Wednesday 20 September 2017

Inside this 19-century style home in Kildare on the market for €950k

19th-century style Forgefield has a modern twist

Despite having many characteristics of a Victorian-era home, Forgefield House was built in 2006
Despite having many characteristics of a Victorian-era home, Forgefield House was built in 2006

Gabrielle Monaghan

A fleeting glimpse of Forgefield House in the equestrian heartland of Kildare would give the impression it is a Victorian country estate.

After all, it has a series of tall, steeply pitched gabled roofs, a limestone facade, granite reveals around its numerous sash windows and is set on a 1.8ac landscaped site.

One of the double bedrooms
One of the double bedrooms

But the property is more youthful than its 19th-century style exterior would suggest - it was built in 2006.

The inspiration for the four-bed home's design was the Victorian-era limestone buildings situated within sight of Forgefield House, such as the old school, the rectory, the forge and the gate lodge to the nearby Kilkea Castle. The name for the mock Victorian home was chosen because it was built on a former paddock that once belonged to the Kilkea smithy.

The master ensuite with standalone tub
The master ensuite with standalone tub

Forgefield House may be just over a decade old, but it's already seen one household come and go - it was put up for sale for €1.85m in 2007 and is now back on the market at €950,000, so a prospective buyer would receive a substantial discount from the pre-crash peak.

The entrance to Forgefield House's sweeping gravel driveway is located opposite Kilkea Castle and its 145ac estate. A hotel and golf club that had been operating at the castle shut down in 2011 but will reopen this summer after a refurbishment to transform it into a five-star facility. The castle may be off the market but its neighbour, Forgefield House, is the next best thing. The main house is a sprawling 5,705 sq ft and commands views across verdant field after field, towards the Killeshin hills.

It also comes with a 380 sq ft studio and a garage with 1,100 sq ft of space laid out over two floors. A buyer could use the studio as a home office, rehearsal space, artist's studio or even as a children's playhouse.

Set either side of the main entrance to the house are the living room and a library. A reception hall/dining room connects to the living room, library, kitchen and sunroom, both of which occupy the width of the rear of the house.

The reception hall/dining room
The reception hall/dining room

At the back of the ground floor, the sunroom can be used as an extension of the outside patio when fully opened and is kept warm by underfloor heating and double glazing. The kitchen, meanwhile, comes with a large island unit and an Aga range. Bay windows maximise views of the back garden. Additional rooms on the ground floor include an office, a utility room, a back kitchen and a WC.

The centrepiece of Forgefield House is a chandelier that hangs from the open gallery on the first floor. A terrace to the back of the first floor can be accessed from the landing, the master bedroom, and another bedroom. All four bedrooms have ensuites and come with plenty of storage space, including walk-in wardrobes for the master suite. The ensuite in the master bedroom has a stand-alone bath, a shower, a WC and a laundry chute, while the bedroom itself has large bay windows.

The rear of the property
The rear of the property

On the second level, the attic has its own kitchenette, bathroom and storage, so could be used as a self-contained apartment if outdoor access was added, or as a study.

Forgefield House has a B3 BER courtesy of an oil-fired boiler that works in combination with solar panels and a heat exchange ventilation system. Other modern features include a built-in vacuum system and underfloor heating to the ground and first floors.

The sunroom has underfloor heating
The sunroom has underfloor heating

The nearest village to Kilkea is 6km away, at Castledermot. Athy is 8km and Dublin is 70km away on the M9.

Forgefield House

The kitchen features a large island unit;
The kitchen features a large island unit;

Kilkea, Co Kildare

Asking price: €950,000

Agent: Sotheby's International Realty (01) 9059790

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