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Ballybrada - FOR SALE: €2.2m

Ballybrada - FOR SALE: €2.2m

Ballybrada - FOR SALE: €2.2m

Victorian with mod cons

Ballybrada House, near Cahir, is a country estate and wildlife haven on a hundred acres of woodland and top-quality organic grazing, with views over the Suir Valley (1.4km of single-bank fishing rights are included) and the Knockmealdown Mountains. The house is approached by a long avenue and dates from 1879, when it was designed by Belfast architects Otway and Watt and built using skilled local craftsmen; it's a fine example of Victorian architecture adapted for comfortable modern living. In total there is 845sqm of living space, including a self-contained staff/guest wing. The grounds feature specimen trees, a woodland garden and a one-acre walled garden with an ancient mulberry tree and an apple orchard.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6402

FOR SALE: €2.2m

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Headfort Court - FOR SALE: €1.5m

Headfort Court - FOR SALE: €1.5m

Headfort Court - FOR SALE: €1.5m


Historic gardens in Meath

Headfort Court occupies the east wing of the original house and offers 823sqm of living space, including a self-contained one-bedroom apartment. The house has been restored and refurbished over the past 20 years under the supervision of John O'Connell, the renowned conservation architect associated with Ballyfin House in Co Laois and retains many original period features, including Adam marble fireplaces. The property comes with six acres of exquisite gardens, containing a collection of rhododendrons and azaleas planted under the supervision of the 4th Marquess of Headfort, Geoffrey Taylour, along with many other rare plants and trees. There's also a walled garden with traditional outbuildings and a stable yard with six loose boxes.

Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350

FOR SALE: €1.5m


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Seafield House - FOR SALE: €9.995m

Seafield House - FOR SALE: €9.995m

Seafield House - FOR SALE: €9.995m

Dublin architectural gem

Seafield House, near Donabate, in North County Dublin is a Palladian mansion dating from the 1730s, thought to have been built by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, the architect of Castletown House and the Irish Houses of Parliament, now the Bank of Ireland at College Green. A west wing was added in 1857, the result being a sophisticated melding of Georgian elegance and Victorian warmth. The current owners undertook a wholesale refurbishment and the property now features all contemporary comforts within its 859sqm of living space. The house comes with 80 acres of land, which include a yew tree walk, arable land, forestry, a lake and a walled kitchen garden and poly-tunnel. There's a gate lodge and stable-yard with staff apartment.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6402

FOR SALE: €9.995m

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The White House - FOR SALE: €790,000

The White House - FOR SALE: €790,000

The White House - FOR SALE: €790,000


Writer's refurbished home

Formerly the home of the well-known Victorian author, Edith Somerville, of Somerville & Ross fame, The White House on Main Street in Castletownshend is located close to the pier at Castlehaven harbour. The house has recently been restored and renovated to a high standard, with many period features remaining intact. On the ground floor there are a kitchen, living room and dining room plus a sun room and terrace, while upstairs there are four bedrooms and four bathrooms. To the side of the house is a large walled garden with side access from the street; it's already nicely landscaped and could be put to work as a productive garden for the growing fruit and vegetables, which it is likely to have been in the past.

Agent: Charles McCarthy Auctioneers (028) 21533

FOR SALE: €790,000

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