The wish to pay homage to Georgian architecture is understandable, but too often the results are a travesty. Commonly 'mock Georgian' houses have almost nothing in common with the august properties they're supposed to be imitating.
Which makes it all the more refreshing when someone makes a decent job of it. Brook House in Co Meath, built in 1990, is a good example. It has pillared entrance gates opening to a tree-lined avenue, and it's symmetrical, on two storeys over a raised basement, with tall chimney stacks and a fan-lit front door. Inside, it has high corniced ceilings, square reception rooms and feature fireplaces. Not even the PVC windows give the game away, as so many genuine Georgians have those now.
Brook House stands on 28 acres of land, and will be auctioned on June 1 in various lots - the house on 11 acres, the remaining 17 acres of land, or the entire package. The house is 4,000 sq ft with four bedrooms on the first floor. All have fitted wardrobes and the master bedroom has an en-suite bath.
On the ground floor are two main chandeliered reception rooms - a dining room and a drawing room. Both are dual-aspect and have fireplaces - marble in the drawing room and cast iron in the dining room. The kitchen is also dual-aspect and has a separate utility. There's also a sun room on this level.
The basement has a games room, office and workshop, as well as store rooms and garage.
It's in the townland of Rathregan, near Batterstown, about 40 minutes' drive from Dublin via the M3 and N3. Closer at hand is Dunshaughlin, about seven kilometres away.
The AMV for the house on 11 acres is €950,000, adding €10,000 per acre for the rest of the land. It will go under the hammer of REA Coonan (01) 628 6128 on Thursday, June 1 at 3pm.