On the market: under €250k with stables
These four properties represent good value and come with the added benefit of their own stables.
The Square, Fethard, Co Tipperary
€180k REA Stokes & Quirke, (052) 612 1788
Built about 1810, this august Georgian residence in Fethard dates from the era when town dwellers kept horses out the back. To that end it has seven stables and an exit onto nearby Burke Street, for when the occupants needed to saddle up. The stables have been in regular use in the automobile era too though. The late owner, Dr Paddy Stokes, trained and rode many winners from there and was often seen exercising his horses on the streets of Fethard. The three-storey house, which is on the Record of Protected Structures, has five bedrooms (two en-suite) and five reception rooms in a floor area of 2,750 sq ft.
Newtown, Borris, Co Carlow
€249k Sherry FitzGerald Radford, (051) 426 161
There are three stables and a tack room going with this period farmhouse in a roadside setting about five kilometres from Graiguenamanagh, although only a one-acre field with the property. The house itself has had a recent makeover and is in good condition, with either four or five bedrooms. Two of these are on the first floor, off a skylit landing in the central part of the building, with one en-suite. The other three are downstairs where there's also a living room with a stone fireplace, a wood-floored, country-style kitchen and dining room, and a rear sunroom.
Parochial House, Co Roscommon
€165k Countryside Properties, (071) 965 0555
Both the 1901 and 1911 censuses show Fr Patrick Aloysius Flanagan in residence at the parochial house on the outskirts of Hillstreet, and he had three servants, no less. One of them was a coachman, as the property came with a nice cobblestone courtyard surrounded by outbuildings - still extant - including a granary and stables. It's on 2.7 acres of land in an elevated spot with mature trees and an orchard. The house is 1,650 sq ft with three bedrooms (one en-suite) and has period features including high ceilings and stained glass.
Toomdeely, Askeaton, Co Limerick
€240k Rooney Auctioneers, (061) 413 511
Though it's said to have been built around 1900, this detached period house near Askeaton actually dates from a little before then. It is marked on the 1898 Ordnance Survey map when, interestingly, there was a sundial in the garden. It's been extended since then to 1,625 sq ft, with three bedrooms (two en-suite). By way of living rooms there's a kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and a Velux window, a dining room with an exposed stone wall, and a sitting room with a brick fireplace. The house is on 0.6 of an acre of garden with some lovely old trees, and is adjoined by another 3.75 acres, including stables.