At the source of the Boyne
Kilrainy Cottage €335k
The River Boyne rises, without any fanfare, near the village of Carbury in Co Kildare. As it makes its way north-east on its 112-kilometre journey to the Irish Sea, it gets talked about a lot more. Fish are caught, artefacts are found, its battles are commemorated and its myths are told and retold.
Kilrainy Cottage is west of the source of the Boyne by about two-and-a-half kilometres as the crow flies, or as the salmon of knowledge leaps.
Like the river itself, it began modestly enough, but as the years have passed the cottage has become bigger, more attractive and more significant.
About 10 years ago Kilrainy Cottage got an architect-designed extension and a complete refurbishment, within and without. It's tastefully (and expensively) decorated inside, with reclaimed floors and Farrow & Ball paint, and it's been given a creditable B3 energy efficiency rating. Outside, it's on 1.2 acres of nicely planted and maintained gardens.
The floor area is 1,529 sq ft, and that includes three bedrooms. Two are on the ground floor, and both have fireplaces, while the whole first floor is given over to the master bedroom and its en-suite bath with rainfall shower.
Back on the ground floor and inside the front porch is the open-plan kitchen and dining room, with skylights and reclaimed pitch-pine floors. The kitchen is fitted with high-gloss cabinets and has integrated appliances.
Double doors in the kitchen lead into the sitting room, where there's an antique marble fireplace fitted with a multi-fuel stove. There are double doors there leading out to the deck and garden.
The main bathroom on the ground floor is a wet room with a rainfall power shower, and there's also a utility room off the front porch.
Kilrainy Cottage, Carbury, is for sale for €335,000 with Team Lorraine Mulligan in Celbridge (01) 627 2770.