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Picture-perfect Offaly home with a thatched roof and mountain views from the balcony

Enjoy the fairytale but live close to reality for €395,000.
Dec 2nd 2021, 5:07 PM 7,821 1

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THERE’S NO QUESTION that country living is becoming more appealing as work becomes more flexible for some people. The prospect is all the more manageable if you have public transport links nearby – like a train station 15 minutes’ drive away, as with this property.

For anyone looking for a spacious, conveniently located country home that certainly isn’t cookie cutter, Garbally, just outside Tullamore, Co Offaly is what fairytales are made of.

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Set amongst almost an acre of landscaped gardens, this house, with its thatched roof and cut stone external walls, is a sight you won’t tire of too quickly. 

Upon arrival, gravel driveways and electronic gates add a touch of exclusivity to this unique property. Step inside and you’ll spend the day studying the mix of styles in each room. From the decorative plasterwork to timber beams, this house is full to the brim with character and interesting details.

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The main hallway has decorative plasterwork, cut stone walls and solid oak floors, while things get a little warmer underfoot as you approach the carpeted living room. The striking red furniture matched with the open fireplace and its stone hearth make for luxurious lounging

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There is also a beautiful conservatory that will let you enjoy the views even when it’s cold outside. A step inside is akin to being transported to a luxury spa hotel.


The dining room exudes castle vibes, which will make for easy talking points if hosting dinner parties is high on your agenda. It also has a great view of the surrounding gardens and mountains in the distance.

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The kitchen hasn’t lost out when it comes to quirky design details either. Figurine scenes are inset to the cabinet doors, and contrast wonderfully against the tiled floors and ceiling beams. 

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Upstairs isn’t just home to the bedrooms and bathroom, there are also double doors that present a gorgeous balcony with a seating area that overlooks the garden. Looking out, you’ll spot the Sliabh Bloom mountains in the distance.

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The three bedrooms in this house are spacious and full of character. The main bedroom, with its semi-circle shape and pine floors, presents an interesting backdrop even before you put your own stamp on on the space. There’s a spiral staircase leading to the walk-in wardrobe, which is housed in the attic. 

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For those who like to work with their hands, there are two large work sheds to one side of the main house.

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To top it all off, Dublin is just an hour away by car or train, making it an ideal base for anyone who splits their work week between home and the office. 

Garbally, Blueball, Tullamore, Co. Offaly is on the market through DNG Kelly Duncan for €395,000.

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