c. 1720/1870 “Fortgranite” in Baltinglass, County Wicklow, Ireland

Listing Description

"An historic country estate for sale in the first time in its history, Fortgranite is home to the Dennis family, direct descendants of Jonathan Swift, the eminent 17th Century satirist and Dean of St Patrick`s Cathedral in Dublin. Set in about 341 acres of pasture, parkland and formal gardens to include a stunning arboretum, Fortgranite is entered through a romantic and impressive toy castle Regency gate lodge designed to replicate the family crest, and the boundary is largely walled. The avenue meanders through beautiful parkland up to the main house, which sits majestically with fine views over the estate.

Fortgranite House is an imposing and historic country house built in the 1720`s, remodelled in the 1870`s and upgraded in 1969. It is square in plan with a recessed bay to the front and a projecting and imposing Doric portico. The main house has exceptional proportions throughout and comprises approximately 11,802 sq. ft. / 1,096 sq. m of living accommodation. The entrance hall gives a wonderful sense of arrival and has an attractive open fireplace which has an ornate timber surround and mantlepiece. The drawing room and morning room which interlink are fine entertaining rooms and have fabulous views through a large bay window over the formal gardens, a lake and arboretum. The library is atmospheric and has a beautiful marble fireplace.

The first and second floors are reached by a magnificent sweeping staircase which is a wonderful feature of the inner hall in the centre of the house. On the first floor, there are six principal bedrooms and two bathrooms with fine views over the parkland and gardens, there are a further four bedrooms and two bathrooms to the rear of the house. On the second floor there is a school room and further bedroom. The lower ground floor which would originally have been the service floor for the house includes a series of rooms which have great potential for utility rooms, games rooms and offices.

Externally, at the rear of the main house, is an unusually large traditional range of outbuildings, currently used as various stores which have the potential subject to the necessary permissions for a variety of purposes. Beyond the first range of buildings is a further assortment of traditional buildings, stables and coach-houses, which are currently used by the farming enterprise. Further down the yard is a collection of modern buildings, which form the hub of the working dairy, which currently has facilities for a 200 cow unit. At the head of both the front and back drives, providing additional security, are two small gate lodges, both of which have one bedroom. There are two further properties known as The Steward`s House and Herd`s Cottage on the estate.

Surrounding the main house and radiating through the parkland are mature gardens which include a lake with island and a water feature, former lawn tennis court and an exceptional array of some of Ireland`s finest collection of Rhododendrons and living trees which have been collected over the years by generations of the Dennis family. These are recognised in the Tree Council`s Tree register of Ireland.

The Fortgranite Estate is found in the beautiful Wicklow countryside just over 5 km from the town of Baltinglass and near the border with County Carlow and County Kildare. Baltinglass is situated on the famous River Slaney and has a good range of local services. The town and the surrounding area boast many natural, archaeological and built heritage sites. Of particular note is the remains of Baltinglass Abbey, first built in 1170 on the site of an earlier church and now a National Monument. Despite being situated in a wonderfully rural location, Fortgranite is easily accessible to Dublin which is only c.70km away."

OHDO Notes

Location: Fortgranite Estate, Baltinglass, County Wicklow, Ireland. At the time of this post, guide price is €3,500,000 ($3,932,547 USD). For more information on this property contact Knight Frank .

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    BettyAnn Jetha

    My family is from County Wicklow but, when this house was built, I’m sure they were tenant farmers growing potatoes!

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    Reneau de Beauchamp

    Impressive yet welcoming livable spaces. There is an indescribable ‘comfort’ level here. Luckily there are estate properties to house all the staff required; especially gardeners.

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