Be king of the Castle in Malahide for €1.8m
Auburn Grove House, Malahide €1.8m
Parts of Malahide Castle in north County Dublin date back to the 12th century, making it one of the oldest castles in Ireland.
Opposite the castle and its 260-acre demesne are the large iron gates and the mature trees that shield Auburn Grove House from the eyes of the visitors who spill in to its historic neighbourhood.
This 1930s residence was upgraded in the 1990s, but retains many features of its original era, including 10.5 feet-high ceilings, the tiled porch floor, bay windows, and a large sun balcony on the first floor.
The attic was converted into an observatory, with panoramic views from its double opening Velux windows. The five-bedroom period house is set on half-an-acre, including landscaped west-facing gardens and a private tennis court.
The suntrap that is the extensive patio area is complemented by a conservatory. Near the rear of the house is a detached double garage that could be transformed into a gym, games room or workshop.
Inside, the accommodation is set out over 3,165 sq ft. The ground floor includes a living room with a marble fireplace, chandelier, access to the gardens and a large bay window. The dining room also has a marble fireplace and chandelier.
The breakfast room is bright and spacious and is laid out with wooden floors, while the kitchen comes with marble work tops and also has a door to the rear gardens.
Auburn Grove House's master bedroom, which has an ensuite bathroom, overlooks the gardens from three sides.
The large second bedroom, with fitted wardrobes, has an accompanying wet room that is fully tiled and the main bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath.
The asking price for Auburn Grove House is €1.8m and the agent is Hooke & MacDonald, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 (01) 6318402.