Saturday 21 September 2019

Work, rest and play in this five-bed on an acre with a studio

The exterior of Foxfort House with the studio to the rear
The exterior of Foxfort House with the studio to the rear
The entrance hall

Back when they were building St Patrick's Church at Ahane, Co Limerick, in the early 1800s, the story goes that it was thought to be a good idea to salvage some of the carved stonework from the ruins of Quin Abbey in Clare to use at the entrance to the church.

Three Ahane men went up with horses and carts to get the stone and, according to the parish website, they had to stay overnight, even though the journey is only about 20 miles. We'll never know whether this was because they couldn't manage the return trip in the same day or because they couldn't leave Quin without sampling the hospitality of the locals.

The same journey would take only half an hour today, thanks to the M7 motorway and the N18, so for good or ill, there's no excuse not to get home nowadays.

Foxfort House is down the road from St Patrick's Church and only a couple of kilometres from the M7 on the Dublin side of Limerick. This means it's less than two hours' drive from the Red Cow roundabout, so if you head off for Dublin, you'll certainly be expected back by nightfall.

The entrance hall
The entrance hall

If you're lucky enough to be able to work remotely, however, you might never have to leave home at all. The acre of grounds around the house includes a lavish, detached studio measuring 512 sq ft, with a living room, wet room, study and enclosed patio and barbeque.

The main house has a vaulted entrance hall leading into a living room and, from there, to an open-plan kitchen and dining room with patio doors. Beyond is a family room, also with patio doors.

The first floor has five bedrooms and the main bedroom is triple-aspect and has an ensuite. The overall space is 2,629 sq ft.

Foxfort House is for sale for €725,000 with REA O'Connor Murphy (061) 279 300.

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