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Clifton, Athboy, C15 T850

Sale Agreed BER D2 4 Bed Detached 198.53m2



Originally a worker`s cottage for the historic Clifton Lodge, Vessington Cottage is estimated to be over 300 years old. In more recent times, an impressive, large, light-filled, south facing two-storey construction was added to the cottage.

Extending to in excess of 1 acre approximately (c. 0.44 of a hectare), this truly unique property is nestled within majestic mature grounds with a magnificent Copper Beech tree at its entrance creating a fairy-tale like experience.

The ground floor consists of a spacious hall with under stairs storage, to the left is a very large dual aspect sitting room with French doors and hardwood floors. To the right off the hall is a tri-aspect kitchen/dining room with a large utility with WC off. Upstairs there is a very large master bedroom with dual aspect, home office/nursery, full bathroom, another double bedroom - all with stunning views over mature gardens - and an additional WC. On the ground floor through the utility there is a seamless connection to the original cottage with a further reception room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms. The original cottage requires refurbishment to restore it to its former glory.

Upgrades include a zoned heating system incorporating a Grant oil condensing boiler and a triple input water cylinder. A beautiful 30kW Henley back boiler stove housed in an Inglenook type fireplace is fitted in the main living room. All that, with recently added attic insulation, makes for a cosy home.

The possibilities are endless with this property. It could be used as one large family home; perfect for families with extended family members who want to have their own private space in the cottage, it could be used as a live/work unit or indeed as a live/rent opportunity. The house has fibre broadband which will give anyone working from home fast seamless internet service.

Outside, there is a large carport with mezzanine floor, garden shed, two stables, a large lawn with playhouse, a side garden lined with beech trees, and a small garden at the front of the cottage. There is a picket fenced area with raised beds perfect for home-grown vegetables, in addition to fruit trees including apple varieties and pear. As a bonus, there is a polytunnel too.

Those requiring space will be impressed by this property, given its generous site size of c. 1.08 acres (SM) or thereabouts laid out essentially in a single L-shaped parcel along with stables. Moreover, it presents a unique opportunity for those in search of the good life being ideal for the establishment of a wholesome healthy outdoorsy smallholding, whatever form that may take – chickens, goats, sheep, or maybe even a pony or horse, who knows?

Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the potential of this property.


Vessington Lodge is conveniently located between the towns of Trim and Athboy in County Meath. This unique property is situated between the two well-known leafy townlands of Clifton and Rathvale in the peaceful, much sought-after townland of Vessington. Only 40 minutes to the M50 via the M3, this fantastic family home allows you rural living and privacy, without the isolation. Routing to Dublin City Centre, Bus Eireann`s route 111 bus stops just 50 meters from the front gates. The house lies adjacent to the boundary of the Gaeltacht area making the very popular Rathcairn National School your local primary school. There is a full-day creche service in Rathcairn in addition to a secondary school, shop, pub, village hall, and church. There are many other primary and secondary school options in the areas of Athboy, Kildalkey, Kilbride, and Trim, all within easy reach.

A small but vibrant town, Athboy, only 3.5 km from the property on the R154, boasts a wealth of shopping and community facilities, clubs, and amenities to cater for its increasing population. These include both primary and post-primary schools as well as Athboy Childcare Centre (3 months to 12 years includes an afterschool club), supermarkets, pharmacies, credit union, hotel, various unique hostelries, tennis and basketball courts, a library, GAA pitches, rugby, and soccer pitches together with an array of community and recreational groups.

Nearby Trim is set along the River Boyne. Steeped in history, Trim is a picture-perfect town located 28 miles northwest of Dublin. Trim Castle, a most majestic sight in the centre of this pretty town, is the largest existing Norman Castle in Europe. One can enjoy the Slí na Sláinte walking trail which starts at the Castle on the Boyne, routes along the Porchfields passing by the monuments at Newtown, returning along the Dublin road and capturing magnificent sights and views of other landmarks along the way. Trim offers a vast array of recreational, shopping, and educational facilities with excellent preschool, primary, and secondary facilities. Trim has an abundance of hostelries including hotels, character pubs, fine restaurants, and cafes. Add to that the Aura gym and swimming pool and the many local golf courses.

Among others, local attractions include: castles at Slane and Trim; Brú na Bóinne including Newgrange; Slieve Na Calliagh (in the Loughcrew Hills, Meath`s highest point at 276 meters); Bective Abbey; Battle of the Boyne visitor centre; Hill of Tara; seaside at Bettystown; horse racing at Navan and Bellewstown; golf at Royal Tara and at Killeen Castle and hunting with the Meaths together with various water and fishing based activities on the Boyne and Blackwater Rivers.

Commuting to the Capital and further afield using the M50 is both convenient and economical via the upgraded R154 (Dublin (Blackbull)/Trim Road) and an untolled portion of the M3 motorway. Additionally, Bus Eireann run an excellent commuter bus service to Dublin City Centre, with the bus stop virtually opposite the subject property.

Ground floor:-

Open Porch

Entrance Hall
Spacious entrance hall with Cloaks and storage closet off together with and understairs storage.

Living Room
Fantastic very large dual aspect room with bay to front having French doors. Inglenook type fireplace housing large 30kW Henley back boiler stove. Magnificent hardwood floor.

Kitchen / Dining Room
Beautifully bright tri-aspect room. Fitted with a range of kitchen cabinetry incorporating sink unit.

* Utility Room

^ Rear Hall

^ Bedroom 3

^ TV Room

^ Multi-Purpose Room

^ Bedroom 4

^ Bathroom

* forms part of original cottage.
^ forms part of original cottage, requires refurbishment.

First Floor:-

Landing and hallway

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 2

Home Office / Nursery

Incorporates bath, separate shower unit, sink and toilet.

Incorporates sink and toilet.

Property of immense character and heritage
Circa 198.53 sq. metres otherwise circa 2,136 sq. feet
Tremendous dual aspect living room and master bedroom with stunning views over mature gardens
Heating system includes Grant oil condensing boiler
Large 30kW Henley back boiler stove housed in an Inglenook type fireplace in main reception room
Fibre broadband
c. 1.08 acre of majestic mature grounds
Large carport with mezzanine floor, garden shed and two stables
Polytunnel and raised beds perfect for home grown vegetables
Mains water supply and has its own well too
Situated between Trim and Athboy
Convenient to Rathcairn Gaeltacht centre
Range of pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools locally
40 minutes to the M50
On Bus Eireanns route 111 with bus stops 50 metres from the front gates
Fronts R154 and only 3.5km from N51

The residence is approached from the road (R154) through the entrance which is nestled under a magnificent copper beech tree opening into the majestic grounds of the large leafy site that extend to approximately one acre. There is a large carport with mezzanine floor, garden shed and two stables. There is also a side garden that is lined with Beech trees and a small garden area at the front of the cottage. There is a picket fenced area with raised beds perfect for home grown vegetables in addition to a cooking apple tree.

With over c. 1 acre, those in search of the good life who perhaps fancy themselves as smallholders, maybe even self-sufficient ones, could find themselves at home here. The horsey (or pony) set will likely be well impressed here too with the paddock and stables and indeed there are several studs farms within a hares breath.

Rating D2; BER No. 104648563; Energy Performance Indicator 285.27kWh/m²/yr
Rating G; BER No. 104648852; Energy Performance Indicator 757.91kWh/m²/yr (Cottage)

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

Electric: Unknown
Gas: Unknown
Water: Unknown
Sewerage: Unknown
Broadband: Unknown
Telephone: Unknown

Other Items
Heating: Not Specified
Garden/Outside Space: No
Parking: No
Garage: No



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Location Clifton, Athboy, C15 T850