Farm Ireland

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Prime Meath holding on market for €1.95m

The restored 18th century house stands on 103ac close to Duleek and comes with a renovated gate lodge
The restored 18th century house stands on 103ac close to Duleek and comes with a renovated gate lodge
The renovated gate lodge at Drumman House

There are some lovely period properties on the market right now but there is a limited market for the great big Georgian pile on the rambling estate. In contrast, there is a growing demand for the middle to larger-sized house on a decent farm.

Drumman near Duleek in Co Meath is such a property; it comprises a tastefully refurbished 18th century house with a restored gate lodge and a summer lodge on 102ac of good Meath ground.

Savills are guiding €1.95m for the entire. Located 4km from Duleek, 12km from Drogheda and 47km from Dublin Airport, the holding is described by Harriet Grant of Savills as a prime rural property.

Drumman, which was completely restored in 2002, is approached by two avenues from different roads with the main tarmac roadway leading over a hump-backed railway bridge to the front of the house set in lovely mature gardens with fine stands of trees.

The second avenue leads to the house through the farmyard.

The property also includes a fully renovated stone gate lodge that is in itself a fine house.

The lodge includes an open-plan living room and kitchen, a solid fuel stove and some lovely features including a fully fitted new kitchen, a bathroom and utility room.

The two bedrooms, one of which has ensuite facilities, are spacious and well finished.

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Another building on the property with residential potential is the sporting lodge that was used as a clubhouse for the shooting range but could be converted.


The yard is a mix of ­traditional and newer buildings with the old courtyard containing a two-storey structure with a range of rooms including store rooms, workshops, a tack room and an old cow byre and an open lean-to suitable for ­machinery storage. A large more modern barn measuring about 45ft x 110ft is located to the rear of the yard and includes concrete walls and floors, and cladding.

The lands extending to 102ac surround the property and are of good quality free-draining soil presently laid out in good-sized divisions.

Well fenced and looked after, the ground is currently set in a mixture of tillage and grass with 8ac in forestry and natural habitat.

The main fully-restored residence retains many of its original features.

The accommodation includes a porch, an entrance hall with a lovely ornate centre rose.

The drawing room has a timber floor, a wood-burning stove and a carved-timber mantelpiece.

The dining room is also timber floored with a carved mantelpiece and leads through the butler's pantry to the kitchen, which is fitted with traditional units, a Belfast sink and a granite worktop and a fine five-plate gas cooker with a double oven.

The butler's pantry is also fully fitted with a worktop, cupboards and presses.

Other downstairs ­accommodation includes a ­sunroom with a timber floor with a door leading to the garden.

There is also an office, a guest WC, a cloakroom and a fully equipped utility. Upstairs are three bedrooms, an ensuite master bedroom and bathroom.

Indo Farming