Magnificent residential estate with lodge, converted mill, chapel and equestrian facilities
Lot 1 - Kilsharvan House (About 37.7 acres)
Kilsharvan House is a fine, two-story Regency Revival-style period house. From an elevated bank, it towers over the River Nanny. Accessed through an impressive, bell-mouthed stone wall entrance with piers and electric-gates, Kilsharvan House is approached along an attractive, sweeping driveway which leads to a gravel parking area at the front of the house. The tarmacadam driveway is flanked by stud fencing and lighting. There is access and further parking to the rear.
Kilsharvan House occupies a mature, private situation, with its front facing west and the principal reception rooms having a southerly aspect over the river. External features include a Doric portico with shallow bows to either side, white window surrounds and a hip roof. The house has been comprehensively renovated during the sellers' ownership to transform one of the county's most historic houses into a sumptuous property fit for hosting lavish house parties and comfortable family living, in equal measure.
Internally, the light-filled accommodation is of generous and elegant proportions, laid out over two storeys. Upon entering the house, you are greeted with an aura of grandeur with period features in the reception hall which continue throughout the formal reception rooms and bedroom accommodation. With a flagstone floor, the hall is entered through double doors with stained glass above encrypted with Kilsharvan. The decorative cornicing and plasterwork are equally notable, while the bowed end wall with sweeping staircase is the key aspect of the room. A cosy library with bow window and built-in book shelves is accessed off. Also accessed from the reception hall is the drawing room with a dual aspect to the west (a bowed elevation) and south. The drawing room leads to a music room and perhaps the most spectacular room in the house, the dining room which can seat 20 guests. These rooms include period features such as decorative fireplaces, cornicing, picture rails, architraves, ceiling roses, sash and case windows, shutters and a hardwood floor in the dining room. They all benefit from a southerly aspect and therefore, ample natural light.
Given the era of the house, an unusual feature is the open plan L-shaped bright and modern family accommodation which includes a stove with brick surround, French windows, cornicing and extensive roof windows. A spiral stair leads to a gallery and the bedroom accommodation. The family room opens to the kitchen which is of contemporary design and has roof windows, a large marble island and a Stanley range cooker with an exposed brick surround. Accessed off the kitchen and to the rear of the house is a boiler room, utility room, laundry and porch.
An inner hall reconnects the family accommodation with the reception hall, off which, is a breakfast room (likely to have once been used by servants and including the former bell board).
An impressive landing with roof light leads to the principal bedroom accommodation which includes a master bedroom suite with dressing room and spacious bathroom, three further bedroom suites, a shower room and a TV room. As with the ground floor accommodation, the bedrooms have many features including, decorative fireplaces, cornicing, high ceilings, free standing baths and in particular, one of the bedroom suites completed with wood panelling to resemble a ship's cabin.
A two-storey wing lies to the north of the house and is accessed via the inner hall. It offers the potential for self-contained accommodation and a variety of uses. The present owners use the ground floor accommodation for offices, with supplementary bedroom accommodation on the first floor currently comprising five bedrooms (two en suite) and a bathroom.
There is a basement with various stores.
At the rear of the house is a garage and an enclosed cobbled courtyard.
Gardens & Grounds
The gardens and grounds of Kilsharvan House are a key feature of the estate and have been landscaped since early times. They form a beautiful parkland setting and include some outstanding specimen trees which provide colour as well as shelter and privacy. There are areas of lawn to the front and southern side of the house.
The River Nanny forms the southern boundary and combined with the mill race, creates a number of small islands on the estate. There is fishing on the river, which is managed by Duleek Anglers Club.
There is a useful network of tarmacadam and gravel paths passing through the estate.
Kilsharvan House is located in the Royal County of Meath in the North East of Ireland. County Meath is internationally famed for its heritage, ancient history and excellent amenities on its doorstep. The nearby villages of Duleek (5 km) and Julianstown (5 km) offer local amenities with the nearest town to Kilsharvan House being Drogheda (8 km), one of Ireland's oldest medieval towns. Drogheda has several quality hotels, restaurants, boutique shops and two shopping centres. It is one of the country's largest towns and has seen significant growth in recent times due to its proximity to Dublin City. Drogheda also has the benefit of commuter rail and bus services to Dublin.
There is convenient access to the M1, with Junction 7 situated 6 km to the south, connecting Belfast to Dublin. Dublin Airport is 37 km to the south, while the M50 is 40 km distant.
The property is in the vicinity of the internationally renowned Boyne Valley which is host to Brú na Bóinne, a Unesco World Heritage site with tombs at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth attracting thousands of tourists annually.
There are wonderful walks in the area along the beaches and the River Boyne where a walkway has been created between Drogheda and Navan. The North East has a stunning coastline and there is a long sandy beach running from Gormanstown to Mornington. Laytown Strand is 7 km distant.
County Meath has a proud sporting history and offers a huge array of quality sporting and recreational activities. The keen golfer is well catered for with a choice of superb courses within the county. The County Louth Golf Club at Baltray hosted the Irish Open in 2005 and 2009. Bellewstown Golf Club is 4 km distant, while there are links courses at Bettystown (12 km) and Baltray (14 km).
Horse racing takes place close by in Bellewstown (3 km), which is one of the oldest race courses in Ireland and meets are held twice each summer. Laytown Racecourse is a horse racing venue on the beach at Laytown. It is unique in the racing calendar, as the only race event run on a beach under the rules of the Turf Club, since it was first staged in 1868. Other races are held at Navan (28 km) and at Dundalk (50 km) where the stadium also hosts greyhound racing. The keen huntsman has a choice of packs in the Louth and Meath Foxhounds, the Fingal Harriers and the Ward Union.
Numerous primary and secondary schools serve the area. Secondary education is available in Drogheda Grammar School and Gormanston College, as well as several excellent secondary schools in in Drogheda, Balbriggan and Navan.
Gate Lodge - A charming gate lodge is situated to the north west of Kilsharvan House. It has a separate gated access from the minor estate road. Of traditional construction and with a white painted finish, the accommodation is laid out over a single storey and comprises two bedrooms, two shower rooms, a kitchen and sitting room with open fire. The gate lodge is presently let on a short-term lease.
The Mill - The main driveway forks before the house and one spur leads to The Mill. An imposing, traditional structure, it is situated to the southeast of the house and over the mill race. The mill has been fully renovated by the present owners and is ideally suited for hosting large functions, with the banqueting hall having a capacity for seating for 250 guests in a theatre style or 120 guests dining at round tables. It includes a small terrace area. A bridge with detailed stonework passes over the mill race and leads to a former flax house which is presently used for storage.
Kilsharvan Church - Situated opposite The Mill and a unique feature of the estate is Kilsharvan Church. While the internal accommodation is unfinished, the present owners undertook a detailed restoration of the exterior, including the stonework, roof and stained-glass windows. Its size, setting and rustic charm combine to offer potential for a variety of uses.
Outbuildings & Equestrian Facilities - Lying to the north of the house and with a separate access is a range of traditional farm buildings. They are mainly of stone construction beneath slate and corrugated roofs and have been adapted since their construction to create a livery yard. The buildings extend to about 810 sq m / 8718 sq ft and are laid out on the accompanying plans. Their extent and layout offer the potential for conversion, subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission. In addition to 14 loose boxes, the equestrian facilities include a Monarch horse walker and two outdoor silica sand arenas (one floodlit) with excellent drainage. There is extensive hardstanding. The yard and buildings are currently used for commercial livery. Further details are available from the selling agents.
Farmland - The main area of farmland lies beyond the house and yard and provides good grazing. Generally, level in nature, it is laid out in three paddocks divided by stud fences and extends to about 13 acres in total. There is a further paddock of about 3.8 acres providing grazing running between the river and driveway.
The Eircode for Kilsharvan House is A92 X4KN.
Strictly by appointment with Savills Dublin - Country on + 353 (0) 1 663 4350