Saturday 21 September 2019

Authentic Victorian farmhouse close to the shores of Dundalk Bay

  • Marsh Farm House, Mooretown €475k

The farmhouse dates from 1860
The farmhouse dates from 1860

It may have acquired a newish sort of look, but in fact Marsh Farm House, at Mooretown, Co Louth, is classic - and authentic - Victoriana. It was built about 1860 according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, which praises its "mellow brick" and its "attractive half-dormered and sprocketed roof line".

The newish look comes from the windows, which have been replaced with PVC faux sashes. The place was refurbished some 15 years ago, at a time when fake sash windows were the thing. Once inside, though, you'll find everything just as it should be by way of period features.

Not least of these is actually the windows which still have their wooden shutters. You'll also notice the 10ft high corniced ceilings, the open-string stairs, and the fireplaces in marble and cast iron.

Some work remains to be done so there's scope to enhance its 19th-century-farmhouse charm even more, bearing in mind that it is on Louth County Council's record of Protected Structures.

It's 3,161 sq ft on two floors, including a single-storey extension to the side. That includes five bedrooms - three on the first floor of the main house (one with en suite and dressing room) and two in the extension.

The ground floor of the original wing has a sitting room, formal dining room, living room and kitchen, and there's an office, playroom and utility in the extension.

It's close to the shores of Dundalk Bay and has nothing between it and the sea to the east except some well-tended fields.

The original farm was placed on the market separately a few years ago. What remains is 1.35 acres including lawns, an orchard and an original stone coach house.

Marsh Farm is seven kilometres south of Dundalk and about 45 minutes' drive from Dublin airport.

It's for sale for €475,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Carroll (042) 933 2173.

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