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The cottage is on 0.8 of an acre of gardens with lawn, flowerbeds and ornamental trees

The cottage is on 0.8 of an acre of gardens with lawn, flowerbeds and ornamental trees

The sitting room has a vaulted ceiling and a bay window with seat

The sitting room has a vaulted ceiling and a bay window with seat

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The cottage is on 0.8 of an acre of gardens with lawn, flowerbeds and ornamental trees

Bective House, a magnificent if ramshackle 19th century mansion and estate in Co Meath, was placed on the market last spring with an asking price of €3.5m. Meanwhile, nearby Balsoon House sold last June for €1.7m, according to the Property Price Register.

If you didn't feel quite able to muster up this kind of money, there is nevertheless a chance to acquire an appealing period property in the same neighbourhood.

About 500 metres north-west of Bective House, as the birds fly from its wooded grounds, lies Balgill Cottage, a prettily restored stone-fronted bungalow in the adjacent townland of Balgill, on the other side of the Boyne.

It's on 0.8 of an acre of very pleasant gardens with a lawn, flowerbeds, and mature ornamental trees, including cherry blossom that now coming into their own. There's a patio out the front, as the house is side-on to the road, facing south, and a greenhouse for getting your tomatoes going.

Within the cottage, everything is comfortable, bright and well cared-for, and there are period features including vaulted ceilings with visible beams, exposed stone walls, fireplaces and a country-style kitchen.

The sitting room is the first of two reception rooms, and has a bay window with a window seat, a solid-fuel stove in the fireplace and double doors to the patio. The second is a family room with an exposed brick chimney piece, also with a solid-fuel stove.

The kitchen is fitted with wooden cabinets and a Belfast sink, and to complete the rustic look there's a flagstone floor and an Aga.

There are four bedrooms (one en-suite), and the main bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath.

It's about six kilometres from Navan, and less than an hour's drive from Dublin via the M3.

Balgill Cottage is for sale for €350,000 with Townshends Auctioneers (01) 507 9430.

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