Clonmannon is built upon and forms part of an original Norman Keep in an elevated position overlooking its beautifully landscaped grounds with mature specimen trees, rolling lawns and ornamental lakes of approx. 10 acres. Extending to approximately 430 sq. m / 4,630 sq. ft. over four floors the historical appeal and overall period charm of Clonmannon cannot be overstated.
The original front door opens into an impressive entrance hall with timber columns to the right of which is the drawing room with attractive marble fireplace opening through to a study. To the left of the entrance hall is the full depth party room, with large open hearth – ideal for entertaining.
A flight of steps leads to the kitchen with exposed beamed ceilings and raised fireplace with solid fuel burner. There is a back door onto the sunny rear courtyard from here. Further ground floor accommodation includes a utility room, office and a flight of steps down to the dramatic dungeon style dining room with open fireplace. On the first floor return is a bright and sunny living room with a wood burner and lovely far reaching views across the grounds.
To the right is an attractive double bedroom and bathroom also with lovely views. There is a traditional nursery to the front of the house with two small single bedrooms adjacent, and another bathroom. Ascending another flight of stairs there are two large double bedrooms in the eaves space with wonderful timber beams, both with en-suite bathrooms and an abundance of storage space. There are period features throughout this incredibly interesting home to include timber sash windows, working shutters, original polished brick floors etc.
The grounds of Clonmannon are particularly special with a sunken yard laid out with multiple loose boxes to the rear with historical stone walls dating back to the time of Cromwell. Now covered in concrete, underneath are said to be the original cobbles. In addition there is a gallery / studio which provides for an ideal events space to the back of the yard while there are also 4 WCs, including one disabled bathroom for larger parties. An old Cromwellian loo can be found at the end of the “studio” while there is also an old lime kiln, and stone bridge, both wonderful focal point of the grounds.
Electric security gates provide access to Clonmannon with the gravelled avenue meandering through rolling lawns, flower borders and a number of lakes with a multitude of seating areas spanning the grounds which have clearly been developed over the years with passion. A particularly attractive feature is the Japanese style bridge in likeness to that of Monet’s at Giverny while there is a purpose built barbeque area overlooking the water providing for further entertaining opportunities. There is an irrigation and pump system installed to water the grounds during the dry months taking water from the ponds. There are 25 acres of forestry adjoining Clonmannon which can be purchased by separate negotiation, perhaps for grazing horses as the property once operated as a stud farm.
Clonmannon is situated less than 600m from Clonmannon Bay Beach for which it has direct access, 7km from the village of Ashford and approximately 10km from Wicklow town. There are useful local amenities in Wicklow town while Ashford is a charming village through which the Vartry River flows on the way from Roundwood to Wicklow’s Broadlough, and where the Mount Usher Gardens and visitor centre are a sought-after amenity. The village has a choice of neighbourhood shops, two schools and good leisure facilities including the Devils Glen Equestrian Centre in the grounds of nearby Glanmore Castle. For film maker enthusiasts, the hugely successful Ashford Studios is just 4.5km away.
The Roundwood Lakes, Glendalough and Brittas Bay are all within easy driving distance; with world-class golf available at Druids Glen and hunting with the Bray Harriers. DART services at Bray and Greystones allow easy rail access to Dublin City Centre (approx. 40 minute drive) while the motorist is facilitated by the N11 nearby. Dublin Airport is approximately 68km / 1hr drive (traffic dependent).
- Period features throughout
- Timber sash windows with working shutters
- Sunken yard with multiple loose boxes
- Gallery / studio space with guest WC facilities
- Approx. 10 acres of manicured grounds
- Direct access to beach
- Gas fired central heating & well