Classic Georgian on a substantial farm

Ravensdale House, Co Kildare
Ravensdale House, Co Kildare
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

Ravensdale House on 223ac is one of the more substantial rural properties to come on the market in the greater Dublin area in recent times. The two-storey, over-basement mansion on a tillage and grass farm situated between Leixlip and Maynooth, in Co Kildare, is coming to auction in an executor sale with a guide price of €4m.

The house (pictured above) was built in 1765 by the Duke of Leinster as a Dower house to the nearby Carton Estate.

Earlier records show that a lease of land, including Ravensdale, was granted by the Earl of Kildare and dated February 5, 1708. Over two centuries it passed through several owners until it was bought in 1903 by Major Hugh Wyndham Montgomery who is credited with totally refurbishing the main residence. The current owners' family bought the property in 1917 from Major Montgomery.

Ravensdale is described by Phillip Byrne of selling agents REA Coonans Maynooth as a truly spectacular Georgian home.

The house sits at the end of a long driveway in a mature parkland setting with superb views over its own parkland and extensive countryside. The 223ac of land comprises top quality, free-draining ground which is currently used for tillage and grazing purposes.

Road frontage extending to 1.5km gives access to a separate rear entrance and three separate gate lodges on the estate.

The main residence consists of a two-storey, over-basement house. The ground floor is arranged around a grand reception hall, with a magnificent pitch pine returning staircase and panelled walls.

There are four main reception rooms all of which are light and spacious, with high ceilings and original decorative plasterwork. The reception hall leads to the dining room, billiard room, drawing room and morning room. There is also a cloakroom and a kitchen/pantry on the ground floor. The original features of the house are evident throughout with ornate cornicing, ceiling pieces and fireplaces.

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The first floor is approached from a galleried landing flooded with light from three stained glass windows. There are six main bedrooms, three dressing rooms, one bathroom and a study or schoolroom.

The basement is brightly lit with natural light and contains a large kitchen, a scullery, two pantries, a dairy, bottle-room, parlour and three staff bedrooms.

Outside there is a stone and brick-built two-storey stable block containing five stables, a saddle room, a cart house with horse accommodation complete with stalls.

There are two large walled gardens and two semi-detached cottages and a two-storey gate lodge by the rear entrance.

The lands are laid out in a number of fields with fine specimen trees and divided by traditional hedgerows.

According to Phillip Byrne the land has traditionally been in grass but in recent years a large portion has been tilled and currently there are 100ac under tillage.

The house is in fine structural condition but is in need of considerable refurbishment and modernisation.

The executor sale will attract interest from across the sectors and customers are expected to include farmers, people in the equine business, the leisure industry and private customers seeking a substantial house and estate within 20km of Dublin.

The property will be sold at auction at Carton House Hotel, Maynooth, at 3pm on Tuesday June 9.

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