The perfect 'little' big house

Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Ballard Park is a Georgian house on 17ac and one of the many properties associated with the Guinness family in Dublin and surrounding counties.

Located at Ballinaclash near Rathdrum, Co Wicklow, the property includes a coach house and extensive gardens and comes with a guide price of €750,000.

According to Celia Lamb, of selling agents Ganly Walters, the house has all the appearances of a large country estate house but yet is quite a manageable family home that is in very good condition.

Approached by a tree-lined, gravel avenue, the house is set among impressive gardens representing the life's work and passion of the current owners. The gardens extend to approximately 4ac and includes herbaceous borders and rose beds, shrubbery, woodland and water features.

The accommodation extends to 4,169sq ft and comprises an entrance hall, dining room, drawing room, conservatory, study, garden room, kitchen/ breakfast room, laundry and boot room.

Upstairs, there are two large double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Meanwhile, the first floor comprises two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and dressing rooms.

Two attic rooms could easily be converted into further bedrooms subject to planning permission. The house has a wealth of period features throughout such as ceiling roses, decorative cornicing, architraves and shutters.

A converted coach house is located to the side of the property with accommodation that includes a kitchen, utility room, a large drawing room, a sitting room, two bedrooms and a loft area. To the side of the coach house is a large garage and green house.

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The lands extend to 17ac and are divided into four paddocks. They are mainly in grass aside from an acre of mature woodland.

Indeed, the entire property is surrounded and dotted with some very fine trees. There is also substantial road frontage with the property.

According to Ms Lamb the holding would make a great family home.

"This is a lovely place to bring up children, with the surrounding gardens and fields a natural playground," she said.

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