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Grattan House, Enniskerry, County Wicklow

A gracious and elegant mansion spectacularly positioned on the banks of the river Dargle. In all approximately 3 acres / 1.2 hectares with attractive mansion house, guest annexe and staff cottage all set within marvellous manicured pleasure grounds enjoying a marvellous and sheltered position in a much sought after location just 1 mile / 1.6 km's from the attractive and fashionable village of Enniskerry and only some 13.5 miles / 22 km's from Dublin city centre with easy access being afforded to the airport from the M11/M50 trunk roads.<br><br>Mansion (c. 6,243 sq ft / 580 sq m), Guest Annexe and Staff Cottage. Grattan House enjoys a marvellous and sheltered position in the wooded Dargle river valley positioned on a bend in the river. <br><br>Originally built as a coaching inn in the mid-eighteenth century by Lord Powerscourt, the estate demesne of Powerscourt being immediately across the road from Grattan, Grattan House later became the seat of the great orator, statesman and Irish patriot Henry Grattan. Lovingly restored by the current owners on the original footprint and much along the lines of the original, in terms of styling, they availed of the opportunity to incorporate the insulation quality and conveniences of modern building standards. <br><br>Set amidst some 3 acres of marvellous pleasure grounds and in a superb valley setting, the gardens are bounded on one side by the river Dargle and protected from the public road on the other by a high stone wall making them most private and peaceful. There are a number of specimen trees, exotic borders and flowering shrubs include Rhododendrons that provide a profusion of colour when in season. Single bank fishing is afforded on the river Dargle, the stretch including the named holding pools ‘iron bridge', ‘paddock run', ‘weir' and ‘front lawn'. Manicured lawns in front of the house could be suitable for tennis or croquet and are large enough to allow a portion be utilised as a small pony or horse paddock. A river walk continues beneath the road bridge and onward into Powerscourt, where there is a right of way to access a spring. Indeed, membership of the ‘Friends of Powerscourt' group allows ready access to the estate for pleasure walks. A stable yard comprises a staff cottage and a block of old stables, now used as a tool room, hobby space and garden stores. <br><br>This is an area with much to offer both in terms of beauty and amenity, with a glorious mountain backdrop framing the western vista and eastern valley views terminating at the Irish sea. For golfers the Powerscourt championship course is less than a mile away and other fine challenging courses nearby include the Woodbrook, Delgany and Glen of the Downs course, while the world class Druids Glen and The K Club are within a 30 minute drive. Equestrian enthusiasts are well catered for with Leopardstown racecourse just a 15 minute drive away and The Curragh, Punchestown, Naas and Fairyhouse racecourses all within easy reach. Riding clubs, equestrian centres, mountain trails and both harrier and drag hunting packs are all available nearby. The Djouce Loop walking trail is nearby at Ballinteskin and is an access point to the Wicklow Way, which takes in views of the Deer Park Glen, the Sugar Loaf mountain and as far as Howth Head. Harbours from which to sail and fish include Bray, Greystones and Wicklow and there are many sandy beaches along the east coast. Obviously the river Dargle bounding Grattan's pleasure grounds provides immediate fishing, with a few salmon and an excellent opportunity for sea trout fishing and particularly good sport for night time fly fishing. <br><br>BER Exempt<br><br>For more information call David Ashmore +353 (0)1 237 6300 or Gordon Lennox +353 (0) 1 2866630<br><br>

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