Sign of the times as couple forced to sell dream home and emigrate
The sale of a four-acre residential holding in Co Tipperary is an example of the difficult decisions being made daily throughout the country.
A young couple who spent years restoring a dilapidated old farmhouse, making it their dream home, are being forced to emigrate to Australia and leave their dream behind.
The four-acre property at Tinnock, Ballingarry, in north Co Tipperary is comprised of a traditional detached farmhouse (pictured left) with a range of outbuildings and a small arena.
The pair spent years renovating the property in painstaking detail, carefully maintaining the character of the building but adding the creature comforts of modern living.
The open plan ground floor of the house includes a sitting room, kitchen and dining area, as well as a combined utility room/wet room with bathroom. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms.
The couple retained the original flagstone floor in the kitchen and added timber floors to other rooms, while the entire house is decorated in pastel shades typical of farmhouse decor.
Outside, the property has a range of outhouses and stabling, including two horse stables with concrete floors and drains, a hay shed, a log store, a barn and a small sand arena for exercising horses.
To the rear of the property is a stream, which is overlooked by a concrete area that was destined to become a barbecue patio area.