City Sanctuary Steeped in History
The Carriage House, County Dublin
Just outside Dublin’s M50 ring road where the bustling city starts to give way to golf courses and vegetables, an old coach house has been charmingly transformed into a quiet and refined country home.
Within easy reach of all the main transport routes, this is an ideal base from which to explore the enchantment of Ireland’s capital from an historic domain.
Abiding elegance, exclusive charm
The Carriage House faces onto its own sunny enclosed granite and cobblestone courtyard, surrounded by a cluster of outbuildings dating from the early 1700’s.
The conversion from coach house to home has left arches where giant doors once hung filled with picture windows painted plum in contrast to the pumpkin flushed walls.
A glazed entrance lobby leads to a bright and intimate living room. The space is furnished with a delightful collection of antiques, books, paintings and ornaments that tempt scrutiny.
The spacious kitchen / dining area retains some stable detailing in iron grids, fittings and bruised door posts.
The dining room connects through a small parlour study into the garden courtyard, and the combination of informal spaces positively encourages entertaining.
An archetypical pair of oculus windows light up the exposed joists and ceiling that echo the deep tones of the walnut kitchen cupboards.
The property is reached via a long driveway that runs in from the Royal Canal.
The secluded courtyard with its shady pergola is perfect for summer Barbeques and entertaining.
Surrounding buildings originally served as the coaching stables for Luttrellstown Castle Estate, and adjoin the renown Beech park walled gardens, which were developed by David Shackleton in the mid 20th Century, and are due to re-open to the public in 2016.
The upstairs double bedrooms retain the original rustic stone walls and tiny windows. The master is ensuite, and the second is served by a family bathroom.
The house is equipped with everything you would expect in a luxury home, including CCTV.
There is also a Kayak available.
A gourmet cook is available on request to cater for dinner parties – we require 2 weeks’ notice though.
If you have a particular requirement, be sure to tell us..
Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Allergy Warning! Please note that this is a Dog Friendly Home. If you intend bringing a dog, please tell us about him/her when booking.
Out and About
Just 20 minutes from Ireland’s capital, with its mixture of historical highlights, remarkable restaurants and classic culture – there is something here for everyone.
We just can’t list them all, so here are a few of our favourites..
Here are links to some of our favourite activities-
Thanks so much! We will definitely work with Unique Irish Homes on our next trip to Ireland
The Carriage House at Clonsilla is a haven of peace and rest just outside of City Dublin. Turning onto the gravel lane just off the main road in Clonsilla, we drove past rows of little garden plots filled with vegetables until we came to the old stone and stucco complex with its old iron gates. There stood our host, Ethna, to greet us, a lovely Irish Lady smiling and clad in rain coat and umbrella.
We drove into the secluded courtyard surrounded by historic buildings once part of Luttrellstown Castle, including our Carriage House. Ethna had filled the house with fresh bouquets of unusual flowers. She was so kind to grocery shop for us, adding all the little extras like fresh herbs, Irish sausages, and wine.
The house is perfectly appointed, clean, fresh, comfortable and filled with beautiful antiques, artwork and family pictures. The living area of this historic residence is faced with large windows overlooking the garden, bringing enjoyment and quiet rest as we sipped our tea or shared a meal cooked in the fully stocked kitchen.
It was a pleasure to return each day after a day in the city or venturing out to one sight or another. It's a short walk down the lane to catch the train into the city, or easily hop on the road to Galway, Kerry, Wicklow or Waterford. I highly recommend The Carriage House for 2 or 4 adults who enjoy fine comfort and a place to call home for a week or so in Ireland.
Deborah Keller, Philadelphia PA, August 2016
About the Locality
The nearest shops are in Clonsilla Village only a half a kilometre away, with the expansive Blanchardstown Centre just past them.
Trains to Dublin Connolly Street run from the station at the end of the driveway about every 15 minutes in rush hour, and less frequently throughout the day.
The Book of Kells in the old library building of Trinity College is a must-see for all visitors to Dublin. Containing the four gospels of the New Testament illustrated in interlacing patterns of vibrant colours, the manuscript is believed to have been created by monks around 800 AD.
The Royal Canal passes by the end of the property, running for 145 km it links the River Liffey to the River Shannon employing 46 locks along the way.
For a family day out the Tayto Park half an hour from the house has Europe’s largest wooden roller coaster.
The Brazen Head is Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to 1198. They have live music every night but the most popular music event is on Sunday afternoons, when a band provides the music encouraging talented customers to demonstrate their vocal prowess.
The Phoenix Park is very close and well worth a visit. One of Europe’s largest city parks, it is home to a herd of some 500 Fallow Deer.
A number of significant buildings share the park including Farmleigh House and the home of the Irish President, Aras an Uachtarain, where Winston Churchill lived his early childhood.
photo Raymond McSherry
Dublin Zoo occupies 28 hectares of the park and is a major attraction for visitors and Dubliners alike.
St Stephens Green at the heart of the city is visited by more than 8 million people every year. It is an oasis at any time, but is especially pleasant during summer months when artists display their paintings around the railings.
On the way in to Dublin you may like to visit Kilmainham Gaol now a museum, where many Irish revolutionaries, including the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising were imprisoned and executed.
How to get there - Car is useful but not essential..
Clonsilla train station is at the end of our avenue, and takes about 20 minutes to Connolly Station in Dublin.
By Air: Flights to Dublin.
Dublin Airport - approx 20 minutes from house.
By Sea: Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing
Dublin City Port is approx 30 minutes from house
Fishguard to Rosslare Port is approx 2.5 hours from house
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