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A most attractive historic home majestically flanked by an 12th Century Castle and idyllically positioned within glorious grounds on the periphery of Bridgetown village and including a small river and large pond with a central island. In all the lands extend to about 17.2 acres or 7 hectares and include richly fertile lands suitable for horse grazing.
A most attractive historic home majestically flanked by an 12th Century Castle and idyllically positioned within glorious grounds on the periphery of Bridgetown village and including a small river and large pond with a central island. In all the lands extend to about 17.2 acres or 7 hectares and include richly fertile lands suitable for horse grazing. Excess €1.35million.
Dating to circa 1730 the oldest part of the house comprises the rear section, with the fine late-Georgian front section added circa 1810. Charles Steward Parnell enjoyed visits in the 19th-century and the previous owner Maureen Stafford, nurse and mid-wife to Queen Elizabeth II, delivered Prince Charles. Elegant and symmetrical in design the house is very attractive and combined with the Norman castle backdrop extremely picturesque. 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.
The accommodation within the house is pleasant and in a relaxed country house style. The reception hall is flanked by the two principal reception rooms, each with ceiling central roses and cornice plasterwork and large open fireplaces. The drawing room with a fine marble chimney-piece and linking to a bright sun room, itself linking to the interconnected dining room and country style kitchen. The sun room and dining room added circa 1995 and each naturally bright, featuring large bow windows facing south and west. The boot room doubles as a laundry and has a separate WC.
Upstairs the master bedroom is bow-ended, overlooks the enclosed courtyard garden and has a separate dressing area and a large en-suite bathroom. There are 4 further bedrooms, 1 with an en-suite shower room, and a large family bathroom. The adjoining apartment includes a living room, small kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom.
The gardens surrounding the house are extremely pleasant with their ancient origins much in evidence and the 12th-century stone castle backdrop extremely picturesque. Whilst ruinous the castle is quite remarkable with a rich history. Mature trees and shrubs ensuring great privacy. The courtyard is delightful and being enclosed extremely sheltered. Facing south and west well positioned patio terraces capture sunshine but are well protected from the wind. Stone outbuildings link to the castle and include vaulted stone chambers and an old cow byre, occasionally utilized for parties as a bar.
An outer yard comprises the stable yard, a Dutch-style haybarn and a small all-weather arena. 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. Strong equestrianism locally (riding clubs, trail riding, hunting).
Baldwinstown village is a short stroll away and while small includes a newsagents, pub and craft shop. Larger Bridgetown is just a 4-minute drive [2.4 km or 1.5 miles] and provides two grocery supermarkets, a fish mongers, post office, gym, tailor and a hair salon. The area has a notable number of good restaurants and gastro-pubs. Wexford town is a 20-minute drive and nearby Kilmore Quay [11-minutes driving] has a harbour and one of the many golden sandy beaches nearby. Waterford city is a 1 hour drive and Kilkenny city a 1 hour 19 minute drive. Dublin city centre and its international airport are about 1 hour 50 minutes driving and Cork airport 2 hour 25-minutes.
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