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Local period home with 56 acres could be yours for just under €1 million

A period home on the Laois/Offaly border, which includes 56.2 acres of land which has been used for farming and horse breeding, has been put on the market with an asking price of €900,000.

The house is owned by a former antiques dealer, who now wishes to sell as he and his wife are retired.

The house was bought in 1995, and was renovated over a a six-year period before the owner and his family could move in.

The sale includes the 4,628-sq ft period home set on 56.2 acres of gardens, grounds, and land, in Garryhinch, on the Offaly/Laois border.

The owner also breeds horses and farms the land.

A monthly repayments calculator on Daft.ie states that following a payment of a deposit of €90,000, the property will cost €3,117.29 per month, on a mortgage of 35 years.

The property is about 8km outside Portarlington; it has a Co Laois postal address but is located in Co Offaly. 

The house is beside Garryhinch woods and Portarlington Golf Club, both of which were once part of the vast 6,000-acre Warburton estate.

Cloneyhurke House is believed to date from somewhere between the 1760s and early 1800s.


A long avenue sweeps up to the double-fronted, two-storey-over-basement property, which is surrounded by mature trees.

Access to the residence is gained through the main entrance with its decorative cast iron double gates, flanked by railings on a limestone plinth wall and terminating in limestone piers, or from the agricultural entrance that leads directly into the farm.

The property is entered by a granite staircase at the front door which leads into an impressive entrance hall with wooden flooring, high ceilings and feature staircase.

To both sides of the hall are two formal rooms that have wooden flooring and marble fireplaces, with the dining room to the left having dual aspect allowing for plenty of light and magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.

Following on through the entrance hall is the lounge replicating the same wonderful features as the dining room. A family bathroom is located to the rear of the residence.

A few steps up the stairs on the return is the first guest bedroom with high ceilings, fireplace and views over the courtyard. There is a single bedroom to the rear that would also be suitable for games room or study.

On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms with a single room to the front. All the rooms are complete with high ceilings, wooden floors and fireplaces.

The lower ground floor is where the heart of the home is with its kitchen and dining/living space.

The lounge has a solid wooden burning stove and tiled floors, while the kitchen has a good range of high and low-level units and access to the outside courtyard. There is a large boiler room with excellent storage with a utility room to the rear.

The vendor uses the land for cattle and his stud farm. One of the notable racehorses bred at Cloneyhurke is Pairofbrowneyes, which won the Leinster National at Gowran Park in March on his first start for the champion trainer Willie Mullins.

Explaining the reason for the sale to the Irish Independent, the vendor said: “There’s just myself and my wife here and we’re both pensioners. It’s just too big for two people. But it would be ideal for a family who want to set up a business from home, especially as it’s just an hour from Dublin city centre.”

Cloneyhurke House is for sale by private treaty, asking €900,000, through Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes, Farms and Estates, (01) 237 6308, and Sherry FitzGerald Hyland Keating, (057) 862 0044.

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