With the death of the Celtic Tiger, property values in Ireland have sunk like a stone. The Irish currency is
tied to the Euro, not the British pound, so Ireland’s taken more of a beating than England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have. So there are some great properties for sale in Ireland, and I noticed a great one in the New York Times today.
I love that this isn’t your typical Georgian heap, but it’s got a little more character. There are about a dozen chimney pots (and probably, once upon a time, a corresponding number of fireplaces) and a great huge Palladian window. A coat of paint would really make this place glow! LOVE this front hall with the matching gilt mirrors and the separate staircase. And the dahlias are a great touch. They’re probably from the property’s gardens.Great sunny library with its messy bookshelves and collection of Toby Jugs. I can imagine curling up on that squishy looking sofa and reading the day away.Green velvet wallcovering, great mirror, horrible chairs. The main kitchen is in the basement, but look at the height of the ceiling! And the Aga fits perfectly in the old cooking hearth. I am curious what’s just to the left of it. An old bread oven?The sink that so many new kitchens aspire to be… but fail miserably.More of the kitchen, with mismatched chairs, another messy bookcase and the great high ceiling.
Upstairs hallway. Isn’t that doorway amazing? It seems more like the American South than Ireland. I love prints and sculptures of animals done by people who’ve clearly never seen one. Have you ever known a camel to look like that?
I am not wild about any of the bedrooms, so I am going to skip them. You can find the article and all of the images here.
The house and 30 acres are on the market for $1.7 million or €1.35 million. And the property tax is only €100!