The Cottage That Became a Castle
Just five miles out of Abbeyleix town, youâ€™ll find an old cottage on the crossroads between Abbeyleix, Durrow, Attanagh and Ballinakill. Back in the late 1700â€™s the house used to be a toll house. The curved gable wall on the corner told passers-by this was where you had to pay your toll for animals and product being taken to the nearby markets.
The present owners call the house Templar House because of the two large red crosses embedded into the stonework on the front of the house. Despite itâ€™s age the house never had a preservation order attached to it, but the present owners respected the rich history of the house and worked around all the original features that give it itâ€™s unique quirky feel.
When you enter through the front door, you walk into a large oak panelled room decorated in medieval colours of green, red and gold. A pot belly stove beneath the oak fireplace, casts a cosy heat over the polished stone floor. The style is reminiscent of the Gentlemanâ€™s Clubs in Victorian London.
Walking through the arch you move from the old cottage into the newly built sunlight kitchen. An oversized, crenelated fireplace decorated with medieval shields is home to a large wood burning stove that heats the house and provides underfloor heating to the stone floors on the ground floor.
The house is filled with alcoves, interesting corners and hidden delights. As you look behind you in the kitchen, youâ€™ll find a spacious alcove for relaxed dining, while the light from the late afternoon sun streams though the stained-glass windows.
Moving through the kitchen you enter into the study. This south east facing room catches the early morning sun. This room is currently t ...
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