Rutland, Palatinate, Carlow €725,000
The M9 motorway took 16 years to come into existence, having started optimistically south of Newbridge in the mid-1990s, but got no further than Kilcullen in that decade.
Later the pace picked up again, and by the mid-2000s there was hardly a one-horse town in the middle of Leinster that wasn’t expecting (or fearing) a bypass. Carlow Town received its stretch of the M9 in 2008, which immediately made it much more convenient for Dublin (it’s about 45 minutes from Red Cow roundabout) and added to the capital’s then-growing commuter zone.
Very soon after, in 2010, this expansive family home was built in the townland of Rutland, about 250 meters as the crow flies from the M9 (although an eight minute drive from a slip road) and three miles from Carlow.
But if you can work from home, you don’t have to use the freeway at all, because there is enough space here to accommodate an entire team of employees.
The home measures 5,380 square feet, although mercifully for those who have to foot the heating bills, it’s B1 certified. And next to the main residence there is a two-story annex with garage, bedroom and living room. The annexe is connected by an enclosed, light-filled bridge via a carport to the first floor of the main house, where there are three en-suite bedrooms and a study.
A fourth bedroom, also with en-suite shower, is on the ground floor and next to it is another office. Elsewhere the ground floor has an open plan kitchen and family room with a solid fuel stove and leads up to a three aspect dining area. Off the kitchen is a conservatory and separate lounge, also with a solid fuel stove.
It is for sale for €725,000 along with joint agents DNG McCormack (059) 913 3800 and Sherry FitzGerald McDermott Carlow (059) 914 0344.
https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/homes/a-sprawling-carlow-country-pile-within-minutes-of-the-m9-motorway-41508703.html A sprawling country pile in Carlow, just minutes from the M9 motorway