On the market: Slaney meet
Ballyrankin House at Ballyrankin has its origins in the 17th Century, making it one of the oldest occupied homes in the vicinity of Bunclody Town, in Co Wexford, a county renowned for its mild climate and soft rolling hills and a seaside town known for its tourism.
This house, which is located almost four miles from the town, comes with 21 acres of land that slopes down to the River Slaney and 830 metres of fishing rights along one of Ireland's most cherished salmon stretches.
The house was "tudorised" somewhere along the way and its accommodation is a very substantial 5,166 sq ft, which includes eight bedrooms, four big receptions, two kitchens and assorted ancillary accommodation.
However, it is in need of complete modernising from head to toe. There's also a separate farm cottage and a courtyard with assorted period farm buildings in need of various amounts of work.
Among the more interesting features in the grounds are a "lady's walk", which still features two artificially intertwined trees that have fused together to create an arch overhead.
Ballyrankin became the "big house" in the area after the 1920's War of Independence when the adjoining mansion – formerly the main house – was burned to the ground. So the incumbent landlords simply moved next door into this abode.
The views are also quite spectacular as residents of this area and regular visitors will know, with Mount Leinster dominating the vista.
Tullow is 16 miles distant, Clonmahon almost two miles away, Waterford 52 miles distant and Dublin is 81 miles away, achievable in an hour and a half.
Sherry FitzGerald (01-2376300) seeks offers in the region of €850,000.