Farm Ireland

Wednesday 25 April 2018

Period house on 18ac less than an hour from Dublin

Smithstown House, Co Louth
Smithstown House, Co Louth
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

This has to be the ideal 'house on a few acres' for the buyer in search of a home or a project with oodles of potential located within shouting distance of the capital.

Smithstown House (pictured) brings all that and, thanks to its proximity to Julianstown, Co Louth its seaside location is an added bonus. The property is the subject of an executor sale and will be sold at auction with a guide of €700,000.

Located on the Julianstown road 7.5km from Drogheda and 40km from Dublin Smithstown was once the main house on a much larger estate.

While the front and main part of the house is of Victorian vintage the original part of the building dates back to the 1600s.

The current building can be described as an eight bedroom, two-storey mansion with lots of potential but in need of substantial refurbishment. It will have to be taken on as a labour of love by any new owner. The outbuildings include a range of traditional stone outhouses and farm buildings, with the entire set on 18ac of good free draining land with road frontage on to the Julianstown to Drogheda road.

The house is reached by a hedge-lined avenue and to the front is a glass porch with a flagstone floor.

The ground floor accommodation includes an entrance hall and an inner hall, a spacious high-ceilinged drawing room and an equally elegant dining room both with marble fireplaces.

The first floor has three bedrooms to the front and three to the rear, one of which has a marble fireplace and the other a secret escape route. The secret escape route refers to a room that was used to house priests on the run during penal times.

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The outbuildings include a series of stables, a coach house, storage spaces and livestock accommodation. The land is laid out in one big field, is all in grass and in great heart.

Navan auctioneer John Harrington of Smith Harrington believes the property will suit a range of customers. "The place has great potential as a family home, a tourism venture and also has potential as a nursing home," he said.

The house and lands will be sold at auction at the Smith Harrington salesrooms, Navan at 3pm on Tuesday, September 13.

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