On the market: Scenes of clerical life in Meath
If you've ever wanted to live in your very own Anthony Trollope novel, now is your chance – although a little imaginative effort may be required.
Built around 1792, Glebe House in Moynalty, Co Meath, was an Anglican rectory for almost 170 years. It was sold in 1961, and has been in the possession of the current owners since then. Sadly, the church associated with it, in the village of Moynalty, was deconsecrated in 1994 and turned into a credit union.
However, along with the house you also get 22 acres of pasture, a gate lodge, an orchard and a courtyard with a coach house, two stables, a tool house and a gardener's bothy. So there are more than enough picturesque spots in which to plan or evade ecclesiastical intrigues.
Glebe House is approached by a tree-lined avenue with the gate lodge at the end. The house itself is two storeys over basement, with 2,960 sq ft of floor space. Limestone steps with wrought-iron handrails lead to the front door and the entrance hall. This leads to a drawing room and a dining room, both with white marble fireplaces, and to a smallish study, also with a fireplace. Off the dining room is a home office or bedroom with a fitted kitchenette.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a bathroom, while the lower ground floor has a kitchen/dining room with an oil-fired Aga, a utility room and a pantry, as well as a playroom and a bathroom.
The agent is Raymond Potterton & Co in Navan (046 902 7666) and the asking price is €550,000.
Coach house worth seeing
Number 23 Kenilworth Lane West, Dublin 6, is a former coach house turned four-bedroom townhouse. Conveniently enough it has a built-in garage, so you could still keep a carriage if you were so inclined.
The hall of this 1,755 square-foot stone-fronted house gives access to the garage, a utility room, a guest toilet and an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen.
The living area has a marble fireplace and patio doors overlooking the back garden, which is made up a patio, flower beds and climbing shrubs.
A glazed apex ceiling sheds light over the dining area of the kitchen, and there's another set of doors leading from there to the patio. Upstairs are four bedrooms, two en-suite, and a shower room.
It's on the market for €500,000 with Lowe & Associates in Rathmines (01 496 0844).
Magic in the mountains
f the mountain won't come to you, you must go to the mountain.
In the heart of the Wicklow Mountains National Park is a hunting lodge-style cottage overlooking the Glenmalure valley at Carriglineen. The house is on an acre of land and has 1,450 square feet of accommodation centred round an open-plan kitchen and living room. This room has a vaulted wooden ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows. A granite fireplace houses a solid fuel stove, and French doors give onto a deck.
There are four bedrooms, the master with an en suite shower room, and a main bathroom with sunken bath. A mezzanine family room overlooks the living area below.
Outbuildings include a stable block and a garage. The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Catherine O'Reilly in Wicklow (0404 66466) and the asking price is €400,000.
The residents of the south side of Londonbridge Road in Sandymount overlook Lansdowne Lawn Tennis Club from their back gardens. And the Aviva Stadium is only about half a kilometre away.
Number 35 Londonbridge Road is a smallish terraced house of 1,109 square feet. On the ground floor are an interconnected living room and dining room, both with fireplaces, and the kitchen, which has double doors to the garden.
There are three bedrooms on the first floor, two of which have cast-iron fireplaces, as well as a shower room. There's a gravelled garden at the front, and the back is mostly in lawn, and has a patio and garden shed.
Bennetts in Sandymount (01 260 2520) is the agent and the asking price is €645,000.
Spoiled by the embassies
Any vexillologist – or student and collector of flags – must have a hankering to live in Ballsbridge. You can't throw a stone in this exclusive Dublin neighbourhood without hitting an embassy. Although it's important to bear in mind that throwing stones at embassies is frowned on by the authorities.
Walk a kilometre due south from St Mary's Road, Ballsbridge, and you won't be able to help stumbling upon some diplomatic mission or other. And both the Italian embassy and the embassy of the Czech Republic are around the corner at Northumberland Road. You'd never be stuck for a Ferrero Rocher.
Built around 160 years ago, Number 37 St Mary's Road is a 2,583-square-foot terraced house with four bedrooms and a long back garden. It was last sold in 2010, and extensively renovated by the new owners a year later, including rewiring, repointing of the chimneys, new cast iron guttering, new slates on the roof, and lime plastering in the interior. There's an extension to the rear with a 'green roof'.
On the ground floor is a drawing room with original sash bay windows and marble fireplace. This leads to a dining room, also with a marble fireplace, which has steps down to a playroom.
There's a breakfast room with a skylight and sliding doors to a partly covered patio outside, while off the kitchen are a guest toilet and a utility room.
The en-suite master bedroom is on the first-floor return overlooking the back garden. On the first floor proper are three more bedrooms, a family bathroom and a study.
The house is behind a railed garden at the front with a lawn and box hedging, and there's a south-facing 100-foot back garden bounded by stone walls and including a decked patio, a long lawn, and a garage.
It's for sale for €1,875,000 through Hunters Estate Agent in Foxrock (01 668 0008).