Timeless property on 11 acres set to make €575,000
This timeless property on 11 acres is located in Cloughjordan, home to Ireland's first 'eco village'
It was a lovely Friday afternoon in Tipperary as I made my way to the village of Cloughjordan.
The north Tipperary settlement has become renowned in recent years as an 'eco village' with many people opting to move there to pursue a sustainable lifestyle. The place has a lively feel to it with plenty of shops and lots of activity.
On the edge of the village is Mullenkiegh house on 11ac. Coming with excellent equestrian facilities the property is for sale by private treaty and the price is guided by Savills at €575,000.
The house is the family home of Kate Sullivan the well-known show jumper.
Kate's mother, Dawn, who moved here 29 years ago, shows me around the charming property. "It was built by Henry Prittie, Baron of Dunalley for his spinster sister," she explains. "The walls are 17th century and belong to an original house built here in the 1600s." Some beams and lintels dating from that time are still intact along with a bread oven from the period.
The house was 'Georgianised" in the 1800s and then came into the ownership of the Loughnane family while more recent occupants were the Kennedy family.
The house is associated with a mill and a distillery located on the original property but separated from it now by the Ballyfinboy river and the remains of the millrace. Indeed Mullenkiegh, the name derives from the mill, an 'Muileann Caoch', the 'blind mill' which could also mean the blinding mill and could have something to do with how the sun glistened off the water or the wheel.
'Caoch' can also refer to being 'blind drunk' which mightn't be too far off the mark given that the place hosted a distillery.