Castletown Gate House

Other - Entire home/apt · Castletown Celebridge, Kildare, Co. Kildare, Ireland

This beautiful house provides a cosy get-away-from-it-all retreat for 3. No need to drive for a meal out; leave your car at the house, turn right and walk down to the village. Or turn left into a different world of quiet strolls through parkland.

The Space

The Gate House at Castletown is one of three adjoining gatelodge buildings - known separately as The Round House, The Pottery and The Gate House - and is situated at the the bottom of a tree lined avenue leading to Castletown House, the most significant palladian country house in Ireland.

1 double bedroom
1 single bedroom
1 bathroom
Open fire
Gas central heating
Washing machine
Iron and ironing board
Travel cot, on request
Garden furniture
History of the Gate lodges
Three Gate Lodges grace the entrance to the magnificent Palladian Castletown House, one of the most important eighteenth century estates in Ireland. The Lodges are known locally as The Round House, The Pottery and The Gate House. These vernacular buildings form an important part of the Celbridge streetscape and are in fact a very important landmark for both locals and visitors to the area.

The Gate Lodges form a significant and integral part of the Castletown Estate. Unfortunately very little historical information remains for the Gate Lodges. However the importance of Castletown House reflects upon the importance of the Lodges.

The Round House, the lodge on the corner of the Maynooth Road with the bowed entrance was probably the first house to be built on the site.

Originally the Lodge was a single square bay with a small square projecting entrance. Part of the Lodge has a steep roof, heavy roof beams with thick walls and corner fireplaces inside which all suggest an early eighteenth century construction date. The Lodge may even be earlier than Castletown House although there is no building shown on the Noble and Keenan map of 1752. It is likely that both the later two storey additions, one facing the Main Street and the other facing the Maynooth Road were built before the Gate House for which we have a definite construction date of 1783. The small square entrance was also replaced with a bowed projecting entrance bay to the front which adds to the unique character of this building.

Family papers note that the gate piers were completed in 1783 and suggest that the lodge nearest the gate, now called The Gate House, was also complete at this time and occupied by an elderly couple.
Transcripts of the letters from Lady Louisa Conolly to Lady Sarah Lennox reveal the following:-

1783, October 1st, Castletown:

'The piers to Celbridge Gate are finished, and what is extradordinary to say of Paddy workmen in general is, that the Stone Cutters work and iron work are so well finished for the sort of material that they are done in, that it is quite pleasant. The rubbish of the Lodge, (which by the way is a very comfortable one for the old couple that inhabit it) is all cleared away and I am now actually employed in planting and making it pretty all about…'

Not only a Landmark but a home - Memories of the Mercier Family
In the 1950's the Mercier family lived in the Lodges. The Trust was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet David Mercier and his sister Gwen who lived in the lodges with their two sisters, Gladys and Valerie and their parents.
They explained that originally the family lived in the first lodge in the early 1950's but then later in the 50's they moved to the second lodge where they had the luxury of an indoor bathroom. In the first lodge they only had an outdoor toilet in the shed at the back of the house.
In the 1950's there were only four cars in Celbridge. As there was so little trafffic, the Merciers and the other children used to pour water on the main street, let it freeze and use it as an ice-skating rink.
In the late 1950's, the Mercier's moved again, this time to the third gatelodge. The lodges were furnished very simply with lino on the floor which was polished every Saturday using Johnston's wax polish. All the woodwork was painted either brown or cream.
To the right of the lodges there was a wrought iron gate which led to a garden their mother was really proud of. Here she grew vegetables for the family.

The town of Celbridge has a deep historical background. Celbridge Abbey was built by Bartholomew Van Homrigh, Lord Mayer of Dublin, in 1697. It was his daughter, Esther Van Homrigh, who was immortalised as "Vanessa" by Jonathan Swift, who came regularly from his deanery to visit her. The Rock Bridge, situated in the grounds of Celbridge Abbey, is reputed to be the oldest remaining stone bridge that crosses the River Liffey. Celbridge is also the birthplace of Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness Brewery family business.

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Interaction with Guests

The lovely house manager Teresa Geaney , who looks after the Gate House and Batty Langley lodge, will arrange a time to meet you, show you what's what before leaving you to enjoy this very sweet property.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1245 /week
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
  • Wonderful stay in this flat !!!
    It's a classical georgian flat with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, perfect for 7 girls !
    It is really well positionated : in Temple Bar, which means that you can do every thing by walking: night life, visiting college, cathedral etc...
    Shirley was very nice and helpful with arrival and departure's time.
    Perfect for a week-end or a week to discover Dublin !
    I would totally recommend this place !

    April 2014
  • Great house, nice, comfortable and warm. We were 5 friends coming from Paris and it was perfect. Only need to walk like ten minutes to go anywhere. We recommend it!

    March 2014
  • What a lovely, lovely place to stay in Dublin. So beautiful, full of character and charm, has everything you need and it's in a great central location. We'll be back!

    March 2014
  • This accommodation is absolutely fantastic! My friends and I stayed here for St. Patrick's Festival and it couldn't have been better. First of all, the location can't be beat as it is just around the corner from the Temple Bar where all the partying happens. Of course, noise is to be expected in such an area but we were fine with it. Didn't have to pay taxis/transportation all weekend (aside from the airport) because we were in the center of everything! Secondly, the place itself is incredible. Three floors of space, which was more than enough room for 8 of us! Loved the fireplace, and even got to use the bathtub! I can confidently say on behalf of my whole group that we had zero complaints about this accommodation and we would do it again in a heartbeat. Thank you so much, Irish Landmark!

    March 2014
  • The house was really nice and wonderful. It is an old property but it is renovated, well decorated and furnished.
    We were 6 people and the only negative point is that, despite of there were 2 bathrooms, just one shower was able to use.
    We have spend very nice days during St. Patrick´s festival and the property was very good located to go to the center by walk.

    March 2014
  • We were six guys having a great stay at this large, beautiful townhouse. Shirley, the House Manager, was really helpfull. The only downside with the townhouse was that the water in the shower never got properly warm and the bedroms to were a bit cold. Luckily the fireplace in the livingroom weighted up for this. I'll definatly choose this townhouse the next time I'm going to Dublin.

    February 2014
  • This place is awesome. Its located in the center of the city. The rooms are bright and clean, the house is super well furbished and very cosy for cold grey irish nights. It can be a bit noisy through the night since many bars and clubs are no the same street. I would dev. come back again!

    January 2014
  • Drum Gatelodge is a lovely place, beautiful, comfy and cosy, not sure what more we could have asked for, apart from to stay for longer.

    January 2014
  • Such a charming and lovely place! The Merrion Mews sits above a historic mews (that actually still functions!) and offers such an authentic experience as a visitor in Dublin. The 3 quaint bedrooms, each filled with character, large kitchen with everything you need, and giant a bathtub to unwind were just what we were looking for. Jean was a wonderful host, from communication to punctuality, her hospitality was flawless. Location is prime, just a 5 minute walk to St. Stephen's Green and the shops around the area. Definitely stay here if you have the chance!

    January 2014
  • We spent new year at the Drum Gate Lodge in Bushmills. It was the perfect experience - beautiful comfortable and cosy!

    January 2014
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Irish Landmark is a non-profit organisation that finds interesting and unusual properties that are in need of conservation, and we give them new life. Since 1992, we’ve been turning historic buildings into truly special self-catering holiday accommodation. Our properties range from lighthouses and schoolhouses, to castles and gate lodges. As an educational charity, our primary aim is to conserve and sustain iconic buildings. That’s why Irish Landmark properties are living buildings, not museum settings. Irish Landmark always respects the history and architectural integrity of the structures we conserve, but we also ensure they have all the contemporary comforts you want in a holiday home.
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