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Sunday 19 November 2017

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'

Mullenkiegh House dates back to the 1600s and was later 'Georgianised'
Mullenkiegh House dates back to the 1600s and was later 'Georgianised'
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

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 outbuildings include a spacious cottage and stable block with 10 boxes
The outbuildings include a spacious cottage and stable block with 10 boxes

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.

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The accommodation is set over two floors and an attic floor that was part of the original accommodation.

Off the entrance hall is an intimate dining room with a fireplace set in an exposed stone wall.

This room leads to the kitchen which is fully fitted and centred round an oil-fired Aga. A door from the kitchen leads to a suntrap patio and the courtyard while another leads to the utility and boot room.

Across the entrance hall from the dining room is a comfortable sitting room with a door leading to the garden.

Upstairs on the first floor is the master bedroom with a spacious ensuite that includes a shower and a bath while at the other side of the landing is the second bedroom with a dressing room and a shower room adjacent.

The bedrooms have great natural light with windows on two sides giving views over the gardens and the countryside.

On the top attic floor are two cosy bedrooms under the exposed beams of the roof that was replaced 15 years ago.

Children or teenagers would love these rooms and indeed would delight in their character and relative isolation.

A listed building, the house has great character throughout, and also has many modern conveniences including central heating.

Courtyard

To the rear is lovely courtyard with a spacious cottage converted from older out houses. While currently used as an antiques outlet it could be turned into a studio, or with planning permission into a residential unit.

At the other side of the yard is a stable-block with 10 stables set back to back. Behind this is a sand arena measuring 30m by 50m.

There are some lovely features to the garden area around the house and a fine wall in cut stone runs along the roadside boundary. The 11ac is in three fields two of which are made up of the best of ground and one recently reseeded. The third field, furthest from the house is more low-lying in nature.

All in all, it's a fine property on the edge of one of the most exciting villages in Ireland. "The eco village has brought fresh blood into the area," says Dawn.

"There are lots of young people and children and we have everything here including shops, a pharmacy, pubs, a post office and a railway station. Cloughjordan is a great place to live."


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