Period perfection

THIS time of year, the leaves are falling in drifts around the paddocks, grounds and long avenue of Acraboy House, a late Georgian Tipperary estate — and those same leaves will also muffle the clatter of horses hooves, if you don’t get to work soon with the yard brushes.

Near Monard and Tipperary town, and with Limerick Junction rail station just a mile away, Acraboy House is an end-of-year Christmas property package present for someone who’s been good all year, and who didn’t lose the head during the boom period.

If indeed such a person exists, then the finery of the 1840-built, 5,600 sq home, with yard, boxes and outbuildings as well as a games complex, can be yours, for as little as €1.5m, or with lots more land for closer to the €2m mark. Acraboy House is new to market with country home agent Edward Townshend of Colliers in Dublin, and is surrounded by six acres of grounds and gardens, and comes with 25 acres for the lower price.

The €2m sum will buy the lot with 91 acres in total of prime Golden Vale Tipperary land, all set up for a stud farm operation and in a heartland of such horsy activity. In fairness, whoever plumps for the package is most likely going to want it all, every last rood and perch of the 91 acres, because a place like this is all about the nags: even the upgraded country kitchen’s large island (by a six-oven Aga) looks out on the yard, where equine heads nod back to you over half-doors.

The house pretty much gets the nod as well, looking well for its venerable 170 years of age, graced by bay windows on its two different looking facades.

The main entrance is to the side, showing the house’s double roof structure and later wings, while the more symmetrical facade faces the lawns. A third, equally varied face is around the other end, with a large, 40’ by 14’ elegant Victorian-style sun room with part-glazed elevated roof sections and Gothic-style window tracery.

The three reception rooms are well-proportioned, with attractive fireplaces and corniced ceilings and sash-style windows; there’s an inner and rear hall, good bright kitchen with bespoke units and hefty marble tops on the land-mass island and other units, and the floor’s hardwood parquet, with pantry, larder and utility all close to hand.

Overhead, three of the house’s six bedrooms (or five, with an optional dressing room off the master bedroom) have en suite bathrooms, and the master bedroom has attractive window seats with cushions all plumped up for surveying the land and lawns beneath.

As importantly as the inside is well-kept and presented for human habitation, the buildings outside complete the picture for country living and for minding the four-legged investments.

The courtyard — entered by a square, cut stone arch — has six boxes, backed up with 12 more stables in an adjacent stable yard, and the classic stone buildings ranged around include a dovecote, lofted barn with 1,700 sq ft at ground level alone, plus further stores, workshop, garage and there’s a two-bed stable yard cottage, needing doing up.

Ready to enjoy is a private, characterful home bar/hospitality suite in one of the old stone buildings, with exposed stone walls, and next to it is another 500 sq ft room used for snooker/games.

VERDICT: You could pick up your house guests with a horse and carriage in a short trot to the train at Limerick Junction from Acraboy House.


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