The southern Dublin suburb of Foxrock is full of beautiful properties, but finding a real castle – with masonry and parapets – in the area is a rarer thing. The castle on Claremont Road is not a real medieval castle, but it is the second best: a Tudor-style Gothic residence built in 1816 and now in excellent condition throughout.
Real castles can be quite forbidding, but this castle, which extends to 418 sqm (4,500 sqm), is a warm, inviting place, from its welcoming Georgian door with “churchwardens” skylights to its vestibule and huge reception hall and its wide open lounge with large bay windows and function chimney. This house is made for entertaining guests and partying, so if you are planning to pull up the drawbridge (there is none anyway) and shut yourself off from the world, this may not be the place for you.
With its bright interiors and sunlight streaming through panoramic windows, bay windows, skylights and stained glass, this is a castle where guests will feel right at home. And now there is a chance for a homeowner to actually call it home, as its English owner has decided to sell and, as they said, give another family the opportunity to create timeless memories here.
The house is reached via electric double gates in cast iron, which leads you up to a long, sweeping gravel driveway with a forecourt that fits several cars. The driveway also shows the house’s asymmetrical façade and Irish boiler walls in the best light, especially at night. Mature trees and flower beds line the driveway, and the front lawn has a water feature, as well as plenty of space to set up a large tent to host a garden party. Start creating your guest list now.
The remains of a church wall from the 17th century form part of the garden’s perimeter, which adds another level of history to the property. Inside, it feels like time has blended into an intoxicating cocktail. There are ornate bays and chandeliers to denote its 19th-century origins, but also modernist and art deco elements that evoke sumptuous style from the early 20th century – and which would not appeal to everyone. You would not be surprised if the owner turned out to be a rock star from the 1970s who lives part of his tax year here, or that the house was used by 1980s pop stars to film their videos for MTV. Anyway, music lovers will appreciate the fully integrated stereo system that allows you to pump out the classic hits around the house.
A long dining room and living room look out onto a private lawn next to the house and lead into an open plan kitchen which opens onto a large wooden deck and barbecue area to the rear. There is a red brick shed and a rushing view of ball water, and a side door leads out to Claremont Road for when you want to take a walk down to the nearby village of Foxrock or the scenic Cabinteely Park.
Potential buyers may be wary of buying a sheltered structure like this, as they are afraid they will not be able to make any improvements or alterations, but the castle has a full building permit to change and expand the property, and there are architectural blueprints for a lovely kitchen extension if the new owners were to decide to continue with the work.
Downstairs there is a bedroom that can be used as a home office, with a guest toilet and porch at the back. Upstairs are four very spacious bedrooms, three with nice bathrooms. The master bedroom’s bathroom has a free standing bath, and there is also a spacious, fully tiled family bathroom on this level.
The castle, Claremont Road, Foxrock, which extends to 4,500 square feet, is exempt from BER and is being sold through Vincent Finnegan at a asking price of 3.5 million euros.
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