Monday 19 February 2018

Home is where the hangar is for a €1.1m modern manse in Kilcock

Duncrevan House comes with building big enough to be a hangar

Duncrevan - the property is on four and a half acres.
Duncrevan - the property is on four and a half acres.
The master bedroom measures almost 28ft by 17ft.
The drawing room has a bay window.
The hall's staircase leads to a gallery.
The kitchen with centre island.
The warehouse could house a car fleet.

Eithne Tynan

You can still - just about - buy a 5,000 sq ft house in Dublin for €1.1m. At the time of going to press, a handful of properties more or less fitting that description were listed on one of the leading property websites.

What you won't find in Dublin for €1.1m, though, is a 5,000 sq ft house on four and a half acres, together with a giant warehouse as big as an aircraft hangar. For that you'll have to venture out of the city, although not very far - only to Kilcock.

Duncrevan House is a recently built mansion just outside the Kildare satellite town and on its grounds is a warehouse or workshop, constructed from steel and measuring 4,500 sq ft.

There's enough room in there to keep a helicopter, or a fleet of Reliant Robins, or a collection of World War II tanks, or indeed whatever mode of transport you fancy to get you to and from Dublin whenever necessary.

There's no shortage of other, less eccentric means to make the journey, however, as Kilcock is only 35km from the capital and it's been a transport hub for hundreds of years now.

First it was an important post on the Dublin-Galway stagecoach route. Then, in 1796, the Royal Canal arrived, followed by the railway in 1847 (and both are still reliable methods of getting to and from Kilcock). It's now bypassed by the M4, so you can get to the city in about 40 minutes by car. Or failing all that, you could make the journey on horseback if you wanted to. If so, there are six loose boxes in the warehouse at Duncrevan House, all set up and ready for half a dozen equine tenants.

Despite its name, Duncrevan House is in the townland of Duncreevan and is set well back from the road with a paddock out the front beside a dead-straight avenue planted either side with growing trees. At the end of the avenue is a large forecourt with a granite fountain in it.

That fountain, together with the portico over the front door, conspire to show the conspicuous outlay involved in fitting out this six-bedroom home - the expression "no expense spared", so often bandied about inaccurately, really applies here.

Inside the front door is an entrance hall measuring almost 22ft by 20ft, with a polished marble floor and a solid-fuel stove. Dominating the room is a bifurcated staircase, open-string and hand-carved, rising to a gallery landing above.

The property has four reception rooms. The first of these is a dual-aspect drawing room, nearly 28ft by 17ft, with a bay window and an oak floor. There's another multi-fuel stove in the marble fireplace here.

The drawing room leads into a family room, where there's a hardwood bar and a door leading to a deck outside.

The third reception room is a dining room, octagonal in shape and roughly 13ft wide, with a vaulted panelled ceiling. Lastly there's a study with another oak floor and a fireplace.

Then there's the kitchen, which measures just under 22ft by 16ft. It has custom-built and hand-painted cabinets with granite countertops and a centre island with a breakfast bar and built-in wine store.

The kitchen appliances are integrated and they're included in the sale. There's also a separate utility room. Of the six bedrooms, four have ensuite baths or showers. The master bedroom is by far the biggest, at 27ft 9ins by 16ft 9ins, and has a bay window and a fireplace as well as a dressing room and ensuite bath.

As well as the 4,500 sq ft warehouse containing six loose boxes and an office, the grounds also include a triple car port behind the home. The gardens consist of paddocks and lawns with shrubbery and a deck behind the property.

Plenty of ornamental trees have been planted around the grounds which will come to their full splendour over the next decade or so.

Meanwhile, along the boundary of the site there's a stand of Kildare's finest healthy broad-leafed trees that have already reached their best.

The property is about two kilometres outside the town of Kilcock, where there are three primary schools, a library, an art gallery, supermarkets, cafes and various sports facilities and clubs.

You can play 18 holes at Kilcock Golf Club about seven kilometres away to the north, having paid the €479 membership fee.

More profligate golfers can attend The K Club, about 15km to the south, if they're willing to pay €20,000 for country club membership.

According to the Property Price Register, Duncrevan House was last sold in June 2011, when it fetched €875,000. That means that if it fetches its current asking price of €1.1m, it will have appreciated by a little over 25pc in five years.

Duncrevan House

Kilcock, Co Kildare

Asking price: €1.1m

Agent: Property Partners Brady in Maynooth (01) 651 0000

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