Classical Early-20Th Century City Detached Residence

73 Ailesbury Road, Dublin, Ireland
EUR|14000000EUR €14,000,000USD $14,750,754
Web code CVNR
Status Closed

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No 73 Ailesbury Road is truly an exceptional property and is undoubtedly the finest detached house to come to the market, on an acre of outstanding private and secluded gardens on Dublin’s Premier Residential Road. This outstanding 7 bedroom family residence extends to 443 sq. m (4,768 sq.ft) and comes with its own manicured 3 hole putting green.

The residence is a superb example of the classical architecture revival of its time, built circa. 1913. No 73 is an imposing grand house sitting proud with a backdrop of...

a wonderful and beautiful south facing manicured mature gardens, incorporating, lawns, shrubberies, flowerbeds wooded pathways, terraces, and glazed pavilion.

No 73 Ailesbury Road was designed by Rudolf Maximilian Butler, the prominent architect, architectural historian, academic and journalist, as his private home. Some of Butler’s well-known designs are Catholic ecclesiastical works, including the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mulranny, Co Mayo and the Sacred Heart Church in Castletownbere, Co Cork.

A member of the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland and founding member of the Architectural Association of Ireland, he also edited The Irish Builder and the Technical Journal, eventually becoming professor of architecture at University College Dublin from 1924-1942, when he would have lived at number 73.

A classical early-20th century city detached home of elegant proportions surrounded by extensive private and secluded manicured gardens, offering the discerning purchaser the opportunity to acquire a magnificent family home situated on the south side of the renowned tree lined Ailesbury Road in Dublin 4. The house and secluded rear gardens enjoy an enviable southerly aspect and privacy close to Dublin City Centre.

This truly exceptional property has two separate gated entrances from Ailesbury Road, comprising features such as box bay windows and French doors, decorative cornices embellished with decorative mouldings, Adam style fireplaces in entrance hall, formal dining room and formal drawing room. The property boasts beautifully proportioned south facing reception rooms opening out to the spectacular terrace and gardens, as well as a well-planned English style kitchen and breakfast room with access to the balustrade terrace. Take a lift to the first floor where you will find an exquisite principal bedroom with substantial dressing room and bathroom suite as well as six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

The manicured gardens which extend to 0.405 HA (1 ACRE) are laid out with wonderful secret areas interconnected by meandering pathways. Following the lavender pergola walk with its magnificent intertwining of iridescent Wisteria, Mature Vines and climbing Roses, one arrives at the meadow garden, filled with colour, spring bulbs, through to summer and then autumnal colour with wildflowers, a haven for honeybees. Continue along the path, to the wooded area with trickling brook and rock waterfall, bounded by plantings of Rhododendron, Spring bulbs, Dahlias, Acer Japanese Maple and Weeping Ash, spectacular in spring with underplanting of Bluebells, Snowdrops, and Daffodils.

A substantial Beech Hedge separates the wonderland wooded area from the manicured putting green, bordered with beautifully coloured herbaceous borders. The gardens benefit from having their own garden well supplying ground water to the sophisticated automatic water irrigation system, thus maintaining the sustainability of the garden even during times of drought.

For those with ambition to have a much larger residence, Lawrence and Long Architects have designed a wonderful concept for this extraordinary property.

Architect Joe Lawrence advised that “The house and the garden to this property are unique and quite special. To substantially increase the size of the house for future needs, it is important to retain this special character. With a considered design, we propose to extend the property to 14,000 square feet without taking away from its original character.  By careful design, this can be achieved, without damaging its existing special qualities.”

The overall design strategy is underpinned to respecting the existing character of the house and its wonderful garden. This was done by providing a design to simply extrude the existing volume of the main house eastwards and to construct a new basement separate to the existing footprint. A long, wintergarden structure at ground floor deepens the plan and connects directly to a large stone paved terrace at the rear. Natural light and fresh air are provided at basement level through the creation of three sunken, tree courts. The design concept extends an area of circa 10,000 sq.ft of superb accommodation for future needs, to include multi-functional cinema, wine cellar, 20m swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym.

Detailed concept drawings by Lawrence and Long Architects and CGI are available on request through the selling agents.


Ailesbury Road is located in the heart of prime Ballsbridge, a wide leafy tree lined avenue where many embassies and diplomatic residences historically are located including the striking residence of the French Ambassador. Ailesbury Road enjoys a leafy setting in Dublin 4’s embassy belt with the convenience of being within walking distance of Dublin’s Central Business District and St. Stephen’s Green.

The villages of Ballsbridge and Donnybrook are a short stroll away with their array of fashionable shops, boutiques and restaurants. A wide range of recreational facilities are nearby such as Herbert Park with its 32 acres of grounds with extensive range of amenities that include bowling greens, football pitches, tennis courts, and café. Also close by are the Aviva Stadium, the RDS Showgrounds and Fitzwilliam Lawn Tennis Club. There is an excellent choice of schools and third level colleges on hand to include Michael’s College, St.Conleths’s College, Loreto College St. Stephen’s Green, Muckross

College, Teresian Primary & Secondary School, UCD and Trinity College Dublin. Ballsbridge benefits from many of the city’s top restaurants and hotels including Roly’s Bistro, Inter-Continental Hotel and the Dylan Hotel. Sydney Parade DART station is only a short walk and Dublin International Airport within easy access via the Port Tunnel.


Finest house on an acre on Dublin Premier Residential Road

Two entrance gates to Ailesbury Road

U shaped gravelled driveway

Standalone carport with space for 3 large cars

Wonderful example of a classical revival architecture

Box bay windows and French doors

Exuding character with decorative cornice,

Embellished with decorative mouldings

Adam style fireplaces in Entrance hall, Formal

Drawing room and Formal Dining room

Beautifully proportioned reception rooms

South facing reception rooms open to spectacular

terrace and gardens

Lift to first floor level

Six bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms

Well planned kitchen with breakfast-room with access to the balustrade terrace

The stunning private grounds wrap around the house with extensive gardens in a secluded wooden sylvan setting

Manicured 3 hole Putting Green

Glazed Pavilion

Garden house

External lighting

Electric gates

Impressive entrance hall with open feature Adam style fireplace

Formal drawing room with interconnecting doors to

Formal dining room with Adam style feature fireplaces

Living room

Winter Sitting room

English style kitchen / breakfast room

Laundry room

Boot room



Guest cloakroom

Lift to first floor

Principle bedroom with substantial dressing room and bathroom suite

Six double bedrooms

Six bathrooms







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