Four on the market: country properties with stables
A choice of four impressive properties which come complete with their own stables.
Bracklin Country House, Co Westmeath
€785k Sherry FitzGerald Lewis Hamill, (057) 932 0862
Despite the Westmeath address, Bracklin Country House & Stables is actually just inside the Offaly border, and its lands - which amount to 17 acres - border the Silver River and a former tributary of the Grand Canal. The property has been used as a guesthouse and has five bedrooms, four with en suites. Downstairs there's a kitchen with an Aga and patio doors, a separate dining room, a triple-aspect living room and a sitting room. The floor area is 2,852 sq ft with an impressive B2 energy rating. The equestrian portion includes nine stables and there are various other outbuildings including an old three-roomed cottage with a wood-burning stove.
Inchamore, Coolea, Macroom, Co Cork
€275k Sherry FitzGerald Hinchion, (026) 41165
This two-storey stone farmhouse enjoys some relatively splendid isolation, being at the end of a 240-metre avenue and having two acres around it. At the end of the avenue you would turn left for Macroom, which is about half an hour's drive. The house has period features including beamed ceilings and white-painted stone walls in the two main reception rooms. Both of these have fireplaces with solid-fuel stoves (one with a back boiler). The kitchen is galley-style and has a door to the patio. There's one bedroom downstairs and four on the first floor. As well as stables, the grounds include a workshop and outbuildings.
Chestnut Lodge, Newbawn, Co Wexford
€265k PN O’Gorman, (051) 421 226
The chestnut in the title here refers to a splendid specimen standing guard at the gate of the property, getting ready to produce a profusion of blossoms in a few weeks' time. Chestnut Lodge at Tinnecarrig, is in a little complex of period properties on a cul-de-sac off the road between Ballynabola and Newbawn. It's on 3.3 acres and has 11 stables as well as a sand arena and hay barn. It has period features including a cast-iron bath in the bathroom on the first floor, where there are also three bedrooms. Downstairs the kitchen has a Rayburn and there are two reception rooms, both with solid-fuel stoves.
Bungowla, Chestnut Lane, Galway
€645k DNG Martin O’Connor, (091) 866 708
Chestnut Lane in Bushypark, is a rustic cul-de-sac neighbourhood about half an hour's walk from the NUIG campus but only 10 minutes or so from the university sports centre. As well as its stables and floodlit sand arena, Bungowla has pleasant gardens including mature trees, stone walls and a greenhouse. The house itself is 2,302 sq ft with five bedrooms, the main one having an en suite with a corner bath. By way of reception rooms there's a living room with a stone fireplace, a lounge and a conservatory off the open-plan kitchen and dining room.