Built to impress - See the Georgian mansion on 78ac on the market for €1.75m
Kilfane House on 78ac near Thomastown in Kilkenny is a classic Georgian country house built for grandeur and high living. It is now or sale with Sherry Fitzgerald and comes with a price tag of €1.75m
The original owners of the lands were the Cantwells, the Lords of Kilfane banished to Connacht by Cromwell. In their wake, the Bushe family received some of their lands in grant as recognition of Col John Bushe's services to Cromwell's army. Kilfane House was built by his son, who rejoiced in the name of Amyas Bushe and had the dubious honour of serving as High Sheriff of Kilkenny.
The Power family subsequently married into Kilfane and it remained a Power possession until 1971.
An American banker and financier, Hal Clarke of Atlanta, Georgia, bought the estate in 1971 and, along with his family, used it as a summer residence until quite recently.
The property is approached from the Gowran to Thomastown Road where a gate lodge guards the main entrance.
A long avenue leading to the house crosses a bridge over a stream that meanders around the property, creating some lovely features. The avenue divides at a fork, with one branch leading to the main house and the other to the yard and the caretaker's house.
The remains of an " Ice House" and an ancient castle are located in the fields to the front of the main house.
The Georgian residence is set on 78ac, much of which is good grazing ground that is elevated and dry, while some is lower in nature but well drained by the lively stream that runs through it.