200-acre estate with wooded grounds, fishing and a rambling house on the market for €3.7m
A 200-acre estate with wooded grounds, fishing and a rambling house
Certain men who became fathers late in life have been reported as saying they don't mind the disturbed sleep, as they're used to having to get up several times a night anyway to go to the loo.
Even if true, it's unlikely to have applied in the case of Standish Deane O'Grady Roche, third baronet of Carass, who found himself with a newborn baby when he was 65 years old.
Standish had had two children - a son and a daughter - with his first wife, Mary Harriet. But the son died tragically in Switzerland in 1899, aged only 23. So once his wife had gone to her eternal reward a few years later, Standish found his thoughts turning towards a replacement heir. In June 1910 he married a woman 30 years younger than him, and the deed was accomplished only nine months after the wedding.
The 1901 census finds Standish at the age of 55, living quietly in his home at Aghade Lodge, near Tullow, Co Carlow, along with his first wife and their adult daughter Olive. By the 1911 census a decade later, that picture has been obliterated and he's there instead with the 36-year-old second wife Sybil and a three-week-old son, and it's impossible to picture his face without projecting onto it a look of amazement.
However, it's unlikely that Standish, or indeed Sybil, were very much troubled by want of rest. They had a resident nurse to care of the baby, together with a cook, a kitchen maid, a parlour maid and a clutch of house maids to take care of everything else.
And at any rate, three years later Standish was dead, and his son, also called Standish, became the toddling Fourth Baronet of Carass at the age of only three.
He inherited a nice estate in Aghade Lodge, with wooded grounds and fishing on the Slaney, not to mention a comfortable and rambling house with river views about seven kilometres south of Tullow.
The house itself is 5,500 sq ft and the outbuildings have been converted to accommodation as well, providing another 2,460 sq ft in four apartments, for guest use or for letting to fishing types.
There's a longish 150-metre avenue leading up to the house, shrouded in mature trees and passing a vast smooth lawn sloping down to the riverbank, with a great chestnut standing guard at the top of the avenue.
The house faces south, with the main reception room facing south and west, to get the best of both the sunlight and the river views. It's a bow-windowed drawing room with a carved timber fireplace, and at the far end of it there are doors to a library or morning room - although it won't get any morning sun at this end of the house.
Then on the opposite side of the entrance hall, which runs the full length of the house and is sizeable enough to double as a reception room in itself, is the dining room. There's another carved wooden fireplace here and two windows looking south.
The inner hall is where the staircase is, and off this can be found a study or family room and the country-style kitchen, formerly the butler's pantry, where there's an Aga and painted wooden cabinets. A second hall, with another staircase, leads to a laundry and pantry in the northern wing of the house.
The first-floor landing is lit by a glass roof atrium. There are six bedroom on this floor - with enough space between them that a sleep-deprived parent would risk not being able to hear the baby crying.
The main bedroom corresponds to the drawing room below, so it's also dual-aspect with a bow window. It has an en-suite bathroom that's also reached from the landing. This level also has another bathroom and two shower rooms.
The apartments can be found in two courtyards behind the house, one reached by a separate avenue. There are two two-bedroom apartments, one with three bedrooms and one with one bedroom.
Also behind the house there's a walled garden, and there are more outbuildings that haven't been converted. The main pleasure grounds come to 8.8 acres with frontage to the River Slaney, and there's a bridge over to an island in the river.
There's the option to buy more land. The house and apartments on 8.8 acres has an asking price of €925,000. You can add in an extra 40 acres for a total price of €1.2m, or if you want the entire estate of 200 acres, it will come to €3.7m.
The River Derreen also flows through the land, and between that and the Slaney you get more than two kilometres of single-bank fishing.
It's being sold by joint agents Sotheby's International Realty (Ireland) at (01) 905 9790 and REA Dawson in Tullow at (059) 915 1142.
Tullow, Co Carlow
Asking price: €3.7m
Agent: Sotheby's International Realty (01) 905 9790 and REA Dawson (059) 915 1142