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Monday 22 January 2018

Claw a classic Lionsden

Meath 53ac+residence Guide:€600,000

The two-storey, over-basement home with many orignal features, is in need of modernisation
The two-storey, over-basement home with many orignal features, is in need of modernisation
Jim O'Brien

Jim O'Brien

A guide price of €600,000 is being quoted for an 18th century residence in Co Meath which goes to auction next month.

Lionsden House was built at Longwood in 1788 by Gordwin Swift IV. Surrounded by beautiful parklands that included two lakes and a fish pond, it was approached by a magnificent drive and graced with a traditional courtyard.

But now it is in a state of disrepair and badly in need of an owner to bring it and 53 acres back to their former glory. However, Coonan Auctioneers in Maynooth believe the property should make in excess of €11,000/ac.

The holding is located close to the Meath/Kildare border, just 2.5 miles from the village of Longwood, seven miles from Enfield and 40 from Dublin.


The house is a two-storey over-basement, double bow-ended residence. The main entrance still stands with its original gates, walls and piers but the original gate lodge is no more.

Lionsden House is now a protected structure and full planning permission has been obtained to restore the main building, refurbish the outbuildings, construct a pool pavilion and reinstate the original gate lodge at the main entrance.

The ground floor accommodation includes an entrance hall, a drawing room, a living room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, back hall, bathroom, boot room and boiler room. Upstairs are six bedrooms and bathroom. There are two rooms in the basement. While the house needs much work, there is a private water supply, electricity and oil-fired central heating.

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The outbuildings include a lofted coach house in need of refurbishment, a four-bay hayshed, storage sheds and a cow shed.

Beyond the house, the rolling parkland is interspersed with beautiful mature and sometimes rare trees. The lands with the property are all in old pasture and are of good quality. It is very much a natural environment, with mature hedging and trees throughout the property. Across the road from main holding is a parcel of 0.5 acres of land bounded by the River Boyne.

Coonan Auctioneers are offering the property for auction at Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield, Co Meath at 3pm on Tuesday, October 19.

Irish Independent