4 of a kind... Two (or three) in one
Pride of Portlaw
The Rocketts Castle Estate in Portlaw is a magnificent country estate overlooking the River Suir. Rocketts Castle itself is a six-bedroom, six-bathroom house dating from around 1850 that has been fully modernised over the years, most recently by the vendors who have owned the property since 2005.
In addition, there is a fully-refurbished five-bedroom fishing lodge and a gardener's cottage, which is currently used as a tack room. The estate comes with a total of 250 acres in tillage, pasture and mixed woodland, and there are opportunities for shooting, fishing and boating. Equestrian facilities include eight loose boxes, a polo field and club and a hunter trial course. There's also a 13th Century castle and various outbuildings.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350
Fancy in Finglas
Arya, at 114 Sycamore Road in Finglas, Dublin 11, is a contemporary five-bedroom, double-fronted, end of terrace family home which comes with a self-contained mews, a fully-compliant converted attic and an outdoor swimming pool. The main house has 215sqm of living space, with an additional 72sqm in the mews. The house has an open-plan layout with large sliding doors opening out from the kitchen/ dining area on to the landscaped rear garden. Also on the ground floor are a wet room, utility room and fifth bedroom. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, the family bathroom and a door opening on to the roof terrace, with the main bedroom suite above. The garden is low maintenance and not overlooked. There is separate rear access to the mews.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 837 3737
Media stars in Monesk
Hill House and Blueberry Cottage in Monesk, Blacklion, Co Cavan, are two separate properties on the one six-acre site - a sandstone farmhouse and archetypal cottage that the current owners rent out on AirBnB. Given the proximity to Neven Maguire's wonderful MacNean House restaurant, there's probably never any difficulty finding takers for the short-term rental. Both properties have been beautifully restored and featured in several interiors magazines. As well as plenty of living space, Hill House has four bedrooms. Blueberry Cottage has three en suite double bedrooms and a large garden room overlooking a wildlife pool. The distinctive pair of houses are located in the foothills of Ben Mountain on the Glenfarne Plateau.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350
Downtown Dun Laoghaire
10 Clarinda Park West, Dun Laoghaire is a fine period house currently divided into three separate units, offering purchasers a chance to combine the ground and first floors into a family home and retain the garden level as a separate apartment either for rental or for a family member. The house retains many period features including intricate cornicing, marble fireplaces, high ceilings and a fanlight over the front door complete with its original coloured glass. In total there is 249sqm of living space with an additional 35.7sqm in a bright attic conversion. The house overlooks Clarinda Park and is a short walk from the People's Park, where there is a popular farmers' market each Sunday.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 284 4422