Farm Ireland

Wednesday 13 December 2017

Restored monastery on 52ac is guided at €590k

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Strawberry Hill House has all the look and feel of a monastery but none of the asceticism associated with such a place.

The house, a former monastic establishment, dates back to the 16th century and prior to that was associated with Clonmacnoise. It is reputed that during times of trouble the monks brought their valuables to Strawberry Hill to save them from pillage.

Today it is a tastefully restored and very comfortable family home surrounded by 52ac of grassland. It is to be sold at public auction with a guide price of €590,000.

Located 1.5 miles from the village of Cloghan, the property is 15km from Birr, while Athlone and Tullamore are both 30km away.

The architecture, characterised by pointed windows and doorways, is an amalgamation of styles and includes a castellated three-storey wing along with a single-storey modern section set at right angles.

The reception rooms are well proportioned with interior plasterwork, high ceilings and ornate fireplaces throughout.

The house is full of eye-catching features. In addition the bedrooms are bright, spacious and spread out over three floors.

The accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, library, three bedrooms, two ensuite and one bathroom.

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There is also a staff apartment that includes a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and store and has independent access.

Aside from a garage that is incorporated into the dwelling, there are no outbuildings. The lands are laid out in one division and under grass with a good shelterbelt of mature hedging and trees out to its boundary where the farm enjoys generous road frontage.

The ground is in good heart, having been rented to a local farmer for the past nine years and well looked after during his tenure.

The residence is positioned in the middle of the overall holding. Set among lawned gardens, it is approached via a cut-stone entrance, with a tree-lined and gravelled driveway.

According to Andrew Nolan of selling agents Goffs, this is a charming property, oozing with character and coming at an affordable cost.

The auction takes place on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at Goffs Sales Complex, Kill, Co Kildare.

Irish Independent