Elegant century-old Castletown country residence

Story by Tom Kelly

Saturday, 6th October, 2007 9:00am

A NON-PRETENTIOUS country residence of great elegance with lovely appointments and well-apportioned accommodation is the description used by the auctioneers bringing Mitchelstown House at Castletown-Kilpatrick to the market.

Remax Royal County, Navan, and Dillon Auctioneers of Dunshaughlin are selling the property by private treaty, with an asking price of €1.5 million.

Mitchelstown House is a secluded, two-storey country residence, which was built in 1902 by Arthur Matthews and purchased by its current owners in 1977. The property is situated on approximately 17.5 acres (seven hectares) of parkland with an abundance of outbuildings and out-offices.

The well-proportioned accommodation is entered through a spacious reception hall with archway, and leads into the main reception room, which is warmed by a feature marble fireplace with sienne inlay, cast iron and brass inset.

Double doors lead to the family room and study. The dining room benefits from a bay window and feature marble fireplace with cast iron inset.

The kitchen/breakfast room can be accessed from the dining room, and overlooks the front of the property, enjoying views of the main courtyard and railed paddocks. Fitted wall and floor units and an oil stove are the key attributes of this room.

The utility room is located off the kitchen, as is the boot room, ideal for storing footwear after a day`s work on the farm, or a leisurely stroll across the fields and parkland. A dressing room completes the accommodation on the ground floor.

The first floor accommodation comprises of a billiard/games room, which is perfect for entertaining and enjoying quality time with family and friends. This room enjoys an abundance of natural light, a Victorian-style fireplace with overmantle and an ornate beamed ceiling, which are the main focal points of this room.

There are five bedrooms, one of which benefits from a bay window overlooking the front of the property. Three of the bedrooms have original cast iron fireplaces, typical of the period in which the house was built. The family bathroom concludes the accommodation.

The residence is approached by a tree- and hedge-lined avenue with railed paddocks surrounding the property. The adjoining land is of prime quality and is serviced by an internal roadway. All paddocks are linked to the farmyard and out-offices.

The holding is in permanent pasture with excellent water supply. Outbuildings include numerous loose stables with original cast iron divisions, loose boxes, tack room, feed store, workshop, open plan shed and hay barn.

Mitchelstown House is ideally placed to enjoy full advantage of the many infrastructural development in the area, being only 15 minutes drive from M1 (via Ardee), 10 minutes from Navan town, 25 minutes from Drogheda and it is within 45 minutes drive from Dublin Airport.

There is a host of rural sporting activities available with a choice of several fine golf courses in the area.

For further information on this property or to arrange a viewing, contact Jim O`Reilly of Remax Royal County, Railway Street, Navan, on (086) 853 1191 or (046) 907 3737, or Dillon Auctioneers, Main Street, Dunshaughlin, on (01) 825 9154.