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"Old School House", Derrinkeher (Raycroft), Aghacashel, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim

4 Bed

3 Bath

260 m²



  • Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
  • Overall Floor Area: 260 m²
4 bed traditional school house with large, modern extension set on C. 9.4 acres with mature landscaped gardens. Ideal rural retreat or small holding.  Private & peaceful rural setting C. 7.2 km to amenities at Ballinamore.  For Sale By Private Treaty. Derrinkeher Ray Croft School was built in 1912 after the land on which it was built was donated to the Catholic church by the Huguenot family La Touche. The name Derrinkeher is the old word for oak.  At it's height, it schooled 90 pupils and only fell out of use around 1972, the same time Harald De Bary bought the property after falling in love with Ireland during a visit with his father to the writer & family friend Heinrich Böll on Achill. Harald & his wife Erika lived and worked in the school until their retirement back to Germany in 2019.  In 2004/5 a substantial extension was built to the property.  The property still has many features of the original school house but has been updated & modernised to make it a unique & light filled family home.  Features:  Slate roof, dual central heating (oil & solid fuel), on-site waste treatment system, mains water and excellent 4G broadband.  BER: D2. The clean air, the tranquility, a good garden and friendly neighbours makes this a garden of Eden.   Rarely does such a unique property come on the market - viewing a must! Living Accommodation in the Original School House Comprises; Hall (3.5 x 2.2) with Storage, Studio (6.2 x 5.8) with solid fuel stove & traditional high ceilings (3.4m) & windows, Studio Mezzanine Storage (2.5 x 3.0), Back Hall (1.7 x 3.6), Bathroom (2.5 x 1.7), Hot Press (0.8 x 0.8), Kitchen (3.2 x 3.2), Dining Room/Office (2.8 x 3.2) with patio doors, Bedroom (3.9 x 2.6),  and Reception Room/Library (3.5 x 3.9) with solid fuel stove. The Extension brings the total living area to C. 260 sqm/2800 sqft & Comprises; Ground Floor:  Hallway (6.6 x 2.2) with patio door to original school park & garden, Lounge (5.7 x 6.1) with solid fuel stove, Bedroom 1 (3.9 x 3.5), Jack & Jill En-suite (2.2 x 3.1) with bath & separate shower, Storage Room (1.7 x 3.0) with built-in closets, Kitchen (4.3 x 3.4) Dining Area (3.4 x 3.1) with solid fuel, plumbed in stove and patio doors.    First Floor:  Landing (1.2 x 4.0), Hot Press (2.2 x 0.8), Shower Room (1.9 x 3.0), Bedroom 2 (4.9 x 3.7) with eaves storage (8.3 x 1.1), Bedroom 3 (9.3 x 3.3) with alcove for BIW (4.7 x 0.4) & Eaves Storage (8.1 x 1.1). There is a detached garage (4.3 x 9.1) along with a smaller garage (2.8 x 4.8) & store room (1.6 x 2.1).   Property can be accessed by a dual drive with ample parking on the tarmacadam driveway. Bounded by mature trees and hedgerow and features expansive lawns and landscaped gardens to the rear.    The balance of the C.9.4 acres of lands (Folios LM10415 & LM302F) are laid out either side of the residence with good frontage onto the public road.  The land is laid out in practically sized fields ideal for grazing & meadow. Situated in a scenic rural location 2.3km to amenities at Aughnasheelin. C.7.2km to a wide range of amenities in Ballinamore including primary & secondary schools, crèches, sports grounds, shops, restaurants & bars. Approx. 20 min drive to a wide range of amenities in Carrick-on-Shannon. Close to many local fishing lakes and The Shannon-Erne Blueway.  GPS: 54.063638, -7.888848.                                                Viewing highly recommended & by appointment only.         

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