A touch of baroque in a stone mansion with its own stables for €795k in Kildare
Arranmore, a stone mansion with its own stables in Enfield, Co Kildare has the hospitable old heart of a bygone homely era
After a busy life in the hospitality industry, the owners of Arranmore House have decided that the time has come to put their feet up and enjoy retirement in warmer climes. It won't be easy for them to walk away from their home, however, after 16 years of hard work and happy times.
The property was originally an old farmhouse when the vendors bought it nearly 18 years ago. They loved the site, but the farmhouse that stood on it had to be knocked right back and completely rebuilt to make it compatible with today's standard of living.
The result is a 4,520sq ft modern-day mansion sure to appeal to a scrum half, a hippophile or a hunting enthusiast.
Clonard is located close to three county borders - Kildare, Offaly and Westmeath. For rugby fanatics, Mullingar and Edenderry clubs are right on the doorstep. This house has five stables and 12 acres for horse lovers; and any keen hunters have a choice of packs in Westmeath, Kildare and Meath hunts.
The modern stone exterior contrasts with a full on period style interior scheme which is part Victorian, and with plenty of elaborate gilt edges on display, perhaps has more than a touch of baroque about its interior, where the vendors added dark wood panelling, cornicing, centre roses and feature fireplaces in a nod to the original 150-year-old house that came before it. The result is a high-spec home from the tiled hallway to the polished oak floors and beyond.
Arranmore is approached through electronic gates and a tree-lined driveway with a low stone wall takes you to both the front and on around to the rear of the house. Once through the red front door, you are greeted by a dramatic oval tray ceiling and split staircase in the distance. The three reception rooms in the house are the living room, dining room and study.
The living room and study have marble fireplaces and high ceilings. Each of the reception rooms is painted in rich deep heritage colours, in keeping with the old-world design throughout the house.
The kitchen is fitted with country-style cream units with marble worktops. It has an island with seating for four and a dresser big enough to display any fine china one might own. There is plenty of room for a large kitchen table at the window, where you can survey the land as you eat dinner. There is a utility room and a conservatory off the kitchen.
Unexpectedly, the vendors say that their favourite room in the house is probably the 'cosy' study because this was actually the room in which they spent most time.
Although they are keen to stress that the other reception rooms came into their own fully on those occasions when the extended family came home to visit, and the house was full once again.
There are five bedrooms upstairs, all of them come with an ensuite bathroom. The rooms are generous in size and well-decorated so may be of interest to anyone on the market looking for a property that could be used in full or in part as a guesthouse.
Outside there are formal gardens to the front of the house which have been landscaped and well-maintained. This is planted up with a mixture of mature and newly planted trees, as well as year-round flowering foliage and shrubs.
The home benefits from a large patio in the sunniest part of the garden for outdoor dining that would also be an ideal spot for a party, if the weather was kind enough. Young children would have a field day on this lawn with more than enough room for a football match or a game of rounders or even both simultaneously.
The current owners had kept horses in the past and with a few winners amongst them over the years. So there are five stables in good condition to the side of the house. A double garage beside the stables is fronted with the same stone as the main residence. The row of outbuildings backs on to the road, with the added bonus that it gives the main house that bit more privacy and security.
Ten of the 12 acres attached to the property are currently laid out in pasture. This land has its own access from the main road with well-defined boundaries.
The house also has a private well, sewage treatment facility, oil-fired central heating and an alarm. All moveable items both inside and out are excluded from the sale but may be available through separate negotiation.
Clonard is a quiet little village with a garage, school, a couple of pubs and a shop.
There is a mixed primary school less than 100m from the property with just 69 pupils, and another one just 4km away. There are a few secondary schools in the area like Coláiste Clavin on the Enfield Road, Columba College in Killucan and St Mary's in Edenderry.
The proximity to the capital (an hour's drive on the M4) means Clonard has become a bit of a commuter town, along with the likes of Enfield and Edenderry. There are two big housing developments close to the house called Meadow View and Abbeyfields. Both are filled with families and well-maintained.
The bustling town of Mullingar is 20 minutes away by car, Enfield is a 10 minute drive and you can make Maynooth in half an hour when the traffic is good.
Golfers in the area have plenty of range to choose with Mullingar Golf Club, Delvin Castle and Carton House course all within reach.
The very popular wedding venue Moyvalley Hotel is only 10 minutes away, with options to eat in the bar or clubhouse.
On the other hand, those with guesthouse use in mind may benefit from its overflow on big occasions.
For a local pint, The Monastery Inn is 300m from the house which means there's no need for a designated driver to when it's time for a drink, you can simply stroll down and back.
Reviews suggest their food isn't bad either.
Arranmore House is guiding €795,000 through Savills Country (01) 663 4350