Four homes currently on the market in Co Laois
Four properties currently on the market in Laois, a county which is a good commuting option due to its motorways and train service.
Beckfield House, Corrig, Portarlington
€450k Clement Herron Real Estate, (057) 866 6344
Beckfield House (known to An Post as Beechfield House) is only about a kilometre from Portarlington railway station, and if you prefer to drive, it's about 15 minutes by car from the M7 at Monasterevin (Junction 14). It's at the end of a 100-metre avenue and has an acre and a half of land around it but there's the option to buy another 6.5 acres as well. Beckfield has five bedrooms (three en suite) and three reception rooms - a sitting room with a limestone fireplace, a TV room with a patio door, and a dining room which is in a raised area off the kitchen. The house measures 3,132 sq ft in all.
Knockanina House, Castletown
€410k REA Seamus Browne, (057) 868 7777
Knockanina House, which is marked as such on the early OS maps, is one for horsey types, as it comes with 5.5 acres including stables and paddocks. The grounds also include a nice garden with statuesque trees and a pond. Having been extended in its lifetime, Knockanina House now measures 2,906 sq ft including four bedrooms, three of them en suite. There are three reception rooms - sitting room, dining room and living room - as well as a kitchen and separate utility. It's about two kilometres south of Mountrath and a 15-minute walk past the golf course to Castletown village.
Old Hollow House, Shanahoe, Abbeyleix
€675k Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes, (01) 237 6300
Built in the late 1990s, Old Hollow House has a small man-made lake (or large pond if you prefer) in its front garden. To maximise enjoyment of this watery spot there's a log barbecue house, and the gardens round about include shrubbery, an orchard and a kitchen garden. The property comes with 10.7 acres in all and includes four stables, dog kennels and a huge (3,200 sq ft) American barn. The house itself is even bigger, at 4,300 sq ft, with five bedrooms (three en suite). By way of living rooms there's a family room, living/dining room, sunroom, study and playroom along with a kitchen with an oil-fired Aga.
2 Heritage Drive, Killenard
€500k Kate O’Shea, (086) 798 1888
If you jump over the back wall of 2 Heritage Drive, you'll immediately find yourself in the Heritage resort, where you can play golf, get a spa treatment, go for a swim or indeed have a wedding. No2 measures 2,400 sq ft and is expensively fitted out with marble floors, a central vacuum system and granite countertops in the kitchen. There's a granite fireplace in the sitting room, where there are French doors to the garden. The other main living room is an open-plan kitchen and dining room with a solid-fuel stove. There's one en-suite bedroom downstairs and another three bedrooms upstairs (one en-suite).