Down to the river

Riverstown House, Birr, Co Offaly. €590,000

Thu, Jun 20, 2013, 01:00

Large and lovely, Riverstown House has that classic laid-back country elegance that the Georgians pulled off so effortlessly.

On the border between north Tipperary and Offaly, its 27 acres (11.33 hectares) of land, laid out in gardens and grazing, are a mile’s walk from Birr town, where bars, restaurants, shops, and the theatre and arts centre add to the amenities.

Birr Castle, the oldest inhabited home in the country, with its telescope and gardens, is there for the visiting .

Inside, Riverstown, which has been in the same ownership since the 1930s, is on three floors, with kitchen (including an Aga, naturally), games room, dining room, pantry and cold room, as well as front and back halls, on the ground floor.

Go up a floor to the drawing room to find views of the River Brosna, and five of the eight bedrooms, plus a housekeeper’s apartment.

The final three bedrooms are on the third floor, and there is a separate bathroom on this level too; in all, the house has five bathrooms.

There are working fireplaces in the main reception rooms, as well as some of the bedrooms.

Outside are mature gardens, an old walled garden and fields, some reaching down to the river. Outbuildings include a coach house, shed and barn,

Birr is a charming town, with lovely walks as well as golf, fishing, horse riding and mountain climbing in the vicinity.

Goff’s Country, who are handling the sale, are evidently confident enough of interest to put the house up for auction – on July 17th – with an AMV of €590,000.

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