Trees company in County Kildare
'Culleen', at Mountarmstrong in Co Kildare, is on an acre of grounds - enough to give you a great garden to work in, eat in and relax in, but not enough for a ramble with the dogs.
The solution to that problem lies a mere three kilometres away, at Donadea Forest Park. There are 640 acres of woodland there to take advantage of, together with a ruined castle and church, walled streams, an avenue of lime trees and a lake populated by ducks and water lilies. There's a café too, where you can undo all the good work of your exercise.
Coillte charges €5 to park at Donadea, but luckily you'll be able to walk or cycle over from 'Culleen', a large detached house built about 10 years ago and with a now nicely maturing garden.
It's a substantial house, at 3,175 sq ft, and that includes five bedrooms and four reception rooms, including an open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room with French doors to a patio. The kitchen and dining room is about 22ft by 14ft and is fitted with high-gloss cabinets with granite countertops and a breakfast bar. An archway leads from there to the living room, which is triple-aspect and has a vaulted ceiling and a marble fireplace with a solid-fuel stove.
There's also an oak-floored sitting room with a bay window and another marble fireplace, as well as a tile-floored family room. For more secluded recreation time, there's a study or play room, and you can fight with the children for ownership.
One of the five bedrooms is also on the ground floor and the other four are upstairs, where there's also a bathroom with a free-standing bath and separate shower. Two of the bedrooms are en-suite, and two have walk-in wardrobes.
'Culleen' is for sale for €595,000 with Property Partners Brady in Maynooth (01) 651 0000.