Restored monastery on 52ac is guided at €590k
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.