Lost history near Dundalk
Killin Park House €650k
There used to be two megalithic passage tombs in the townland of Killin, near Dundalk in Co Louth. They each stood on the crest of a hill, and the larger one, atop Killin Hill, featured carvings similar to those found at Newgrange.
It's marked as the site of a 'Druid's Circle' on the early OS maps. But sadly, both monuments appear to have been destroyed by quarrying in the early 19th century. The whole area is now covered in woodland abutting Killin Golf Club.
Less than 200 metres from the site of the monument is Killin Park House, which has suffered far less from the passage of time.
It's a splendid 19th-century house, reportedly built in 1860, though strangely enough not listed on Louth County Council's Record of Protected Structures. This will have made for an easier restoration when the work was carried out in 2003.
Period features have been maintained and improved, with replacement sash windows, fireplaces and chandeliers.
It stands at 3,983 sq ft on two storeys over a raised basement. A flight of stone steps leads up to the fanlit front door at entrance level. Inside, to the right of the entrance hall is a drawing room, and to the left is the master bedroom, with an en-suite and dressing room. Upstairs there are three more bedrooms and a bathroom.
At garden level, then, you'll find the fifth bedroom, along with a kitchen and dining room, two more sitting rooms, and a sunroom that gives onto a patio.
The house is on 2.1 acres - relatively close to the road at the front and with lawns, mature trees and shrubs at the back and to the side.
It's about five kilometres from Dundalk and an hour's drive from Dublin via the M1 motorway.
The agent is DNG Duffy (042) 935 1011 and the asking price is €650,000.