A job well done in Co Laois
'The Aquaduct', Courtwood €585k
The Grattan Aqueduct, which carries the Grand Canal over the Glasha River at Courtwood, Co Laois, was completed in 1790. Two plaques on the structure mention the engineer who built it, Richard Evans, although by the time the thing was finished, Evans had already been sacked.
A Welshman, Evans had come to Ireland in the 1770s to work for the Grand Canal Company, but according to the Dictionary of Irish Architects, he became increasingly distracted by a scheme to link Ballyshannon to Lower Lough Erne. In 1789, the directors asked him to devote himself to the Grand Canal project. He replied that he couldn't, and they fired him.
Less than 250 metres from the aqueduct is a house known as The Aquaduct (yes, not Aqueduct), on 6.5 acres of land. It's next to the Glasha River and comes with stables, so you could lead your horse to water and see what happened.
The house itself is 5,000 sq ft and lavishly fitted out inside, with an imposing curved oak staircase, a central vacuum system, and Marvin sash windows.
There are five bedrooms on the first floor, two of which have walk-in wardrobes an ensuite showers. The main bathroom is also upstairs and has a free-standing bath and separate shower.
On the ground floor there are two reception rooms, a sun room, and an open-plan kitchen and family room fitted with white cabinets, granite countertops and a centre island with a breakfast bar.
Outside, the grounds are mostly lawned with pasture and post-and-rail fencing. The stable block has four stables and a tack room, and there's also a double garage. It's about six kilometres from Ballybrittas and about 45 minutes' drive from the M50. The agent is DNG Kelly in Portarlington, (057) 862 3880, and the asking price is €585,000.