DescriptionSituated in the beautiful Kildare countryside on the banks of the River Barrow, Bert House is
a stunning 300-year old Palladian Mansion steeped in history. Grade 2 listed property said
to be the largest mansion house in South Kildare, Bert House is reputed to be one of Ireland's
first Palladian winged houses.
Set in the stunning Kildare countryside just 50 minutes from Dublin, Bert House is an idyllic
property for a large country residence or to use as a business for exclusive wedding venue, hotel
or country retreat. With 17 beautifully appointed bedrooms and a gorgeous waterside setting -
perfect for capturing those memorable moments - Bert House is one of Kildare's most unique
properties offering huge potential.
Built circa 1709, Bert House offers complete privacy as it is situated approximately 1 km off
the main road accessed by a tree lined avenue. Easily reached by air, road or rail, Bert House
presents the ultimate in country manor living in Ireland.
Accommodation comprises Entrance Hall, Cloak Room, Reception Room, Dining Room,
Drawing Room, Breakfast Room, Kitchen, Ground Floor Bar, TV Room, Living room,
Basement Bar, Sauna Room, Dance Studio, Snooker Room, Basement storage rooms, 17
Bedrooms (all en-suite), Ladies Restrooms, Gents Restrooms.
Bert House is approached by a tree lined avenue (1km off the main road) with mature trees, shrubs and plants to
This wonderful property has a Rose Garden entrance to the front, a side lawn and the rear garden is laid in lawn
with a water feature fountain and a sun trapped private patio area that overlooks the river Barrow.
Bert House was built circa 1709 by Thomas Burgh of Oldtown for his brother William
Burgh later known as Captain William De Burgh and who became Comptroller and Auditor
General for Ireland. Thomas Burgh was Barracks Overseer for Ireland from 1701 and was
also responsible for - the Library at Trinity College Dublin, Collins Barracks Dublin - now a
museum and Dr Steven Hospital Dublin.
William De Burgh was born in 1667 and had a son, Thomas, and a daughter, Elisabeth.
Thomas, born in 1696, eventually became a Member of Parliament for Lanesboro, Co.
Longford. Freeman of Athy Borough and Sovereign of Athy, in 1755 he married Lady Ann
Downes, daughter of the Bishop of Cork & Ross. Her mother was a sister to Robert Earl of
Kildare. Her brother, Robert Downes, was the last MP for Kildare in 1749 and was Sovereign
Thomas had two sons, William and Ulysses. William born in 1741 went on to represent Athy
as an MP in Parliament between 1768 and 1776. A monument to his memory by Sculptor Sir
Richard Westmacott, a statue of faith, which depicts him with a book in one hand and a scroll
in the other and stands in York Minster. He wrote two books on religion and faith.
Ulysses, born in 1788, succeeded to the title of Lord Downes on the death of his cousin
William Downes who was made Lord Chief Justice in 1803 and created Lord Downes on his
retirement in 1822. It was Ulysses De Burgh who presented the Town Hall Clock to Athy in
1846 and it was he who had the wings added to Bert House.
Ulysses' daughter Charlotte was the last of the De Burgh's to call Bert House home with her
husband Lt. General James Colbourne. Charlotte and James came to Bert House in 1863 as
Lord and Lady Seaton after the death of Lord Downes. It was sold by them in 1909 to Lady
Geoghegan who then sold it onto her cousin, Major Quirke.
Ground Floor Bar
Basement storage rooms
17 Bedrooms (all en-suite)
FeaturesBeautiful Period House 300 years old.
Picturesque views. Original Sash Windows.
Dual heating Oil fired and wood furnace.
Approximately 50 minutes from Dublin.
Tranquil private setting 1km off the Main road.
Property leads down to the River Barrow.
Site extends to approximately 6 acres.
BER DetailsBER: Exempt
DirectionsFrom Dublin take the M50 Southbound towards the M9, continue towards exit for Kilcullen/Kilmead Athy.
From Athy take the Monasterevin Road.
Continue to Bert Crossroads and Bert house is on your left hand side (Note Blue Pillars).
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Sherry FitzGerald Naas on 045 866466