Cintra, Kinsaley, Malahide, Co. Dublin, K36X310€1,450,000

5 Bed Detached House 223 m² / 2400 ft² For Sale

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Cintra is a private detached period residence of some grandeur on mature grounds of over an acre constructed at some point in the early 19th century. Built C.1820 the property was thought to have been the main farmhouse to the Abbeyville estate. Now on private, mature and grounds of over an acre Cintra which is approximately 2,000 sqft and once housed the staff and servants to the main house. With ancillary buildings which included the Gate Lodge, a storehouse for drying hops and the kitchen to main house. The property is in relatively good condition and has been well preserved but would afford the would-be purchaser a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-imagine a classic detached period property with a modern twist. Situated 4km from Malahide and 12 km to the City Centre, this unique offering could be the ideal retreat from City living within striking distance of Dublin, The Airport and all the amenities that has made Malahide so popular.

Cintra and the Abbeyville Estate share a private entrance from the Malahide Road to the electronic gates from here a long sweeping driveway leads to the main house. Cintra still retains many of the original features of the era with high ceilings, ornate plaster detail, original fireplaces and blown glass windows. There are two large reception rooms on either side of a grand entrance hall, at hall level along with a utility, a kitchen / breakfast room, pantry and guest wc downstairs. Upstairs there are five bedrooms with a walk in wardrobe and ensuite off the main bedroom and a family bathroom and hot-press on the return. There are three ancillary buildings which would provide lots of flexible work / life options for the new owner to provide for adult children, office space to work from home and or a granny flat if needs be. The accommodation is very tastefully appointed and well preserved. This sprawling period house could now provide a blank canvas for the right buyer to create their dream home on a truly unique site. The mature grounds are surrounded by an old stone wall and include, a large west facing sun terrace off the main house, rolling lawns, a small orchard with mature apple, pear and fig trees. The former coach house is still largely intact and has been re-purposed as a workshop. There is abundant space for parking or perhaps a collection of classic cars and still room for a boat in the off season.

Situated close to Malahide just 2 miles (3.2km) away with the amenities available in North County Dublin are easily accessible from here. If you want to play Links Golf you have the Island in Donabate, 'The Old Course' or The Country Club in Portmarnock all among the best in the country. Sailing and water sport enthusiasts have Malahide Marina and the Estuary or Burrow Beach in Sutton for Kite Surfing. Malahide Castle provides for most other sporting activities, ambient walks and playgrounds for young children while the Villages of Malahide and Howth are renowned for their fine dining and busy nightlife. All within just a few kilometres of a home in a peaceful, rural setting.

'Cintra' is named after a Portuguese Village in the hills just north of Lisbon. A town once frequented by a former owner of the property, Sir Ralph Smith Cusack a one-time chairman of the Great Western Railway. Sir Ralph decided to name the property after his favourite holiday location due to the peace and serenity he found once upon a time at this fine home.

This property presents a once in a generation opportunity and is not to be missed.


  • Entrance Hall (4.95m x 2.00m )
    Storm porch leading to an impressive entrance hall with ceiling coving and ornate centre rose there are reception rooms on either side of the hall.

  • Living Room (7.40m x 3.80m )
    Dual aspect reception room with a box bay window facing west and an fireplace with a brickbuilt fire surround as a focal point.

  • Dining Room (6.00m x 4.02m )
    Sapcious reception room with a west facing aspect and full length timber framed window with original shutters still intact.

  • Utility Room (3.89m x 3.12m )
    Spacious utility room fully plumbed with access to the rear garden

  • Breakfast Room (4.02m x 3.12m )
    Off the kitchen to the rear of the house with built in seating

  • Kitchen (4.40m x 2.12m )
    Galley kitchen to the side of the main house off the breakfast room with a separate larder / pantry

  • Pantry (2.12m x 1.28m )

  • Guest WC (2.17m x 1.23m )

  • Family bathroom (2.90m x 2.07m )
    Fully tiled comprising wc, whb and bath

  • Bedroom 1 (6.06m x 4.02m )
    The main bedroom has the benefit of a large walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom

  • Bedroom 2 (3.89m x 2.86m )
    Generously proportioned double room to the front of the house with a westerly aspect.

  • Bedroom 3 (3.89m x 3.04m )
    Generously proportioned double room with views ove the grounds in abbeyville.

  • Bedroom 4 (3.89m x 3.12m )
    Double bedroom to the rear of the property

  • Bedroom 5 (4.02m x 3.06m )
    Double bedroom to the rear of the property over looking the garden

  • Ensuite Bathroom (2.12m x 1.81m )

  • Walk in Wardrobe (2.49m x 2.12m )

  • Landing (9.22m 2.00m)

  • Gate Lodge (55 sqm )
    With a separate Eircode K36C529 The gate lodge comprises two bedrooms a bathroom, kitchen/living dining room with a private terrace

  • Apartment (61sqm / 660 sqft)
    Originally the kitchen of the main house the apartment has been annexed to provide separate accommodation

  • Workshop & Stables (87sqm / 935 Sqft)
    Previously the coach house to the estate

  • Gate lodge apartment (61sqm / 660 sqft)
    Ideal as a home office.


Barry Connolly