Irish Cottage

11/07/11 Price: $2,800,000 Location: Kildare, Ireland

This five-bedroom home on a hillside in Kildare, Ireland, overlooks a stud farm. —Nick Clayton

  1. The house was built by two brothers as a dream home for their parents.
  2. "I took on the project management, although I’m a civil engineer to trade, because we couldn’t find a builder who was able to take on the job in terms of the quality of finish we required," said Michael Geraghty.
  3. "Everything was co-designed with my brother Joseph, who is an architect in Toronto," said Mr. Geragty. "Some of the finishes we couldn’t find in Ireland, so we imported all the recessed wood paneling, other specialist skirting, architraves, backband and coving from Canada."
  4. Mr. Geraghty said it took four years to build the home.
  5. The house has five en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, three of which have their own dressing rooms.
  6. One of the bathrooms.
  7. The open-plan kitchen and living area extend to about 1,300 square feet. This room takes up a major part of the first floor and opens out on to a large open terrace.
  8. Although Hill Cottage has been built from scratch, it takes its name from the servants’ quarters that used to stand on the site. The property includes about an acre of land overlooking a 240-acre stud farm.
  9. The home is located near Straffan village, which sits on the banks of the River Liffey about 18 miles from Dublin. It is listed with Colliers International for £1.75 million ($2.8 million).

Photos: Geraghty Brothers

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