Louth and clear near Drogheda for €800k
Coolfore Lodge, Co Louth €800k
Coolfore Lodge, outside Drogheda in County Louth, is right in the heart of school tour country. It's about 10 kilometres from Newgrange, and five kilometres from the monastic settlement of Monasterboice.
There is a long-standing tradition of school-goers ogling the grisly remains of Saint Oliver Plunkett's head in St Peter's Church in Drogheda, eight kilometres way.
Coolfore Lodge is a large (3,767 sq ft), recently-built detached house on eight acres in the townland of Coolfore.
The ground floor is split-level and given over entirely to living rooms. Central among these is the kitchen and breakfast room, with a partly vaulted ceiling and three large windows with views of the countryside.
There's also a drawing room with a sandstone fireplace and double doors to the garden and front patio, a family room with doors to the courtyard, and a dining room with panelled walls and vaulted ceilings, and a living room with another sandstone fireplace and double doors to the back garden. On a mezzanine floor overlooking the dining room is a reading room with fitted seating.
Up on the first floor are four bedrooms, including the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. The fourth bedroom is also en-suite.
The walled courtyard outside, reached from the family room, is paved in stone and has an integrated seating area and a built-in fireplace and barbecue. There's also a block-built garden shed.
The house is at the end of a longish driveway, behind electric cast-iron gates. The eight acres of land consist of railed paddocks and a lawned garden with some juvenile planting.
The agent is Sullivan Property Consultants in Drogheda, (041) 983 6453, and the asking price is €800,000.