Celebs hot for Cooleville

HOW appropriate that Bryan and Kerry 'Queen of the Jungle' McFadden are rumoured to being buying Cooleville in Co Tipperary.

Forget the Yeatsian allusions; the coolest couple in pop music are about to settle down in a Georgian mansion worth €2.75 million about half of their joint €6m wealth, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

But hey, once you get used to eating mega-worms in the jungle, tins of beans are a small price to pay for a heavy mortgage.

And, while waning rock star, Dolores O'Riordan, heads towards the capital and has put her €3 million stud farm on the market, the young McFaddens are heading in the opposite direction.

Clogheen in South Tipperary is miles away from the hectic Westlife lifestyle, which Bryan McFadden left this year to spend more time with his wife and little girls, Molly, 2, and Lilly, just 1.

And living in Cooleville could be just the right lifestyle decision for the young family after all, Bryan's mother is from nearby Skeheenarinky, which means there should be plenty of support around.

Cooleville is in the centre of the quiet village of Clogheen in South Tipperary, in a valley set between the Knockmealdowns and the Galtees and in one of the most scenic inland parts of the country.

Just an hour's drive from Cork Airport and with swift access to the N8, Clogheen is isn't all that remote, but it could offer quiet village life to the couple.

Cooleville has been put on the market with David Ashmore and Pat O'Hagan of HOK Country who are joint agents with Knight Frank in Britain.

They won't confirm reports of the couple's interest, although the village itself is agog with the rumour.

Built by the Grubb family (it's those worms again), in the early 1800's, it was home to Edward Sackville-West until 1965.

A noted music critic, he added the house's gothic conservatory, while its latest owners, an American family, have added equestrian facilities.

Because the house has been long-lived and well-loved, it's in great condition, with a lots of space, both formal and informal.

It has two storeys over basement, beautifully maintained formal gardens, a stable yard you could eat your dinner from, a walled garden and orchard, three derelict mills to go with the four rivulets running through the 91 acres of pastureland.

In summary, just the kind of rural idyll you'd want for your kids if you were a pop star. The McFadden-Catona's of Clogheen anyone?

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