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Asking Price:  €370,000

Unique and spacious 200 year old cottage and self-contained apartment, in 6 acres of idyllic woodland and mature gardens, creating a private and tranquil atmosphere.  It has 3 horse stables, a walk-in stable, 4 car bays, plus additional barn space. Front and back gardens include fruit bushes, fruit trees, and flowers.  The woodland has walking paths running through it.

Cottage Information

(Auctioneer speak 🙂 )

Strategically located 2.5 miles from Trim, 20 miles from Dunboyne Railway Station (train to Dublin with car-parking), 30 miles from central Dublin, circa 50 minutes from Dublin Airport, with passing half-hourly/hourly bus services to Trim, Dublin, etc..

Downstairs the main house has a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, front and back halls, and toilet; upstairs there are three bedrooms, a studio, bathroom, corridor, and storage space. The self-contained apartment consist of a bedroom, kitchen/living room, entrance hall, bathroom, with its own road entrance and car parking, but can be included as part of the main house if desired. The current rental income from the apartment is €400 per month. Both house and apartment are centrally heated, backed up by Aga and Jubilee solid fuel ranges. Total floor area is 2068 sq. ft (192 sq. m).

This house and its woodland are not overlooked, is ideal for a family or anyone with a love of gardening, wildlife, or the outdoors, and is ready for immediate occupation. Schools are close by in Kilbride (primary) and Trim (primary & secondary). The Heritage Town of Trim with its fine Norman castle – location for the film “Brave Heart” – on the banks of the River Boyne, has all necessary services, including shops, restaurants, as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool. The UNESCO World heritage sites of Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth, as well as the Hill of Tara, are all within twenty minutes.

The property is also within 10 minutes of the Boyne and Trimblestown Rivers, both internationally renowned for their salmon, trout, and coarse fishing. Horse riding is catered for by a number of local riding clubs as well as the Meath Foxhounds, the Ballymacad Foxhounds, the Tara Harriers, and the Ward Union Stag Hunt.

Attractive properties such as this don’t often come to the market. It has not changed ownership in the last 45 years, and thus represents a rare and exceptional opportunity for quiet and private country living, while at the same time being close to all amenities and well within daily commuting distance from Dublin.

 

Owner’s Story:

My parents bought the house in Clonfane, Trim, County Meath, in 1966 as a result of spotting it when we were on holidays in Ireland. We moved from The Netherlands to live here in 1968. In 1970 they had a story added to the house. The house had been a small farm with some acres of land with it. The roof had originally been thatch, then corrugated galvanized iron, and when the story was added the roof was slated.
One end of the house was converted into an apartment around 2002, and has been rented out since. Our mother lived in the house for 43 years and created a garden she liked, ie: with lots of trees and flowers. My mother and my sister were/are horse lovers, and we had horses on the 6 acres that adjoin the house. However, when the horses died, my mother had the 6 acres planted with mixed woodland trees around the older trees that were already there. These trees are now quite big and in their 18th growing season. The forestry was really planted with enjoyment rather than commercial silviculture in mind. I maintain walking paths through the forest that I use for walking and jogging. The outer loop is just over 500 meters long.

The reason for selling is that our mother passed away in 2011, and we need to divide the property between my sister and I.

Anyone who values gardens and gardening, and likes to see and hear birds will love the house and its setting. At the moment, you can hear young buzzards calling to the parents. They sit in the tall older trees and wait to be fed. We have had a sparrow hawk nesting in the wood for the last 5/6 years, and her young are also quite loud in the second half of July and beginning of August. I have seen deer tracks through the forestry also, lots of signs of badgers rooting in the grass, and regular visits from foxes as the tracks in the snow show. I also feed the birds during the winter, so a full complement of song birds also live around the house. I put up a barn-owl nesting box, but no luck with that yet.
I am an angler myself and have fished a lot in the Boyne and Trimblestown rivers. There is also a nice network of roads around here for anyone interested in cycling. The cycle from the house to the Hill of Tara is really nice, with the coffee shop at Tara to look forward to.
If you are interested in finding out more about the cottage contact Brendan directly:
Brendan Connolly
Landline:  +353 (0)46 9431106
Mobile:      +353 (0)87 2995400
Email:         drbconnolly@eircom.net