Tara treasure with equestrian facilities and an outdoor heated swimming pool
The unassuming exterior of this property in Co Meath is most deceptive
Published 10/02/2016 | 02:30
Tara Beg in Co Meath is a beautiful rural property on 12.5ac and the package includes a lovely house, fine equestrian facilities and an outdoor heated swimming pool. It is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €975,000.
Located in elevated countryside between the Hill of Skryne and the Hill of Tara, the property is 4km from Kilmessan, 11km from Navan and 40km from Dublin.
Auctioneer Thomas Potterton and the owner, Anna Darragh, were waiting for me when I viewed Tara Beg last week and I was treated to coffee at the kitchen table as Anna told me the story of how she came to live there.
The house was built in the 1960s by the daughter of Lord Powerscourt when the family sold Powerscourt House in Co Wicklow. Tara Beg was a single storey residence designed with high ceilings to accommodate the artwork and family portraits of the Powerscourts. It was subsequently owned by Lord Holmpatrick who wrote for the Shooting Times.
In 1982 the place was bought by Anna's late husband, the renowned Dr Austin Darragh, medic and businessman. Following the death of his first wife Terry, he remarried and moved to live permanently in Tara Beg with Anna in 1992.
The dwelling is a modest but beautifully proportioned building with a series of elegant and intimate rooms. The accommodation includes an entrance hall with a fanlight doorway built in the Georgian style. A cloakroom and a guest cloakroom are located to one side while a study with an open fireplace overlooking the lawn is located at the other.
It is hard to know where to start describing the various rooms as one is more impressive than the next. The dining room is spacious and elegant, centred around a mahogany table with space for a party of 14.