Four on market: Detached in county Meath
Four very impressive and distinctive detached properties currently on the market in county Meath.
Carraig Rua, Rathmore, Athboy
€497k Quillsen Navan, (046) 902 2100
Fans of antiquities will find plenty to amuse them in the townland of Rathmore, where there are ruins of Rathmore Castle and Rathmore Abbey. Among the treasures of the abbey is a highly decorated stone font that was stolen a few years ago but recovered. A few hundred metres away is Carraig Rua, a detached dormer bungalow also fashioned from curved stone but with its best features unmolested. It's about 3,200 sq ft with five bedrooms - one downstairs and four upstairs, two en suite. The main bedroom has a balcony. The ground floor has two reception rooms and a kitchen/family room, all interconnecting and with French doors to the 0.6-acre garden.
The Trees, Ennistown, Bective
€499k Sherry FitzGerald Sherry, (01) 825 9452
The writer Mary Lavin made her home at Bective, Co Meath, and immortalised the neighbourhood in her first collection of short stories, Tales from Bective Bridge, published in 1942. The bridge in question crosses the River Boyne just outside the village and about 500 metres from The Trees, a large two-storey house on 1.16 acres with a triangular paddock and fruit trees. It's been extended to 2,703 sq ft with four first-floor bedrooms, two en suites and one with a pair of walk-in wardrobes. The ground floor has a open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room and a separate lounge; both rooms have fireplaces and French doors.
Woodpole, Carnaross, Kells
€430k REA T&J Gavigan, (046) 924 0045
The townland of Woodpole was bisected first in the 19th century by the Great Northern Railway and latterly, in the 21st, by the N3 dual carriageway. This 19th century stone lodge cleaves to the old local road - now a sleepy enough thoroughfare - but its proximity to the N3 means you can get from there to the M50 Blanchardstown junction in around 40 minutes. It's on four acres with paddocks and six stable, as well as a lawn and kitchen garden. Inside, the cottage is said to be 2,000 sq ft, with two reception rooms, an L-shaped kitchen and dining room with a separate utility, and four bedrooms.
3 The Stores, Commons Road, Navan
€350k DNG Royal County, (046) 907 3737
If you were to search for 3 The Stores on Google Street View, you would not be encouraged. The place was captured in 2011 in a sorry state. It sold in 2015, however, for €259,000, and since than has had a root-and-branch makeover. Everything is now just so, both inside and out. Left of the entrance hall is a dual-aspect living room with a wood-burning stove. To the right is an open-plan kitchen, dining room and family room, also dual-aspect, with sliding doors to the garden. The first floor has four bedrooms (one en suite), in an overall floor area of 1,824 sq ft. Navan town centre is two kilometres away.