Ivy-clad home in Co Wexford
Saunders Court was once a substantial demesne on the shores of Wexford harbour owned, as the name implies, by the Saunders family, earls of Arran.
The house itself was demolished as long ago as 1891, but there remain some beautiful ruins around the estate, including a late 18th-century triumphal arch and gate lodges which have been under repair by the Irish Landmark Trust.
Across the road from the former demesne is this large, architect-designed detached house in the townland of Kitestown. With its tall chimneys, steep roof and coating of ivy, it looks as if it has been there for a century.
The total floor area inside is 2,536 sq ft including four first-floor bedrooms, two with en-suite showers and two with harbour views.
There's a study on this level as well, and an option of a fifth, guest bedroom on the ground floor.
Also downstairs there's a family room and a lounge set at either corner of the house and both dual-aspect.
The lounge communicates through double doors with a formal dining room and next to this is the eat-in kitchen.
At the back of the house, opening from the kitchen, is a conservatory with a vaulted ceiling and French doors to a deck and patio in the back garden.
It's on 1.3 acres with lawns and a gravel driveway and there's an abundance of mature foliage sheltering it from the road.
There's also a detached lofted garage beside the house measuring about 460 sq ft.
It's about six kilometres due north of Wexford town, and the Ferrycarrig Hotel is about two kilometres down the N11. Dublin is a two-hour drive away.
The agent is Kehoe & Associates (053) 914 4393 and the asking price is €550,000.