Description“A wonderful extended residence in walk-in condition on circa 12 Acres with approx. 1km of river frontage"
The Old School House was built in the 1830's by Elizabeth Bryan from nearby Jenkinstown House Estate, as a school house for the children of the tenants on the estate. Elizabeth Bryan modelled the design on french schools she saw while she was in school in France. The building was only in use as a school for approx. 4 years. Elizabeth died at a young age of 22 and the building then became the lodge house for the estate when the new Dinan Bridge was built in 1840. The Bryans were major land owners in County Kilkenny with 8,209 Acres. Major George Bryan served with the Kilkenny Militia and as High Sheriff of Kilkenny in 1846. Both he and his daughter are buried at Jenkinstown Church.
The house was fully renovated in the 1990's to a very high specification with the addition of the first floor. Two dormer windows were added to the front and several Velux windows were added to the sides and rear of the property. The slates on the roof are Blue Bangor Slate. Two striking Conservatories were also added to the rear overlooking the gardens and paddocks. The property was further developed by the current owners in 2001 to its current impressive standard.
The Old School House is a truly tranquil residence with a unique countryside setting and approx. 1km of river frontage. The property sits on circa 12 Acres / 4.86 Hectares of mature gardens and rolling parkland, which is ideal for country living and entertaining. The meticulous attention to detail and the high quality finish is very evident through this outstanding home. The light filled and spacious accommodation extends to approximately 376 Sq. M. / 4,047 Sq. Ft. over two floors. The layout at ground floor level comprises: an impressive entrance hall, three reception rooms, a magnificent open plan kitchen/dining/family room, laundry room, storage room, bedroom four and a family bathroom. The layout at first floor level comprises: a large landing area, three double bedrooms, (master with an en-suite and a dressing room) and another family bathroom.
GARDENS (circa 2 Acres / 0.8 Hectares including the garden service entrance)
The house links seamlessly with the gardens and grounds with an abundance of windows offering plentiful sunlight and amazing views of the surrounding gardens and countryside. The property is accessed through stone pillars with a striking stone wall with mature hedging running along with the boundary of the road. A large gravel parking area provides generous parking for several cars. The front lawns are bordered by stone edging with a wonderful array of specimen plants, trees and ground cover planting. A double wooden garden shed is positioned in the corner of the front garden with the oil tank bund directly behind them. This shed houses the pump for the well and also the water treatment system. The sun drenched south facing rear garden is not overlooked and has commanding viewing of the rolling countryside and the River Dinan which is a tributary of the River Nore. Post and rail fencing separate the rear garden from the adjoining field. There are several paved and cobblelock patio area which cater for alfresco dining and outdoor entertaining. The patio at the main Conservatory is wired and has plumbing in place for a Hot Tub. A section of the rear garden is fenced off for a dog run. The sunny west facing side garden is laid in a sloping lawn running down to the bank of the river. A section of the garden is planted with wild flower areas and mature trees. A winding pathway passes a secluded paved patio where one can sit and enjoy the view of the river and listen to the sound of the water flowing. Further along leads to a swimming hole (measuring 30m by 2m). The garden is bordered by the original estate wall, running down to the river. There is approx. 1km of river frontage running from the end of the boundary of the garden to the end of the boundary of the second field. The original building which housed the toilets for the school has been restored and has power and plug sockets. This would make a perfect home office or a children's playhouse. The garden service entrance is positioned to the right of the main entrance and has an enclosed concrete yard. There is potential to convert this area into an equestrian yard if required.
THE LAND (Circa 10 Acres / 4 Hectares):
The highly desired lands are divided into two 5 acre fields and are suitable for a variety of uses including agricultural and equestrian purposes. The surrounding boundaries comprise mature hedges, trees and river frontage. There is access to the land through an agricultural entrance gate which is just a short distance up from the main entrance to the property.
The Old School House is located a few hundred metres to Jenkinstown Wood, a large renowned Bluebell woodland once forming part of nearby Jenkinstown House Estate. While having the luxury of nature on your doorstep, the property is easily accessible to Dublin from the M9 from Kilkenny City (9 km distant), linking the city to Dublin and its international airport. Waterford Airport is a 45 minute drive away. The medieval city of Kilkenny is renowned throughout Ireland for its rich culture of the arts, music and lifestyle with a wide variety of national attractions, festivals, food and crafts available. Kilkenny City provides a wide range of shops, culture and professional services. The surrounding countryside is known for its picturesque riverside villages, mountains and many picturesque walks. For those who enjoy hunting, the famous Kilkenny Hunt operates in the area. Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for including the nearby Castlecomer Golf Club, Mount Juliet Estate & Golf Club and Kilkenny Golf Club. There is a variety of excellent schools in the local area - both national and secondary - including Kilkenny National School, Kilkenny College and Loreto Secondary School. In the neighbouring counties, Rockwell College is a renowned school in Cashel, Tipperary and Newtown School, Waterford, both offer day and boarding facilities.
Viewing of this wonderful property is highly recommended.
Entrance Hall 7.21m x 2.48m + 1.77m x 4.50m. Two Composite doors, formally the boys and girls school entrance doors, with glass inserts open into a striking and spacious entrance hall with a double height ceiling. Two of the walls have feature exposed stone. A pair of windows overlook the front garden through the verandah. Solid Oak wide plank flooring. A handcrafted solid Oak open staircase gives access to the first floor. Alarm panel.
Living / Dining Room 6.52m2 + 5.07m + 1.55m + 5.05m x 6.24m. A spacious and light filled room with dual aspect overlooking the front and side of the property. It features the original bow shaped ceiling and window to the front and a pair of windows overlooking the side garden. A floor to ceiling stone chimney breast with a wooden beam and open fireplace is fitted with a multi fuel stove. A door with overhead fan light leads through to the lounge/conservatory. 5 amp plug sockets for lamps on the lighting circuit.
Lounge / Conservatory 5.15m x 2.14m + 4.14m x 3.20m. Spacious and bright open plan room with French doors open out to a sun drenched patio area. Black slate floor which were the original slates on the roof of the property. Bespoke handmade Beech veneer drinks cabinet complete with serving area, lighting and two integrated fridges. A glass panel doors with side panels leads through to the entrance hall. Part exposed original stone wall.
Kitchen / Dining / Family Room 8.93m x 6.18m. Impressive and spacious open plan room with triple aspect with captivated view of the gardens and the rolling parkland. It features a magnificent vaulted ceiling with four Velux windows and overhead wooden beams with spot lighting. Six windows (three of them are arched) flood the room with endless natural light and sunshine. The kitchen area is fitted with country-style wall and floor units with solid beech countertops. Wooden wainscoting splashback panels. One and a half bowl kitchen sink. Bespoke handmade Beech veneer dresser style unit complete with an integrated top loading Fisher & Paykel dishwasher and a second integrated Miele dishwasher. A striking red coloured Waterford Stanley oil fired cooker is the heart of the kitchen and is recessed in a floor to ceiling chimney breast with a wooden beam mantel. Miele electric oven and a four ring induction hob. Integrated extractor fan. Sub Zero American Style Fridge Freezer. The dining area can accommodate a large table and chairs for family dining and entertaining. The family area has plenty of space for an L shaped sofa or a pair of sofas to relax in and watch television. A feature alcove with an overhead wooden beam is fitted with shelving and a freestanding electric stove effect fire. Terracotta tiled floor throughout.
Larder 1.42m x 1.89m. Fitted with floor to ceiling shelving. Terracotta tiled floor.
Laundry Room / Conservatory 5.18m x 2.09m + 4.14m x 3.23m. The laundry area has a built-in laundry chute coming down from the en-suite in the master bedroom. Fitted wall and floor units with a single drain sink unit. Plumbing is in place for a washing machine with space for a tumble dryer. There is plenty of coat hanging space. Open plan access to a sun drenched dual aspect Conservatory with uninterrupted views of the rear garden and adjoining paddock. Terracotta tiled floor throughout. French doors open out to a large paved patio area and an enclosed dog run.
Pantry 2.56m x 1.90m. Fitted with floor to ceiling shelving. Terracotta tiled floor.
Study / Bedroom Five 4.75m x 3.32m. A spacious room which can be accessed from the laundry room/conservatory or at the end of the entrance hall. A floor to ceiling brick chimney breast with a wooden beam and open fireplace is fitted with a multi fuel stove sitting on a black slate hearth. A side window overlooks the side garden. Fitted carpet. TV and telephone point. 5 amp plug sockets for lamps on the lighting circuit.
Inner Hall Access to main entrance hall and bedroom four. Fitted carpet. Access to the second attic.
Bedroom Four 6.94m2 + 4.96m + 1.83m + 3.29m x 0.72m. Impressive and spacious double bedroom with original bow shaped window to the front and sloped ceiling. A side window overlooks the side garden. TV and phone points. Fitted carpet. 5 amp plug sockets for lamps on the lighting circuit.
Bathroom 1.76m x 3.19m + 0.76m x 0.83m. Comprising claw-foot bathtub with an overhead shower head and a handheld shower head, wc and wash hand basin. Terracotta tiled floor with underfloor electric heating. The extractor fan and lights are both on sensors.
Store Room 4.55m x 2.23m. Spacious walk-in storage room with fitted floor to ceiling shelving. Coat hanging space. Wooden floor and extractor fan.
Store 2 0.64m x 2.22m. Double doors allow access to this storage cupboard.
Boiler Room 2.44m x 1.06m. A walk-in boiler room accessed from the entrance hall. There is plenty of coat hanging space.
Landing (incl. stairs) 1.23m x 0.60m + 4.52m x 3.67m - Void 11.21m2. Spacious and light filled area with a void and a dormer window overlooking the front of the property. Beech wooden floor. Hatch to attic space.
Master Bedroom 1.23m x 0.60m + 5.90m x 3.66m. Large master bedroom with a dormer window positioned to the front of the property. Beech wooden floor and a wall mounted vertical radiator. Dual built-in shelving. TV and phone points.
Dressing Room 3.44m x 5.82m + 0.95m x 2.40m. A large dressing room with built-in storage cupboard and plenty of hanging space. A Velux window is fitted in the roof to the rear of the property. A raised area provides for further storage needs. Beech wooden floor.
En-Suite 2.69m x 1.93m. Comprising a stand in tiled shower with seating area with a Lefroy Brooks thermostatic shower with a rain shower head and a hand held shower attachment. WC and a vanity unit with a wall mounted demisting mirror with lighting. Tiled floor and part tiled walls. Built-in laundry and a heated towel rail. Recessed lighting and a Velux window. Underfloor electric heating. The extractor fan and lights are both on sensors.
Bedroom Two 3.23m x 0.75m + 4.57m x 5.82m. A spacious double room to the rear with dual aspect and two Velux windows fitted with electric blinds. TV and phone points. Beech wooden floor.
Bedroom Three 5.35m x 1.97m + 5.26m x 1.51m. A good sized double room with two Velux windows fitted with electric blinds and positioned to the rear of the property. Built-in recessed shelving access to eaves storage. A raised area can accommodate two single beds and is practical for invaluable storage or a study area. Beech wooden floor.
Bathroom 2.85m x 2.07m. Comprising a stand-in shower with a tiled seating area and a Lefroy Brooks thermostatic shower with a rain shower head and a hand held shower attachment. WC and a built-in vanity unit with a wall mounted demisting mirror with lighting. Tiled floor and part tiled walls. Velux window to the rear and recessed lighting. Underfloor electric heating. The extractor fan and lights are both on sensors.
FeaturesExecutive residence on circa 12 Acres with approx. 1km of river frontage
Bright and spacious accommodation extending to 376 Sq. M. / 4, 047 Sq. Ft. approx. over two levels
Sought-after countryside setting close to Kilkenny City Centre
Oil fired central heating with two boilers - Stanley cooker in the kitchen and a boiler in the boiler room
3 zone heating system
Own private well with a water treatment system and a pressurized water system
Own private septic tank
Fast Fiber Broadband from Vodafone
BER DetailsBER: C2
BER No: 113280226
Performance Indicator: 184.64 kWh/m²/yr
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Sherry FitzGerald Kilkenny on 056 77 21904