- For sale
A delightful small estate of approximately 14 acres with a beautifully appointed period house, fine woodland, lake, lawns, courtyard with apartment and colourful grounds all less than 30km from Dublin city centre.
The Manor is an exquisite example of a period country home that rarely comes to the market. Carefully restored and maintained over a number of years, the beautifully appointed 5/6 bed property is an outstanding example of a delightful compact estate with approx. 5 ha (13.7 acres) of parkland, fine woodland, private lake, original courtyard, stables, walled garden and an orchard. Nestled into the verdant countryside of Blessington, the handsome property is located at the gateway to the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
With its origins in the 18th century the current house was built in 1835 in the Elizabethan Gothic style. Today the house presents itself as a magnificent family home with wonderfully spacious and bright rooms. The two storey over-basement property has maintained the period features reminiscent of its era throughout. The decor too enhances the ornate features and emphasises the tall windows and high ceilings. The accommodation has an appealing combination of grand and more intimate reception rooms on a more manageable scale. Throughout the house there are exquisite features, including decorative cornicing and centre roses, wall panelling, grand antique marble chimney pieces and original panelled double doors with decorative architrave surrounds.
The Manor is approached through an impressive entrance, accessed via a sweeping avenue across an enchanting wooden bridge over the Brittas River which is lined with mature specimen trees and passes the private lake before arriving at the imposing entrance front. The main stately reception rooms, the drawing room and the dining room radiate off the central hallway. Both have high windows which are orientated to take full advantage of the delightful garden setting and fine views. The rooms have exquisite ceiling panelling and within the drawing room features 14 hand painted wall murals by renowned artist Edwin Hayes RHA. The main staircase is beautifully lit with natural light from the stained-glass cupola. The layout of the ground floor is extremely fitting for entertaining, with additional smaller reception rooms including a study and library, family rooms and a fully equipped kitchen. The property is currently listed on Hidden Ireland as a heritage guest house and offers ample accommodation on the upper level. There are in total 5/6 bedrooms, four of which have en suites and two with an optional dressing room or nursery. The master bedroom boasts a large bay window with outstanding views stretching over the garden and lake; there is also a dressing room and en suite bathroom. The wing on the upper level is accessed from the ground floor or the back stairs from the courtyard. This wing could be used as self-contained accommodation with a living room, a separate kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms. The basement with stone flagged floor includes a utility room, the old kitchen, a games room, stores and a separate wine cellar.