DescriptionMagnificent country house with extensive traditional outbuildings and mature grounds
Extending to about 65.9 acres (26.6 hectares) in total, Rockfield is a magnificent, compact residential estate. At its core is a superb, fully refurbished country house with beautifully proportioned and well-balanced accommodation.
The property comprises mature garden grounds (including a charming walled garden), parkland, and woodland. The agricultural element of the estate comprises productive tillage land and pasture, which is let on a seasonal basis. There is an extensive range of traditional outbuildings to the rear of the house, which provide storage.
Accessed via a stone-pillared entrance with cast-iron gates and beautiful overhanging mature trees, Rockfield House is approached along a sweeping gravel avenue lined partially by woodland, which leads to a parking area at the front of the house.
Rockfield House dates back to the 18th Century and occupies a private, south-easterly facing position. External features include a Doric portico with shallow bows to either side, white window surrounds and a hip roof. The house has been comprehensively renovated during the seller's ownership to transform one of the county's most historic houses into a sumptuous property, fit for hosting lavish house parties and comfortable family living, in equal measure.
Rockfield House is a superb period property situated in a private and tranquil setting with stunning views of the rolling countryside.
The accommodation is predominantly laid out over three floors and is of generous and elegant proportions, as set out in the accompanying plans. It is in a U-shape of asymmetrical design with a courtyard attached to the rear. The house is approached through a Doric portico entrance that leads to an impressive reception hall.
Upon entering the house, an aura of grandeur is evident with period features in the reception hall, which continue throughout the formal reception rooms and bedroom accommodation. With a flagstone floor and marble fireplace, the hall provides access to the billiards room as well as an extensive living/dining room, with a magnificent wooden fireplace and stove. The kitchen is accessed via the living room and is a spacious room with a beautifully crafted and extensive range of floor and wall mounted units. There is an island counter with gas hob and electric oven as well as an AGA cooker.
The first floor is accessed via a spectacular cantilever staircase, with the principal accommodation comprising a dining room, drawing room and library, which are all inter connecting and offer excellent potential for formal entertaining, including an adjoining service kitchen with dumbwaiter. The three elegant, light-filled reception rooms include high ceilings and beautiful open marble fireplaces. Situated to the front of the house, these rooms enjoy magnificent and expansive views of the rolling parkland. The first floor also includes the master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and spacious dressing room.
The remainder of the bedroom accommodation is located on the second floor, which is accessed via a staircase at the east wing of the house (connecting with the ground floor) and opens to a spacious landing. The landing leads to four generously proportioned bedroom suites and two further bedrooms.
An eighth bedroom suite is situated on the ground floor. It is accessed off the billiards room and has a separate external access.
Notable internal period features include decorative cornicing, sash windows, hardwood floors, impressive marble fireplaces, feature columns in the reception hall and library, architraves, shutters and woodwork including panelling on doors and staircase.
Situated in the picturesque courtyard is a one-bedroom self-contained apartment, which comprises a sitting/dining room, kitchen and bedroom with ensuite bathroom.
The property has a peaceful and rural setting, located within County Meath, also known as the 'Royal County' owing to it formerly being the seat of the High King of Ireland. Meath is internationally famed for its heritage, ancient history, and excellent amenities on its doorstep. It is home to renowned attractions such as the Hill of Tara, the famous megalithic burial tombs of Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site) and the Battle of the Boyne Site.
The nearby town of Kells (3 km) came into prominence in the early 6th Century with the building of the Columban monastery, which flourished until the 12th Century, withstanding various sackings and burning from local and Norse raiding parties. During this period, amongst other relics, the Great Book of Kells was completed, which is now on display in Trinity College, Dublin.
Today, Kells is a thriving town with a vibrant community and offers a good selection of services, shops, pubs, hotels as well as the award winning restaurant 'The Vanilla Pod' situated in the Headfort Arms Hotel. The town remains a tourist attraction with a range of historic structures still standing including a 100ft Round Tower, Columba`s Stone House and the Sculptured Crosses from the 9th/10th Century.
The neighbouring town of Navan (18 km) is the county town of Meath and the fifth largest town in Ireland. Located at the confluence of the River Boyne and River Blackwater, Navan provides a range of amenities including, supermarkets, retail outlets, lively pubs, and excellent restaurants. Páirc Tailteann is also located in the town and is home of Meath Gaelic football.
The property benefits from excellent transportation links, including the M3 (3 km) which connects Kells to Dublin City. Dublin's International Airport is 68 kilometres distant, while Dublin Port is 78 kilometres from the property with regular sailings to the UK and Europe. A park and ride train service is available from the M3 Parkway (50 km), serving Dublin City hourly from early morning to late night. There is also a regular bus service to Dublin from Kells.
County Meath has a proud sporting history and offers a wide variety of quality sporting and recreational activities. Racing enthusiasts are well catered for with Navan, Fairyhouse, Bellewstown and Laytown Racecourses nearby, as well as bloodstock auctioneers Tattersalls. Laytown races occur on the beach once a year. It is unique in the racing calendar, as the only race event run on a beach under the rules of the Turf Club since it was first staged in 1868.
There is plenty of choice for golf enthusiast including Headfort Golf Club (4 km) and Ballinlough Castle Golf Club (15 km). Other challenging courses nearby include the Royal Tara Golf Club (30 km) and the famous Jack Nicklaus-designed course at Killeen Castle (39 km).
There is great opportunity for hunting in the surrounding area with a number of local packs including the Tara Harriers, the Meath Foxhounds, the Ward Union and the Ballymacad Foxhounds all within boxing distance.
A selection of primary and secondary schools are available locally. In addition to the nearby Headfort Preparatory School, there is a variety of exceptional private schools including Castleknock College, Mount Sackville, Eureka Secondary School, and the Kings Hospital.
Outbuildings - A key feature of the property is the charming, extensive range of traditional outbuildings, which have been restored and maintained by the present owners. Accessed via the main driveway, which continues beyond the house, they are laid out in three courtyards. The first courtyard lies immediately to the rear of the house and is laid to lawn, with a gravel path. Beyond this range is a beautiful cobblestone yard with a further range of traditional outbuildings, including former stables, stores and kennels. This yard also includes a five-bay general purpose shed of steel frame construction beneath a corrugated roof with timber cladding, concrete panel walls and a concrete floor. It opens to another gorgeous, enclosed courtyard with various buildings, some of which are used as stables. The extent and layout of the outbuildings offers potential for conversion, subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission. To the side of the house is a hay shed in four bays of steel frame construction beneath a corrugated roof and with hard-core base.
Gardens - Rockfield is situated within mature gardens and estate grounds. They form a beautiful parkland setting and include some outstanding specimen trees, which provide colour as well as shelter and privacy. There are areas of lawn to the front and southern side of the house. Lying to the rear of the house is a wonderful walled garden. It is accessed from the house by a hard-core path and a stone bridge passing over a gully. The walled garden extends to about 1 acre in total and comprises areas of lawn, mature trees, gravel pathways, a pond and a traditional dovecote.
Farmland - Extending to about 65.9 acres in total, the land at Rockfield lies within a ring-fenced block and includes productive and versatile ground, mature woodland and permanent pasture. Much of the topography is level with the highest point at 259 feet above sea level and the lowest point at 239 feet above sea level. The land is laid out in fields of a good size and shape for modern agriculture and are enclosed by a combination of mature hedgerows and fencing. The land is currently leased on a conacre basis and has been in grass in recent years. It includes about 57 acres of tillage/ploughable pasture and about 6 acres of woodland.
- Renovated period country house
- Accessible location
- 8 bedrooms (6 en suite)
- Self-contained apartment
- Extensive range of traditional outbuildings
- About 57 acres of ring-fenced farmland
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