Historic manor home in Celbridge
Springfield House, Celbridge, Co Kildare
Eight bedroom manor home
Springfield House, hidden away on more than 10 acres of secluded grounds close to Celbridge in Co Kildare, could be easily overlooked by a cursory glance at the area. However the 230-year-old manor home has been opened up to thousands of people through its role as the birthplace of the celebrated Irish author Aidan Higgins.
Born at Springfield in 1927, Higgins is best known for his novel 'Langrishe, Go Down' (1966), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Irish Academy of Letters Award. The novel was later made into a screenplay by Harold Pinter and broadcast by the BBC.
Among his other works were three volumes of autobiography, 'Donkey's Years', 'Dog Days' and 'The Whole Hog', as well as 'Balcony of Europe', which was shortlisted for the Booker prize.
Springfield House featured strongly in 'Langrishe, Go Down' as his childhood home.
The 465sqm (5,000 sq ft) manor house opens with an entrance porch with marble floor and double stained doors leading to the reception hall with polished marble floor and curving staircase leading to first floor.
Off the reception hall are the dining room and drawing room, both of which feature bay window seats and marble fireplaces. To the rear, a large conservatory with Mexican terracotta tiling has double doors leading to a courtyard outside.
The kitchen features two walk-in pantries, pillar storage units and granite worktops, as well as fitted ovens, an island unit and double sink with waste disposal. Off the kitchen is a utility area with fitted shelves and wall units. A large cellar at basement level has spacious storage facilities.
The west wing of Springfield contains three bedrooms, all of which are en suite, while the east wing of the house contains three more bedrooms, all en suite.
The master bedroom at Springfield is located on the first floor of the east wing. It features Smallbone fitted units, an en suite bathroom and a bay window seat. The eighth and final bedroom is also located in the east wing and includes a bay window seat and a black marble period fireplace.
Outside, the 10.5 acres of grounds surrounding Springfield House are laid out in formal gardens to the front and a number of railed paddocks. To the rear of the house are a number of outbuildings surrounding a courtyard. The buildings include loose boxes, stores and a loft.
Springfield is located a short walk from the town of Celbridge and 23km from Dublin. A guide price of €1.6m is being quoted.
Enquiries to Goffs Country on 045 981048.