Four on the market: period houses in Co Meath
These four period properties in Co Meath come with many original features and ample charm.
Hazelwood House, Kilskyre
€250k REA T&J Gavigan, (046) 924 0045
Among the legions of Irish rebel poets, Brian O'Higgins does not rank very highly. Granted, he was imprisoned for his revolutionary activities and was briefly president of Sinn Féin in the 30s, but his poetry is mostly doggerel. He was born in the village of Kilskyre (or Kilskeer), about 20 kilometres from Kells. Hazelwood, on a half-acre just outside the village, was built in 1903, during O'Higgins' lifetime, and has been kept in nice condition. It has a living room, sitting room, breakfast room and kitchen on the ground floor, and four bedrooms upstairs.
Headfort Court, Headfort Demesne, Kells
€1.5M Savills Country, (01) 663 4350
Headfort Court is the east wing of Headfort House, the 18th-century mansion which for many years has been a boarding school for primary-level children. This wing of the house alone measures 8,859 sq ft and is set on six acres of gardens with a courtyard of outbuildings including six stables. Inside, it has three reception rooms and a kitchen with an Aga, as well as six bedrooms (two en suite), all on the upper floor. The basement has offices, a billiard room and laundry room. There's also a one-bedroom apartment adjoining the property. Headfort is about three kilometres from Kells and overlooks Headfort Golf Club.
Seachnall House, Dunshaughlin
€850k Hora Property Consultants. (01) 665 0456
On early maps, Seachnall House on the Dublin Road is given as Sechnallstown House, and it's said to have been built in 1880 (although the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage says 1860). At any rate, it has been completely and carefully refurbished, including a new roof, new insulation, and heating; the shuttered sash windows have been restored, and salvaged oak floors and stained glass have been put in. It's also been extended to 3,100 sq ft, adding an open-plan kitchen and dining room. The ground floor also has two formal reception rooms, and there are four bedrooms upstairs (one en suite).
3 The Engine House, Trim Road, Athboy
€149,950 Smith Harrington, (046) 902 1113
Athboy railway station closed in 1947, but many of the station buildings survive, including the 1860s engine house which has been converted into four rather unusual townhouses. No3 is in the middle of the small terrace and has two bedrooms on its first floor, both with built-in wardrobes. On the ground floor there's a sitting room off the front porch and an eat-in kitchen with appliances included in the sale. There's also a downstairs toilet and an upstairs shower room, in a total floor space of 747 sq ft. It's right in the centre of the town of Athboy, which is the home of the annual Blue Jean Country Queen festival.