£900,000-plus for historic family home on 1.3 acres

Hamilton Osborne King is quoting a guide price of £900,000-plus for Old Glebe House in Rathmichael, Co Dublin, a period five-…

Hamilton Osborne King is quoting a guide price of £900,000-plus for Old Glebe House in Rathmichael, Co Dublin, a period five-bedroom house on 1.3 acres.

One of the oldest houses in south Dublin, it was built by a vicar of Rathmichael, the Reverend Simon Swayne, in the mid-1600s. The original two-storey over basement house was extended in the 18th and 19th centuries and the current owners have made their own contribution in the form of a small conservatory overlooking the gardens.

The property includes an old cut-stone mews house and a hard tennis court.

The entrance to the Old Glebe House is off Cherrywood Road, a minute's drive from the Silver Tassie pub. A driveway runs up the side of the house to the coach-house, which is at the rear of the property. Beyond this is another house, the owners of which have a right of way through the driveway of the Old Glebe.


Inside, this is a charming rambling home that children will love because of all the different levels and the pretty attic bedrooms. The one problem for visitors, though, is in finding the front door - it's set in the gable end of the house and reached via a steep flight of steps leading up from the driveway.

Alternatively, you can continue up the drive and enter the house through the back door directly into the kitchen. The front door opens into a wide hallway with the main reception room on the right hand side, through a door that has its own elegant fanlight. This is the drawing-room and it has a series of tall sash windows that look down over the tennis court. There is a huge open fireplace at one end of this 30-ft-long room. At the other end, a door leads to a second living-room, which is also a dining-room. Beyond this room is the kitchen, which, for a house of this size, is rather small.

Steps lead down from the hall to a lower floor where there is a utility room, a shelved pantry and a door to a lower patio.

There are two bedrooms leading off the first landing, and these share a pretty bathroom. The main bedroom is on the first floor and it is an airy, elegant room that overlooks the tennis court. It has an en suite bathroom with an old cast-iron bath.

There is also a family room, or study, at this level and the timber conservatory, which has a mellow Spanish terracotta floor. There is a shower room on the next return and two more bedrooms and a playroom on the top floor.

The mews, which is attached to the neighbouring house, is currently used as a studio and sitting-room but could be further extended to incorporate an original stables.

The gardens behind the house are quite stunning with a long, meandering herbaceous border and a very large lawn that slopes away from the house. There are several terraced areas as well as an old orchard and fruit garden.

Orna Mulcahy

Orna Mulcahy

Orna Mulcahy, a former Irish Times journalist, was Home & Design, Magazine and property editor, among other roles