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Thursday 21 September 2017

Live life in luxury at period property

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

The lovely round figure of €2m is being quoted for Bessborough House, Balrath, Co Meath.

Located around 25 miles from Dublin and for sale by private treaty, the period residence is being sold with 104ac and a range of out-offices.

Bessborough House is described by Pat O'Hagan of Savills as "a fine period residence".

Extensively but not completely restored, the property is described as a work-in-progress waiting for the finishing touch.

The property is just off the N2 Dublin to Slane road, and includes three apartments in a converted courtyard and a three-bedroom bungalow.

Bessborough was originally the home of renowned horse trainer, Peggy St John Nolan. It extends to 8,640sqft and has been re-roofed, rewired and re-plumbed by the vendor.

The house includes an entrance hall, dining room, drawing room, kitchen and a family room on the ground floor. There is also a bathroom, study and wine cellar on this floor, with six bedrooms on the first floor, two of which have en-suite facilities.

The rooms are spacious, bright and airy and, while in various states of renovation, maintain many of the original period features of the house including Georgian solid wood doors and ornate marble fireplaces.

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New kitchen units are fitted and the windows throughout have been double-glazed and remain in the original sash-window style.

The accommodation stretches beyond the house to the original stable courtyard, which has been converted to accommodate three apartments extending to 2,740sqft. Elsewhere on the grounds there is a three-bedroom manager's bungalow that needs some attention.

The land extends to 104ac of old pasture and while it is being grazed at the moment, Mr O'Hagan says it needs tidying up and attention.

The ground is laid out in eight paddocks and surrounded by a belt of trees that give the farm great shelter.

In terms of yard facilities, there is an extensive American-style barn containing eight Monarch stables; a further four loose boxes are located elsewhere in the yard.

The range of storage and machinery sheds in the yard includes a haybarn and lofted shed.

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