Friday 24 February 2017

This house needs a family

Yvonne Hogan

Siobhain Rutledge outside Carbury House, her home in Co Kildare.
Siobhain Rutledge outside Carbury House, her home in Co Kildare.

Siobhain Rutledge outside Carbury House , her home in Co Kildare, which is on sale with Knight Frank. The Georgian home, which retains much of its original period detail, sits on 12 acres and is asking €1.3m Now that her daughter has flown the nest, Siobhain Rutledge is looking for a new family to buy her beloved Carbury House, which comes with five bedrooms, 12 acres, two donkeys and two Shetland ponies

FOUR years ago Siobhan Rutledge was offered €4m for Carbury House. She wasn't quite ready to leave the Georgian house that had been home to her family for 16 years, so she turned it down.

Now that her daughter has left home, she is finally ready to trade down, but the market has fallen drastically and the house is now asking just €1.3m. Does she regret not taking the money offered at the peak of the market?

"Not at all" she says. "I wasn't ready to leave."

Set amongst 12 acres of land and mature trees, the two-storey over basement house measures at some 379sqm, and retains many of its original period features such as sash windows, working shutters, fanlight, coving and high ceilings.

It's a south-facing property so it gets plenty of natural light.

In brief, the house comprises a drawing room, dining room, living room, kitchen, breakfast room, five bedrooms with master en suite, family bathroom and basement.

The house was in good condition when Siobhain and her husband David bought it 20 years ago.

"We still put a lot of money into it because I was always buying things for it and doing it up. But I have kept the old windows and other original features."

Siobhain remembers the first time she saw the house.

"When I went to view it I was pregnant with Emma at the time. I thought, 'this is a house I would love'. Unfortunately we were outbid at the auction by an Italian businessman.

"But a year later he rang David and told him that he was going back to Italy so we bought it from him over the phone. I was thrilled. It is not huge, it is a real family home. There is a lovely atmosphere. It is always lovely and warm."

Outside, Carbury House's gardens are mainly lawned and bordered by flowers and shrubbery. There are many mature trees and pear and apple trees surrounding the property, giving it extra shelter and privacy.

To the back of Carbury House there is a walled coach yard with four stables, storage sheds and over-head loft with a gate leading to the avenue and a gate leading to the garden. There is a roofed shelter area for horses in the rear paddock.

The 12 acres surrounding the property is good quality pasture bounded by a stone wall and divided into manageable paddocks.

"If I had a choice I would love if the next owner had two or three little children to run around and bring life to the house. When Emma was small this house was always full of her little pals and their horses, running in and running out.

"I would love to see little people around again. Emma used to make tree-houses out in the fields."

Carbury House is located just 12km from the M4 motorway giving ease of access to Dublin city centre (which is a 52km journey) and Dublin airport which is 62km away.

Edenderry is the nearest town, 7.5km from Carbury House, and this has a host of amenities including primary and secondary schools.

The local village of Derrinturn is 0.8km away which has shops and a petrol station.

"The area is very good and the people are very friendly" says Siobhain.

"I have made loads of friends here. Emma went to the Church of Ireland school in Edenderry and then I sent her over to Newbridge College.

"There is also a secondary school in Edenderry which is very good."

Whoever buys the house, however, won't have to wait to meet the locals to make new friends.

"I have two donkeys and two little Shetland ponies" says Siobhain.

"I don't want any money for them but I am hoping that if I get a nice person who buys the house, they will keep them. I would hate the thought of moving them to somewhere they weren't happy, so they come with the house."

Guiding €1.3m. Call Knight Frank on 01 6623255

Irish Independent

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