Grounds to be happy with lavish gardens at Ballymadrough House
Seafield House, a spectacular 18th-century Palladian manor on 80 acres in Donabate, Co Dublin, has been lingering on the market since May of last year, waiting for Croesus to come along and fall in love with it.
Seafield has a price tag of €10m, or might as well call it that. It's actually €9.995m, but what's five grand between plutocrats? Barely enough to tip the help.
Millionaires 10 times over may be in short supply in North Dublin, but if you feel you could stretch to just over €1m (or if your bank feels it could), then you too could breathe the rarefied air around Seafield.
Ballymadrough House is on just under three-and-a-half acres and its grounds adjoin those of Seafield House in the townland of Kilcrea. Its gardens are pretty lavish too; designed by landscape artist Damien Keane, they include a lawns, patios and a fountain.
The house itself was designed by architects Whelan Corcoran Smith and built in 2007, and it's a fairly massive 4,018 sq ft, with a mercifully efficient C2 energy rating.
The entrance hall has a curving mahogany stairs and there are two formal reception rooms to the right - a drawing room and a dining room - communicating through double doors, and both with bay windows and marble fireplaces.
To the left of the hall, there's a family room with a wood-burning stove and then the Christoff-fitted kitchen, where there's an electric Aga. Off the kitchen, is a TV room with another wood-burning stove.
The first floor has five bedrooms with three ensuite, and the main bedroom has a marble fireplace and a dressing room. Above that are two attic rooms.
Ballymadrough House is for sale for €1.195m with Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes (01) 237 6300 and Sherry FitzGerald Swords (01) 890 0944.