Charming 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. Looking back to the house you can see the impressive five bay façade of this Queen Anne period residence at the top of the sweeping lawn.
Entering through the arched doorway, the lofted hall features a fine staircase with original hand-carved handrail 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 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.
Mill Lane is a small cul-de-sac with a footpath, street lighting and stone artisan cottages, conveniently located at the end of Leixlip Main Street. Leixlip is a pretty village with it’s own heritage trail, a Norman Castle and a Medieval Church. It is 30 minutes’ drive from Dublin city centre, with train and bus connections. It boasts an abundance of schools, boutique shops and restaurants, as well as a post office, library, fire station and police station.
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 seat cinema. Weston Airport (5 minutes’ drive) is a public licensed executive airport. Dublin International Airport is a 20-minute motorway drive. There is a wide range of sporting facilities in Leixlip with golf courses nearby at Lucan, Hermitage and Carton House Golf Club. The Ryder Cup venue at the K Club is 17 minutes’ drive away.
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. 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.
Total site area: approx. 2.0ha / 5 acres
Private Sun Courtyard (12.8m x 12.5m)
Sunny enclosed courtyard with cut stone walls. Sun patio. Various shrubs and planters. Utility outbuilding. Wrought iron wicket gate to front garden.
Rear Courtyard (12m x 6m)
Cobble-locked courtyard surrounding the sun lounge. Outside tap. Wall lanterns. Gate to back garden.
Back Garden (46m x 26m)
Private back garden with south facing slope, ideal for catching the sun.
Side Garden (7m x 5m)
Enclosed side garden with railings and gates.
Landscaped Front Garden (75m x 50m)
Almost an acre of landscaped gardens approached through wrought iron automatic gates. Gravel driveway with parking for several 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. Outside tap. Summer house. Gates to paddock, suntrap courtyard and side garden.
Paddocks (112m x 70m)
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.
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.
From the N4 take the Leixlip exit. After crossing the bridge by the historic Salmon Leap Inn, take the first right onto Mill Lane. At the fire station bear right. The gates to Marshfield House are at the end of this cul-de-sac.