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Ballydonagh House, Cloughlordan, Co Offaly
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  • 4 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
Property description

Romantic Georgian Country House in Glorious Countryside

Idyllic four-bedroom retreat, with fantastic equine facilities on approximately c.27ha (66acres). Access off the M7 at The Barack Obama Plaza in Moneygall, is under a 10 minute drive.

Originally built in 1800

Fully restored and refurbished in 2009

Romantic and secluded aspect with perfect privacy

Replumbed, reroofed, rewired and fully insulated

Cosy, yet well-proportioned reception rooms

Four bedrooms including a self-contained unit with its own access

Oil fired zoned heating and a large 60kw log burner, plus 4 solid fuel stoves

Broadband internet

Bio system, mains water and rainwater tanks

Exceptional equestrian facilities including numerous stables, sand arena and horse walker
Woodlands and lake

Cross country riding on site, including jumping

Plantation of oak, larch, scots pines, beech, ash and sycamore

Limerick City and Shannon Airport just one hour away

Property Description

Old stone walls mingle with polished timber floors, and deeply recessed sash windows and working shutters, cast a warm glow over everything in this incredibly romantic country retreat. Set in c.27ha(66 acres) of paddocks, pasture and woodlands, Ballydonagh House was built in the 1800s.

An atmospheric country house, with every modern convenience, and fully restored and upgraded, Ballydonagh offers an utterly private, rural romantic retreat, which is nevertheless just ten minutes from the M7 and Ireland's motorway network.

The charming entrance hall leads directly through to a sunroom with wide bright windows, opening the house up to the gorgeous gardens and wrap-around patios. To the right and left of the entrance hall find a generous sitting room and drawing room, which itself opens on to a dining room for your more formal entertaining.

Beyond this is a classic and well-appointed country kitchen, leading to a breakfast/sunroom 2, plus a utility room and wet room. Timber beams and solid fuel stoves add to the charm.

Upstairs, the three main bedrooms which are all ensuite, and the master has its own dressing room too. These are enchanting rooms set in the eaves, while the bathrooms are exceptionally well appointed.

There is also a self-contained suite, which although part of the house, also has its own entrance. This comprises a shower room, kitchen and living room, and a bedroom upstairs, and offers great flexibility in terms of a staff flat, guest house, holiday rental or au pair room.

Gardens and Grounds

Set on an extremely generous c27ha (66acres) approximately, Ballydonagh House itself is perfectly positioned on its site for maximum peace and privacy. Patios wrap around the property, with sheltered seating areas. These give views on to charming planting and undulating lawns, the atmospheric remains of old stone walls, and an ornamental pond.

Rove further afield to discover an adjacent stable yard with horse walker, barn containing stables, a tack room and storage, a hay barn, log store, and further outbuildings, plus a sand arena.

While the pasture, paddocks and woodlands bring great privacy, they also offer wonderful walks and rides. There are secluded seating spots, a lake, and so much space to dream and explore whether on foot or horseback. A series of cross-country jumps connects the fields.

The woodlands themselves have been planted with oak, larch, scots pines, beech, ash and sycamore, which are absolutely gorgeous, but also gift plenty of natural wood to keep the home fires burning.


Just on the Tipperary Offaly border, Ballydonagh House is located close to the historic village of Cloughjordan. Legend has it that a Norman knight, travelling back from the Crusades, brought a stone from the River Jordan in the Holy Land, and added it to the doorway of his castle lending the name Clogh meaning stone Jordan to the area.

Today you'll find a pretty village, with bars, shops and restaurants. There is a primary school, preschool and crche. Secondary schools are in the nearby towns of Roscrea, Nenagh, Borrisokane and Birr. There is a strong community spirit, while the Eco Village puts Cloughjordan at the forefront of new architectural and environmental thinking. The train station at Cloughjordan connects to Dublin and Limerick, via Ballybrophy.

The nearest town is Roscrea at 15km, with ample shopping, schools, GAA and leisure centres.

As well as the horse-riding at Ballydonagh itself, sporting enthusiasts can enjoy all the nearby water and fishing activities on the Shannon and Lough Derg. There is GAA in Moneygall and Roscrea, and golf, rugby and soccer in Nenagh, Roscrea and Birr. Cycling and hiking around the nearby Slieve Blooms and Devils Bit Mountains. Leisure centres and swimming pools in the nearby towns of Birr and Nenagh.

M7 at Barak Obama Plaza 10 minutes / 6.4km

Roscrea 15 minutes / 15.km

Nenagh 20 minutes / 24km

Limerick 48 minutes / 64km

Shannon Airport 1 hour / 91km

Dublin City Centre 149km

Dublin Airport 155km


Oil fired zoned central heating and a large 60kw log burner, either system can used and switched between one or the other. A large amount of timber on site, making the log burner system very efficient.

Alarm and security system

Broadband internet

Newly installed bio-system

Mains water and rain water tanks

Electric gate

Ballydonagh House, Cloughjordan, Co Offaly, Ireland
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