Take Four: Country Mansions to feast your eyes on
We compare four country mansions in price, location and value for your money.
What: Duke of Wellington's country home
Where: Erindale, Co Carlow
This Georgian former country house of the Duke of Wellington was built in c.1800 on 30 acres and measures 5,500 sq ft.
With gothic-style leaded windows it houses five double bedrooms, two en-suite and a nursery upstairs.
The ground-floor reception rooms include a drawing room, dining room, TV room, home office and kitchen, which comes with integrated appliances included in the sale.
There is original coving and ornamentation including a fanlight over the front door. A spiral staircase leads to the basement with an additional 2,136 sq ft of space including a wine cellar, utility room and playroom.
Outside are three paddocks and the property overlooks the River Barrow. Carlow town is 4km away, Kilkenny 37km and Dublin is 90km.
Enquiries to: Jordan Town & Country Estates (045) 433550
What: Four-bedroom family country home
Where: Newcastle, Crossabeg, Wexford
Entrance to this home is through the marble entrance hall which measures 300 sq ft with an oak staircase leading to four bedrooms upstairs, two of which are en-suite with walk-in wardrobes.
There is a double Jacuzzi in the main bathroom and a feature skylight in the landing. Downstairs has a kitchen/breakfast room, a south-facing sunroom, lounge, dining room, utility, WC with a 'wet room' shower area and office/gym.
The property measures 3,200 sq ft in total and there is a half-acre field included in the sale with a garage, paddock and mature gardens.
There is a road at the rear of the property due upgrading works but the gardens are well insulated with mature trees and hedging. Wexford is 10km away while Curracloe is the same distance to the east.
Enquiries to: Kearney & Co (053) 9108011
What: 16-bedroom Regency Mansion
Where: Middleton Park, Co Westmeath
Built in 1843, this house was in private hands for 100 years but now operates as a boutique hotel and wedding venue with four luxury suites, 12 standard suites along with staff facilities, a range of reception rooms, cocktail bar, two kitchens and a banqueting area. There is potential to create a further 10 rooms.
There is a double-height entrance hall with gallery and a Portland stone staircase in the grand central hall. The property sits on 26 acres and the Conservatory was designed by Richard Turner, one of the few still intact. It is a two-storey over basement residence measuring 38,000 sq ft in total in gardens and woodland.
About 93km from Dublin, Middleton Park is 18km from Mullingar, 9km from the new N6 motorway and overlooks Lough Ennell and the Nure Bog Heritage area.
Enquiries to: Savills Country (01) 663 4300.
What: Five-bedroom Victorian residence
Where: Abbeygail, Coolattin, Shillelagh, Co Wicklow
With Coolattin 18-hole golf course across the road, the new owners of Abbeygail will enjoy easy access to their game. Sitting on the grounds of Coolattin House, the dwelling has retained its original sash windows, cornicing and internal doors. It is 3,229 sq ft in total including a hall, living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, larder, library and another reception room along with one bedroom on the ground floor.
Upstairs are a further four bedrooms, all en-suite. The property sits on 0.8 acres and includes a number of granite-built outbuildings, some of which have been converted to habitable space. There is potential to operate the house as a B&B.
The village of Shillelagh is 3km away while Wicklow is 38km to the north and Carlow, the same distance to the west.
Enquiries to: Quinn Property (053) 9480000