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Marshfield House, Mill Lane, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

Asking Price:   €1,475,000  
Property Type: Period House      

Owen Reilly Marshfield House, Mill Lane, Leixlip, Co. Kildare

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  • 26 bedroom 1 bed
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  Floor Area 380 SQ. M.   6 Bedrooms   3 Bathroom 1 Garage background Layer 1    Aspect: South facing facade


    Adjacent to large public park

    Close to train station

    Gardens and paddocks

    Gated estate with gardens and paddocks

    Original staircase

    Period features

    Private and not overlooked

    Private enclosed courtyard

    River frontage

    South facing aspects in all principle rooms

The Property

Pretty as a doll’s house, Marshfield House is discreetly hidden behind automatic gates at the end of a cul-de-sac between St. Catherine’s Park and the River Liffey, downstream from Castletown House and Leixlip Castle. It’s conveniently located 5 minutes walk from Leixlip village.

Approaching along the curved driveway below the 200 year old blue cedars, you will be amazed at the serene, peaceful and private setting of this impressive property. Walking beneath the floral arches to the river-front you are surrounded by nature where you can watch the ducks, moorhens, herons, dragonflies and rising fish against the backdrop of mature woodlands. Looking back to the house you can see the impressive five bay facade of this Queen Anne period residence at the top of the sweeping lawn.

Entering through the arched doorway, the lofted hall features an original staircase with hand-carved banisters and a matching arched window on the half-landing. To your right is a beautifully proportioned formal drawing room with an Adams style carved white marble fireplace. Beyond this is a lovely bright oriental room with lots of windows. To your left is a formal dining room with corner fireplace. Behind this, a passage with service bells opens to the atmospheric kitchen with original arched stone hearth. French doors lead from here to a bright sunroom set in a sunny walled courtyard. To the rear is another large conservatory with French doors opening to the rear courtyard. Up the main staircase is a bright and spacious landing and three generous bedrooms. A side stair leads to three more large bedrooms on the second floor, with a massive attic space.

This property has been fully restored by the current owners. It retains many period features such as broad pine floorboards, solid panel doors and sash windows with wood shutters and granite sills. It has been furnished in keeping with the period, and all furnishings are available for purchase. In typical Queen Anne style all the main rooms have large south facing windows designed to make the most of the natural light.

Total site area: approx. 2.0ha / 5 acres
1. Private Sun Courtyard.
Approx. 12.8m x 12.5m / 42ft x 41ft
Sunny enclosed courtyard with cut stone walls. Sun patio. Various shrubs and planters. Utility outbuilding. Wrought iron wicket gate to front garden.
2. Rear Courtyard.
Approx. 12m x 6m / 40ft x 20ft
Cobble-locked courtyard surrounding the sun lounge. Outside tap. Wall lanterns. Gate to back garden and paddocks.
3. Back Garden.
Approx. 46m x 26m / 150ft x 85ft
Private back garden with south facing slope, ideal for catching the sun all day long. To create a stronger connection with the house the Pyracantha hedge separating it from the rear courtyard could easily be removed.
4. Side Garden
Approx. 7m x 5m / 23ft x 16ft
Enclosed side garden with railings and gates to front and rear. Dog house.
5. Landscaped Front Garden
Approx. 75m x 50m / 250ft x 165ft
Almost an acre of landscaped gardens approached through wrought iron automatic gates. Gravel driveway with parking for 6+ cars. Well-tended lawn. Gravel path with floral arches leading down to the river. Stone walls. Two 200 year old blue cedars. Laurel hedge. Fish pond. Summer house. Gates to paddock, suntrap courtyard and side garden. Outside tap.
6. Paddocks.
Approx. 112m x 70m / 370ft x 230ft
Approx. 3.5 acres / 1.4ha of land in two railed paddocks. Fence to rear backing onto Black Avenue, with access to a vehicular gate. River frontage with fishing rights. Unused covered stone well.

Successful Flood Alleviation Works:
The Office of Public Works completed a detailed analysis and very extensive flood alleviation works in the vicinity in 2009 costing over €3million.They identified a restrictive sluice on the Silleachain Stream beside the main gate to Marshfield House. This was replaced with nine large culverts bringing the outfall further downstream. Additional stone walls and raised earth banks help to further protect the grounds. This has been totally successful!

Marshfield House was built by Thomas Raynor between 1711 and 1713. At one time it was the home of members of the Marsh family related to Archbishop Narcissus Marsh, founder of Marsh’s Library in Dublin, from which it gets its name. Over the years, it was owned by the Cavendish, Irwin and Forsyth families, before being bought by Maureen Chaloner-Smith and her late husband Ken in 1988. Maureen, who was trained in fine art, was responsible for it’s extensive restoration.

Fishing rights:
Marshfield House enjoys private fishing rights on a stretch of the River Liffey just below the Leixlip Dam and the confluence with the Rye River. A small tributary, the Silleachain Stream, flows into the river on the property between the gardens and the paddock. This makes it an excellent fishing spot.

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    Entrance Hall
    Approx. 5.40 x 3.05m / 17ft 9" x 10ft 0"
    Hardwood door with arched door-light. Original staircase with hand-carved banisters and a large arched window on the half-landing. Tiled floor. Bronze light fitting.

    Drawing Room
    Approx. 6.75 x 5.00m / 22ft 2" x 16ft 5"
    Spacious and well-proportioned room with two large south facing windows, with a beautiful carved white Adams-style marble fireplace and mantle with contrasting black granite insert and hearth. Chandelier. Large wall mounted mirror. Picture rail and coving.

    Approx. 6.54 x 3.80m / 21ft 5" x 12ft 6"
    Very bright room with French doors to rear courtyard, south facing French doors to the front garden and two windows to the side garden. Pine flooring. Chandelier. Coving. Curtains and curtain rods. Attic access.

    Dining Room
    Approx. 5.00 x 4.60m / 16ft 5" x 15ft 1"
    Two cast iron corner fireplace with wood mantle and slate hearth. Two large south facing windows with curtains and shutters. Light fitting. Picture rail and coving. Carpet.

    Kitchen / Breakfast Room
    Approx. 6.34 x 4.20m / 20ft 9" x 13ft 9"
    Oak fitted kitchen with exposed beams and an original arched stone hearth fitted with Aga. Recessed lighting. Belfast sink under kitchen window. Granite counter tops. Tiled splashback. Terracotta tiled floor. Integrated dishwasher. French doors to sunroom.

    West Sunroom
    Approx. 3.45 x 3.00m / 11ft 4" x 9ft 10"
    French doors to private walled courtyard. Painted teak frame with double-glazing. Pine floorboards.

    Sun Lounge
    Approx. 4.96 x 3.82m / 16ft 3" x 12ft 6"
    Bright and spacious fully glazed room with French doors to rear courtyard. Painted teak frame with double-glazing. Pine floorboards. Wall lights and chandelier.

    Approx. 3.00 x 2.15m / 9ft 10" x 7ft 1"
    Exposed cut stone wall. Sunken bath. WC. WHB. Bidet. Vanity mirror.

    Control Room / Saddle Room
    Approx. 3.40 x 1.50m / 11ft 2" x 4ft 11"
    Terracotta tiled floor. Skylight. Shelving. Boiler.

    Utility Outbuilding
    Approx. 6.05 x 2.66m / 19ft 10" x 8ft 9"
    Two marble preparation tables. Large Belfast sink. Terracotta tiled floor. Window extending full length of building. Pitched slate roof. Two skylights.

    First Floor Landing
    Approx. 4.31 x 3.05m / 14ft 2" x 10ft 0"
    Large south facing window. Chandelier.

    Bedroom 1
    Approx. 6.75 x 5.00m / 22ft 2" x 16ft 5"
    Bright, spacious and beautifully proportioned room with two large south facing windows. Fireplace.

    Bedroom 2
    Approx. 5.00 x 4.60m / 16ft 5" x 15ft 1"
    Bright, spacious and beautifully proportioned room with two large south facing windows. Fireplace. Large wall-mounted mirror.

    Bedroom 3
    Approx. 6.34 x 4.20m / 20ft 9" x 13ft 9"
    Spacious room with large hearth. Attic access.

    First Floor Bathroom
    Approx. 2.15 x 1.72m / 7ft 1" x 5ft 8"
    Fully tiled porcelain floral bathroom suite with WC and WHB, towel rail and towel ring. Lit vanity mirror. Shower cubicle. Wall mounted phone.

    Second Floor Landing
    Approx. 6.35 x 2.00m / 20ft 10" x 6ft 7"
    Window to rear. Chandelier. Pine floorboards.

    Bedroom 4
    Approx. 6.75 x 5.00m / 22ft 2" x 16ft 5"
    The nursery with room for up to eight beds. Two south facing windows looking towards the river. Cast iron fireplace with over-mantle mirror and slate hearth. Two chandeliers. Picture rail. Attic access to a generous attic space.

    Bedroom 5
    Approx. 5.00 x 4.60m / 16ft 5" x 15ft 1"
    Two south facing windows. Cast iron fireplace with slate hearth. Light fitting. TV point.

    Bedroom 6
    Approx. 4.60 x 3.05m / 15ft 1" x 10ft 0"
    South facing window. Wardrobe. Picture rail.

    Second Floor Bathroom
    Approx. 2.10 x 1.75m / 6ft 11" x 5ft 9"
    WC. WHB. Shower cubicle. Extractor fan. Mirrored medicine cabinet. light fitting.

    Existing garage: approx. 6.24m x 3.64m / 20ft 6" x 12ft 0"
    Garage with window and double doors.


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Marshfield House is discreetly tucked away at the end of Mill Lane, a small cul-de-sac with stone artisan cottages, bungalows and an old mill house on the banks of the River Liffey, downstream from Castletown House (the first grand Palladian house in Ireland) and Leixlip Castle built in 1172 (one of the oldest continuously inhabited buildings in Ireland). It is conveniently located just five minutes’ walk from historic Leixlip village which straddles the Dublin/Kildare county boundary. Leixlip is a pretty village with a very active Tidy Towns Committee. The village proudly won medals in the Tidy Towns competition every year from 2013-2018, winning gold in both 2017 and 2018. It has it’s own heritage trail, a Norman Castle with a unique boat house on the river, a Medieval Church, a Penal Chapel, and a stop on Arthur’s Way - a 14km walkway linking points associated with Arthur Guinness, featuring the historic Salmon Leap Inn where Richard Guinness was landlord. Leixlip Manor is a popular wedding venue. The bridge over the Liffey has an old toll house and a very popular pub. The village itself is a commuter town, 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin city centre. It boasts an abundance of schools, boutique shops and restaurants, as well as a post office, library, fire station, police station and two train stations. Less than ten minutes’ drive away the recently expanded Liffey Valley Shopping Centre is one of the largest retail and leisure centres in Ireland with over 80 stores and a 3500 seater cinema. There is a wide range of sporting facilities in Leixlip with a local sports centre/gym, two GAA clubs, a soccer club, rugby club, tennis club, a highly regarded canoe club, horse riding and golf courses nearby at Lucan, Hermitage, Carton House and Liffey Valley Par 3 / Pitch and Putt. The Ryder Cup venue at the K Club is a 17 minute drive. Open spaces abound. The restored eighteenth-century designer parklands and river walks in Castletown House are open to the public every day. A back gate from Marshfield House opens onto Black Avenue which leads to the extensive 200-acre St. Catherine's Park which has a large number of playing pitches and miles of walking paths where you can wander through the woods by the river. It was recently upgraded with a new playground, fishing pond, BMX track and dog run. From here a pedestrian bridge leads over the Liffey to the wild beauty of Lucan Demense where you can leave your worries at the foot of a fairy tree. Transport: Leixlip is served by Dublin Bus routes 66, 66N(night) and 66X(express). Leixlip Louisa Bridge train station with commuter parking is 20 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes’ drive. You are just 2-minute drive from the N/M4 Galway Road (junction 5) and 8 minutes from the Dublin orbital motorway, the M50 (junction 7). Weston Airport (5 minutes’ drive) is a public licensed executive airport with full terminal facilities. Dublin International Airport is a 20-minute motorway drive. Dublin City Centre (O'Connell Street) is just a 30-minute drive. Read more >

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