Galtrim Estate, Dunsany

Co. Meath
€2,250,000   Guide price (€2,250,000 )


An elegant regency-style Georgian house and estate in prime Co. Meath location


Dunsany (Killeen Castle) 7km
Dunshaughlin 13.5km
Trim 9km
Tattersalls/ Fairyhouse 22km
Navan (racecourse) 22km
The Curragh (racecourse) 55km
M50/N3 junction 30km
Dublin city 40km
Dublin Airport 42km
Kilmessan 8km

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Further Information

Galtrim House sits on a delightful compact estate of approx. 109 acres/ 44 hectares of wonderful parklands and with lovely views over the rolling countryside. The house sits well back from the road within its mature grounds and is approached via two a stud railed avenues. The attractive gate lodge, which was built as a smaller version and mirror image of the main house, sits at one entrance and the stable yard is located half way up the back avenue. They join at the generous gravelled forecourt in front of the house.

Galtrim is a fine two storey over basement house which oozes charm and character and offers gracious accommodation in what is still a compact house. Among its many features are the large drawing and dining rooms which are extremely well proportioned with high decorative ceilings and both look out over the well maintained gardens and parkland. Fine chimney pieces and ornate plasterwork also compliment these rooms which open off the large reception hall making them all extremely useful for entertaining.
The upstairs is approached up a fine cantilevered staircase lit by a Georgian light, to a large landing off which the bedrooms are arranged. The accommodation is also well thought out with 3 bedroom/ bathroom suites and a further 2 double bedrooms, all with views over the gardens and extensive parkland.

Main House accommodation
The entrance hall is approached up stone steps with wrought iron railings, through double front doors flanked by Doric columns. Hall with timber floor, corniced ceiling and centre rose, timber fireplace, two recessed sash windows, doors to cupboard, to drawing room, dining room and staircase hall.
Drawing Room with timber floor, decorative ceiling and cornice, white marble fireplace, bow window with 3 recessed sash windows, built in shelving in the bow and concealed door
Study/office with recessed shelving and storage cupboard, recessed Wyatt sashed window, door to storage room which also leads into the staircase/hall.
Dining room with timber floor, decorative corniced ceiling, wall feature, recessed arch with decorative plaster feature above the recessed shelving and Wyatt window, black marble fireplace.
Kitchen laid out in two parts, the first is the dining area with built in cupboards and sink unit, door to staircase to basement. Archway leads into second part of kitchen with built in floor and eye level units, double sink unit and door to storage room.
Staircase hall with cantilevered staircase to first floor, return and large sash window with arched feature with decorative plasterwork over, which has a star in a circle and a corniced ceiling with rose
Study/living room with fireplace, corniced ceiling and recessed sash window.
The Wing
Guest cloakroom with WC and wash basin, flower room with tiled floor and door to garden.

First Floor
All windows have shutters.
Large central landing with all bedrooms and bathrooms off.
Bedroom 1(front) with timber floor, recessed sash window at the front, wash hand basin and corniced ceiling.
Bathroom with carpeted floor, WC, wash basin, bath, built in cupboard and door to bedroom 2.
Bedroom 2(front) with carpeted floor, recessed sash window to the front and corniced ceiling.
Bedroom 3 (front) with carpeted floor, built in wardrobes, fireplace, recessed sash window.
Bedroom 4 (back) Guest suite with carpeted floor, cornice ceiling, recessed window and built in wardrobe, ensuite with carpeted floor, bath, WC, wash basin, bidet, heating towel rail and circular feature window.
Bedroom 5 (back) Master suite with carpeted floor, window with 3 sash windows, cornice ceiling, built in wardrobes, Ensuite with bath, wc, wash basin, sash window, bidet. Door to landing and shelved cupboard.

Basement – central hallway with stone flagged floor.
Room 1 – (under wing) used to be old wine cellar. Stone flagged floor with window to front. Door to outside. Bathroom (under staircase) bath, WC, wash basin. Room 2 – (beside hall wing) carpeted floor, window to front. Room 3 - (under study) carpeted floor, window to front. Utility (under main hall) with tiled floor, sink, plumbed for washer and dryer. Room off with oil fired boiler. Party room (under drawing room) stone tiled floor, two windows to outside. Old kitchen (under dining room) with stone tiled floor, window to the front. Storage room under kitchen with window to front, storage cupboards and door to outside. Staircase to kitchen.
Old kitchen yard, 3 storage rooms with oil tank and fuel store, arch to enclosed yard with car port and small glass house.

There are two semi-detached staff bungalows near the stable yard.

Bungalow 1 has three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, sitting room with fireplace and
Bungalow 2 is exactly the same.
NOTE: Both these bungalows are currently vacant and need of complete refurbishment.

Stable Yard
A very fine stable yard is located half way up the back avenue and a short distance from the main house. It is nicely set amidst the wonderful mature grounds and offers accommodation for about 19/20 horses. It comprises a two storey coach house with stables to both sides as well as a third section to the rear. There is also a fine hay barn and lean-to.
On the right hand side a sliding door leads to 6 stables. In the centre are 3 further stables including foaling box with 2 access points. Feed room, work shop and coach house all lofted.
On the left hand side, 3 further stables, archway through to tack room and two store rooms. Back yard with 2 stables with large foaling boxes. There is also a further row of 5 stables. Hay barn with 5 spans and lean-to off.

The lands are approx. 110 acres/45 hectares. The lands are arranged in parkland fashion and are all in permanent pasture and have been so for many years. They are laid out in suitable sized fields and are suitable for grazing livestock including horses, cattle and sheep. The boundaries are well defined and many have fine stands of mature timber amidst rolling hills and offer great shelter. There is also good road frontage giving easy access to all parts of the farm lands. A portion of the lands, approximately 30 acres/12 hectare are located across the road opposite the Church and are also in grass and enjoy considerable road frontage.

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Area Guide

Galtrim is located in the heart of ‘Royal Meath', close to Dunsany and Kilmessan and minutes from the bustling historic town of Trim and not far from Navan. This area is known as lush green countryside and surrounded by rich farmland; it is close to attractions such as Killeen Castle and the Hill of Tara which is the ancient home of the High Kings of Ireland and the world-famous megalithic burial tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.
As well as offering all the joys of true country living, Galtrim is just 40 minutes from Dublin City Centre and about 35 minutes to the Airport. A train service is available from Dunboyne serving Dublin City hourly from early morning to late night with the park and ride service only a short 15 minute drive from property.

County Meath has a proud sporting history and can offer a huge array of quality sporting and recreational activities for even the most active of lifestyles. The golf enthusiast is well catered for in the surrounding area with quality golf courses within a few minutes' drive. The nearby golf courses are Royal Tara Golf Club, the famous Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at Killeen Castle, Black Bush Golf Club near Fairyhouse and Carton House is only 25km away and was home to the 2013 Irish Open. Race-goers are well catered for with Navan Racecourse and Fairyhouse Race Course nearby. Both of these courses are very well renowned and host a multitude of events throughout the year. Hunting locally is with the Meath's and Tara's with several more hunt clubs nearby.
There are a number of primary schools and play schools in the locality, with secondary education available in Navan, Trim and Dunshaughlin. Private schooling is available in nearby Castleknock College and Mount Sackville with both schools being serviced by buses from Dunshaughlin and Trim.
Other amenities include some traditional pubs, convenience stores, weekly market, endless activities and excursions nearby throughout the year.

History of Galtrim House, Dunsany, Co Meath
Galtrim House was the home of Eileen, Countess of Mount Charles from 1969 and was originally built as the family home of the rector for St. Mary's Church which is located 200m west of the house. The house was built about 1802 by the Rev. Vesey Dawson, who was described in a letter by the architect of the house, Frances Johnston, as nephew of the late Lord Cremorne. Dawson was married to a Miss Balfour in 1803. Her father Mr. Blaney Townley employed Johnston to design and build their home Townley Hall near Drogheda. It was this connection that persuaded Johnston, who was the architect of The Dublin Post Office, Armagh Cathedral, both St. Peter's Catholic Church and the spire of St Peter's Church of Ireland Church in Drogheda, Killeen Castle, to build Galtrim House. He was also one of the architects involved in Slane Castle, the seat of the Conyngham Family. Lady Eileen is the mother of the present Marquess Conyngham. Maurice Craig, author of “Classic Irish Houses”, believed that Johnson was influenced by Ivory who designed nearby Kilcarty Demesne, and Gandon in Emsworth Co. Dublin, (who was also involved in Slane Castle). Johnston combined the influences of Ivory and Gandon to great effect, creating a beautiful house which is of such practical design has remained virtually unaltered. Galtrim was previously owned by the Eustace family who purchased the property from the Fox family about 1936. The Fox family bought the property from Dawson in 1813. The Fox family carried the ancient Irish title of “The Fox”. To the south of the church is a mound which is man-made and was a 12th century motte and bailey castle. The church was rebuilt in 1800 by Bishop O'Byrne replacing previous church buildings dating back to medieval times.

From Dublin, proceed to M50/N3 junction and take N3/M3 north. Exit at junction 5 for Ratoath/Trim/Fairyhouse onto R147. Follow roundabouts over and back across Motorway towards Trim (R154). Continue on R154 through village of Batterstown towards Trim. Continue straight at next roundabout and pass Kiltale GAA and Grange Agricultural Institute on left and take next turn left just after the Kiltale sign, along the low wall before the petrol station. Continue past Church for about 3km and see gate lodge at entrance to Galtrim on left.

From Trim take the Dublin road R154 to village of Kiltale. Continue past the petrol station in village and take the next right turn. Continue past Church as above for about 3km and Galtrim is on the left.


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Harriet Grant

Savills Dublin - Country

20 Dawson Street

Dublin 2

Dublin 2

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