A most impressive 18th Century Georgian mansion, of immense charm and character, nestled in the heart of rural Meath and surrounded by 120 acres of parkland, paddocks and mature woodland.
Mountainstown comprises a most impressive, but charming Georgian House surrounded by 120 acres of parkland, paddocks, mature woodland and newly planted hardwood. Nestled in the heart of unspoilt rural Meath, a county renowned for its rich heritage and excellent lands. The house is approached by two sweeping avenues both of which travel through the parkland before the first glimpse of the house and eventually arriving at the broad gravel forecourt. While the house does impress by its grandeur and scale, it exudes character and style, which has made it a fabulous family home.
In all, Mountainstown encompasses all the attributes one seeks when acquiring a fine country residence; from the sizable, well maintained house, extraordinary stable yard, gardens and auxiliary courtyards, walled garden and mature parkland. The residence stands three floors over basement with a good layout and an easy flow due to the two separate staircases.
It is approached by a double set of balustraded stone steps into the main hall which has a fine staircase with turned Doric bannisters and walls decorated with handsome plaster panels. This hall ceiling features the mould of Samuel Gibbon`s face, set within a graceful cartouche. To the left of the hall there are four interconnecting reception rooms, namely the library, small dining room (or breakfast room) drawing room and dining room. This enfilade of south -facing spaces blend and flow beautifully to make for superb entertaining. The library features gilded carvings of the Pollock family crest; the boar pierced by an arrow, atop the pelmets, which also support the original tassel fringes. This fascinating library also has its original leather wall covering, in a wonderful ox-blood colour. The drawing room and the dining room stand out as exceptionally graceful rooms due to their light-filled proportions and decorative features. The drawing room boasts a large 3 bay window which leads directly into the garden via a flight of wide stone steps. To the right of the hall are found the study, play room and the fantastic modern Scavolini kitchen which is bright and spacious, with 4 windows facing due West and East with cushioned window seats.
Upstairs there are generous bedroom suites all with fine views either overlooking the gardens or with panoramic vistas over the surrounding countryside. The whole basement houses useful rooms such as the party room (formerly the Servant`s Hall), gym, billiard room, a garden sitting room which leads onto the sunken garden, a music room and a kitchen. When the current Arthur Pollock took over the property himself and his wife Atalanta meticulously continued the restoration of the house and planted two gardens, whilst always being mindful to maintain the integrity of all the original features. Their main object has been to use all of the house and make it family orientated and up-dated to reflect a modern family`s needs. Over recent years the house has been re-wired, re-plumbed and re-roofed. Their efforts also extended to the garden where they have laid out a mix of formal and informal gardens and cleverly created a sunken patio garden which is to the rear of the house and accessed via the garden room and from the formal garden.
The interior is approached up a gracious flight of stone steps to the grand reception hall which is a beautiful space with ornate plaster cornicing. The entrance hall and the fine staircase are two of Mountainstown`s most impressive and distinguishing features. The wide staircase, with twisted balusters and carved brackets, leads up to a classic Georgian galleried landing. There are panoramic views over the rolling Meath countryside from every window .
Leading off the main hall is the Library, which has large East and South-facing windows, original mid 18 th C leather wall -covering and a grey carved marble fireplace with brass inserts and a carpeted floor. The small Dining room boasts a white marble fireplace with brass inserts,large South-facing window and a timber floor. The Drawing Room has carpeted floors, magnificent gilded decorative plasterwork on the ceiling,a marble fireplace and a spectacular 3 bay window with double French doors out to steps leading down to the formal garden. The Dining Room features an impressive corniced ceiling, two large South-facing Wyatt windows,a black Kilkenny marble fireplace,a recessed arch and magnificent mahogany carved doors. To the right of the main hall is the study with corniced ceiling, carpeted floor and a marble fireplace.
The back hall has hardwood timber floors and a back staircase to first floor level. Off this hall is the laundry room,linen room and butler`s pantry with built in shelving.
Off the main Hall is the play room, which has timber floors , a marble fireplace and a large West -facing window and the large, bright, modern kitchen.Truly ergonomic and stylish,it is fully fitted with Scavolini units, a central island and polished granite worktops. A vintage 4 door Aga, integrated Neff appliances, window seats in the four kitchen windows and a large skylight. Off the Kitchen is the Pantry with storage and shelving and a cloakroom.
First Floor Return
The first floor return has 3 spacious bedrooms off a large, elegant landing with two windows facing the rolling parkland to the front of the house. Bedroom 1 has a grey marble fireplace and two South -facing windows over-looking the formal garden. Bedroom 2 has a grey marble fireplace and two windows facing East and South.Bedroom 3 has a large West -facing window and has an en-suite bathroom that can also be accessed from the hall. The large family bathroom has an elevated roll-top bath of huge proportions,a marble fire place and large East -facing window.
First Floor wing
At first floor level there are 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, which are all en-suite.The Master bedroom is above the drawing room and has huge South-facing bay windows over-looking the formal garden and large fitted cupboards.The en-suite bathroom houses a Siena marble surrounded jacuzzi bath.
Attic 2nd floor
The 2nd floor houses three further bedrooms,a large sitting room , a panelled bathroom with roll-top bath and another separate wc. Each bedroom has grated fireplaces and the entire attic has carpeted floors.
At basement level there are a number of large and useful rooms. These include a full-size billiard room,which was the original kitchen with Georgian cooking range and bread oven, a vaulted Servant`s hall complete with original servant`s bells, a music room, a West -facing Sitting room which leads through a French window onto the Sunken garden,a fully fitted kitchen,cloakroom, 2 wine cellars, two store rooms, a mirrored gym, boot room and cloakroom.
Mountainstown has a wonderfully laid out formal garden with box hedging and gravel paths,centred by a sundial commissioned by John Pollock. To the rear of the house is a sunken patio garden with four raised beds and a rectangular pool.With the expanse of lawns dotted with mature trees,the whole effect is graceful and restrained,with low maintenance in mind.There is a vegetable bed and a glass-house.
A Georgian Gothic cottage sits at the end of the lawn and was lived in by the Head Gardener and his family for a number of generations.This charming two storey house has recently been re -roofed and re-windowed and would be ideal for a number of uses.
Formally the Pleasure gardens extended beyond the garden house and encompassed the area surrounding a huge walled garden. Today this section and the walled garden are overgrown but it is clear that there remain magnificent specimen trees and shrubs and the makings of a rewarding garden project.
The Estate Farm and Yards
The estates boasts three separate yards, namely the stunning stable yard, the 19th century farm buildings and the farm yard. The stable yard has a range of 25 stables,an almost unique ,cobbled Carriage wash for cleaning horses legs and the wheels of carriages after a journey, coach houses,forge, tack rooms, large open span stone built barn and further potential for additional accommodation.The water source for the entire property is Spring -fed, with strikingly pure water which was until quite recently, successfully bottled commercially .and there remain,in working order,a Georgian double hexagonal stone well,with three steps down from which to draw the water in days gone by. Beyond the stable yard is an old stone yard with a cobbled barn,also the original kennels which housed the Clongill,then the Meath Fox Hounds. Beyond this is the farm yard with slatted sheds and barns.
There is a traditional L-shaped stone farm yard which is a mix of two storey and single storey buildings all in need of restoration.
The lands are a mix of mature woodland,young woodland and pasture,some of which is used to house the family`s horses in paddocks, it is high quality old permanent pasture.
Private spring fed well; phone line; ESB; alarm system; security lights; broadband and a private sewage system
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