DONABATE, COUNTY DUBLIN, IRELAND
An attractive mid-18th Century mansion, built circa 1730. Magically positioned within some 80 acres or 32 hectares on the shores of Malahide Estuary, on the periphery of Dublin city and within a 15 minute drive of Dublin International airport.
Enjoying an idyllic position within glorious private grounds the water views over Malahide Estuary are exceptional and the mature Victorian designed gardens and stone outbuildings include a magnificent walled garden, a Yew Walk and an attractive cut-stone enclosed stable yard. In use as a private residence but possibly suitable for alternative use(s), subject to any necessary consents.
Accommodation within the house extends to some 10,000 square feet or 929 square metres and includes 5 principal reception rooms and 8 principal bedrooms. A gate lodge and studio apartment in the stable yard provide further accommodation.
Tranquil country living this close to a bustling and vibrant Capital City and its International airport is truly remarkable. Seafield House benefits from a south facing aspect. The large portico is bathed in sunshine during clement weather and provides protected vista’s over the estuary, with a backdrop of the Dublin Mountains. The ‘Yew Walk’ is thought to have been inspired by one at the Duke of Devonshire’s Lismore Castle (county Waterford). The stable yard provides good garaging and stabling. There are ample pleasure walks within the estate and good pasture grazing for horses.
A small slipway provides access to the estuary. The maritime village of Malahide is about 5 away (by boat) and hosts numerous traditional pubs, wine bars, artisan cafes and seafood restaurants.
Dating to circa 1730 the original Georgian design of the classical Palladian villa style is attributed to the renowned architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce. Notable designs by him including the original Irish Houses of Parliament.
At the height of fashionable Victoriana, circa 1855, Seafield House was remodelled, with the extensive works including the adding of the ‘West Wing’, including the striking 5-storey Italianate tower, and the completion of the extensive stable yard with clock tower.
A comprehensive restoration was completed circa 1996. Whilst listed as a Protected Structure some sympathetic changes may be permitted. Some commercial use(s) and extensions or conversions may also be considered.
The reception hall is beautifully executed and original to the Georgian Palladian design. Two storey’s in height and running the full depth of the house it is crossed by a gallery at first floor level and features decorative timberwork, pilasters and ornate window and door architraves. The principal reception rooms are suitably opulent yet are of a scale to be comfortable. The tower extends over 5 floors to a viewing roof terrace, which has dramatic views over the estuary to the Dublin Mountains and Malahide village. The lower ground floor opens at ground level to the rear of the house. Upstairs the Master Bedroom Suite runs the entire depth of the eastern façade of the house and includes a large south facing bedroom, a bathroom and a dressing room. There are 7 further principal bedrooms, 5 having their own bathroom or shower room and 2 sharing a large family bathroom. The Gate Lodge and Studio Apartment complete the accommodation.
There are 5 golf courses nearby and water sports are popular in the area. There are marinas, yacht clubs and sailing clubs. There are numerous walking trails in the area and equestrians are well catered for. The Donabate village train station, a 5 minute drive from Seafield House, provides regular commuter services to Dublin’s city centre and a rail service to Belfast city. The local area has important wildlife conservation areas.
EIRCODE [Property Specific Post Code] K36 D343
GPS LOCATION 53.4747532 (latitude), -6.1882935 (longitude)
Selling Agent David Ashmore [PSRA Licence 003640]. Joint Selling Agent Sherry FitzGerald