King of the castles in north Tipp
Castle House €495k
In what's commonly - though not universally - described as a 'labour of love', the owners of Castle House in Killea, Co Tipperary, have spent 30 years restoring the place.
They had a challenging set of circumstances to deal with, because as well as the usual work involved in renovating a historical property, they also had to consider how best to unify something that's a blend of three different centuries.
At the centre of it is a 16th-century tower house. Adjoining it on one side there's a 250-year-old farmhouse-style structure, and on the other side is a new addition.
All in, the property supplies four bedrooms and an interesting array of living rooms. There are two kitchens, one in the old part of the house, with a brick fireplace and gallery landing overhead, and the other in the new part, with steps down to a living area with a fireplace.
There's also a dining room with a stone fireplace, and a sitting room with a limestone spiral staircase up to a mezzanine library above it, a reading room and a lounge.
The tower house has a store room on the ground floor and there are wooden stairs leading up to the parapets, where you can go and let your hair down, Rapunzel-style.
Castle House has been run as a guest house in recent years.
It's on 7.27 acres, with gardens and a field and a gravelled courtyard behind the house. There's also a detached garage.
The village of Killea is close to the foot of Devil's Bit Mountain, and a little over five kilometres from Templemore on a relatively untravelled rural road. It's about an hour-and-three-quarters' drive from Dublin via the M7.
The agent for the sale is Sherry FitzGerald Gleeson in Thurles (0504) 22997, and the asking price is €495,000.