Rathenny House is a beautifully maintained Georgian manor house dating from circa 1780. As Duff Hart-Cooper famously mused, it is difficult to say whether it is a small large house or a large small house.
Either way it is a strikingly light, welcoming and warm home.
Carefully restored and comfortably furnished by the granddaughter of the Irish American Countess Mirbach who rescued the property in the 1960's, the house retains its many fine original features from fireplaces to decorative plasterwork. The entrance Hall faces out toward the Silvermines Hills and Devil's Bit and every room enjoys wonderful views across the outlying Irish countryside.
Perfectly situated in the middle of its own 160 acre working farm, in the middle of Ireland near Moneygall, Co Offaly this is the ideal location from which to explore Ireland.
Within easy distance of Birr Castle, Rock of Cashel, several race courses, the golf courses of Nenagh and Roscrea, fly-fishing or boating on Lough Dough or hiking in the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Even the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and surfing on the West Coast are only 1.5 hrs away, Or simply enjoy the quiet isolation of the estate, the walled garden, the odd game of tennis on the new all-weather court or fun on the trampoline.
The elegant drawing and dining rooms and even the TV room (Satellite TV, DVD's and CD player) each have working fireplaces. The kitchen is fully equipped and welcoming, with adjacent servants stairs leading to the back entrance, boot room and laundry. Upstairs, off the large open hall there are 3 double bedrooms (each with working fireplaces, one comprising a suite with baby/sitting room and own bathroom), another large bedroom with 3 beds and 2 further bathrooms. The converted servants rooms to the rear provide a further double bedroom and sixth bedroom with twin beds and shower room.
In the vaulted basement there is a large games room with table tennis and darts board for those odd rainy days.
Also by arrangement, horse riding locally, hunting in season, clay pigeon shooting on the farm, bicycles, cookery lessons in Cloughjordan, a visiting chef or pre-prepared meals, shopping to order, babysitting and a daily clean.