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Georgian style home on the market for €975k in Cliftonville

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Cliftonville is an imposing Georgian-style home, once the residence of a Queen’s counsel

Cliftonville is an imposing Georgian-style home, once the residence of a Queen’s counsel

The dual-aspect drawing room is located on the first floor

The dual-aspect drawing room is located on the first floor

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Cliftonville is an imposing Georgian-style home, once the residence of a Queen’s counsel

When Daniel O'Connell was tried for conspiracy in 1844, one of his defenders was Queen's Counsel Jonathan Henn, who lived for a time - and died - at Cliftonville, or Clifton Villa, in Bray.

The 1879 book The Irish Bar by J Roderick O'Flanagan, describes Henn as "constitutionally averse to drudgery", and says, "he did not care for practice if it involved much labour".

After a distinguished career, he must have enjoyed a comforting lack of drudgery in his Georgian-style house, described by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) today as "a well preserved and original house which, though located within a secluded setting, still adds much to the architectural heritage of the general area".

The house is on a quarter acre at Loreto Avenue, a sort of cul-de-sac off Sidmonton Road. Just past the house, the avenue turns into a pedestrian walkway joining Aravon Court.

It still has most original features from Henn's day, including ornate plasterwork, functioning window shutters, fireplaces in all the rooms, and original pine floorboards. On the ground floor there's a sitting room and a dining room, both with marble fireplaces; a music room or library with art nouveau fireplace; and a study or playroom, also with a fireplace.

The country-style kitchen has a quarry-tiled floor, and there are separate rooms for utilities and coats.

The best reception room is on the first floor. It's a dual-aspect drawing room with a white marble fireplace. The bedrooms, all with fireplaces, are also on the first floor, and there's a separate small staircase up to the fourth bedroom. The family bathroom on this floor also has a free-standing cast-iron bath.

Outside, the front driveway has a gravelled parking area, a lawn, bay trees and mature hedging. To the rear is a Liscannor-paved courtyard, separated by a gate from the main back garden with a lawn, gravel paths and patio.

It's about five minutes' walk from the Promenade, and less than 10 minutes' walk from Bray Dart station. The agent is HJ Byrne auctioneers in Bray (01) 286 2113 and the price has been cut from €1,050,000 to €975,000.

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