Enjoy a little bit of history in 18th century Kilkenny cottage
A carefully restored, extended and modernised home in Piltown Co. Kilkenny is on the market for €290k
Bessborough House at Piltown, Co Kilkenny, was built in the mid-18th Century by the first earl of Bessborough, Brabazon Ponsonby, and reportedly named after his second wife Elizabeth (Bess).
At around the same time, Corbally Cottage was built in the nearby parish of Templeorum. But while the Ponsonbys are long gone, and Bessborough House has been a Teagasc-run agricultural college since the 1970s, Corbally Cottage is still much as it ever was.
Having said that, this stone cottage has been carefully restored, extended and modernised, without changing its external appearance for the worse. It now stands at 1,725 square feet and, unusually for a building of its age, it has a C2 energy rating.
Entry is gained through a traditional wooden half-door, which leads you into the entrance hall. On the left is an open-plan kitchen/ dining room, with an exposed stone archway providing access directly to the sitting room.
The sitting room has double-height ceilings and four mullioned windows. There's a stone fireplace with solid-fuel stove, and French doors leading to a terrace in the back garden.
In the 'southern wing' of the cottage is another bedroom with French doors to the garden, two shower rooms, a pantry, a laundry, and a utility room.
A spiral staircase leads up to the master bedroom, which has exposed lime-washed roof beams and an en-suite shower room. Also on the first floor is an office, and the third bedroom.
It stands on a half-acre site, with gardens designed by Irish landscape designer Angela Jupe of Bellefield House and Gardens in Offaly. Among the outbuildings are a workshop and a garden shed with shower and toilet.
Corbally Cottage, at Templeorum, Piltown, is for sale for €290,000 through Savills Dawson Street (01 663 4300).