Property: Italian style hits the market in the midlands
Much has been made of the recent bounce in the country's economic fortunes. The sale of Ardglass House near Rathowen, Co Westmeath, will be a good test of how strongly the recovery is impacting on demand at the top end of the country property market.
Ardglass House is a compact country residence originally built in the 1700s. The property includes a courtyard, a renovated cottage, an extensive farmyard and 74ac of land. It is for sale by private treaty with a guide price of €895,000 for the residence on 16ac - there is also the option of purchasing the remaining 58ac.
Located off the N4, the home and lands are just 3km from Rathowen, 2.6km from Ballinalack and 20km from Mullingar. The residence was originally built as a Georgian hunting lodge and rebuilt in the 1860s in the style of an Italian villa with decorative features typical of the Victorian era.
The current owners bought the property a number of years ago and have spared nothing in restoring the house and grounds, while respecting the provenance of the building and its surrounds.
The renovations and refurbishments were carried out in strict adherence to the Georgian tradition. Blue Bangor slates were used in the re-roofing of the house, with all the timbers repaired or replaced.
In bringing the house up to modern standards, a heating system run from a dual boiler was installed, along with new cast iron radiators made in the original style. The house has been totally replumbed and rewired, while all the windows have been restored and double- glazed, and the floors and walls insulated
The finished product is a fine residence. It has spacious and bright reception rooms, with original tall windows and high ceilings.
The house has some notable features including Corinthian columns in the hall, ornate cornicing and centre roses, antique marble chimney pieces and original panelled doors with decorative architraves typical of houses of its time.
The accommodation includes a spacious main hall, a drawing room with a bay window, a dining room with a wooden floor, a family room, a butler's pantry and a study with a marble fireplace and corniced ceiling.
The first floor is approached by two staircases leading to a gallery-style landing. This floor has the ensuite main bedroom, as well as three other bedrooms, with a fifth bedroom located on the first floor return. There is also a shower room and a hot press.
Outdoors, the main garden is in lawn, interspersed with mature trees, shrubbery and flowerbeds. The walled garden is located behind the main garden and adjoining the courtyard on the west side.
The accommodation also includes a 950sqft newly refurbished cottage with a spacious open-plan living room along with a kitchen, two double bedrooms and a shower room.
A traditional-style courtyard with an array of single- and double-storey stone buildings is located to the rear of the house.
There are five stables, all lofted, along with a coach house and garage. The courtyard has been renovated to include new shutters and doors and restored plasterwork.
Ardglass has an extensive range of farm buildings, which have their own separate access via a back avenue. The buildings include a 30ft double barn with a four-bay lean-to and a 25ft barn with a three-bay lean-to.
Other farm facilities include a silage pit and a cattle crush.
The lands extend to 74ac, set out in fields that surround the house.
Mainly laid out in mature pasture, the land is ideal for grazing, but about 17ac are in new plantation forestry. The property has been newly fenced.
The sale of Ardglass House is being handled by Colliers International. See colliers.ie
An Italian-style villa with 16ac is on the market for €895,000 in Co Westmeath, reports Jim O'Brien
An aerial view of Ardglass, which is located near Rathowen and 20km from Mullingar; (below) the current owners have fully restored the original features including the double staircase
The walled garden adjoins the courtyard
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