Sunday 26 May 2019

Home reputed to have accommodated 'Ballykissangel' staff is on the market for €1.15m

Sheepwalk House, Beech Road €1.15m

A modern red-brick extension has been added to Sheepwalk
A modern red-brick extension has been added to Sheepwalk
The sunroom was created in the new extension

Daniel Murray has sometimes been described as "the forgotten Archbishop of Dublin", but he is likely to be remembered forever at least by the occupants of Sheepwalk House near Avoca in Co Wicklow.

Murray was born at Sheepwalk in 1768 and became Archbishop of Dublin in 1825, in which role he advanced the cause of Catholic education, was partly responsible for building the Pro-Cathedral, and helped found St Vincent's Hospital.

Despite all these good works, there was not even a full biography of Murray until last year (Thomas J Morrissey's The Life and Times of Daniel Murray). He's buried in the vaults at the Pro-Cathedral and commemorated there with a sumptuous monument in marble. He's also commemorated at Sheepwalk, with a plaque on the grounds.

His home was a handsome farmhouse that in more recent years was run as a B&B, reportedly accommodating the cast of 'Ballykissangel' at one point. It has gained a modern red-brick front extension that has done it no aesthetic favours externally, but it now measures a substantial 3,875 sq ft.

The sunroom was created in the new extension
The sunroom was created in the new extension

Being a former guesthouse, it has plenty of bedrooms - eight in the main house along with another 12 to be found in various restored cottages and outbuildings in the courtyard.

The main house also has two main reception rooms - a sitting room and a lounge on either side of the entrance hall - as well as a long, 44ft sunroom in that front extension. There's also an office off the kitchen.

It's on nine acres of grounds with plenty for the keen kitchen gardener to do: there's an orchard of 53 fruit trees, a 40ft polytunnel and raised vegetable beds.

It's at the end of a 300-metre driveway about four kilometres from both Arklow and Avoca.

Sheepwalk is for sale for €1.15m with REA Halnon in Gorey (053) 941 17720.

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