Restored period home of distinction on approx. 5 acres of grounds hidden behind automatic gates at the end of a cul-de-sac. Excellent video! Please view it first to get a full overview of this house.

  • Sunny, private walled courtyard
  • River frontage with fishing rights
  • High ceilings and original period features
  • Spacious rooms with large south-facing windows
  • 18km / 10 miles and only 30 minutes drive from Dublin City Centre.
  • Approaching along the curved driveway below the 200 year old blue cedars, you can relax in the serene and totally private setting of this impressive manor house, a perfect example of the Queen Anne style, dating from 1713. Walking beneath the floral arches to the river-front you are surrounded by nature. A carefully placed garden seat lets you sit in the sunshine and enjoy the sound of the gurgling water, watching the dragonflies, herons, ducks and the rising fish against the backdrop of mature woodlands on the far bank. Looking back to the house you can see the impressive five bay façade of this period residence at the top of the sweeping lawn, taking in the unique character of this fine property.
Guide Price €1,476,540
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Marshfield House is discreetly hidden behind automatic gates at the end of a cul-de-sac between St. Catherine’s Park and the River Liffey, downstream from Castletown House and Leixlip Castle. It is conveniently located just five minutes walk from Leixlip village.

Entering through the arched doorway, the lofted hall features a graceful original staircase with a matching arched window on the half-landing. To your right is a beautifully proportioned formal drawing room with an Adams style carved white marble fireplace. Beyond this is a lovely bright studio with lots of windows. To your left is a formal dining room with corner fireplace. Behind this, a passage with six service bells opens to the atmospheric kitchen with original arched stone hearth. French doors lead from here to a bright sunroom set in a sunny walled courtyard. To the rear is a sun lounge with French doors opening to the fenced paddocks and to the spacious back garden which slopes towards the sun.

Up the main staircase is a bright and spacious landing and three beautifully proportioned bedrooms. From the half-landing a side stairs leads to the nursery and two more bedrooms on the second floor with an access hatch to the enormous attic.

This property has been fully restored by the current owners. It retains many period features such as six of the original fireplaces, broad pine floorboards, solid panel doors and sash windows with wood shutters and granite sills. All the main rooms have large south facing windows designed to make the most of the sun’s natural light and warmth.

Concept drawings are available which show how the sun lounge could be replaced with a bright modern living space opening to the back garden (s.p.p.).

Accommodation

Entrance Hall

Approx. 5.40 x 3.05m / 17ft 9” x 10ft 0”

Hardwood door with arched door-light. Original staircase with hand-carved banisters and a large arched window on the half-landing. Tiled floor. Bronze light fitting.

Drawing Room

Approx. 6.75 x 5.00m / 22ft 2” x 16ft 5”

Spacious and well-proportioned room with two large south facing windows. Beautiful carved white Adams-style marble fireplace and mantle with contrasting black granite insert and hearth. Chandelier. Large wall mounted mirror. Picture rail. Coving. Door to Oriental Room.

Studio

Approx. 6.54 x 3.80m / 21ft 5” x 12ft 6″

Very bright room with French doors to rear courtyard, south facing French doors to the front garden and two windows to the side garden. Pine flooring. Chandelier. Coving. Attic access. Curtains and curtain rods.

 

Dining Room

Approx. 5.00 x 4.60m / 16ft 5” x 15ft 1”

Two large south facing windows with curtains and shutters. Cast iron corner fireplace with wood mantle and slate hearth. Light fitting. Picture rail. Coving. Carpet.

Kitchen / Breakfast Room

Approx. 6.34 x 4.20m / 20ft 9” x 13ft 9″

Oak fitted kitchen with exposed beams. Original arched stone hearth fitted with Aga. Recessed lighting. Belfast sink under kitchen window. Granite counter tops. Tiled splashback. Leaded glass display cabinet. Pheasant cabinet. Pine dresser. Terracotta tiled floor. American style fridge-freezer. Integrated dishwasher. French doors to sunroom.

West Sunroom

Approx. 3.45 x 3.00m / 11ft 4” x 9ft 10″

Pine floorboards. French doors to private sun courtyard. Painted teak frame with double-glazing.

 

Sun Lounge

Approx. 4.96 x 3.82m / 16ft 3” x 12ft 6″

Pine floorboards. Wall lights. Chandelier. French doors to rear courtyard. Painted teak frame with double-glazing.

 

Bathroom

Approx. 3.00 x 2.15m / 9ft 10″ x 7ft 1″

Sunken bath. Exposed cut stone wall. WC. WHB. Vanity mirror. Bidet.

 

Control Room

Approx. 3.40 x 1.50m / 11ft 2” x 4ft 11″

Terracotta tiled floor. Skylight. Shelving. Boiler.

Utility Outbuilding

Approx. 6.05 x 2.66m / 19ft 10” x 8ft 9”

Two marble preparation tables. Large Belfast sink. Terracotta tiled floor. Window extending full length of building. Pitched slate roof. Two skylights.

 

First Floor Landing

Approx. 4.31 x 3.05m / 14ft 2″ x 10ft 0″

Chandelier. Large south facing window.

Bedroom 1

Approx. 6.75 x 5.00m / 22ft 2” x 16ft 5”

Bright, spacious and beautifully proportioned room with two large south facing windows. Fireplace.

 

Bedroom 2

Approx. 5.00 x 4.60m / 16ft 5” x 15ft 1”

Bright, spacious and beautifully proportioned room with two large south facing windows. Fireplace. Wall-mounted mirror.

 

Bedroom 3

Approx. 6.34 x 4.20m / 20ft 9” x 13ft 9″

Spacious room with large hearth. Attic access.

 

First Floor Bathroom

Approx. 2.15 x 1.72m / 7ft 1″ x 5ft 8″

Fully tiled. Porcelain floral bathroom suite with WC and WHB, towel rail and towel ring. Lit vanity mirror. Shower cubicle. Wall mounted phone.

 

Second Floor Landing

Approx. 6.35 x 2.00m / 20ft 10″ x 6ft 7″

Chandelier. Pine floorboards. Window.

Bedroom 4

Approx. 6.75 x 5.00m / 22ft 2” x 16ft 5”

Two south facing windows. Cast iron fireplace with over-mantle mirror and slate hearth. Two chandeliers. Picture rail. Attic access to an enormous attic space.

Bedroom 5

Approx. 5.00 x 4.60m / 16ft 5” x 15ft 1”

Two south facing windows. Cast iron fireplace with slate hearth. Light fitting. TV point.

 

Bedroom 6

Approx. 4.60 x 3.05m / 15ft 1″ x 10ft 0″

South facing window. Wardrobe. Picture rail.

Second Floor Bathroom

Approx. 2.10 x 1.75m / 6ft 11″ x 5ft 9″

  1. WHB. Shower cubicle. Extractor fan. Mirrored medicine cabinet. Light fitting.

 

Existing garage: approx. 6.24m x 3.64m / 20ft 6” x 12ft 0”

Garage with window and double-doors.

Total site area: approx. 2.0ha / 5 acres

 

Private Sun Courtyard.

Approx. 12.8m x 12.5m / 42ft x 41ft

Sunny enclosed courtyard with cut stone walls. Sun patio. Various shrubs and planters. Utility outbuilding. Wrought iron wicket gate to front garden.

Rear Courtyard.

Approx. 12m x 6m / 40ft x 20ft

Cobble-locked courtyard surrounding the sun lounge. Heated dog house. Pyracantha hedge to rear. Outside tap. Wall lanterns. Gate to back garden and paddocks.

Back Garden.

Approx. 46m x 26m / 150ft x 85ft

Private back garden with south facing slope, ideal for catching the sun all day long. Gate to paddock. Wild and organic!

 

Side Garden

Approx. 7m x 5m / 23ft x 16ft

Enclosed side garden with railings and gates to front and rear. Dog house.

 

Landscaped Front Garden 

Approx. 75m x 50m / 250ft x 165ft

Almost an acre of landscaped gardens approached through wrought iron automatic gates. Gravel driveway with parking for 6+ cars. Well-tended lawn. Gravel path with floral arches leading down to the river. Stone walls. Two 200 year old blue cedars. A selection of formal statues, lamps, seating and flower pots. Laurel hedge. Fish pond. Summer house. Gates to paddock, suntrap courtyard and side garden. Outside tap.

 

Paddocks.

Approx. 112m x 70m / 370ft x 230ft

Approx. 3.5 acres / 1.4ha of land in two railed paddocks with full planning permission for a new 73.5m2 / 790sq.ft. double garage with two additional stables/store-rooms/offices to the rear. Fence to rear backing onto Black Avenue, with access to a vehicular gate. River frontage with fishing rights.

 

Heating and Services: 

Mains electricity. Mains water and waste water. Oil fired central heating. Multiple NTL TV/broadband points. Satellite dish. Rewired and replumbed c.1990.

 

Floor area: 379.6m2  / 4085sq.ft

Year built: c.1713, Restored 1990-2016

Protected structure – BER Exempt

 

Planning:

Planning permission (Ref 09/529) was obtained in 2009 and extended to 9th September 2019 for a 73.5m2 / 790sq.ft. detached building in the paddock to the east of Marshfield House. This structure contains a 6mx6m two car garage to the front with doors opening towards the river. Behind this is a second 6m/6m space containing two stables/storehouses with a door opening to the paddock.  Upstairs there is a hay loft. This building will be accessed by extending the existing driveway.

 

Successful Flood Alleviation Works:

The Office of Public Works completed a detailed analysis and very extensive flood alleviation works in the vicinity in 2009 costing over €3million.They identified a restrictive sluice on the Silleachain Stream beside the main gate to Marshfield House. This was replaced with nine large culverts bringing the outfall further downstream. At the same time they installed additional stone walls and raised earthbanks to help protect the grounds. This has been totally successful!

 

History:

Marshfield House was built by Thomas Raynor between 1711 and 1713. At one time it was the home of members of the Marsh family related to Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, founder of Marsh’s Library in Dublin, from which it gets its name. Over the years it was owned by the Cavendish, Irwin and Forsyth families, before being bought by Maureen Chaloner-Smith and her late husband Ken in 1988. Maureen, who was trained in fine art, was responsible for it’s extensive restoration.

 

Fishing rights:

Marshfield House enjoys private fishing rights on a stretch of the River Liffey just below the Leixlip Dam and the confluence with the Rye River. A small tributary, the Silleachain Stream, flows into the river on the property between the gardens and the paddock. This makes it an excellent fishing spot.

 

Transport:

Leixlip is served by Dublin Bus routes 66, 66N(night) and 66X(express). Leixlip Louisa Bridge train station with commuter parking is 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive. You are just 2 minute drive from the N/M4 Galway Road (junction 5) and 8 minutes from the Dublin orbital motorway, the M50 (junction 7). Weston Airport (5 minutes drive) is a public licensed executive airport with full terminal facilities. Dublin International Airport is a 20 minute motorway drive.  Dublin City Centre (O’Connell Street) is just a 30 minute drive.

 

Local Area:

Marshfield House is discreetly tucked away at the end of Mill Lane, a small cul-de-sac with stone artisan cottages, bungalows and an old mill house on the banks of the River Liffey, downstream from Castletown House (the first grand Palladian house in Ireland)  and Leixlip Castle built in 1172 (one of the oldest continuously inhabited buildings in Ireland). It is conveniently located just five minutes walk from historic Leixlip village which straddles the Dublin/Kildare county boundary. Leixlip is a pretty village with a very active Tidy Towns Committee. The village proudly won medals in the Tidy Towns competition every year from 2013-2017, when it won the gold medal. It has it’s own heritage trail, a Norman Castle with a unique boat house on the river, a Medieval Church, a Penal Chapel, and a stop on Arthur’s Way – a 14km walkway linking points associated with Arthur Guinness, featuring the historic Salmon Leap Inn where Richard Guinness was landlord. Leixlip Manor is a popular wedding venue. The bridge over the Liffey has an old toll house and a very popular pub. The village itself is a commuter town, 30 minutes drive from Dublin city centre. It boasts an abundance of schools, boutique shops and restaurants, as well as a post office, library, fire station, police station and two train stations. Less than ten minutes drive away the recently expanded Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is one of the largest retail and leisure centres in Ireland with over 80 stores and a 3500 seater cinema. There is a wide range of sporting facilities in Leixlip with a local sports centre/gym, two GAA clubs, a soccer club, rugby club, tennis club, a highly regarded canoe club, horse riding and golf courses nearby at Lucan, Hermitage, Carton House and Liffey Valley Par 3 / Pitch and Putt. The Ryder Cup venue at the K Club is a 17 minute drive. Open spaces abound. The restored eighteenth-century designer parklands and river walks in Castletown House are open to the public every day. A back gate from Marshfield House opens onto Black Avenue which leads to the extensive 200 acre St. Catherine’s Park which has a large number of playing pitches and miles of walking paths where you can wander through the woods by the river. It was recently upgraded with a new playground, fishing pond, BMX track and dog run. From here a pedestrian bridge leads over the Liffey to the wild beauty of Lucan Demense where you can leave your worries at the foot of a fairy tree.

Directions:

From the M50 orbital motorway take exit 7. Head west along the N4 to exit 5. At the top of the off-ramp turn right crossing the overpass.  At the roundabout take the first exit signposted Leixlip. Cross the bridge over the River Liffey. Take the first turn right (at the T junction) onto Mill Lane. At the fire station bear right. The gates to Marshfield House are at the end of this cul-de-sac.

 

SCHOOLS IN THE AREA

Crèche/Montessori
Little Harvard, Captain’s Hill
Little Harvard, Beech Park
Green Lane Montessori
Ryevale Montessori
Leixlip Montessori

Primary
Scoil Bhríde National School
Scoil Eoin Phoil National School
San Carlo Junior National School
Scoil Mhuire Girls National School
GaelScoil ui Dhalaigh
Weston Primary School
North Kildare Educate Together

Secondary
Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip
Confey Community College
Saint Joseph’s, Lucan
The King’s Hospital
Mount Sackville

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