THERE’S a lot to be said for modern builds and their efficiency, but sometimes, owning your own little piece of history is a wonderful thing. If you have the budget, then history is certainly something you’ll get with Baldwinstown House and Castle, just outside of Bridgetown in the beautiful Wexford countryside.
Flanked by a 12th century castle, this six bed, three bath property is an absolute haven from the hustle and bustle of modern living and comes with its very own small river and a large pond which has its own central island. In total, the lands extend to about 17.2 acres, ideal for those who may wish to keep horse.
The oldest part of the house itself dates all the way back to 1730, while the late-Georgian front section was added around 1810.
If the walls could talk, they could tell a story or two as the property comes with its own illustrious history having enjoyed visits from Charles Stewart Parnell. In fact its previous owner, Maureen Stafford, was a nurse and midwife to Queen Elizabeth II and was responsible for the delivery of Prince Charles.
Elegant and symmetrical in design, the house is quite attractive and combined with the Norman castle backdrop, it’s extremely picturesque. Dating to 1195, the castle has long been in ruins but it adds a lot of visual drama to the main house and is a focal point of its back garden. The stone staircase to the top is still intact.
Comprising some 3,680 square feet or 342 square metres the accommodation includes 4 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a country kitchen and a small self-contained apartment.
Off the hall, two reception rooms have large open fireplaces. The drawing room has a fine marble chimney piece and links to a bright sun room, which itself links to the interconnected dining room and country style kitchen. The sun room and dining room were added in 1995 with large bow windows facing south and west.
Upstairs, the master bedroom overlooks the enclosed courtyard garden and has a separate dressing area and a large en-suite bathroom. There are four other bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and a large family bathroom. The adjoining apartment includes a living room, a small kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.
A large farm shed is well built and could be a secure garage, store or possibly an indoor riding school. The lands are pleasantly undulating and highly fertile, being used in recent years for arable tillage crops. Aside from the main drive to the house there is a second yard access.
The gardens of Baldwinstown House are a sight to behold. The grounds contain their own small river and are littered with stunning mature trees and shrubs, offering great privacy. The beautiful courtyard is enclosed and sheltered and, facing south, the well positioned patio terraces capture the very best of the Wexford sunshine. Also particularly striking and peaceful is the huge pond which has its own central island.
The property has been listed for €1,350,000 and is being offered for sale by Sothebys.