The location is excellent: the property is c 15 minutes drive to Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee, and is only 5 minutes drive from junction 15 on the M1 motorway. That puts it to within 35-40 minutes of Dublin Airport and less than an hour into Dublin city. The house is also situated just across the road from the well known Darver Castle, a very popular wedding and events venue, and the little village of Darver, with GAA club and national school, is a short walk away.
Architecturally, Glebe House has excellent breeding! It was built in c 1800 in the Georgian style by the famous architect Frances Johnston, who was also responsible for the General Post Office at O’Connell Street in Dublin and Farnham Estate in Cavan. Originally built as a Rectory, it is an elegant two storey over basement residence on its own lands, with many fine features.
The property is approached passing a little lodge house, along a 560 metre predominantly tree-lined avenue. The lands are nicely assembled around the home and yard, and are fully self-contained. The house commands an elevated position and is entirely private.
Enter via the feature cut stone granite steps. Two well-proportioned reception rooms flank the hallway and both are well appointed with fireplaces and both have dual aspect. To the rear, the main bathroom occupies a return. It is nicely finished with wood panelling and Georgian-style sanitary ware, including a free standing roll top bath.
Upstairs are four bedrooms: three are double rooms with original wide plank wooden floors, and the largest is ensuite again panelled with Georgian style sanitary ware and a free standing bath, a luxurious touch in an ensuite. To the front is a fourth bedroom which might also make a good child’s bedroom.
At lower ground floor level, the kitchen with original quarry tiled floor has a range cooker and ample storage and work surface areas. Adjacent is a cosy snug which is walled in stone and red block. It would make a gorgeous dining room. The utility is adjacent to the kitchen. Across the hall, the family room has a lovely big fire which makes this the heart of the house, and adjacent to this is a fifth bedroom, or maybe the coziest office imaginable!
The southern aspect of the house is a lovely vantage point for outdoor dining which enjoys views of the rolling countryside across to Collon. To the rear of the property is an array of yard buildings, including an original cobble lock paddock with cut stone outhouses. Beyond that, there is a 3 bay haybarn with lean to and 4 stables and tack area within, plus a separate detached row of 7 stables behind. Another important feature is a well draining equestrian show jumping arena. Additionally, there are several well placed access points from the yard onto the lands.
Joanne commented: “This is a fine country holding that offers much in the way of potential, inside and out. The property will have strong appeal for buyers with personal or indeed professional equestrian or country sports interests, but equally for those simply seeking a beautiful and private country residence.”