4 of a kind... Ecclesiastical Houses
Great escape in Tipperary: Excuse us while we weep into our cornflakes for a minute. Anyone who's done his or her time in the house-hunting trenches of the capital will know how difficult it is to get a decent-sized family house with a garden for anything under half a million euro, so the prospect of River Glebe House, a six-bedroom period house on five acres in Toomevara, Co Tipperary, will surely give pause for thought.
In addition to the main house there are two out-buildings with lapsed planning permission for conversion into residential units and a gate lodge described as being in need of complete renovation. According to Google Maps, the driving time to O'Connell Bridge is under two hours. This could be a great project for someone looking to get out of the rat race.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4357
For sale: €465,000
Surf heaven in Sligo
The Old Rectory in Curraghnagap near Easkey dates from the 1790s but had a lay owner before becoming the parsonage for the rector of St Anne's Church in 1815. Currently a family home, the house was formerly run as a guest house and new owners may wish to consider this or explore the AirBnB potential of the property, which includes two coach-houses, as Easkey is located on the Wild Atlantic Way and is a popular destination for surfers. The house, 418sqm of living space and views of the sea from the front bedrooms, is coming down with charm and period features, and has magnificent gardens (one of the current owners won a Gold medal at Bloom in 2015) that include a flower garden, orchard and potager.
Agent: Rob Forrester (086) 198 7041
For sale: €675,000
Period features in Kilkenny
The Rectory in Bennettsbridge was built around 1900 by the parish as a residence for the local curate. The four-bedroom house looks exactly as one would hope that a rectory should, its stone and brick façade clad in Virginia creeper. There's a quarter acre garden planted with mature trees and shrubs, and a lawn that would be perfect for afternoon tea with the vicar, weather permitting. Inside, the layout is original with many period features intact, so it will be up to new owners to make whatever changes suit their individual circumstances. In total there is just shy of 120sqm of living space, including a two-storey extension to the rear. The Rectory would make either a permanent home or holiday house.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald McCreery (056) 772 1904
For sale: €290,000
With stables in Waterford
The Old Rectory (also known as Kilmeaden House) in Kilmeaden dates from 1806 when it was built by the Church of Ireland as a residence for the local cleric, who must have been held in some esteem, given the size of the property - the main house extends to 400sqm and there is a separate gardener's cottage. The house has only had three owners since then - the Church, the Congreve family and the present owners. Although currently used as a private home, the fact that there are six en suite bedrooms means that new owners may wish to consider the possibility of running the house as some form of commercial enterprise, perhaps a small country house hotel. The property comes with 12 acres of land and stables.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald John Rohan (052) 843880
For sale: €1.2m