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Youthful house behind aged facade

Brenagh Lodge €615k

Published 21/10/2016 | 02:30

Brenagh Lodge was built in 1996 but has many period-style features outside
Brenagh Lodge was built in 1996 but has many period-style features outside
The kitchen is fitted with tulipwood units and has a centre island

There are a few tricks of the trade to making a new-build house look old, and the architect behind Brenagh Lodge, at Walshestown, Co Westmeath, has used all of them.

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Though it was built in only 1996, the house looks a hundred years older or more, thanks to a facade of reclaimed stone, ornate brickwork, terracotta chimney pots, sash windows, a fanlight over the front door and some rampant creeper.

The solar panels on the roof do give the game away, but it's partly thanks to them that the property has a decidedly modern energy rating of C1.

Brenagh Lodge has a floor area of 2,842 sq ft, with four bedrooms on the first floor and two large living rooms downstairs.

The kitchen is fitted with tulipwood units and has a centre island
The kitchen is fitted with tulipwood units and has a centre island

The first of these is a dual-aspect sitting room measuring about 26ft by 13ft, where there's a wood floor and an open fireplace (equipped with a back boiler).

A spiral staircase at one corner of the room goes up to a skylit attic room above.

The other is the kitchen and dining room, extended two years ago and fitted with tulipwood wall and floor units and quartz countertops, and a centre island with a breakfast bar.

The ground floor also has a utility room and a family bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath, as well as a store room.

All the bedrooms upstairs have built-in wardrobes, and the master bedroom also has an en-suite shower and walk-in wardrobe.

The house stands on five acres of land with landscaped gardens, mature trees, a paddock and a large detached garage measuring 1,328 sq ft.

Mullingar is about five kilometres away.

Brenagh Lodge is for sale with joint agents REA Coonan in Maynooth (01) 628 6128 and Murtagh Brothers in Mullingar (044) 934 2512.

The asking price is €615,000.

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