The 19th-century Bective House, in the eponymous Co Meath hamlet of Bective, was once the Irish base for US industrialist and racehorse breeder Charles S Bird.
Bird had arrived in Ireland to hunt in the early 1900s and bought Bective House in the 1920s. After the Bird family sold the estate, his son, Charles Bird III, set about building a new home nearby in the 1970s.
Craystown House was built to an American design, as a single-storey villa, and has just gone on the market. The home extends over 4,306 sq ft, but has just three bedrooms and is the centrepiece of a 67-acre farm. It comes with eight stables, a stable yard, a tack room and an all-weather exercise arena for horses. Beside the stable yard is a pretty two-bed 19th-century cottage that's included in the sale price.
A long avenue leads up to the main villa, which has two wings with bedrooms to the front and a recessed entrance. A stone-tiled entrance hall leads to the sleeping quarters on the left and right. Two of the three bedrooms are dual aspect, thanks to bay windows and come with walk-in closets. All three bedrooms are ensuite.
The interconnected reception rooms and kitchen are to the rear of Craystown House, where they open on to patios and lawns. The kitchen and family room command uninterrupted views of pastures and paddocks, with the help of a Ha-Ha that separates the back garden from the farmland. The vista extends to the ancient Hill of Tara.
The reception rooms include a dining room, a large drawing room with French doors to a patio, and a family room. Off the family room is the kitchen/breakfast room, which would require a new kitchen, and there is a utility room that doubles up as a boot room and has its own external access.
The rear of the house opens up to flowerbeds, a rose garden, an orchard, and two holly trees that are said to be more than 200 years old.