Old Hollow House, Shanahoe, Abbeyleix, County Laois
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- 5 bedrooms
- 5 bathrooms
Property descriptionOld Hollow House is a splendid two storey residence on some 4.36 ha (10.7 acres) built around 20 years ago and has been maintained to a high standard. This property will ideally suit a family, as well as horse enthusiasts, as it benefits from all the equine facilities in its generous yard. The bright and spacious accommodation of approx.400sq m (4,300sq.ft) comprises of a large reception hallway, an elegant living/dining room, a warm family room, light filled sun room, family kitchen/breakfast room with a kerosene fed Aga that can also heat the water, utility and guest Wc. The property is an ideal family home with five good-sized bedrooms, three of them ensuite, and a large family bathroom. The landing is sizeable and leads to an open plan office and seating area, which overlooks the manmade lake.
Entrance porch, Reception hall, Family room, Sun room, Living/Dining room, Kitchen/Breakfast room, Pantry, Utility room, Guest Wc, Bedroom 1 with ensuite
Four further bedrooms with two ensuite, Family bathroom, Office, Playroom, Floored attic with Stira stairs access.
American barn and lunging area
approx. 297sq.m (3,200sq.ft) which includes: garage/workshop, four stables, tack room, wc and whb, two large dog kennels and storage area for items such as hay, tractor and horse box.
Gardens and grounds
The property is entered through cast iron gates with granite pillars leading up a tree lined gravel avenue. At the top of the avenue, the driveway divides, with one avenue leading to the yard, and the other to the house. The American barn in the yard is approx.297sq.m (3,200sq.ft), and includes a garage/workshop, four stables, tack room, Wc and whb, two large dog kennels and a separate storage area for items such as hay, tractor and horsebox. There are also tanks for agri diesel and kerosene here. The arena to the side of the American barn is stud railed and is 42x17.3m (138 x 57ft). The paddocks to the front and side are stud railed, and the side paddock has approximately 190 metres (62ft) of road frontage, bounded by an old stone wall, which gives much privacy. The fields are all serviced by a piped water system, feeding water troughs.
The lake to the front of the house is a beautiful feature, surrounded by shrubbery, overlooked by a Norwegian pine BBQ house, and is home to much wildlife. This water feature has been designed never to overflow, with any oversupply feeding into the orchard.
The garden to the side of the house is planted with shrubbery and flowers, and includes a pergola and patio area, which is ideal for barbeques during the summer months. Another lovely feature is the orchard with eating and cooking apples, plum trees, cherry trees, pear trees, hazel, and gooseberry, strawberry and raspberry plants. There are also five large raised timber beds making this a wonderful kitchen garden. Taps have been installed in the orchard and front gate for ease and convenience.
Shanahoe village is situated in a most convenient location, just 5.9km (3.5miles) from the heritage town of Abbeyleix. With a strong neighbourhood feel, it is also a community alert area, making it a safe and peaceful place to raise a family. This town was designed by the first Viscount of Vesci in the 18th century, although there has been a settlement at Abbeyleix since 1183. Abbeyleix was recently nominated in the top ten places to live in Ireland. The house itself is just ten minutes from the M7 motorway, connecting you to Dublin, as well as the motorway network reaching the rest of Ireland. A bird sanctuary is just five minutes away, with flocks of swans, pheasant, migrating birds and red squirrels.
Portlaoise train station is just 17km (10 miles) and is on the Dublin/Cork train line, giving regular service to and from Dublin. There are thirty-four trains to Dublin daily. Bus Eireann provide services to Abbeyleix from Dublin, Cork and There is a primary school in Shanahoe village, which serves the area. The area is also serviced well by secondary schools in Abbeyleix, Portlaoise, Newbridge and Roscrea.
Shopping, Restaurants and Cafes
Abbeyleix at 5.9km (3.5miles) has a wide range of shops, with SuperValu for your weekly shopping, as well as butchers, cafs, pharmacies, a library, two hotels, pubs and banks.
Portlaoise at 17km (10miles) is a larger town with four major shopping centres. The largest is in the town centre, with Tesco as the anchor tenant. There is also a shopping centre on the Mountmellick Road, with Dunnes Stores as the anchor tenant, and one on the Mountrath Road, with a further choice of shops. The town also has a broad range of shops, covering most areas of retail activity.
Newbridge at 57km (35miles) also has a wide range of shops including all the high street shops at the Whitewater Shopping Centre. There are many restaurants, cafes and pubs, and the Riverbank Arts Centre, which has its own theatre.
For discount designer-ware, the Kildare Village Outlet Shopping centre is just 45km (28miles) away.
The golf enthusiast is well catered for with eight golf courses within twenty minutes of the property. These include: Portarlington, Rathdowney, Abbeyleix, Mountrath, Portlaoise, The Heath, Roscrea, and Portarlington Golf Club.
Two of the main rivers in Ireland run through Laois the Nore and the Barrow. The game and coarse angler is well catered for in this hidden haven in the heart of Ireland. The river Barrow is well known as a game and coarse river for salmon, brown trout, roach, rudd, perch and tench. The river Nore provides excellent fishing and has good pike and salmon stocks. Coarse angles are spoilt for choice between canals, rivers and a vast number of scenic lakes.
The Slieve Bloom Mountains are just 17km (10 miles) away.
Abbeyleix 5.9km (3.5miles) Portlaoise 17km (10miles) Kilkenny 40km (25miles) Newbridge 57km (35miles) Dublin 100km (60miles)
Old Hollow House, Shanahoe, Abbeyleix, County Laois, Laois, Ireland
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