Thursday 29 September 2016

The end of an era after 250 years

This Meath property has been in the same family since the 18th century but they are now selling up and the house and 120ac is being guided at €4.15m

Jim O'Brien

Published 29/07/2015 | 02:30

The courtyard and stables at Mountainsview House
The courtyard and stables at Mountainsview House
Mountainstown House, Co Meath has extensive equestrian facilities and outbuildings
The kitchen at Mountainstown House

Mountains-town House at Castletown- Kilpatrick, Navan, Co Meath is an 18th Century Georgian mansion that has been home to the Pollock family for over 250 years. Unlike most houses of its vintage the Mountainstown is being sold by the family in mint condition having been carefully restored and modernised by the most recent occupants.

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Located in the heart of rural Meath and surrounded by 120ac of parkland, paddocks and mature woodland the property includes the main house, outhouses, a two-bed keeper's lodge and the lands. Selling agents Savills are guiding the private treaty sale at €4.15m.

Mountainstown is located 13 kms from Navan, 13km from Kells, 16km from Slane and 60km from Dublin. The house was built in 1740 by Samuel Gibbons and leased by the Pollock family in the mid 1750s. It was sold to the Pollocks in 1796 and this same family has lived in the house up to recently, an era covering 250 years. In the early 19th century the master of the house, John Pollock, a successful Dublin solicitor, added the south-facing wing.

John's son Arthur Cornwallis Pollock was something of a traveller and in his youth ventured as far as Russia. He returned from his wanderings full of ideas for the development of Mountainstown as a successful agricultural and sporting estate. He set about his task and transformed the farm and was one of the founders of the Meath Hunt. Various members of the family made their mark in history including one James Polk who became the 11th President of the US.

The house has been totally refurbished in recent years to combine the traditional and the very modern. The finished house is a mix of the charm of another time with all the conveniences of modern living.

The ground floor is home to the elegant main hall, a library with its original leather wall covering, a spacious drawing room with a bay window leading to the garden.

This floor also contains a study, play room, a butler's pantry and a fine, modern Scavolini kitchen with Neff integrated appliances.

The first floor has three spacious bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite. A wing off the first floor has three further bedrooms and three bathrooms while the second floor/attic has another three bedrooms a bathroom and toilet.

The accommodation includes a basement that was once home to the kitchen but is now a full sized billiard room. The space includes the vaulted servant's hall complete with the original servants' bells, a music room, shoot room, previously the servants' hall, garden sitting room, gym, boot room, cloakroom, two wine cellars, two storerooms and a small kitchen.

The out offices include a garden house, stone stable yard, coach houses, a modern farm yard, an old stone farmyard, a range of superb formal and informal gardens, parkland, paddocks along with mature and newly planted woodland.

Lodge

There is also a refurbished Keeper's lodge with two bedrooms on the estate while an extensive huge walled garden is currently untended it has the makings of a rewarding project.

The estate has three separate yards, namely the traditional 19th century stable yard with a range of 25 stables, a cobbled carriage wash, coach houses, a forge, tack rooms and a large open span stone built barn.

There's also a modern farmyard as well as a traditional L-shaped stone farmyard, which is a mix of two storey and single storey buildings all in need of restoration.

A natural spring supplies water to the property from a Georgian double hexagonal stone well. Beyond the stable yard is an old stone yard with a cobbled barn, also the original kennels, which housed the Clongill and then the Meath Foxhounds.

The 120ac of land are laid out in rich fertile Meath pasture sheltered by magnificent stands of Oak and Beech especially along the road frontage. The area is well known for breeding both horses and cattle and for its rich and fertile grassland. There are also several well-known stud farms and training establishments in the locality.

David Rhatigan of Savills describes Mountainstown as one of the most spectacular traditional houses on the market,

"The family put years of work and dedication bringing the house to its present state and it certainly shows," he said.

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