Four homes on the market fit for a millionaire
Four of a kind throughout the country
Live like a president in Mayo
Massbrook House, Lough Conn, Co Mayo is on the market for €1.95m
Massbrook House is an attractive Victorian house, standing on 113 acres on the shores of Lough Conn, with Nephin as a majestic backdrop. The grounds feature fine specimen trees and shrubs, and lovely walks.
Massbrook House dates from 1890 and was designed by the eminent Victorian architect Sir Thomas Drew. Drew, who was born in Belfast, was consulting architect for both St Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. He was responsible for the design of the Ulster Bank on Dame Street, Rathmines Town Hall, and the Graduates Memorial Building at Trinity College. His most significant work in Belfast was St Anne's Cathedral, completed in 1899. Latterly, of course, Massbrook is best known as the home of the former President, Mary Robinson.
The main house is approached by a long, tree-lined avenue and has 630sqm of living space, with four reception rooms and five bedrooms, three of which are en suite. The house has a west-facing aspect to the rear and overlooks Lough Conn to the east. Massbrook comes with almost three kilometres of lake frontage and its original boathouse.
The entrance hall features original wood panelling and solid wood floors. On either side of the hall are the drawing room and dining room, each with a feature fireplace with marble surround. The billiard room accommodates a full-sized table, while the study off the drawing room has fine views over the garden.
The kitchen quarters include a cold room and a scullery. The bedroom floor incorporates a library with wall-to-wall shelving, and there is a separate guest/staff apartment to the rear of the house, as well as a large gate lodge.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 237 6300
By the river in Rathfarnham
Asking Price: €1.425m
An acre of garden in Dublin is almost unheard of, but that's what the new owners of Lissadell on Whitechurch Road in Rathfarnham will get. The four-bedroom period house is tucked away behind electric gates in a private, tranquil setting that feels as if it is in the countryside, rather than in a Dublin suburb. Lissadell has 163sqm of living space and has been well-maintained and updated over the years by its current owners. The River Glin flows through the grounds; there is a magnificent waterfall and views of Edmondstown golf course. The garden includes an orchard, manicured lawns, mature trees and shrubs, and outdoor seating areas overlooking the river. There is also a detached garden studio which incorporates a garage and storage space.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
In the heart of Horse Country
Asking price: €1.1m
River House in Barretstown, near Newbridge in Co Kildare, comes with either two or seven acres of land. New owners will make the decision on the basis of whether they intend to keep horses or not - the house lies at the heart of Ireland's bloodstock breeding and racing country, and racecourses at Naas, the Curragh, Punchestown and Fairyhouse are all within easy reach. The property has 408sqm of living space, with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located on the banks of the River Liffey, a recognised salmon and trout river, and with extensive river frontage, the nearest towns are Newbridge and Naas. Dublin city and the airport are an easy commute via the N7 and M50. There are excellent primary and secondary schools close by.
Agent: Colliers (01) 633 3700
Majestic views in Monkstown
Asking price: €2.65m
3 Clifton Terrace in Monkstown is a double-fronted regency home with spectacular views over Dublin Bay. The house has 464sqm of living space, five bedrooms and a wealth of original period features. Built around 1830, the property was fully refurbished by the current owners in the early 1980s and updated during the 1990s. The master bedroom suite has a magnificent white marble fireplace, 13ft ceiling height and large projecting windows, and a lavish en suite bathroom with a whirlpool bath positioned to make the most of the views. The landscaped garden to the rear is bounded by old stone walls and features mature planting, specimen trees, granite flagstones, terraced lawns and a cobbled patio, with a pergola covered in wisteria and jasmine.
Agent: Hunters (01) 275 1640