Fancy moving into an elegant country home – one that won’t then swallow up all of your savings in renovations and improvements? Here’s one: it’s Kill House on 60.6ac of very nice land near Templemore in Co Tipperary.

The two-storey, stone-built house, near Drom village, dates back over 100 years. Today, it retains its character, roominess and looks – but has been tastefully modernised.

The farm is in the townland of Kilvilcorris, about 1km from Drom, 6km from Templemore and 14km from Thurles. It sits in a peaceful spot on a local road. But it’s not far from the R501 Templemore to Borrisoleigh road.

Derelict house

The property goes for auction on Wednesday, 8 May in the Templemore Arms Hotel, with Thomas V Ryan Auctioneers. The guide price for the entire is €1.4m. This will get you the house, with the courtyard and fine stone outbuilding, the farmyard, a derelict house at the roadside and the 60.6ac.

The very fine outbuilding, with stables and loft

The dining room

Drom is an area of good farmland, mostly in grass for dairy and drystock, some in tillage. The 60.6ac for sale is in one block. The house and yard are on one local road, the rear of the land runs on to another local road. There is over 600m of road frontage.

The land has been well minded and is in permanent pasture with mature, stockproof hedges around the boundaries.

The farmhouse and old yard are close together, about 200m back from the public road and each with its own gate. A formal recessed entrance with electric gates leads to the house, along a tree-lined avenue. The entrance to the yard is 80m up the road, wide enough for machines and with lockable gates. The yard has a slatted cattle shed with centre feed passage, a hayshed and cattle crush.

The house is plenty big at 4,100 sq ft in area. It is a protected structure with original features including wooden window shutters, coving, ceiling centrepieces and fireplaces.

There is a large sunroom at the front. Downstairs includes the sitting room with marble fire place, dining room with marble fire place and living room with fireplace. The kitchen has an oil-fired Aga, solid wood presses and plenty of worktop space. The utility room is beside it.

Upstairs, there are five large bedrooms, four with fireplaces.


Outside, there are mature gardens, giving privacy. Close to the house is a large, stone-built outbuilding with stables and byres and lofts overhead. It has been well maintained.

At the edge of the farm, sitting strategically between the house and the yard entrances, is a derelict house, which forms part of the sale and could be eligible for the Vacant Property Refurbishment Scheme.

The property will be offered in lots: Lot 1 is Kill House with the farmyard on c41.67ac, with frontage back and front, on two different roads. Lot 2 is 18.69ac with road frontage, a livestock pen and a stone shed. Lot 3 is the derelict, roadside house on c0.3ac, on its own folio. Lot 4 is the entire.