Spacious 19th-century house in Aughrim

Renovated and extended house with stables on 10 acres for €895,000

Thu, Apr 4, 2013, 06:00

The owners of Craffield in Aughrim, Co Wicklow bought it 10 years ago and completely renovated and extended it. Set on 10 acres, it is approached along a sweeping gravel avenue lined with mature trees and a granite cut-stone wall. The avenue leads to the front of the house and continues to a circular forecourt with access to a barn and the lands.

The house, which dates back to the 1800s, has been extended over the last number of years and the result is a sprawling 418sq m (4,500sq ft) house laid out over three levels with a west and an east wing.

The entrance hall is a big wide room with a tiled floor and, along with the drawing room, is in the west quarter of the house. In the east quarter, there’s a music room which, like the bedroom above, has floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of the hilly countryside .

The decor is fresh and modern and the most is made of the views in every room.

Upstairs, a kitchen and a diningroom are central to the floor while in the east wing there’s a library and a guest toilet. There’s also a bedroom at first-floor level, with a terrace and an ensuite, while at upper first-floor level there’s a master bedroom suite.

The second level, which is an attic conversion, provides substantial living space including a play room and livingroom and two en suite bedrooms .

Craffield is set in mature grounds and to the front of the house there’s a raised south- west facing terrace. Also accessed directly from the west side of the house is a second sheltered patio area, completely private, with surrounding shrubbery and steps leading to the front of the house and on to the main lawn area. To the rear of the lawn, which is dotted with trees and lush shrubbery, is a tarmacadam tennis court.

Beyond the house, there is a three-span barn with concrete flooring, four stables and its own water supply. The lands are mainly to the front of the house and consist of three paddocks and woodland, stretching to the centre of the River Ow on one side and bounding a stream and the road. A granite outbuilding, positioned to the side of the house, is currently used for log storage. A three- bay shed is partially used as stables and has four horse boxes intact.

The property is 3.4km from Aughrim, known locally as “the Granite City” because of its many buildings constructed from locally quarried Wicklow granite.