and nature working together can make it.
The house itself is approached by a shorter avenue through wrought iron gates. There are some lovely stands of old trees around the house which has great views to Keeper Hill and the Devil's Bit from the front lawn.