On 154 acres
Approached through imposing pillared gates via a long (1km) avenue of magnificent beech trees and post and railed parkland, the Manor House faces east with fine views over its own Park, with glimpses of the sea in the distance and impressive views of Croghan Mountain to the North.
The house is entered via rising granite steps leading through an Entrance Porch to the stately Reception Hall with its limestone flagged floor and pillared arch to the spacious inner/stairs Hall with elegant wide staircase rising to the upper floor. All the main Reception Rooms radiate off this level starting with the elegant Drawing Room, a delightful bow ended room with arched recesses and delicate marble mantel piece, on the other side of the Reception Hall the spacious Dining Room. The superbly fitted Kitchen/Dining/Family Room is a particular feature with polished timber floor, exposed timber beamed ceiling, fitted wall and floor units and a matching pair of two oven oil fired Alpha cookers. There is also a central island with Belfast sink and a specially designed feature fridge/freezer and general storage unit, plus an adjoining Butler's Pantry.
Central to this space is the Dining and Family Area with its raised open fire place with beamed mantel. The Family Area leads to a secondary stairs Hall which in turn opens to the Library Room of great character with imposing chimney-piece and walls lined with fitted open bookshelves and cupboards. A large pair of double doors open to the spacious Sun Room which in turn opens to the south and west facing gardens with their expansive terraces and lawns.
This flagstone floored Sun Room leads to a flagged terrace and sitting out area, the entire surrounded by mellow stone walls. The stone terrace leads to a wisteria clad pagoda and to steps leading up to the Tennis Court, with a backdrop of many flowering rhododendrons and shrubs.
FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
The staircase rises to an impressive central and spacious landing which runs the full length of the house and off which are three large Double Bedrooms, two of which have en suite bathrooms and there is also a separate guest bathroom. Also off this landing is the feature Master Bedroom Suite with spacious double bedroom with fine marble mantelpiece with cast iron inset and grate, a separate WC with wash basin and an en suite Shower Room with matching his and her's marble topped vanity units with inset antique style wash basins and half panelled walls, opening to the spacious dressing room with custom made Mahogany Open Wardrobes, shelving and storage.
The staircase from the rear landing leads to the semi-basement/yard level. Generally these areas would conjure a dark and dreary space and nothing could be further from the truth at Borleagh. This bright and airy level includes, Games Room, Wine Cellar with bins, Billiard Room, Office, Study, separate WC and various utility rooms, Laundry, Stores and a large Boot Room.
THE THATCHED COTTAGE
A delightful recently constructed thatched guest cottage (approx. 146sq.m/1,572 sq.ft) set a short distance from the main house and overlooking the lake. At the lower level of this property a spacious fitted kitchen and utility room leads down to the main living area with its feature chimney-piece, high timber-lined ceilings and French doors opening to a large and spacious terrace overlooking the paddocks facing the lake. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms at this level with a spiral staircase rising to a mezzanine area which offers additional bedroom space.
THE GARDENER'S COTTAGE
Overlooking the walled garden and paddocks from its elevated setting, this totally restored cottage (approx. 74 sq.m/800sq.ft) has an entrance porch opening to an open plan high ceiling Kitchen/Dining/Living Room with fireplace and French doors opening to paved terrace and self-contained garden and patio area. There are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
Immediately to the rear of the house is the original lofted courtyard with a feature central area with box hedging and fountain and with 15 loose boxes, feed house, tack room, workshop and staff canteen and office.
In addition to the inner courtyard there is a second courtyard with 15 loose boxes and an adjoining American barn with 10 loose boxes, fodder area, stocks and feed room. Additional buildings include a Coach House, open fronted machinery sheds, various machinery barns and store houses.
For the sporting enthusiast, Borleagh is ideal. The estate boasts a man-made brown trout lake of approx. 1 acre with fish up to 1½ pounds caught and which at up to 12dt deep is ideal for swimming and boating.
There are numerous golf courses nearby including Courtown, The European Club, Woodenbridge and Arklow.
The golden beaches of the east coast are within easy reach as are many harbours for sailing, sea activities and coarse angling.
Salmon and Trout fishing (by arrangement)are just a few miles away on the River Slaney.
There are numerous private shoots, always in need of new guns, in the locality. Additionally Borleagh has in the past housed its own private shoot.
For the horse enthusiast, the property has some 4km of wooded bridle paths and this is Wicklow Hunt and Islands Hunt country.
Borleagh has been a successful training establishment and is noted for breeding numerous flat and national hunt winners as well as distinguished sport-horses. Hardicanute (sire of dual Derby winner and successful sire Shirley Heights) was bred here, so too was double Olympic show-jumper 'Swanky', as was 2012 RDS Show Champion Working Hunter, Borleagh Baron.
Nearby, Wexford Town holds it internationally acclaimed Opera Festival annually.
The lake (approx 1 acre) incorporates a delightful small log cabin generally used for storage, however, it does adjoin extensive timber decking built out into the lake and offers an ideal venue for summer barbeques and parties.
The lake itself is approached from the main house via a paved roadway leading over an old stone bridge and the small stream from this winds through the entire length of the property itself. The lake has a stock of brown trout.
In parts up to 12ft deep the lake, with its own small jetty, is ideal for swimming and boating. It also incorporates three attractively landscaped, planted islands.
The lands total about 154 acres statute measure and in true estate fashion, the property is ringed by a belt of mature woodland through which run over 4km of bridle paths. A small stream which feeds an ornamental trout lake flows the length of the property.
Of the 154 acres, the avenue, woodland and gardens around the house comprises about 8 acres. 66 acres are in 8 post and rail paddocks with planted boarders and the remaining 80 acres are in woodland carpeted in spring with bluebells. Much of this is fine old estate timber which has had irregular planting only to replace windfall. There are two areas of more modern planting (about 10 acres) of mainly Oak and Beech planted in 1990 and 2006.
THE GROUNDS / GARDENS
The gardens and grounds at Borleagh where rhododendrons of many varieties and colour flower from December to July are a special feature of the property. Great care has been taken in restoring these to their former glory, yet at the same time ensuring ease of maintenance and management. Immediately to southern flank of the house is the south facing terraced garden with extensive paved areas accessed off the Sun Room with terraced lawns rising to a Tennis Court and flowering pathways.
There are also Pagoda covered with white wisteria and a feature raised dining gazebo. These grounds lead via gravelled pathways through a small area of woodland past a charming summer belvedere to the magnificent old walled garden which has been carefully restored with central Glass House raised propagation beds, neatly trimmed box hedging and lawned areas.
The walled garden plays host to an impressive orchard of some 60 apple and fruit trees (including pear, plum, cherry and fig). Numerous other fruits such as quince, damsons, raspberries, tayberries, gojiberries, blueberries and more grow here as well as an array of vegetables in the garden and Glass House.
A (now disused) private burial ground lies within the demesne.
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