Tuesday 20 August 2019

Make a break for the border

Tieveboy €450k

This 3,000 sq ft house was built about 20 years ago
This 3,000 sq ft house was built about 20 years ago
The living room with a marble fireplace

For some half a century, the little village of Ballindrait, on the Deele River in Co Donegal, found itself unexpectedly connected to the thick of things.

Ballindrait was one of seven stops along the short-lived railway route between Letterkenny, Co Donegal and Strabane, Co Tyrone. The railway opened in 1909 to cover a distance of just 30 kilometres, and eventually closed in 1960.

By road, the village is about five kilometres from Strabane (and neighbouring Lifford) to the south-east, which means it's a five-minute drive to the still-soft border between Ireland and the UK.

Within walking distance of the village, in the townland of Tieveboy, is this large detached house on an acre of very secluded grounds.

The living room with a marble fireplace
The living room with a marble fireplace

The house was built about 20 years ago and the garden was planted at the same time to create an atmosphere of privacy, with lawns, mature trees and a deck surrounded by a natural rock boundary.

Inside it measures a sizeable 3,000 sq ft on two floors, with four bedrooms upstairs - the master bedroom having an en-suite shower and a dressing area - along with a bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and a steam shower.

The ground floor has three reception rooms and a kitchen, where there's an oil-fired range and a Belfast sink.

The main reception is a living room roughly 16ft square, with a marble and wrought iron fireplace. There's also a family room with another fireplace, and a dining room at the back of the house which the agents suggest could be used as a fifth bedroom instead. It's off a small rear hallway where there's also a utility room and shower.

As well as the garden, the grounds include a detached double garage that could become a home office or gym.

The agent is Franklins in Letterkenny (074) 918 8000 and the asking price is €450,000.

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