Sotheby's International Realty - Newcastle, L
Mount John House, Newcastle, County Wicklow, Ireland
A charming and important late-Georgian house enjoying a beautiful parkland setting within a private estate of some 30 acres, although with up to circa 60 acres available. 7 Bedroom Main House and 3 Bedroom Gate Lodge.
Whilst comprising a manageable acreage there is an estate-like quality with the entire comprising a marvellous rural idyll. The attractive and well-proportioned main house forms the centrepiece of the estate and is gloriously positioned overlooking mature parkland, complimented to the rear by a courtyard with an extensive range of stone out-buildings that include an old ‘Irish Cottage’, stabling and garaging. The principal entrance is adorned by a charming lodge and there is an old chalet lodge positioned off the rear drive, just beyond the courtyard and secondary stable block.
Mount John House is an elegant and well-portioned late-Georgian house built circa 1800 in the Neo-Classical style. Accommodation within the house extends to some 5,206 square feet or 484 square metres and includes 3 reception rooms and 7 bedrooms. The Gate Lodge extends to some 1,232 square feet or 114 square metres and includes 2 reception rooms and 3 bedrooms. The Chalet is in need of repair or replacement and the ‘Irish Cottage’ is now in use as a store.
A sheltered garden terrace links from the house to a large kitchen garden, which whilst a little unkempt retains many fruiting shrubs and trees and includes a hard tennis court. The courtyard comprises a coach house with attic floor studio or playroom and an adjoining store and stabling (2 large stables). An additional 3 stables are provided in a separate free standing timber stable block. A fine two-storey stone outbuilding includes a number of stores and a sauna and shower within the loft, accessible from the adjacent kitchen garden. A long building behind the coach house provides good garaging and an old ‘Irish Cottage’ completes the courtyard.
The lands comprise mature parkland and offer good grazing in a number of watered and sheltered fields. There are some magnificent specimen oaks, beech and chestnut trees throughout that give a pleasant estate feel to Mount John far beyond the acreage. The fine stone entrance splay with the attractive gate lodge providing a characteristic estate approach to the house. Behind the courtyard there is a disused chalet lodge, previously inhabited by estate staff.
The renowned author Elizabeth Hamilton chronicled her early years living at Mount John House in her, more or less autobiographical, book An Irish Childhood. The book provides an insight into her idyllic Edwardian upbringing at Mount John House, with vivid accounts of the house, gardens, stable-yard and parkland. Features retained from circa 1800 include the decorative plasterwork to ceilings, timber shuttering, window and door architraves and the original doors. There were major upgrading and restoration works in the 1950’s and features retained from these works include the terrazzo flooring in the stair hall and the ‘pink’ bathroom suite in the master bedroom suite. Recent restoration works have included re-roofing (circa 2008) and re-wiring and re-plumbing in circa 2016. Pleasantly positioned just inside the main entrance gates the gate lodge was completely renovated and extended in circa 2005.
Enjoying a tranquil position within verdant countryside Mount John House also benefits from superb access to Dublin city and its International airport. Newtownmountkennedy village 2.4 miles or 3.9 km, Newcastle village (beach) 3.1 miles or 5 km, N11 (trunk road) 0.5 miles or 0.8 km, Greystones town (train) 7.6 miles or 12.3 km, Dublin city centre 22 miles or 36 km, Dublin International airport 40 minutes approximate driving time 38.4 miles or 62 km
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PSRA Licence No. 003640
BER D1 (Building Energy Rating)