It might not be the castle but you can still live like a king in Malahide for €2m
Modern home with period touches is beside famous gardens
There's far more to Malahide in North County Dublin than the sea, sailing and pretty boutique shops.
For example, Malahide Castle and its demesne happens to be one of Dublin's most popular weekend day trip attractions for families with its restored gardens, activities, playgrounds, tours and a constant run of interesting events.
Indeed the demesne becomes a hotbed of activities in the summer - examples include The Boy's Day Out being held on June 19 with promises of knife, axe and spear throwing, a bush craft workshop, wall climbing and falconry.
For the those who don't fancy such macho pursuits, there's a spot of yoga. It means that for the public who simply frequent the gardens week in, week out, there's always a long scenic walk with lots to take in.
The castle itself if also an historical marvel, being one of Ireland's oldest and among those in the best condition. It also has one of the longest occupation records by one family, the Talbots, who took up occupancy here in 1185 and only moved out in 1975, beginning the process of allowing this beautiful building and its demesne to become an accessible asset for the public.
The owners of Carlisle Lodge, a 1990s built home at Mabestown, Malahide, enjoy living at the 'other' end of the town close to the castle. They're right beside the back gates of the demesne and despite having a full acre of private grounds of their own, they claim the best thing about living here is "being 100m from 280ac of beautiful parkland".
Carlisle Lodge was renamed by the current owner after acquiring the 1996 built home in 2000 - after Carlisle Terrace in Malahide where he grew up - and indicating the strong pull that the village continues to exert on those who spent their youth here.
At 3,670 sq ft, it's something of a castle in its own right - the equivalent floor space of three average family homes. With the owners of 16 years now selling up, the property is likely to appeal to those who want a home with period style characteristics and dimensions, but with a modern build that allows them to do what they want without having to negotiate the heritage rules that apply to the larger period homes in the area.
It's also perfectly proportioned for a family with a big brood of boisterous teenagers. There are plenty of big communal rooms for family sit-downs but enough substantial spaces elsewhere to keep them out of each other's hair when required.
The features here include porcelain tiled and solid oak floors, a handmade designer kitchen, solar panels which provide hot water and underfloor heating.
The entrance hall is a grand affair with a pretty unique hand-carved oak staircase which comes with a series of quirky and striking hips as it rises to the upper floor. The floor here is a light marble and there's a decent skylight overhead to ensure it remains well lit through the day and doesn't suffer from hall gloom.
The kitchen has an Italian porcelain tile floor, Corian work surfaces, a central island and two Neff ovens. There's a breakfast room with an oak floor which leads to the garden. The main receptions include the dining room with a Junkers oak floor leading to the living room with its Henley stove. There's a study and a playroom. Also on this floor is an extra large garden room with triple folding doors opening out to the garden. There's a home office upstairs with five bedrooms, three of which are ensuite. The property has a double garage and also includes a "chalet" type Shomera which can be used as a gym, teenage den or a home office. And, of course, there's also the sea, sailing and an array of boutique shops down at Malahide village.
Mabestown, Malahide, Co Dublin
Asking price: €2m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 8454500