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Property Watch: Most expensive property currently on the market in Laois and four neighbouring counties

In this week’s Property Watch, we are going to take a look at the most expensive properties currently on the market in Laois and four surrounding counties.

A common theme in this feature is the Georgian period, with the majority of the feature houses being built at this time. Some of the properties also have land attached, while one of the properties is part of a huge estate.

The counties included in this week’s piece are Laois, Kildare, Carlow, Offaly, and Kilkenny. Check out the list below.

The Old Rectory, Coolbanagher, Emo, Co. Laois

This two-storey Georgian residence is positioned at the centre of 45 acres of quality grazing land, a walled garden and magnificent gardens surrounding the house, in a mature parkland setting.

The court yard comprises of two converted self- catering coach houses, which are registered with the Irish Tourist Board (Failte Ireland) and Laois Tourism. The views are splendid overlooking the surrounding countryside, with views of Emo Court Demesne.

The house itself contains four large bedrooms, three bathrooms, a number of living rooms/sun rooms, a large kitchen and breakfast area as well as large landscaped gardens.

The farm buildings include three stalls within the stable, a hay barn, a range of sheds and farm buildings with a concrete yard and access to the surrounding fields from the yard. The 18ha (45acres) of land which surrounds the house is currently in grass and of good quality arable land. The land is divided into four large fields.

Guide Price: €1,250,000

Harristown Demesne, Brannockstown, Co. Kildare

This six bedroom Georgian house sits on a magnificently elevated setting overlooking the River Liffey, comprising C.12,000 square feet of generous living accommodation and a further C.6,000 square feet in basement currently used for storage but suitable for additional accommodation.

There is also a number of lodgings located across the 750 acres of land, including three lodges, a stable yard which includes three blocks of accommodation, as well as a manager’s house, a number of cottages, and a farmyard. There is over 550 acres of land currently in agricultural use, with rest comprising the housing area, gardens, lodgings and a large perimeter of shelter belts.

The house comprises of over thirty rooms, with six large bedrooms, a large open spaced kitchen, and a selection recreational rooms including two libraries, a dining room and a drawing room. The house also includes an attic and a basements, which all have potential for conversion.

Guide Price: €25,000,000

Kilfane House, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny

Kilfane House is a very fine and imposing Georgian three storey over basement, five bay residence, with two storey wings at either side. Pleasing classical proportions with refined detailing throughout the house, Kilfane House is an important historic property in the Thomastown area, owned by three families since it was built. Superbly located within 5 minutes of the picturesque villages of Thomastown and Bennettsbridge and under 10 minutes to Mount Juliet Hotel and golf course. The cultural city of Kilkenny is just 20 minutes.

This classical Georgian residence is set within 79 acres and is surrounded and sheltered by its pleasure grounds of mature trees, orchard, streams and lawns. A Caretaker’ s residence to the rear and a Gate Lodge at the entrance, add to this idyllic estate. Internally, the ground floor comprises an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, library, sitting room, kitchen, breakfast room, pantry and a toilet. The first and second floor bedrooms are also generous and light filled with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside. The basement has several storage rooms, original wine cellar and tile and flagstone floors.

Guide Price: €1,250,000

11 Oxmantown Mall, Birr, Co. Offaly

An impeccable and elegant period residence with one of the most recognised addresses in Ireland located in the heart of the picturesque town of birr in the faithful county of Offaly. The courtyard to the rear is entered through double electric gates for secure parking and great privacy. The original coachouses have been restored and provide excellent storage, with endless possibilities for additional accommodation, subject to the necessary planning consent.

On leaving the Courtyard one passes through to the stunning formal gardens quite possibly one of the finest private gardens in this region. Internally,the lower ground floor is where the heart of the home is. There is a wonderful family warmth to this floor with large kitchen, complimented by a walk in pantry & utility room, and a wine cellar. There is a separate living room on this level  also, and a further guest bedroom again with ensuite.

On the ground floor can be found three bedrooms, an a dining room, while on the first floor there is a master bedroom with an en-suite, as well as a drawing room and another family bathroom.

Guide Price: €1,290,000

Milford House, Milford, Co. Carlow

Milford House is a charming Georgian residence (built c.1799) that has never been on the market having remained in family ownership since its original construction. Milford House is an attractive 5 by 2 bay two storey house, which sits alongside the banks of the river barrow and is approximately eight kilometres  south of Carlow Town just off the R448 which is the old Carlow/Kilkenny Road.

Some of the ground floor features include a library, a drawing room, a spectacular dinning room and a kitchen. On the first floor, there are five bedrooms and four bathrooms, and each bedroom includes a stunning view of the surrounding country side. The lower ground floor, the original service quarters, includes the old kitchen, cellar, pantry, office, tack room, internal garage and boiler room, all of which are ideally suited for additional accommodation if required, and with good ceiling height.

Guide Price: €1,375,000

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