1800s farmhouse in County Dublin
Clonswords House €1.25m
According to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, Clonswords House near Ballyboughal, Co Dublin, was built about 1850, although a house by that name is marked on the site on the first-edition Ordnance Map, for which the area was surveyed in the 1830s.
At any rate, the house looks somewhat different nowadays, having lost a dense crust of ivy and gained a granite-pillared portico at the front door.
For many years Clonswords House was part of a working dairy farm, and there's a farmyard with extensive outbuildings directly behind the house. The land has been reduced to 23 acres and the arrangements now favour horses instead of cows, with stables, paddocks and a sand arena.
The house itself has been fully refurbished and stands at 2,906 sq ft with five bedrooms. These are all on the first floor, among them the master bedroom which has a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with a double shower. The main bathroom on this level also has a double shower and a free-standing bath.
Back on the ground floor there are two main formal reception rooms - a dining room and a drawing room, both dual-aspect and with stoves in their fireplaces.
Double glass doors in the drawing room open to a sun room with a wood ceiling and doors to the garden.
The kitchen and breakfast room has exposed stone walls, a centre island with a granite counter top, a Belfast sink and another stove. From the dining area there's a staircase up to a 'snug' bar at mezzanine level. And if you can tear yourself away from that, there's also an office on the lower floor.
The gardens include a tennis court, a pond and a wooden statue of a horse. Clonswords House is about 45 minutes' drive from Dublin city centre via the M1. It's for sale for €1.25m with REA Cumiskey, (01) 841 3000.