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Monday 23 October 2017

Great potential in castellated Georgian country home situated in fertile fields

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Despite the ongoing recession, it appears the market in period country homes is steady. Some anecdotal evidence would suggest returning emigrants who left at the beginning of the downturn are coming back with modest fortunes to buy their country pile on the auld sod.

Tobertynan House at Rathmolyon, an impressive Georgian country home on 29.45 ac in the heart of Co Meath, might attract one of these modestly-heeled returnees. It comes to market with a guide price of €375,000.

The property is located 5km from Rathmolyon, 6km from Longwood, 9km from Trim and 10 minutes from the M4 at Enfield.

In snapshot, Tobertynan is a castellated house of two storeys over basement and three bays with battlements. The accommodation on the property includes an entrance hall, and inner hall, a drawing room, study, dining room, breakfast room, kitchen, utility, cloakroom, seven bedrooms and a bathroom. The basement is home to old kitchens, a wine cellar, boiler room and eight further rooms.

According to Celia Lamb, of selling agents Ganly Walters, there was a house on this site as early as 1750. The house in its present incarnation dates from around 1800, when it was fully renovated with the battlements and corner turrets added by Francis MacEvoy, a distinguished surgeon and one of the founders of the College of Surgeons on Dublin.

The property later passed to his brother James, the father-in-law of Sir Bernard Burke, Ulster King of Arms and editor of the Burke series of genealogical publications. The house and lands then passed to the De Stacpoole family, with the marriage of Pauline MacEvoy to the 4th Duke de Stacpoole.

As a result of the castellation there are four magnificent cylindrical corner turrets and a three-storey battlement added to one side of the house.

The residence and yards are reached by a long tree-lined avenue to a gravelled forecourt to the front of the house. Granite steps lead up to the front door which is decorated with an original Georgian fanlight.

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The interior is spacious, with bright, well-proportioned rooms with decorative plasterwork including coving and centre roses throughout.

A large entrance hall leads to the drawing room which, like the dining room and study, has a wooden floor. The breakfast room has large windows and a built-in bookcase, while the kitchen has fitted units, an oil-fired Rayburn and a utility room. Exposed pine beams adorn the landing upstairs with glazed side fanlights providing plenty of natural light to this floor. There are seven large light-filled bedrooms and a family bathroom, with a shower in the turret.

The basement has a flagstone floor and contains old kitchens, a wine cellar and further rooms. While in sound structural order, the house will need a good deal of refurbishment.

Beside the house is a modern stable yard with seven stables containing automatic drinkers and feeders, a sand arena and fenced paddocks.

Further down the avenue is the old cut-stone stable yard which sits next to a large farmyard with extensive old cut-stone buildings, a three- span hay barn and silage pit. Everything in this yard needs renovation.

The lands are all in grass, with plenty of natural shelter provided by a magnificent array of beautiful mature trees dotted throughout the property.

The land in the area is good fertile ground and with a bit of attention Tobertynan has the makings of a fine fertile smallholding around an exceptional house.

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