Sunday 22 October 2017

A canal bank for the passer-by at Courtwood Lodge

Courtwood Lodge at Rath, near Ballybrittas
Courtwood Lodge at Rath, near Ballybrittas
Courtwood Lodge is on the market for €225k

The Barrow Way is a 100km walking route taking in, for part of its distance, the late 18th Century Barrow Line linking the Grand Canal to the River Barrow at Athy.

Most people don't walk the whole thing at once, though.

They go for strolls. And as Courtwood Lodge at Rath, near Ballybrittas, Co Laois, is only about a 15-minute walk from the Barrow Line, a regular stroll is an option.

The oldest parts of this house date back more than 200 years – to not long after the Barrow Line was completed.

Since then it has been extended, though without losing its dainty proportions: its internal dimensions are only 1,081 sq ft.

Despite its size, the cottage manages to accommodate four bedrooms, the master with an en suite shower room attached, as well as a good-sized sitting room (almost 16ft by 11ft), with exposed beams, stone walls and a wood-burning stove.

The kitchen has a terracotta tiled floor, a Belfast sink, a granite countertop, a rustic hanging rail for cookware, and a half-door leading out to the back garden.

There's also a small office which, like the sitting room, is part of the original structure and has exposed stone walls and a fireplace.

Among the house's period features are cast-iron radiators, a rolltop cast-iron bath, a high-level toilet cistern, and original wooden floors.

Outside on the three-quarter-acre site are lawns and gardens, including a productive vegetable garden at the back.

There's also a garage measuring 13ft by 8ft, which houses a washer and dryer, a water softener, and a boiler for the oil-fired central heating system.

The property is around a five-minute drive to the M7 linking Dublin and Limerick. Clement Herron Real Estate in Portlaoise (057 866 6344) is the agent, and the asking price is €225,000.

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