DescriptionA magnificent property with huge potential in a central location
Nestled within a private, mature setting, Firmount is centred upon a magnificent Victorian house with stunning views over the Kildare countryside. Also situated within the grounds is a second beautiful family home which featured on RTE's Room to Improve presented by Dermot Bannon in November 2013.
The property extends to about 7 acres of mature garden grounds with an exceptional array of specimen trees, which enhance the landscape surrounding both houses. Firmount House has been expertly restored by the current owners and has played host to weddings, private parties, media film and photoshoots shoots, yoga retreats and corporate events.
Accessed via an impressive modern stone-pillared entrance with cast-iron gates, Firmount House is approached along a sweeping gravel driveway, flanked by terraced lawn and mature trees, which leads to the front of the house where there is ample parking. There is further guest parking to the east of the property and an overflow car park to the north.
Firmount House is an extensive three-storey above basement house that extends to approximately 13,000 square feet. While the accommodation has been extended and adapted since its original construction, many notable period features, both internally and externally have been retained.
The accommodation is entered through a magnificent reception hall, which leads to the interconnecting dining room and drawing room. Both rooms feature original wooden floors, 13 feet ceilings with original plasterwork, cornicing and ceiling rose with large timber sash double glazed windows. The dining room also includes a beautiful feature pink marble fireplace and combined with the drawing room, can comfortably sit up to 110 guests. There is a magnificent set of vintage French doors to the rear of the room, which open onto the south facing terrace and gardens.
The ground floor also comprises a butler's pantry, a HSE approved stainless steel commercial kitchen and a library with original fireplace and built-in banquette seating. There are also five toilet cubicles, including one approved for use as a disabled bathroom.
A key characteristic of the house is the extent and flexibility of the internal accommodation with the ability to host lavish gatherings. The property was granted planning permission in 2017 for café/restaurant/events venue with fire certificate and disability access certificate.
The first floor is accessed via a spectacular staircase with beautiful exposed original brick walls. The bedroom accommodation is laid out on this floor and comprises seven bedrooms (four en suite) and two shower rooms. The remainder of the bedroom accommodation is located on the second floor and includes three bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen, which can serve as a self-contained apartment.
There is extensive space at basement level with eight rooms in total currently housing a carpentry room, wood storage room, boiler room and multiple additional storage rooms.
The Doctor's House is located to the northwest of Firmount House and is a beautiful two storey 100 year-old home that was expertly renovated and tailored for modern day family living in 2013. The property has the benefit of thermodynamic solar panels, a heat recovery ventilation system, insulation, double glazed windows, and underfloor heating leading to a commendable B2 rating.
It is entered through a quaint porch that leads to the hallway with access to the downstairs bedroom with en suite and the open plan kitchen/living room. This room is extremely bright with windows that stretch double height from the floor to the ceiling on the first floor. The kitchen has built-in Miele appliances, a heat recovery system and underfloor heating.
The sitting room/BBQ room is an extremely rare and unique room with an indoor barbeque, which was imported from South Africa and built into the wall. This room also includes sliding door windows that fold all the way back, which gives access a patio area to the rear of the house. There is also a utility area with storage, bathroom, and laundry area.
The bedroom accommodation is laid out on the first floor and comprises an excellent master bedroom suite with a spacious walk-in-wardrobe and en suite. There are two additional bedrooms on this floor, one with a dressing room, which is fitted with plumbing to create a shower room. Either side of the atrium is a cosy library room and study.
To the rear of the Doctor's House is a stunning stone studio / cottage with mezzanine. It contains a fitted kitchenette, a shower room and mezzanine level and is currently used as a home office.
Firmount House is situated in a prime location in the heart of County Kildare just 3 kilometres from the charming town of Clane and with easy access to Dublin City and Dublin Airport, as well as all major national motorways. The local area is popular with those commuting daily to Dublin and weekly to London.
Clane and Prosperous (4 km) are two neighbouring towns with a variety of amenities including restaurants, pubs and local shops. Naas (9 km) offers a more comprehensive range of amenities including supermarkets and a selection of boutique shops and retail stores.
Firmount House is conveniently located for many places of interest, including Donadea Forest Park (a beautiful 640-acre demesne of woodland walks and lake), the National Stud and National Heritage Areas such as Black Castle, the source of the River Boyne and the Grand Canal.
The historic county of Kildare offers a wide variety of attractions. The luxurious Kildare Village is 29 kilometres to the south and is a popular shopping destination, while the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre - one of Ireland's largest shopping and leisure destinations - is 29 kilometres distant. Kildare is synonymous with the bloodstock industry, famous for its worldrenowned stud farms and busy racing calendar. There are several excellent racecourses nearby including The Curragh Racecourse (19 km), which is considered one of the finest racetracks in the world, Punchestown Racecourse (15 km) and Naas Racecourse (10 km).
Golfing enthusiasts are well catered for with Millicent Golf Club (1.5 km) set on the property's doorstep. The K Club, home to the Ryder Cup in 2006, and the exquisite Carton House Hotel and Golf Resort, are 8 and 21 kilometres distant, respectively.
There is a fine selection of schools in the area with a diverse range of primary and secondary schools available locally. Private education is also well catered for at Clongowes Wood in Clane (6 km) and Kings Hospital in Palmerstown (29 km).
The property is well situated for the main train lines, being 5.5 kilometres from Sallins Train Station into Heuston (which serves the Dublin-Cork main line) and 16 kilometres from Maynooth Train Station into Connolly (which serves the Dublin-Sligo main line). Dublin Airport is 45 kilometres distant.
Garden & Grounds - Both Firmount House and the Doctor's House are centred around beautiful mature gardens and grounds which are predominantly laid to lawn with magnificent specimen trees including 250-year-old Copper Beech, Sequoia and Beech trees. To the rear of the Doctor's House is a wonderful, paved patio area enclosed by a beautiful stone wall and is a great area for children. It includes a polytunnel with irrigation system with established strawberry and raspberry plants. The back of the property is bordered by a stream which flows down to the River Liffey.
History - The impressive late gothic Victorian home from 1878, incorporates an earlier Georgian house from the early 1700's as well as what is purported to be a 13th Century turret in the basement. It was rescued from dereliction in late 2012 when it was bought and restored by the current owners. In the 18th Century the Georgian house was owned by the Warburton's who also owned Straffan House (now the K Club) and sat on extensive grounds. An icehouse at the side of the house still remains but is now underground. During this period Firmount was leased to the Deasy's, whose daughter went on to find the Loreto nuns in Canada. In the mid-19th Century, it was then acquired by the Henry family who completed a large restoration in 1878 where a Victorian extension was added, and the Georgian house was modified and wrapped in a matching cement render.
Today the Victorian wing of the house has wildly impressive 4.2m high ceilings which retain their original intricate plasterwork while the Georgian side of the house features a superb cast iron balustraded cantilevered staircase. In addition, the fireplaces are original and made from a mix of marble and cast iron, most likely dating from the late 19th century. The house continued its colourful history by becoming a WWI military hospital for recovering officers in 1917 followed by a safe house for De Valera. In the late 1920's the house became a sanatorium, and the adjacent Doctor's House was built within the Georgian stableyard. In 1964 the house was purchased by the Department of Defence and used as the Control Centre for Nuclear Tracking. The basement was bunkerised and was supposed to be used by senior government officials in the event of nuclear war.
BER Number 101169852
BER Number 106044878
- Centred upon an excellent Victorian House
- Includes a beautiful modernised family home
- About 7 acres in total
- Impressive views over the Kildare countryside
- Granted planning permission in 2017 for café/restaurant/events venue
- Easy access to Dublin City
BER DetailsBER: B2
BER No: 06044878
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Savills Dublin - Country on + 353 (0) 1 663 4350