Fancy living close to a golf course? Take your pick with these four homes
Headfort Court, Headfort Demesne, Kells, Co Meath. €1.5m
Hitting at Headfort
Headfort Court is an unusual country property - the east wing of the original mansion house - forming part of the Headfort Demesne, close to the historic town of Kells. The adjoining Headfort Preparatory School is the last private fee-paying junior boarding school in the country.
Approached through the gates of the estate, a tree-lined and estate-fenced avenue passes two courtyard developments before arriving at the private-gated entrance to Headfort Court.
The house has been carefully restored and refurbished over the past 20 years under the supervision of John O'Connell (the conservation architect associated with Ballyfin House in Co Laois). High ceilings have been insulated, with architraves and wainscoting restored and repaired. The majority of the windows have been either restored or replaced and there are some fine examples of extensive and intricate plasterwork on cornices and centre roses. The principal rooms have attractive period fireplaces, some with carved Adam marble mantelpieces and the rooms are notably bright and spacious.
Headfort Court comes with six acres of beautiful gardens, containing a collection of rhododendron and azaleas planted under the supervision of the 4th Marquess of Headfort, Geoffrey Taylour.
The property overlooks the 18-hole championship Headfort Golf Course, and other challenging courses in the area include the Royal Tara Golf Club and the famous Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course at Killeen Castle. Hunts within boxing distance include the Tara Harriers, the Meath Foxhounds, the Ward Union and the Ballymacad.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4350
Awesome in Adare
36 The Village is a four-bedroom semi-detached property in a quiet, residential cul-de- sac in The Village at Adare Manor development. The house is in pristine condition inside and out, and within walking distance of the historic village of Adare. This could be a family home or a downsize option - either way it will appeal to golfers as the Adare Manor Golf and Country Club is on the doorstep. The interior is decorated in soft, neutral tones and features high-quality joinery, smart modern bathrooms, high ceilings, and bright, open-plan living accommodation. Amenities in the immediate area include primary schools, sporting facilities, and a host of restaurants, including The Mustard Seed and 1826 Adare, not forgetting the magnificent Adare Manor itself.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Limerick (061) 418000
Driving in Douglas
Elm Grove is one of just 14 detached houses in the gated Maryborough Orchard development located within the grounds of the Maryborough Hotel on Maryborough Hill in Douglas on the outskirts of Cork city. The five-bedroom detached family home has 374 sqm of living space arranged over three floors. The development was originally offered to the market in the mid 2000s as serviced sites which allowed each owner to construct a one-off home meaning that no two houses in Maryborough Orchard are the same. There's parking to the front for six cars and enclosed rear gardens to the side and rear offering distinct areas for eating outdoors and relaxing. The house is directly across the road from Douglas Golf Club.
Agent: Lisney Cork (021) 4275079
Pitching in Portsalon
The clue is in the name at 10 Golf Apartments in Portsalon, Donegal, located on the doorstep of the renowned Portsalon 18-hole championship links golf course with its modern club house facilities. The apartment is also located right beside a scenic beach in a cove, next to Portsalon pier. There are two bedrooms, and 67 sqm of living space, plus a terrace with views over the sea and beach. Ballymastocker beach, one of the gems of this stretch of the Donegal coastline, is within walking distance without the necessity of crossing a busy main road, making the location very safe for children and providing an alternative to the pleasures of the golf course. There's plenty of car parking and Sarah's shop, pub and restaurant is very close by.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Rainey (074) 912 2211