400 years old and still in impeccable shape

HIGH up in the Drum Hills between Ardmore and Dungarvan, the Sheriff of Waterford, Richard Osborne, decided to build himself a farmhouse.

That was back in 1619 and as the esteemed officer of the Crown must have used some pretty good builders, the property is still standing.

In fact, more than that, Barnastook House is in impeccable order, and although it may have had a new roof or two over the last 400 years, it’s still much the same as when the Osbornes had it.

Despite its modest profile, this 17th century farmhouse has 4,500 square feet of space and a further 6,300 square feet of outbuildings which form a large courtyard to its back. And, to top it all there are just over 10 acres of farmland left to give this very attractive house a good privacy belt.

Simple and with some quirky carved ornaments on the courtyard entrance, Barnastook is still a very comfortable and modern house. It has extras like a new sunroom to the rear, an ensuite master bedroom and new plaster ceilings with recessed lighting.

One room in depth and very long, the house has light coming from both sides. The ground floor has a huge kitchen with flagged floor, the ubiquitous Aga and a scrubbed pine table. The kitchen units also come with slate worktops and some are free-standing, giving a loose, country feel to the room. There’s access from here to the sunroom which is south-facing over the courtyard.

The dining room is a cosy, evening room with some fine furniture and the drawing room is 21’ by 15’ and has built-in window seats to north and south and an elegant marble fireplace. Decor is low-key and comfortable, but tasteful.

The bedroom count is officially four, but with one smaller bedroom off a larger room, it would make an ideal dressing room or second ensuite or even a nursery. The master bedroom has a walk-in dressing room/ensuite and there is another, smaller, (14’ by 10’) bedroom and main bathroom.

Outside the 10 acres are laid out in paddocks and the house has wonderful views of the Comeraghs and Knockmealdowns. The gardens are so mature and with such fine timber, that maintenance is easy to manage. Apart from the yard, the sale also includes a Dutch barn, an old dairy, a garage and a workshop.

Eamonn Spratt of Edmond Spratt and Son Property Partners is joint agent with Peter O’Flynn of Colliers Jackson Stops.

The guide price is €835,000.

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