Four on the market: Old rectories
Four rectories on the market which boast ample rooms, character and accompanying land.
The Old Rectory, Co Westmeath
€395k Colliers International, (01) 633 3700
This former glebe house near Castlepollard in County Westmeath, comes with three guest cottages in a courtyard. The main house is 2,852 sq ft on two storeys with a basement. At hall level are three reception rooms. The kitchen is in the basement together with a breakfast room, pantry, office, bedroom and shower room. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The courtyard also has two outbuildings and there are agricultural sheds in a lower yard. It is situated on five acres, with mature trees, grassland and an orchard.
The Manse, Co Cavan
€485k DNG O’Dwyer, (049) 854 7622
Built in 1871 for Lord Farnham's estate, this manse at Derrylurgan, about one-and-a-half kilometres from Ballyjamesduff, has been rewired and replumbed, and the chimneys have had attention, so it's in good order. It has a lounge, sitting room, kitchen, dining room, study and office on the ground floor, plus a shower room and utility. Upstairs are five bedrooms, one en-suite, and a bathroom. It's on two acres, with lawns at the front, dotted with mature trees. To the side is an orchard, and out the back is a tennis court.
Donohill Rectory, Co Tipperary
€325k GVM Auctioneers, (061) 413 522
Donohill Rectory, near Cappawhite, was placed on the market in 2007 with a €1.3m asking price. You could save almost a million by buying it now. It's a listed five-bedroom house on 10 acres, built in the mid to late 19th century and carefully renovated in recent years. It has two reception rooms (a drawing room and dining room), a kitchen with an Aga, a utility and an office. There are five bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. There's also a guest cottage with a kitchen, sitting room, three bedrooms and a bathroom.
The Rectory, Trim, Co Meath
€750k Maurice Harlin Auctioneers, (046) 902 9990
Reverend John Payne designed this Georgian rectory in the mid-18th century. An amateur architect, he wrote a book called 'Twelve Designs of Small Houses', including the plan for the Trim rectory. Yet it measures 4,500 sq ft. It has four ground floor reception rooms, a drawing room, kitchen and two bedrooms on the first floor, and two bedrooms and a living room/kitchen on the second floor. The basement has two rooms, a coal store and wine cellar. There's also a stone coach-house and two other stone outbuildings.