Knockbounce, Nicholastown, Kilcullen, Co Kildare
€1.2m Vincent Finnegan (01) 284 4312
The floor area of this house on the outskirts of Kilcullen is a whopping 6,070 sq ft, which makes for a lot of hoovering. Luckily there’s a central vacuum system. Other advanced features include surround sound, a pressurised water system and underfloor heating (it’s B1-rated).
The space includes five bedrooms on the first floor, all en-suite and with walk-in wardrobes. The ground floor has three reception rooms — two sitting rooms and a games room — plus an open-plan kitchen and lounge giving onto a covered deck and a terrace. There’s also a ground-floor office. It’s on 1.7 acres with a garage and carport.
The Hollies, Kilcullen Street, Dunlavin, Co Wicklow
€365k JP&M Doyle (045) 865 568
Dunlavin in West Wicklow started being built in the 17th century and has some interesting historic buildings, not least of which is the Palladian-style market house at the end of Kilcullen Street, which dates from 1740. About 100 metres down the street from the market house is The Hollies, a handsome period building that in recent times has served as a six-bedroom residence.
It measures 3,155 sq ft with the six bedrooms all on the first floor. Downstairs there’s a reception room on either side of the entrance hall, an eat-in kitchen at the end of the hall and an attached workshop at the back. It’s about an hour’s drive from here to Dublin in sane traffic.
22 Leinster Wood, Carton Demesne, Maynooth, Co Kildare
€800k Coonan Property (01) 628 6128
Leinster Wood is in the grounds of the 1,140-acre Carton House demesne, former home of the Earls of Kildare and latterly a hotel and golf resort.
The garden of No22 faces full south and backs onto one of the two 18-hole golf courses on the estate but it’s quite secluded too, with mature trees and hedging. It measures 2,500 sq ft on two floors plus there’s a basement. The ground floor has two bedrooms (one en-suite) plus a kitchen/dining room and a sitting room with a vaulted ceiling. Another two bedrooms (one en-suite) are on the first floor. Annual management fees are €1,435.
6 Lackanash, Trim, Co Meath
€475k Raymond Potterton (046) 902 7666
Trim Castle was one of the stars of Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, although it did not play itself, instead wearing some timber prosthetics and acting as the fortified city of York. The Lackanash estate is about 15 minutes’ walk from the castle and from the town itself. No6 measures 1,660 sq ft with four bedrooms upstairs (two en-suite). Downstairs there’s an open-plan kitchen/dining room at the back with sliding doors to the deck and garden. This is linked to a front reception room by double doors, and there’s also a separate lounge. As a fairly recent build (early 2000s), it’s B3-rated, and about half an hour’s drive from the M50.