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There's room to grow at modern neo-Georgian mansion near Navan

Ratholdren House, Co Meath €795k


Ratholdren House, built in 2006, has a neo-Georgian appearance

Ratholdren House, built in 2006, has a neo-Georgian appearance

The conservatory

The conservatory


Ratholdren House, built in 2006, has a neo-Georgian appearance

The Randalstown estate near Navan, Co Meath, became famous in the early 20th century for pioneering the growing of tobacco in Ireland. It was an experiment by the landlord, Sir Nugent Everard, and it was so fruitful that emigration reportedly disappeared in the district, so successful was the crop.

It couldn't be put to the test today, or at least not in the same place. Tara Mines bought the estate in the 1970s, including Nugent's ancestral home, the 18th-century manor known as Randalstown House.

The company demolished the house and then flooded the land it stood on with a tailings dam - a 400-acre enclosed area.

There's nothing to stop you attempting a little tobacco-growing on the quiet in the grounds of Ratholdren House, however. It's on an acre of land, but it's land that has proved itself fit for the purpose, being only a few hundred metres from the former Randalstown Estate.

Otherwise the grounds are in lawn with plenty of mature trees, to which the owners have added ornamental species including cherry blossom and maple.

Ratholdren was built only in 2006 but its exterior pays a small tribute to the vanished manor house, having a neo-Georgian appearance with an arched, fanlit front door.

Inside there are 4,545 sq ft of floor space, with six ground floor living rooms. The main one is a drawing room, 20ft by 17ft, with a cast-iron fireplace. There's also a family room, a formal dining room, a study, a country-style kitchen with a flagstone floor, and a conservatory.

The first floor has four bedrooms, all en-suite, and there's a fifth bedroom and a games room on the second floor.

It's about three kilometres from Navan and 45 minutes or so from Dublin by car. The agent is REA T&J Gavigan (046) 902 3232 and the asking price is €795,000.

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