Four on the market: gate lodges
If you are on the lookout for character, and maybe even a location linked with a historic double murder, then here are four gate lodges on the market which may be of interest.
The Gate Lodge, Rathkenny House
€120k Sherry FitzGerald Reilly (046) 906 0450
Rathkenny House in Co Meath was the scene of a double murder in 1833, when one of Thomas Hussey's disgruntled tenants tried to have his landlord killed, but the hitman he hired accidentally murdered the wrong men. It's a more peaceful place nowadays, and the occupants of this two-storey 18th-century gate lodge have almost no neighbours to contend with. It's 614 sq ft in size, and has a sitting room with a wooden ceiling and fireplace, a kitchen in need of tarting up, a bathroom and two bedrooms.
Gate Lodge, Aghabane, Co Cavan
€260k Fintan Cahill (049) 854 9900
About two-and-a-half kilometres from Killeshandra stands this cottage, once a gate lodge to the Beresford estate. In recent times it's been serving visitors of a different kind - namely tourists visiting the area, which is in the heart of Cavan's lakelands. You could continue to let it, or keep it yourself as a fishing lodge. The house has been renovated and has three bedrooms, an open-plan kitchen and living room with a wood-burning stove, a shower room downstairs and a bathroom upstairs. The floor area is 1,200 sq ft.
Pitchfordstown Lodge, Kilcock
€275k REA McDonald (01) 628 0625
When it was built in the late 18th century, Pitchfordstown Lodge in Co Kildare was at the entrance to the long avenue leading to the Pitchfordstown House estate. The avenue has since been severed by the M4 motorway, so the lodge is now at the entrance to a cul de sac. It's been restored without much compromising its historical integrity, and now has a kitchen and dining room, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, as well as two low-ceilinged attic rooms. There's a pleasant garden out the back with a pond.
Gate Lodge, Golf Links Road
€300k Property Partners Earley (090) 662 6579
Mote Park at Ballymurray in Co Roscommon was the home of the Crofton family from the 17th century, but the house was demolished in the 1960s. Part of the old demesne is occupied by Roscommon Golf Club, at the entrance to which the former gate lodge now stands. It's been renovated and extended to 1,600 sq ft, which includes three bedrooms, one has an en-suite wet room. The main living area is an open-plan kitchen, dining room and sitting room with a vaulted ceiling, and there's also a utility and walk-in pantry.