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Back to nature: Renovated barn in Wicklow with views of forest and sea

The Owl Barn, first built in 1860, is on the market for €395,000.

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THEY SAY IT can take years to add character and charm to a home when you move in, but with The Owl Barn, the hard work is already done. 

Located on a wooded hillside above the village of Ashford, Co Wicklow, the three-bed property already comes with plenty of stories to tell. The original barn was built in 1860, and occupied by a farm helper in the 1950s before being renovated in the 1990s into a two-bed home. It’s on the market for €395,000.

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In 2016, the current owners added a 495 sq ft extension, turning it into the three-bed home you’ll see today.

Positioned on an elevated site, The Owl Barn looks out onto Mount Usher Gardens and offers views as far as the Irish Sea. A clever layout and positioning of picture windows means each room is flooded with natural light and features different views. 

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Stepping inside, the entrance hall leads to two bedrooms and a bathroom, with the open plan kitchen, living and dining area located on the upper level of the split-level extension. This space is bright and modern, with wooden finishings as a nod to the building’s origins.

A breakfast bar separates the kitchen from the living and dining area, with a mixture of wall and floor units here. A vaulted ceiling adds to the feeling of spaciousness, while French doors open from the dining room to the front of the property and welcome views of the surrounding greenery. 

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Ideal for families with young children, the master bedroom features access to the second bedroom, as well as an en suite bathroom. There’s a feature window in the master bedroom which, it’s said, the resident barn owl used as his personal entrance – making for the perfect bedtime story. A family bathroom completes the ground floor.  

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Moving to the lower ground floor, there’s a large bedroom here, as well as an office with a kitchenette and en suite bathroom. An arched doorway in the bedroom leads to a small conservatory.   

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Making the most of the property’s unique shape, pockets of outdoor seating areas surround its perimeter. A raised terraced area can be accessed from the kitchen, while there’s another private seating area in the rear garden. 

Most impressively, the property boasts access to 50 acres of Coillte woodland via a tree-lined pathway. Afternoon stroll, anyone?

Despite feeling as if it’s in its own private world, The Own Barn is just a five-minute walk away from Ashford village, while Wicklow town is a quick 10-minute drive away. For commuters, Greystones Dart station is a 15-minute drive away, although a number of buses run closer proximity of the property. 

The Owl Barn, Ballymacahara, Ashford, Co Wicklow is on the market for €395,000 through Stephen Clarke via Daft.ie.

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