Arley, Fortland, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan, A82YK20Sale Agreed C1

8 Bed Country House 477.1 m² / 5135 ft² Sale Agreed

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A modern house in a stunning, private waterside setting

Arley has only changed hands once in its 400-year history through private exchange between Lord Farnham of the Maxwell Family and the current owner. The land previously was the site of the holiday home for the Lords of Farnham Estate and their guests. The present owner acquired the property about 30 years ago and constructed a new house which extends to over 5,000 sq ft.

Situated in the heart of the property is an impressive house accessed through a sweeping driveway which is lined with rhododendron and mature trees. It terminates at a parking area to the side of the house.

The house occupies an extremely private, southerly facing aspect which is well positioned for the excellent views over Lough Sheelin. External features include dormer windows, exposed brickwork and bay windows.

The bright, internal accommodation is well laid out over three levels for entertaining and family living. A number of internal features include a Sematic kitchen, hardwood finishes, cornicing, ceiling rose, stoves, decorative fireplaces and a stained glass window in the hall.

The rooms on the second floor are flexible and can be used as additional bedroom accommodation, games rooms or as office/ workspace.

A double-garage is attached to the western elevation of the house, while there is a log store within the garden. An attic with dual aspect windows is above the garage and is floored for storage.

Situated on the eastern side of the property is a boathouse which can house two boats.

Garden & Grounds
Arley lies within well-maintained, grounds which predominantly comprise mature woods providing shelter, privacy and amenity in the form of pleasant walks and a network of paths. The woods include a wide variety of specimen deciduous and evergreen trees, as well as fauna, adding an array of colour throughout the season, particularly the bluebells in spring. A duck pond nestles among the trees in a secluded area of the gardens. A formal garden surrounds the house and is mostly laid to lawn, with front and rear terraces and beds stocked with shrubs and flowering plants.

Situated at the western side of the property, is a site of a former polytunnel, which together with the immediate grounds served as a kitchen garden. Numerous raspberry and blackcurrant bushes add to this area.

Lough Sheelin
The water frontage onto Lough Sheelin is the key feature of the property. There are two areas for launching boats including a sheltered, stone-built harbour with slipway positioned next to the boathouse. The lough provides fishing and boating and is recorded as a Special Protection Area (SPA) which is a haven for wildlife, supporting nationally important populations of great crested grebe, pochard, tufted duck and goldeneye. It is renowned as one of the largest and best trout fishing lakes in Ireland. Lough Sheelin is a 1,900-hectare limestone freshwater lake, located on the borders of three counties, namely, Westmeath, Meath and Cavan.

Private water supply, private drainage, mains electricity, gas-fired central heating, double glazing.

Please note that the selling agents have not checked the services and any purchaser should satisfy themselves with the availability and adequacy of all services.

Closing Date
A closing date for best offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are asked to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection. The sellers reserve the right to exchange a Contract for the sale of any part of the subjects of sale ahead of a notified closing date and will not be obliged to accept the highest or any offer.

Financial Guarantee
All offers (regardless of the country of residence of the offering party) must be accompanied by a guarantee or suitable form of reference from a bank, which gives the sellers satisfaction that the purchaser has access to the funds required to complete the purchase at the offered price.

Fixtures and Fittings
All moveable items including furniture, light fittings, blinds, curtains and garden statuary are expressly excluded but are available through separate negotiation.

Tenure & Possession

Rating: C1
Number: 111071254

Location and Amenities
Arley has an exceptional, private situation on the banks of Lough Sheelin, a freshwater lough which unusually sits within the three counties of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath.

A key attraction is the popular Crover House Hotel which is a pleasant walk from Arley. It offers a spa, restaurant and 9-hole golf course. The hotel can also be accessed by boat as can the historic village of Finea on the southern side of the lough.

Kilnaleck village is a 4 kilometre drive and includes a pharmacy, medical practice, butcher and various shops. The village of Mountnugent is 5 kilometres providing everyday necessities such as a post office, greengrocers, public house and petrol station. The market town of Ballyjamesduff is 9 kilometres to the east and has a bank, medical practice and dental practice. It has a market vegetable stall twice weekly. The larger towns of Virginia and Cavan are 18 and 22 kilometres respectively and provide a wide range of shops, culture and professional services.

There are well reputed national schools locally at Ballynarry and Mountnugent, while there is secondary education at Cavan, Virginia and Ballyjamesduff.

The vibrant city of Dublin is 103 kilometres to the east accessed by the M3 motorway and provides the full range of services and culture expected of a capital city.

Known as "The Lakeland County" the border county of Cavan adjoins six counties and is characterised by its undulating landscape and 365 lakes. The Shannon-Erne Waterway passes through the county and is popular with boating enthusiasts, while the water network in the county also provides many opportunities for the keen angler.

Arley is located close to many places of interest including Mullaghmeen Forest Park, Lough Crew and Killykeen Forest Park.

Food enthusiasts will find renowned restaurants nearby including Olde Poste, the Michelin-listed MacNean House & Restaurant and Richard Corrigan's restaurant at Virginia Park Lodge.

In addition to the nearby golf course at Crover House Hotel, golfing enthusiasts are well catered for in the county including Cavan Golf Club, Farnham Estate Golf Club, Kells Golf Club and Slieve Russell Golf Club.

Cavan is ideally situated for those with equestrian interests, with Cavan Equestrian Centre and a number of hunts in the area.

There is a regular bus service from Cavan Town to Dublin City Centre. Dublin Airport is 103 kilometres.

Killnaleck 4 kilometres
Ballyjamesduff 9 kilometres
Virginia 18 kilometres
Cavan Town 22 kilometres
M50 90 kilometres
Dublin City 103 kilometres
Dublin Airport 103 kilometres

All distances are approximate

Arley House
Ground floor: hall, reception hall, kitchen, dining room, drawing room, sitting room, sun room, utility room, cloakroom, WC.

First floor: 4 bedroom suites, linen cupboard.

Second floor: 4 bedrooms, bathroom, WC.

Attached double garage with attic, boathouse, log shed.

Garden & Grounds
Formal garden mainly laid to lawn, mature woods with paths, duck pond.

Lough Sheelin
Water frontage, two harbours, fishing and boating on Lough Sheelin.

About 5 hectares/12 acres in total

Ms Jacqueline Maloney
George V Maloney & Co
6 Farmham Street
Co Cavan
Tel: +353 (0) 49 433 1444

Strictly by appointment only through Savills.

Savills Country
20 Dawson Street
Dublin 2   
Tel: +353 (0) 1 663 4350
PSRA License 002223


  • Modern 8-bedroom house in a private waterside setting
  • About 5 hectares/12 acres
  • 3 reception rooms, double garage with attic
  • Boathouse, log shed
  • Formal garden, duck pond & mature woods
  • Two harbours, fishing & boating on Lough Sheelin


From Dublin, take the N3/M3 north west. At Virgina take the R194, following this road through Ballyjamesduff. At the T junction turn right following R194 to the left. At the crossroads turn left. 700m further on, Arley is on the right.

Viewing Information

Strictly by appointment with Savills Dublin - Country on + 353 (0) 1 663 4350

BER Details

BER No: 111071254
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