Tuesday 23 January 2018

Twin peaks: Check out the ranch-style home that could be yours for €1.25m

Should an Irish farmhouse come with copper turrets?

The exterior of the farmhouse in Dunboyne which comes with 12 acres of prime grazing
The exterior of the farmhouse in Dunboyne which comes with 12 acres of prime grazing
The family room with its beamed ceiling.
The dome roofed kitchen.
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What does a modern working Irish farmhouse look like? Did you think of grim and grimy render with green streaks and a brown tiled kitchen with a raging Rayburn inside at its heart?

So why shouldn't it be a ranch-style home over three half floors and come with copper-coated turret towers?

Rathleek House, a modern 4,100 sq ft architect designed abode near Dunboyne in Co Meath, sits in the heart of Leinster's equestrian country within easy reach of Dublin.

The owners called in the expertise of architect Eamonn McCann who came up with designs for an unusually laid-out home for a mid-sized family with two semi-conical topped turret bays, one of which stretches over two floors.

Both add to the effect of turning this home into a castle, without going over the top. With a non-stop running bay window, they also ensure vantage views and have a practical application.

"The copper was metallic and shiny to begin with and it's started to weather to a dark brown. It doesn't always go green contrary to belief," says the designer, who has done a lot of modern farm and equestrian homes. "I decided the best way to optimise the views was with rounded French-effect window bays. This meant a semi-conical roof which would make tiling way too finicky without the help of a French artisan tiler. Hence the best option was for copper.

Entrance hall with staircase at the formal entrance
Entrance hall with staircase at the formal entrance
The patio
The drawing room with its Adam style fireplace.

"The brief was for a modern farm home for the owners and their three daughters which was to go on top of a hill and to maximise its views. Next, as we would expect from a farm house, the clients wanted a big kitchen and living room as the home's nerve centre on the main floor.

"There was a requirement for a working entrance as farming homes require. We have that at entry level with the boot room and utilities and there's a self-contained lock-up for the heavier duties linked to the main house via a covered carport. In fact there's never a car in here because it's constantly used for the family's outdoor social activities in Irish weather."

At almost four times the size of an average city home, the property has a checkerboard tiled entrance hall, a dual aspect drawing room with an Adam-style fireplace, a glass dome roofed kitchen with a large range and oak floors, a family room with a marble fireplace and rustic beamed ceiling, a study, a master bedroom with dual aspect, an ensuite, three more bedrooms and a self-contained bedroom/granny flat.

There are two guest WCs and an office room. There's the aforementioned cloak and boot room with floor-to-ceiling storage shelves and the covered outdoor deck area leading to the garage/workshop/ lock-up area which comes with heavy sinks and hose cleaning facilities. Located on the Meath/Kildare border, the 12 acres with the property are of prime grazing. The current owners will maintain their grazing farm adjoining.

Rathleek House

Rathleek, Dunboyne, Co Meath

Asking price: €1.25m

Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 6623255

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