The southern Dublin suburb of Foxrock is packed with beautiful estates, but finding an actual castle, complete with battlements and parapets, in the area is somewhat more rare. The castle on Claremont Road isn’t an actual medieval keep, but it’s the best: a castellated Tudor Gothic residence built in 1816, and now in excellent condition.
Real castles can be quite imposing, but this castle, which spans 418 square meters (4,500 square feet), is a warm and welcoming place, from its welcoming Georgian doorway with “guardian of the church” lighting to its hall and huge reception hall and its wide open space. Living room with large windows and decorative fireplace. This house is made for entertaining guests and hosting parties, so if you plan on climbing the drawbridge (there isn’t one anyway) and cutting yourself off from the world, this may not be the place for you.
With its bright interiors and sunlight streaming in through bay windows, bay windows, skylights, and stained glass windows, this is a castle where guests will feel right at home. And now there’s a chance a house hunter will call it home, as its English owners have decided to sell and, as they said, give another family a chance to make everlasting memories here.
The house is accessed through double electric cast iron gates, which leads you onto a long wide gravel driveway with a front yard that can fit several cars. The driveway also shows off the house’s lopsided façade and Irish battlements in the best light, especially at night. Mature trees and flower beds line the driveway, and the front garden has a water feature, as well as plenty of room to erect a large canopy to host a garden party. Start building your guest list now.
The remains of a 17th century church wall form part of the garden perimeter, adding another level of history to the property. Inside, it feels like time has mixed into a heady cocktail. There are ornate moldings and chandeliers to indicate its 19th-century pedigree, but also modernist and art deco touches that evoke the opulent style of the early 20th century, and wouldn’t be to everyone’s taste. You wouldn’t be surprised if the owner turned out to be a 1970s rock star who lived here for part of his fiscal year, or that the house was used by 1980s pop stars to shoot their videos for MTV. Either way, music lovers will appreciate the fully integrated stereo system that lets them play classic hits throughout the house.
A long dining room and family room open onto a private grassy area to the side of the house and lead into an open plan kitchen that opens onto a large wooden deck and BBQ area to the rear. There’s a red brick shed and cascading ball-shaped water feature, and a side gate leads to Claremont Road for when you want to take a stroll to the nearby town of Foxrock or picturesque Cabinteely Park.
Prospective buyers may be wary of buying a listed structure like this, fearing they won’t be able to make any improvements or changes, but the castle has full planning permission to alter and extend the property, and there are architects’ drawings for a beautiful addition to the castle. the kitchen in case the new owners decide to go ahead with the works.
Downstairs is a bedroom that can be used as a home office, with a guest toilet and back porch. Upstairs there are four very spacious bedrooms, three with fine en-suite bathrooms. The master bedroom bathroom has a freestanding bath, and there is also a large fully tiled family bathroom on this level.
The Castle, Claremont Road, Foxrock, which is 4,500 sqft, is exempt from BER and is for sale through Vincent Finnegan with an asking price of €3.5m.