Listing of the Day
Location: Kilkea, County Kildare, Ireland
Price: €950,000 (US$992,478)
At first glance, Forgefield House looks like a classic example of a Victorian country house, with its gabled roof, limestone elevations and bay windows, as well as its well-proportioned rooms with high ceilings and open fireplaces.
But in fact, it is only a decade old. Built in Victorian style from locally sourced stone, the property is in keeping with the local vernacular. Featuring reclaimed period furnishings, it has all the charm of a 19th Century house without the upkeep and costly fuel bills. Instead of drafty floorboards, there’s underfloor heating, double-glazed windows and a heating system partly powered by solar panels.
It has all the character you would expect from a country house and the benefit of being built to today’s standards, according to listing agent David Ashmore. The kitchen, for example, has a farmhouse look, complete with a range cooker built into an alcove and a large bay window overlooking the gardens and countryside beyond. The reception rooms feature ornate plaster work, open fireplaces and reclaimed French oak flooring.
Approached by a sweeping gravel driveway, the house sits to the back of a large plot and is surrounded by groomed grounds. The property was built on the site of a former smithy and an adjoining paddock so the grounds contain well established trees and mature planting.
A village property, the house feels completely rural as it backs onto open farmland. But the house is in a particularly desirable spot, adds Mr. Ashmore. “You’re in the heart of the village yet you can see for miles across open fields to Killeshin Hills in the distance.”
This 5,700-square-foot Victorian-style property has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, an attic room, balcony, kitchen with adjoining larder and bi-fold doors that lead to a decked terrace, drawing room, dining room, library, study and sunroom. Outside, there is a garage with a room above and grounds with lawns and a pond. In all, 1.7 acres.
There is also a detached studio building that could be converted into secondary accommodation, subject to planning approval.
An attractive rural village 47 miles south of Dublin, Kilkea is home to Victorian-era stone homes and a 12th-century castle of the same name. Run as a hotel and a golf course for decades, the castle and estate were recently sold and are now being renovated. It is also famous as the birthplace of Ernest Shackleton, the polar explorer.
Agent: David Ashmore, Sotheby’s International Realty
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