Windows of opportunity in Mayo for €350k
Tavrane House €350k
The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) is forever lamenting the replacement of vintage wooden sash windows with uPVC. This is understandable but, on the other hand, it can only be supposed that the NIAH has never had to sit in a draught.
Take Tavrane House near Kilkelly in Co Mayo, for instance, where the replacement fittings have "not had a beneficial impact on the character or integrity of the composition", the NIAH scolds.
The house does have plenty of intact period features though, including wooden window shutters, original fireplaces and a particularly lovely open-string staircase in the entrance hall. The stone outbuildings too, are largely intact, as is the walled orchard.
Tavrane House (or Tavraun in its youth) reportedly dates from the late 19th century, although there is a house by the name on the first-edition Ordnance Survey map (surveyed 1838) so it may have been rebuilt.
It's 2,443 sq ft in size, with two storeys, and has three bedrooms and two reception rooms. The first of these is a high-ceilinged sitting room with an original marble fireplace. The second is a living and dining room with a solid-fuel stove and double doors to the garden. The ground floor also has a fitted kitchen, a utility room and a guest toilet.
The main bathroom is on the first floor, along with the three bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite bathroom. There's also an office on this level.
It's on 5.48 acres of grounds at the end of a half-kilometre avenue, and has outbuildings including stables, garage, workshop and store rooms.
Tavrane House is about six kilometres due east of the village of Kilkelly, and about a seven-minute drive from Knock airport.
It's for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Feeney West in Ballina (096) 72828 and has an asking price of €350,000.