Wednesday 18 October 2017

Nore than meets the eye at this Brownsbarn Lodge

Brownsbarn Lodge, Co Kilkenny
Brownsbarn Lodge, Co Kilkenny
One of the bedrooms in Brownsbarn Lodge.
The entrance hall of the Co Kilkenny property.

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.

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