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Walks by the river, drinks by the fire: Countryside luxury at this Georgian gem for €1.5m
Mamree Lodge in Inistioge, Kilkenny is a dream house for people who like to entertain.

HISTORY BUFFS WITH a dream of life in the countryside – and a €1,500,000 budget – need look no further than beautiful Mamree Lodge in Inistioge, Co Kilkenny.

This Georgian house, built in 1750, sits on the Woodstock estate, which was once the location of Woodstock House and the first home to Sir William Fownes. Fownes, the son of a Lord Mayor of Dublin, inherited a substantial amount of land in Kilkenny during the 1730s.

During the Civil War, Woodstock House was burned to the ground. Today, Mamree Lodge is once of the last standing structures on the estate that’s habitable.

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The price tag is reflective of the 4.5 acres of land that comes with it, and that leads directly onto the River Nore. Accessed by a stone pillared entrance, an electric gate ensures privacy and access to a sweeping avenue that’s flanked with mature woodland. 

The house itself is spread over an impressive 380m². The large rooms, as you might expect, are flooded with natural light, while the decor is simple and tasteful throughout.

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From the main entrance, the rooms downstairs include drawing room and music room with polished French oak flooring and period features. From there, double doors open to the dining room and then to the kitchen.

The rooms are well-connected, spacious and simply exude luxury  as they nod to their history thanks to the well-maintained plasterwork and ornate finishes. 

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Design enthusiasts will instantly be taken by the Clive Christian-designed kitchen and its marble and mahogany worktops. The well-crafted range of floor and wall mounted units provide all the storage needed in a busy kitchen. French doors open onto the garden making this a naturally bright and airy space.

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Go up the wooden staircase to the first floor and you’ll meet the landing that provides sweeping views of the gardens and the River Nore. The bedrooms are laid out here and two of the five bedrooms have their own bathrooms. 

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The main bedroom is as luxurious as you might expect – bright and big with an en suite bathroom that’s home to a freestanding tub. 

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A property like this is sure to see its fair share of guests and the beauty of Mamree Lodge is that guests and owners won’t be stepping on eachother’s toes.

At the back of the house is a one-bed guest house that’s spacious in itself. Over 100m² in size, the house comprises an open plan kitchen and living room, bedroom and shower room, along with a loft and garage. 

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The land that comes with Mamree Lodge extends all the way down to the River Nore. With its fantastic views and tranquil setting, it’s the perfect spot for summer picnics and parties. 

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For keen gardeners, the lodge is surrounded by landscaped grounds, plenty of lawn space and a number of flowerbeds, sure to keep them busy. 

In terms of location, nearby Thomastown is the nearest town and your gateway to Kilkenny City, Dublin City Centre and Dublin airport. The M9 also sits close by making Dublin and Waterford easy to access by car.

Mamree Lodge, Inistioge, Co Kilkenny is on sale through James Butler (Savills) for €1,500,000.

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