Nore than meets the eye at this Brownsbarn Lodge
With its 10-span bridge over the River Nore and its leafy village green, Inistioge in County Kilkenny is regarded as so picturesque that it's been used several times as a film location.
So pretty is it, in fact, that the village is considered a worthy setting for the idealised, romantic school of cinema. Both Widows' Peak and Circle of Friends were shot there, as well as a German-produced Cecelia Ahern vehicle named Romantic Road.
Five kilometres from Inistioge is Brownsbarn Lodge, a stylised 1,800-square-foot detached cottage with views over the Nore Valley. Brownsbarn is described as 'regency-style' and it has the full complement of tall chimneys, sash windows, high ceilings and decorative plasterwork. Don't be deceived, though; this house was not around in the early 19th century.
There's a large and rather grand entrance hall measuring 23 feet by just under 12 feet, with high ceilings, and doors to both the front and back gardens.
There's also a drawing room (16 feet by just under 12 feet) looking over the back garden with a marble fireplace. The kitchen has built-in units, wood floors and a separate pantry.
The main bedroom (14 feet by 10) has an en-suite bathroom and there are three other bedrooms as well as a family bathroom.
The lodge is on three-quarters of an acre of grounds, so there is room to extend. Should you tire of passively absorbing the landscape, you could stretch your legs by walking a few miles of the Nore Valley Way, the last part of which runs from Thomastown to Inistioge, taking in Brownsbarn Wood, a forest on the riverbank.
The agent handling the sale of Brownsbarn Lodge is Warren McCreery in Kilkenny (056 770 2000) and the asking price is €395,000.