Sunday 25 February 2018

Take four: Unorthodox homes on the market right now

Five-bed house with rent-a-pub in Co Tipperary
Five-bed house with rent-a-pub in Co Tipperary
Five-bed duplex in Newcastle, Co Dublin
Hunting lodge with royal connections in Co Galway
Old Garda barracks in Co Mayo

What: Five-bed house with rent-a-pub. Where: Co Tipperary €80k.

What: Five-bed house with rent-a-pub.

Where: Co Tipperary

Price: €80k

Five-bed house with rent-a-pub in Co Tipperary

This five-bedroom property comes with its own pub attached. Although unlicensed, it is currently used as Ireland's only 'Rent-a-pub' which can be let in its entirety to guests. The pub part comes with two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen with all the pub furniture and paraphernalia included; guests bring their own drink. The vendors are including the website ( and current bookings in the sale and operating a 'Try before you buy' policy for prospective buyers.

In the main house, there are five bedrooms, a kitchen with utility, sitting room and two baths. There is also a former shop store which could be converted to a reception room and the gardens include a serviced mobile home currently used for display and a workshop.

Enquiries to: Green Valley Properties (061) 921498

What: Hunting Lodge with royal connections.

Where: Oranmore, Co Galway

Five-bed duplex in Newcastle, Co Dublin

This six-bed/six-bath hunting lodge played host to Princess Margaret in the 1960s. Built 20 years previously, it houses a number of reception rooms for guest entertainment, however illustrious, including a drawing room, entrance lobby, sitting room, family room, tower foyer, two kitchens and a study built in the tower and encased by windows. One bedroom is downstairs, five upstairs and all have ensuite facilities.

Outside on the 14 acres of land is a stable block with tack room. The property is 200m off road accessed via a tree-lined avenue. There is a walled garden and orchard also. The house would benefit from some modernisation, but mainly cosmetic works and upgrading of its F-rated BER.

Galway is 8km and the village of Oranmore just 1km.

Enquiries to: Sherry Fitzgerald (091) 569123

What: Old Garda Barracks.

Where: Co Mayo

Hunting lodge with royal connections in Co Galway

Although in need of renovation, the new owners of this former Garda barracks in Co Mayo will find a holding cell still in situ which they can use for unruly guests perhaps.

There are three bedrooms in the property, which sits on 0.6 acres but there is a great deal of interior work required to bring it to habitable standard although interior walls are intact.

Situated in the village of Tourmakeady, there are pubs and shops within walking distance, and Lough Mask with its fresh and brown trout fishing is adjacent. Castlebar is 30km away while Cong is 33km.

This is a key location for water sports and boating activities so this quirky home might suit a weekender or second home buyer.

Enquiries to: Adrian Burke Auctioneers (094) 9505036

What: Five-bedroom duplex

Where: Newcastle, Co Dublin

Old Garda barracks in Co Mayo

Newcastle Manor is accessed through a gothic-style archway and it is utilising this that gives No. 9 its bedrooms as they span the arch from the main property. At 1,171 sq ft there is a kitchen/dining room with appliances included in the sale, a living room, guest WC and two of the five beds are ensuite. Some could, of course, be converted for other uses such as a playroom, study or den.

There is a separate family bathroom and balcony overlooking a common green area. The duplex is own-door and built over two floors.

The development is 1km from Newcastle village and 3km from Rathcoole and access to the M7 motorway. Hazelhatch train station is 5km away leading to city centre access.

Enquiries to: DNG Celbridge (01) 6288930

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