Wednesday 25 April 2018

The Boathouse put up for sale

Landmark building and surrounding 32 acres on market for €600,000

The landmark building and surrounding 32 acres has been put up for sale.
The landmark building and surrounding 32 acres has been put up for sale.

Fiona Magennis

The iconic building 'The Boathouse' in Mornington and surrounding 32 acres of coastal lands have been put up for sale for €600,000, it has been revealed.

The Boathouse and lands are for sale through Ray White Auctioneers in Drogheda and has been brought to the market available in three lots; Lot 1 is The Boathouse sitting on circa 0.70 of an acre which can be purchased for €350,000, Lot 2 is 31.085 Acres of stunning coastal lands

with a pricetag of €300,000 and Lot 3 is the entire holding of Lot 1 and Lot 2 which is offered for sale for €600,000.

An iconic feature of the East Meath Coastline, The Boathouse is situated beside the Maiden Tower in Morninton.

The house was built in 1872 and was originally a Victorian lifeboat station which closed in 1926 and was subsequently converted in to a private dwelling in 2007.

The stone building is surrounded by breathtaking coastal scenery and the area is popular with local walkers and families visiting the beach, the local landmarks of the Maiden Tower and the Ladies Finger and the surrounding beach dunnes.

The house is currently laid out as a two bedroom dwelling, with the bedrooms on the first floor and a bathroom, living room and kitchen dining room on the ground floor.

On arrival the entrance hall leads to the living room, kitchen/dining room and upstairs to the sleeping quarters.

Upstairs comes with two double bedrooms and shower room. Advertised for sale on, agents says the property is in excellent condition overall. The house has panoramic views of the panoramic views of the mouth of the River Boyne and the Irish Sea and is situated close to the neighbouring villages of Bettystown and Laytown.

The two striking structures that accompany the land are known as Maiden Tower and Lady's Finger.

The history of the two is long and, like any good historical building, comes with local myth and folklore attached.

The 60 foot high Maiden Tower was built during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (some would say hence the name 'Maiden Tower') as a beacon to aid mariners on their way into Drogheda port.

It was used as a landmark to mark the mouth of the Boyne and it is said that before the river walls were constructed in 1765, when a mariner brought his ship into line with the Tower and the Lady's Finger, the course of his ship marked the precise angle necessary to cross the bar. It also served as a look-out post during the Elizabethan Wars with Spain (1585-1603) to warn of any approaching enemy ships.

The tower, the top of which is reached by spiral steps, commands a most extensive look-out over land and sea. It was originally brightly coloured, making it even more conspicuous and useful to mariners.

Drogheda Independent