Tuesday 19 September 2017

Chantilly House laced with modern features

Chantilly house, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Co Dublin €1.2m

Chantilly house, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Co Dublin €1.2m
Chantilly house, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, Co Dublin €1.2m
The entrance hall and staircase
The house boasts a swimming pool
The kitchen at Chantilly

Donal Buckley

The property combines period features and modern facilities

Originally constructed in the Queen Anne style, the upgrades which have been performed at Chantilly House, Ballybride Road, Rathmichael, south Dublin over the centuries reflect its different owners' attractions to the property.

It was built as the seat of the Tilly family, who founded Shankill village and Rathmichael Parish Church, but is now for sale for €1.2m on the instructions of receivers at Grant Thornton. That is less than half the €2.5m sought by the owner when it was last on the market in 2011.

The four-bedroom detached house extends to 480sqm (5,167 sq ft) and is attractively set amid 1.85 acres of mature landscaped gardens. It also benefits from having two apartments on the grounds.

Its period features include original sash windows, decorative plasterwork, wooden shutters and period fireplaces. But equally appealing are the desirable modern lifestyle facilities, including a swimming pool.

In contrast to its relatively modest exterior, a grand entrance hall welcomes visitors and three of the four reception rooms are also quite elegant, with large fireplaces and French doors and windows in all the main rooms of the house connecting them to the gardens.

Some of the more recent additions to the house have also got wow factors. Three sets of stained-glass windows are quite unusual and are located in the ceiling of the large conservatory/breakfast room just off the kitchen, as well as in one of the walls of the indoor swimming pool. Another is in the bright upper hall on the first floor, which is approached by a grand sweeping staircase.

On the ground floor there is also a spacious kitchen with a six oven Aga, central island, travertine floor, extensive range of mounted cabinets and double enamel sink. An office and WC are also located on this floor, which is connected via a modern boot room to a gym and the swimming pool with shower room and hammam.

Upstairs the spacious master bedroom suite benefits from dual aspect, a dressing area and en suite as well as built-in storage. Of the other double bedrooms, two are en suite. There is also a family bathroom and large linen cupboard.

Located in the courtyard, one of the apartments is laid out in three rooms plus kitchenette and cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin. The other comprises a lobby, living room, kitchen area, bedroom and shower room en suite. One of them is set in a former milking parlour while the other is over a garage.

Other buildings accommodate offices, another garage, a wine cellar, workshop and storage shed.

The landscaped gardens have been sensitively restored and include shaded gravelled walks, extensive lawns, mature trees, a working fountain and an old sundial. The focal point of the demesne is the venerable and majestic 1,500-year-old oak tree which has watched over all the changes at this historic property since before the Norman conquest.

Ballybride Road is immediately to the west of the N11 and connects to both Ferndale Road and Dublin Road, Shankill. Shankill is 2km east with its DART connection and local shopping facilities, whist the Luas at Cherrywood is 3km northwest.

Contact Hunters 01 2897840

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