Four on the market: period homes in county Meath
A choice of four houses with character currently on the market in the royal county.
€500k Raymond Potterton, (046) 902 7666
In the townland of Balsaw, about a kilometre outside Wilkinstown, is a detached 1920s house that's been recently transformed into a fine-looking, modern home. On the ground floor is a sitting room with a cast-iron fireplace and a kitchen/dining room with a solid-fuel range. Upstairs are four bedrooms, one en suite. It stands on 21 acres of good grassland, with a yard and stable block, and there are two entrances, one leading to the house and the other to the yard. The gardens are in lawns dotted with trees and shrubs.
5 Boyne View, Slane
€250k Sullivan Property Consultants, (041) 983 6453
As its name suggests, there are good views of the River Boyne from Boyne View, an 18th century terrace of six limestones at Mill Hill, opposite the entrance to Slane Castle. Number 5 is listed, and has been carefully renovated, holding onto its period features. There are two ground-floor reception rooms, both with fireplaces, a fitted kitchen and a guest toilet. On the first floor are three bedrooms and the main bathroom, and there's a rear courtyard garden. It's less than an hour's drive from Dublin in light traffic.
Rathmay House, Oldcastle
€150k Martin Shortt, (049) 854 1888
The townland of Rathmea, near Oldcastle, Co Meath, is pocked with ringforts, one of which is less than 100 metres from the front door of Rathmay (or Rathmea) House. The 2,000 sq ft home is on three-quarters of an acre at the end of a long laneway. It has four bedrooms on the first floor, one of which has an en suite with a free-standing bath. Downstairs there's a kitchen/dining room with an Aga, a living room with a brick fireplace, a sitting room with patio doors, and a sunroom with a solid-fuel stove.
4 Victoria Terrace, Laytown
€350k Robert B Daly, (041) 983 8607
The houses at Victoria Terrace have their backs to the street, the better to enjoy the uninterrupted views of the sea to the east. This is a terrace of six late Victorian seafront houses, built in 1900, with communal front lawns running right down to Laytown beach. Number 4 has four bedrooms, one with a bay window with sea views. Downstairs there's a bay-windowed sitting room, a dining room and a separate kitchen, plus a utility room and shower. At the back is a paved yard with vehicle access.