Queensboro overlooks the mouth of the River Boyne near Baltray, about five kilometres east of Drogheda, Co Louth. It is among a row of south-facing period buildings that includes the former coastguard station.
This house is said to have been the gardener's lodge for the nearby Beaulieu estate, although it has been expanded and changed in a pleasantly higgledy-piggledy manner since those days, so that it's now partly single-storey and partly two-storey.
These days it's a fairly rambling 3,000 sq ft, and there are four bedrooms and three reception rooms, with period features including sash windows. Double doors inside the stained-glass porch open into the entrance hall, where there is an arched window overlooking the back garden.
To the left of the hall is a living and dining room with a marble fireplace, and to the right is a drawing room with another marble fireplace and a set of French doors opening into a sunroom with a wood-burning stove. There's a country-style kitchen with an oil-fired Aga, a quarry-tiled floor and solid wood cabinets. There is also a pantry off it, as well as a utility room.
The four bedrooms are in the two-storey part of the house, and the master bedroom includes an en-suite and dressing room and has a period fireplace. One of the two upstairs bedrooms has a balcony, and there is also an attic room that might be converted into another living space.
The house is on an acre of land and is set well back from the road, with a half-acre of mature gardens at the back. The grounds also include an old coach house with original cobblestone floors which is used for storage at the moment. The current owners have lived there for 35 years but they have now decided to downsize.
The house is for sale for €695,000 with REA O'Brien Collins in Drogheda (041) 987 5444.
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