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Ard Aoibhinn, Knockmaroon Hill, Chapelizod, Dublin 20. D20 XD99

4 bedrooms House sale agreed by private treaty


4 bedrooms  2 bathrooms  2 receptions


  • Detached split level dormer bungalow with dormer rooms
  • Winding driveway access
  • Secluded location with unparalleled woodland views and views overlooking the river Liffey
  • Village setting just 5 miles from O'Connell Bridge
  • Village of historical importance and note
  • The first European Special Amenity Area Order (1987) restricting development on the Liffey Valley and Strawberry beds
  • Conservatory and Patio area
  • Lawned Garden
  • Gas Central Heating
  • Security Alarm
  • Four double bedrooms with two additional attic rooms
  • Three reception rooms & Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Detached domestic garage
  • Wood grain PVC doubled glazed windows and door throughout
  • Approx. total floor area: 250 sqm ( 2,690 sq.ft )

Full Description

True to the chosen name Ard Aoibhinn, meaning Mount Pleasant, this remarkable house extends to 250sqm (2,700 sq.ft) and comprises a charming split level family home occupying a wonderful elevated site extending to approximately half an acre of gardens and grounds. This property affords the residents absolute privacy and commands wonderful views looking south and west over the River Liffey and surrounding lands. Electronic gates at the recessed entrance, which is at the foot of Knockmaroon Hill, lead to a winding driveway that ascends amidst woodland to the house and gardens.
There is ample parking to the front of the house with a double detached garage neatly tucked in behind it. There is a beautiful patio area leading to the kitchen entrance and fronting on from the conservatory, steps lead to rear lawn that is a veritable sun trap due to the south facing orientation and elevated position beyond all neighbouring properties.
The house we know today as Ard Aoibhinn started life as a cottage on a site known locally as Brass Castle as this was the officer’s quarters of an army artillery regiment in the 19th Century, this is a far cry from the C2 BER rated house that stands before us now developed by an Irish builder returning from what was then Northern Rhodesia in the 1970’s and purchased by the current owners in 1981 where they have resided ever since. Both increased insulation, boosted by the timber panelling and the addition of solar panels make this an efficient, comfortable and cosy home. As a note of interest this site was referenced in the Gothic ghost story The House by the Church Yard, published in 1863 by Sheridan Le Fanu.
The main entrance to the front of the property leads to a reception hallway from which the distinctive accommodation radiates in three general directions.
A few stairs to the left bring you up to two interconnecting reception rooms. The first room is a spacious light filled living area with vaulted ceilings and Velux windows, exposed wooden beams, timber panelling with amazing views looking south. There is an open fireplace that back onto the wood burning stove in the adjoining reception room that serves as a cosy den currently also serving as a delightful home office.
If you turn right from the hallway an L-Shaped corridor brings you to four double bedrooms, the second largest of which has an en suite shower room and a sauna. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and interconnects with the large family bathroom. Stairs lead to two converted attic rooms and a guest WC. The largest of these rooms has dual aspect windows capitalising on the amazing views.
A few steps down from the hallway to the left bring you to the third reception room, the dining room that in turn leads to large contemporary conservatory and also the kitchen/breakfast room. The conservatory, overlooking the patio, has underfloor heating for the winter and electronically opened vents for the summer so this wonderful addition can be enjoyed all year round.
Enjoying a village setting, just 5 miles from O’Connell Bridge, properties like this are very rare. The Strawberry Beds remain an area of natural beauty untouched by the mass development of the Celtic boom where one can visit the Angler’s Rest, The Strawberry Hall and the Wrens Nest old world pubs and restaurants. This fine residence truly enjoys the best of both worlds, being situated in a rural-like setting yet within minute’s drive of a host of local shops, cafés and restaurants at nearby Castleknock and Chapelizod villages. There is a multitude of local primary schools to choose from, as well as an excellent choice of secondary schools including Castleknock College, Mount Sackville Secondary School, Castleknock Community College and King’s Hospital.


  • Front entrance hall (3.80m x 2.80m)
  • Bright spacious hallway with a solid parquet wood floor. High ceilings with timber panelling and additional recessed cloak room area. PVC hall door and double glazed windows.
  • Main reception room (6.00m x 4.80m)
  • Bright reception room with a high pitched ceiling with timber panelling , hard wood timber floors, a feature open fireplace with railway sleeper mantelpiece. Dual aspect windows and Velux window looking both in a south facing aspect and an east facing aspect. Built in bookcase and presses. This room commands amazing south facing views overlooking Chapleizod village in a south facing direction and incorporates river views of the Liffey and the surrounding woodlands.
  • Second reception room ( home office ) (3.15m x 7.65m)
  • Reception room with high pitched timber ceiling incorporating dual aspect views both south facing and west facing. Quality timber floor, extensive built in presses and book shelves with an integrated Barbas wood burning stove set into an open fireplace. This rooms commands amazing south facing views of the woodlands, Liffey valley and Chapelizod village. There is an intercom system also connecting to the kitchen area.
  • Lower ground floor/Garden level area
  • Reception room three / Dining room (4.90m x 4.80m)
  • Dining room with timber floor, built in shelves and presses and door leading to the kitchen/breakfast room.
  • Kitchen Breakfast Room (3.20m x 6.90m)
  • Open plan kitchen breakfast room with wall and floor mounted units, good storage, ample counter space, ceramic tiled floor and access to the conservatory back porch.
  • The back porch (1.75m x 4.45m)
  • Tiled porch way with PVC door, windows and glass roof. This provides sheltered accommodation, additional heat to the kitchen, storage area for fridges ancillary to the kitchen and admits ample light to the kitchen area. The dining room in turn leads to a wonderful conservatory taking full advantage of the south facing and west facing aspect.
  • Dining room (4.00m x 4.55m)
  • The dining room in turn leads to a wonderful conservatory taking full advantage of the south facing and west facing aspect.
  • Conservatory
  • Conservatory with PVC double glazing, accessing the external raised patio area, this has underfloor G.F.H. and provides a beautiful secluded location to the side of the house. Conservatory has electric Velux windows to provide ventilation during the summer months.
  • First floor area
  • First floor landing (5.55m x 1.80m)
  • access to bedrooms 3 & 4
  • Bedroom 4 (3.65m x 3.45m)
  • Double bedroom overlooking the driveway
  • Bedroom 3 (3.65m x 3.15m)
  • Double bedroom with built in wardrobe and east facing aspect
  • Back landing (4.95m x 1.75m)
  • accesses bedroom1 & 2
  • Bedroom 2 (4.45m x 3.10m)
  • Double bedroom with west facing aspect and en suite bathroom
  • En-suite (1.65m x 2.25m)
  • Fully tiled en suite bathroom with Velux window and incorporates separate sauna
  • Sauna (1.85m x 1.8m)
  • Bedroom 1 (Master) (3.40m x 1.80m)
  • Double bedroom with dual aspect windows, sliding patio door that accesses the side garden and includes walk in wardrobe
  • Walk-in-wardrobe (2.00m x 2.45m)
  • walk in wardrobe with opaque architectural block providing light and integrates with the family bathroom
  • Family Bathroom (1.90m x 3.55m)
  • Five piece fully tiled family bathroom with WC, WHB, Bide, corner bath and separate shower unit with electric shower and heated towel rail. Also opaque architectural bricks providing light.
  • Utility Room (1.85m x 3.15m)
  • Utility room with pedestrian access to the rear patio area and domestic detached garage
  • Stairway ( with landing ) (1.00m x 2.50m)
  • to attic level with landing
  • Attic room one (5.50m x 3.30m)
  • Attic room with dual aspect windows providing amazing views, built in wardrobes and access to attic storage space
  • Attic room two (3.15m x 3.30m)
  • Attic room with built in storage
  • Guest WC (1.30m x 1.00m)
  • WC and WHB fully tiled with mosaic tiling


Detached double garage with Henderson up and over doors, pitched tiled roof, concrete block construction, 5.30m (wide) x 5.65m (deep)

BER Details

BER No. 107996456
Energy Performance Indicator: 176.52

Contact Details

Address: 171 Howth Road, Dublin 3
Telephone: 01 8536016 or you can also email us at

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