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This Wexford home with a lake, walled gardens and tennis court is on sale for €3.4 million

by Megan Burns
20th Jun 2020
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With everything from a games room to stables, this house has plenty of things to keep a family entertained. 

Borleagh Manor in Gorey, Co Wexford, is a truly impressive home, and comes with 154 acres of land. Built around 1840, the house itself is attractive from the front, and is approached by a long driveway that is a kilometre long. Its bottom half is covered by a climbing plant, and granite steps lead to the front door.

The main rooms on the ground floor, including the entrance hall, drawing room and dining room all feature ceiling cornicing, and details such as decorative alcoves and arches. While their current decor may not be to everyone’s taste, they could easily be updated with just a coat of paint.

Wexford house for sale

The kitchen has exposed timber beams and a polished timber floor. A large island is at the heart of this space, and an adjoining pantry provides plenty of storage.

A more relaxed family room leads to the library, which has built-in bookshelves. This in turn leads to the sun room, which opens out to a flagstone terrace with a pergola adorned with wisteria. Steps from here lead up to the tennis court, which is surrounded by flowering shrubs.

On the first floor are the four bedrooms, three of which have en suites. The master bedroom is generous in size, with a marble fireplace. It also features a spacious dressing room with mahogany built-in units.

The house also has a semi-basement level which provides plenty more areas for a family. There is a games room, wine cellar, billiards room, study, as well as various utility rooms, and a boot room.

In addition to the main house, the property also has a thatched cottage that overlooks the lake. It has two bedrooms, a fully fitted kitchen and utility room, and a spacious living area that leads to an outdoor terrace. This would be perfect for any guests that wished to stay, or even for multi-generational living.

There is also a two-bedroom gardener’s cottage overlooking the walled garden, and a log cabin that overlooks the lake, so there is no shortage of accommodation on this property.

For those who keep horses, Borleagh Manor is well kitted out. At the rear of the house there is a courtyard with feature box hedging, around which there are 15 loose boxes, a feed house and tack room. A second courtyard provides an additional 15 loose boxes and an adjoining American barn has a further 10 loose boxes. Other outbuildings provide plenty of space for additional functions and storage.

This property has been the home to several successful horses, and is known for breeding flat and national hunt winners. Fishing is also well provided-for, with a man-made brown trout lake on the property.

The extensive grounds include a lot of woodland, as well as some paddocks. The south-facing terrace garden has extensive paved areas, bordered by flowering plants. There is also an old walled garden that has been carefully restored, along with its raised glass house.

The plants found here form an extensive list that includes apple, pear, plum, cherry and fig trees. Other fruits including quince, damsons, raspberries, tayberries, gojiberries, blueberries also grow in the walled garden, as well as some vegetables.

At €3.4 million, it’s certainly not in everyone’s price range, but whoever the new owner is will definitely have plenty to keep them entertained. Click through our gallery for the full tour.

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