Located on the border of Laois and Kildare, Fernleigh is a short distance away from three national motorways M7, M8 and M9 (Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford). Dublin city and airport are within easy reach.
Dublin commuter rail and bus services operate from Portlaoise and Athy with many transport connections to other cities and towns. Stradbally too has excellent local-link and national transport services.
There are excellent primary schools in the locality and post-primary schools in the nearby neighbouring towns of Portlaoise (15km) and Athy (9km).
Portlaoise is the county town of Laois and is a major commercial and retail hub for the Midlands. It is notable for its architecture, engineering and transport connections. Athy is a designated heritage town of Ireland and a fine example of an Anglo-Norman linear settlement. Located in the southwest of Kildare, Athy is one of the main growth centres in the county.
The nearby area offers a wide variety of quality sporting and recreational activities including spectacular forest walks through the local Oaghaval Woods. The Slieve Bloom Mountains are close by and is very popular for hiking and mountaineering. Golf enthusiasts are well provided for with many local courses including the Championship course at The Heritage in Killenard. The neighbouring county of Kildare is synonymous with the bloodstock industry and home to The Curragh a world-renowned racecourse. Other attractions nearby include The Irish National Stud, together with The Japanese Gardens, St. Fiachra's Garden as well as the Kildare Shopping Outlet.
Fernleigh is ideally located for the new working from home environment and enjoys a stunning setting nestled amid rolling hills and mature woodlands, the essence of country living. This site of about 2.3 acres is private with large lawns, mature hedgerows, terraced patios comfortably surrounded by mature trees and shrubs. With an overall floor area of approximately 365 Sq.m (3,935 sq. ft.) this family home has an abundance of space both inside and out.
The grounds once formed part of the Ballykilcavan Estate. Fernleigh is accessed via a small slip way bounded by a beautiful stone estate wall on one side off the R428. It is approached through a mature entrance with stone piers and a wooden gate which opens onto a gravel driveway with overhanging mature trees that leads to the front of the house. Fernleigh is a dormer bungalow residence and is in turnkey ready to move in condition with all the comforts of modern day, family living.
The light-filled accommodation is entered through a bright and spacious entrance hall which leads onto three large reception rooms. The dining room is a great space for entertaining with double doors opening to the adjoining sitting room. The generous sized sitting room contains a beautiful feature marble fireplace, gas fire with bay window and French doors leading to a modern south facing sunroom. The sunroom has full height windows and vaulted ceiling, underfloor heating and both bi-folding sliding doors that leads to the outdoor Balau hardwood decking.
The south facing kitchen enjoys fitted cabinets with fitted appliances including an oil-fired AGA cooker. If required, there is an opportunity to reposition the kitchen and dining room into one open-plan space. The separate utility room contains a double electric oven, fridge freezer, washing machine, clothes dryer and a cottage half-door leading out onto a spacious backyard and patio.
Also on the ground floor is a spacious living room, with wood-burning stove and decorative coving. This room is ideal for entertaining guests or a nice getaway room on cold winter nights. Leading off the living room is a dual aspect, multi-functional room which could serve as a fifth bedroom, playroom or importantly for buyers looking to work from home, a study/office.
The bedroom accommodation is laid out over the first floor and includes three well-proportioned double bedrooms one of which has an ensuite. The large master bedroom suite includes a dressing room and ensuite. The family bathroom is also on this floor and all bedrooms have either south or southwest facing aspects.
To the side of the house is a conservatory containing a Hotspring jacuzzi, included in the sale.
Below the elevated timber deck is a spacious workshop which could also act as a car port if required. Adjoining the property, there is a spacious garage that could be converted to allow for
more space in the home or used for storage. Elsewhere on the grounds there are two large garden sheds, a gardeners' WC and a boiler house.
Private tiered, south facing, natural stone patio areas are located to the rear and offer a great space for entertaining and family barbeques. The surrounding garden has been caringly maintained with lawns and a beautiful array of plants adding colour and texture that surrounds the house. The spacious grounds include an orchard, wildflower areas and outstanding specimen trees including Oaks, Spanish Chestnut, American Redwoods and Ornamental trees of Japanese Maples, Blue Cedar and Contorted Hazel's.