You get a lot of bang for your buck with this imposing countryside property in Co Kildare, just an hour's drive from the centre of Dublin.
Clawinch House has 3,500 sq ft of accommodation over three floors and sits on eight acres.
The house, just over a mile from Ballybrittas village in Laois, is approached by a long, tree-lined driveway surrounded by mature woodland and gardens on both sides. Because of the quality and size of the land, the new owner could transform Clawinch House into a typical Co. Kildare equestrian facility, the agent says.
Although built in 1998, the house is decorated in a classical style, with ornate high ceilings, two inter-connecting reception rooms, open fireplaces and a library room. French doors open into an entrance hall with a solid wooden floor, ceiling coving and a mahogany gallery staircase. The guest toilet has black-and-white check tiling and an ornate hand basin.
The sitting room/library room is centred around a cast-iron fireplace with a marble hearth and views of the countryside from the feature bay window. The library's wooden-wall cladding matches the built-in bookcases.
The country-style fitted kitchen has an Aga range, Belfast sink and a sand flagstone floor.
The sitting room and kitchen are both connected to the bright south-facing dining room. Double doors that separate the dining room from the lounge can be folded back to turn the rooms into an ideal entertaining space.
Upstairs, all the bedrooms are ensuite. On the first floor, the master bedroom has its own dressing room, a balcony and a bathroom with a cast-iron free-standing bath, double shower, and steam room. There are three more double bedrooms on this floor. and one on the second floor, which is also home to a games room and gym.
Outside, there is a purpose-built office with a dual work space and high speed broadband. Clawinch House is for sale for €699,950.
The agent is Dowling Property, Kilcullen, (045) 482 189.
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