The Bawn comes with 31 acres - comprising of woodland, maturing forest and landscaped gardens
The Bawn, Knockmant, Killucan, Co Westmeath: €750,000
Until the early 2000s, Lisnabin Castle, built in 1824 in the Victorian Gothic style, was home to six generations of a Westmeath cattle-farming family. When the last owners retired, they sold the estate on 400 acres, and retained 60 acres on which they built The Bawn as their retirement home.
The Bawn is now on the market with 31 acres, 16 of those in tillage, currently planted with winter barley and 10 in a maturing plantation of broad-leaf trees. The rest is made up of a small area of mature woodland and the landscaped gardens around the house.
The Bawn is approached by a meandering drive, ascending from the electric-gated entrance on the R156, up to a second set of gates leading to the house and its walled courtyard.
The owners worked with a local architect to design the single-storey residence, their brief being to take full advantage of the elevated south-facing site.
As a result, several of the rooms are dual-aspect and large windows in the main reception room allow panoramic views over the Westmeath and Meath countryside. On a clear day, the Dublin Mountains are visible to the east and the Slieve Blooms to the south.
A central, open-air atrium with glazed walls brings light and brightness into the house, and a large sun room facing west has French doors that connect the house directly to the gardens.
The dining room adjoins the entrance hall and is linked to the kitchen, while the master bedroom, with an en suite bathroom and study/dressing room, enjoys a similar aspect to the drawing room.
The two guest bedrooms, overlooking the walled courtyard to the rear, are both doubles with en suite bathrooms.
There is also a large attic space, currently configured as a study with shower room.
The house is wheelchair-accessible and in good decorative order, and has a central vacuum system. Although it was built over 15 years ago, it has a respectable C3 BER and a rainwater recovery tank for internal and external use.
A walled courtyard, accessed through wrought-iron gates, has plenty of room to park cars. The single-storey double garage located within the courtyard is suitable for conversion into a granny flat or staff accommodation, subject to planning permission. There is also room to construct stables within the courtyard, again subject to planning consent.
Oliver and Liat Schurmann of Mount Venus Nurseries worked with the owners - keen gardeners themselves - on the landscaping around the house.
These gardens have matured now, and are a distinctive feature of The Bawn, surrounding the house and courtyard and accessible from several rooms. The planting is nicely varied, the shrubs and flower beds giving a fine display of colour surrounding the house in spring, summer and autumn.
A mature grove of hardwood trees provides shelter from the north-east winds and there are magnificent views over the surrounding countryside from an elevated lawn. New owners will have plenty of room to grow vegetables, as the vendors did in the past.
Killucan, 4km away, has a small local supermarket, while Mullingar, 11km distant, has a full range of shops and supermarkets, and good schools. The vendors say that the local community is particularly friendly and close-knit.
For those of an equestrian bent, there is lots of pony club activity and hunting, while Eddie O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, where he trains many of his brother Michael's horses, is adjacent. Dublin city centre is 75km away, and the airport 80km.
Era: Early 2000s
Agent: Colliers (01) 633 3700
Viewing: By appointment