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Man of the house with ambitious plans for Georgian manor

26-year-old Jonathan Andrew has a vision for Talbot Lake near Blackwater

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Jonathan Andrew outside his family’s Georgian era house at Castletalbot, Blackwater

Jonathan Andrew outside his family’s Georgian era house at Castletalbot, Blackwater

The beautiful view from the nature walk at Talbot Lake

The beautiful view from the nature walk at Talbot Lake

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Jonathan Andrew outside his family’s Georgian era house at Castletalbot, Blackwater

Standing on the steps of the impressive Georgian era manor at Castletalbot, Blackwater, Jonathan Andrew is a man with a vision.

Tucked away just outside the village, the imposing house and it's picturesque lands were purchased by his parents Denis and Louise when they retired there from Glasgow back in 1990. Having grown up in Blackwater and attended St Peter's College, making a name for himself in show-jumping along the way, Jonathan is all too aware of the potential of the lands that he calls home.

Just over a year ago, he decided to open up the grounds at Talbot Lake to the general public. With the help of friends, he dug trails around the 17 acre man-made lake and installed some picnic tables with a magnificent view over it, along with a quaint playground for the little ones.