Four on the market: in county Laois
If you are looking for a property in lovely Laois, then here are four properties which might be of interest.
Rath Lodge, Ballybrittas
€175k Matt Dunne & Associates (057) 862 3349
Rath Lodge is the former gate lodge to Rath House, in the townland of Rathronshin. The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage claims it was built in 1890 and it's on Laois County Council's Record of Protected Structures. It's been refurbished, with new wiring, plumbing and double-glazed windows. The accommodation consists of two bedrooms on the first floor and two reception rooms and a galley kitchen on the ground floor, as well as a bathroom. Total floor area is 1,100 sq ft, and there's a garage on site.
€425k Charters (01) 651 7000
The village of Ballylinan is just inside the Co Laois border. This large detached property on an acre of land at Rahin Road is not much above seven minutes' drive from Athy, the nearest sizeable town, but there are shops and pubs in Ballylinan, just over a kilometre away. The ground floor has a kitchen with a centre island, and there are doors to the patio and garden. Off the kitchen is a triple-aspect dining room, and there are two other reception rooms. The first floor has four bedrooms, including the en-suite master.
€215k Matt Dunne & Associates (057) 862 3349
The Woodbrook district on the outskirts of Portarlington takes its name from the Woodbrook House estate. It is reported that Jonathan Swift was a frequent visitor and wrote much of Gulliver's Travels in the library there. This detached bungalow doesn't have a library, but there is a south-facing sunroom overlooking a garden into which much love has been poured. There's also a living room with a fireplace, a kitchen and utility, and three bedrooms, and there's a detached garage on the grounds.
Kylebeag House, Portlaoise
€975k Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6300; Sherry FitzGerald Fogarty (0505) 21192
It may call to mind Toad of Toad Hall, but Pike of Rushall in Laois apparently takes its name from an old turnpike. Kylebeag House, or sometimes Kilbeg House, is about three kilometres from the village and has 57 acres of land for grazing. It also has 30 stables and various coach houses, one of which has been converted into three en-suite bedrooms. The main house has five first-floor bedrooms, all en-suite, while downstairs there's a drawing room, dining room, sitting room, office and playroom, plus a kitchen and utility.