Kilfane Glebe House
Surrounded by lush landscape, this inspirational period home has also been a film set, and played host to exhibitions of art.
• Built in 1807 with original features intact
• Fully refurbished and exceptionally well maintained
• Three floors of living space over c. 425.9 sq m (4,594 sq ft)
• Five bedrooms including graceful Master Suite
• Elegant reception rooms at entrance level
• Bright kitchen with Aga and doors to patio
• Substantial basement area with workshops and utility spaces
• Charming one bedroom cottage
• Stable yard
• Large c 248 sq m (2,669 sq ft) contemporary studio
• Approximately 3.56ha (8.8 acres) of landscaped grounds including historic walled garden and
• Idyllic secluded location, close to all amenities
• Floors are original throughout with restoration work carried out
Close to Kilkenny City, and yet a world away, Kilfane Glebe is a charming and peaceful spot. Built during the Georgian period, the house, of a classic two-storey over basement design, has been beautifully restored and maintained throughout.
Previously owned by renowned artist Hughie ODonoghue, it is clearly inspirational, and has also done service as a film location. A winding avenue reaches the house, which is surrounded by mature planting, beautifully laid out formal walled gardens, and rambling walks.
A suntrap courtyard to the side of the house includes two stables, and a patio that is perfectly placed to catch the evening sun. The courtyard also includes a variety of out buildings. These, together with a large purpose built art studio, and a very picturesque garden cottage, lend the entire property obvious potential for a variety of uses.
The house itself is a gracious, and graceful family home with five bedrooms, and all the space you could need to lead a lovely life, with no need to choose, as you truly do have the best of all possible worlds on your doorstep.
Wide stone steps sweep up to the entrance of Kifane Glebe, where the fan-lit front door is of classic Georgian design. Beyond, a hallway, with original wooden floor, opens to the large drawing room, and on to the equally spacious dining room.
The drawing room catches the morning light, and has a beautiful bay window, open fire, and another original wooden floor. Perfectly proportioned, and dual aspect it is both elegant and relaxing. Meanwhile the dining room has tall, recessed windows, with shutters intact, and is at also at home as a library and study space.
The bright kitchen catches the evening sun, and is the quintessential country kitchen, with an Aga, breakfast table, wood-topped units, and French windows to the private suntrap patio in the courtyard.
At garden level, there are two large spaces, mirroring the main reception rooms above one with the same bay windows. These spaces are currently used as workshops but have huge and flexible potential. There are also utility and storage spaces here, as well as a bathroom.
Upstairs, there are five bedrooms, with two en-suite, plus a family bathroom. All are reached from a generous landing area. The Master Suite has the bay windows, and gorgeous views across the lush landscape. This bedroom also has a fireplace, walk-in wardrobe and large ensuite.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Hung with wisteria, roses and clematis, Kilfane Glebe, its stable yard and courtyard cottage present the essence of charm. If you think the whole place could have stepped straight out of a movie, youre right, as the Glebe has been used as a beautiful film location.
The c.3.56ha (8.8acres) are well-tended, testament to the owners love of gardening. The grounds are laid out in paddocks, with winding walkways, and sheltered by magnificent mature trees.
Closer to home, the historic walled garden is a beautiful, sheltered spot, while the courtyard is a suntrap, and the ideal spot for horses, as well as people to relax. There are two stables here, and further outbuildings and storage space.
Adjacent, is a one-bedroomed cottage, and beyond that a vast purpose-built studio, created by previous owner, renowned artist Hughie ODonoghue, as the perfect space to create his celebrated works. This light-filled spot has huge potential for a variety of uses, including as a wedding or other venue for private functions or your own parties, but has most recently played host to art exhibitions.
Nestling in the valley of the River Nore, at the edge of the Blackstairs Mountains, Kilfane Glebe is a charming and idyllic rural spot. The region is equally renowned for its sporting amenities as it is for its cultural and artistic community. Bennetsbridge and Thomastown are both charming cosmopolitan villages, with cafés, restaurants and bars, as well as individual shops and craft boutiques.
Thomastown itself is home to the famed Grennan Mill craft school. The Nicholas Mosse pottery shop and café located in Bennettsbridge, is 10 minutes away. Jerpoint where beautiful hand-blown glass is made is just down the road, while Kilkenny City, just twenty minutes away, is a recognised centre for music, theatre and arts. The Kilkenny Arts Festival is world-famous, and the newly rehoused Butler Gallery is another cultural magnet.
There is a choice of excellent schools in the hinterland, and the lifestyle afforded by the location makes it difficult to resist. The Mount Juliet Estate, with its Michelin Starred restaurant, and Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, is just fifteen minutes from home.
• 4 km / 6 minutes drive to Thomastown
• 7 km / 10 minutes drive to Bennettsbridge
• 10 km / 15 minutes drive to Mount Juliet
• 16 km/ 18 minutes to Kilkenny City
• 39km / 40 minutes to Waterford City
• 129 km / 1.5 hours to Dublin
• 134 km / 1.5 hours to Dublin Airport
All distances and times are approximate.
• Oil-fired central Heating
• Mains Water
• Septic tank
• Wood stove and oil-fired radiators, own tank.
• Linked to main septic tank.
Kilfane Glebe House is listed under the protected structures by Kilkenny County Council.
About the Area
Thomastown (Irish: Baile Mhic Andáin) is a lively market town along a stretch of the River Nore which is known for its salmon and trout, with a number of historical landmarks in the vicinity. Visitor attractions include Jerpoint Abbey, Kilfane Glen gardens, and Mount Juliet Golf Course.
Thomastown is a Local Electoral Area of County Kilkenny and includes the electoral divisions of Ballyhale, Ballyvool, Bennettsbridge, Bramblestown, Castlebanny, Clara, Coolhill, Dunbell, Famma, Freaghana, Goresbridge, Gowran, Graiguenamanagh, Inistioge, Jerpoint Church, Kilfane, Kiltorcan, Paulstown, Pleberstown, Powerstown, Shankill, Thomastown, Tullaherin, Ullard and Woolengrange. It has a population of 2,273 (2011 Census) making the town the biggest in the county outside of Kilkenny. The R448 Naas–Waterford road passes through Thomastown, the town is serviced by buses and has a railway station
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