Farm Ireland

Sunday 21 January 2018

Period property on 20ac set to spark huge interest at auction

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Leighlinbridge in Co Carlow is home to Rathvinden House, a substantial period residence set on 20ac and including a stable yard, cottage and bungalow lodge. The property is to be sold at auction next month with a guide price of €500,000.

The village of Leighlinbridge is situated on the River Barrow a little more than two miles from the M9 motorway, seven-and-a-half miles from Carlow and 21 miles from Kilkenny. Situated in the village, Rathvinden House dates from circa 1810 and was once owned by the McCalimont family of Mount Juliet.


The house comprises two storeys over a basement, with the accommodation extending to some 9,418sqft. It includes 10 bedrooms, six located on the first floor, of which five are ensuite, and four located in the basement.

The ground floor accommodation includes a spacious reception hall, large double drawing room, study, dining room, kitchen and bathroom. The property was bought in 2007 and quite a lot of refurbishment work was done throughout, especially in the kitchen, bedrooms and living areas. The residence is situated at the heart of 20ac of fine grassland, which includes a number of grazing paddocks.

There is a traditional, stone-cut, courtyard-style stable yard that comprises a range of single and two-storey stone outbuildings that include 13 stables, a coach house, tack room, cottage, apartment and large storage barn. There is a folly gate lodge at the entrance to the property and a bungalow lodge at the principal and secondary avenues respectively.

At the rear entrance on the village side of the lands, this single-storey bungalow requires refurbishment but could be a source of rental income or provide additional guest or staff accommodation.

Selling agent Ed Donohoe of ERA Donohoe Properties is confident of a lively auction.

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"We have been very busy with viewings of this property and believe it will sell on the day," he said.

The transaction is being handled jointly with Savills and the auction takes place at the Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow at 2.30pm on Wednesday, December 14.

Meanwhile, Mr Donohoe sold two small pieces of ground in Goresbridge, Co Kilkenny recently. A 6.5ac field at Grange Lower sold for €80,000, or over €12,300/ac.

On the same day, a 3.5ac field, also in Goresbridge, was bought for €48,000 or €13,700/ac.

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