About the Property
The Roundhouse, Co. Kildare
The Round House is one of three Gate Lodges that grace the entrance to the magnificent Palladian Castletown House, one of the most important eighteenth-century estates in Ireland. The Round House is perfect for families or groups of friends who want to experience a self-catering break in a charming and comfortable heritage property.
It has big high beds, flagstone floors, and bright welcoming rooms. This charming cottage is only twenty kilometers from Dublin City Centre which makes it a great base for those who want to explore Dublin City with ease.
Guests can enjoy taking a stroll through the Castletown Parklands, a place that is alive with an array of wildlife. With an open fire to gather around in the evening, this attractive cottage is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of life for a short stay.
We think you’ll love
- Having morning coffee at Castletown Tea Rooms, the restored eighteenth-century kitchen wing, before taking off on a guided tour of Castletown House.
- Take a stroll on lime tree avenue which connects the Castletown Estate to the village of Celbridge, and marvel at the trees, some of which were planted in the 1740s.
- 2 Double Bedrooms (one of which is accessed through the Twin Room)
- 1 Twin Bedroom
- Gas Fired Central Heating
- Open Fire in Sitting Room
- Electric Oven
- Washing Machine / Dryer
- Fridge with small icebox
- Towels and Linens Provided
- Travel cot/crib for infants (under 2 years), on request
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Ironing Board
- 1 Bathroom
- 1 Separate Shower Room
- Sitting Room
- Parking for 1 car
Things you should know
Castletown Round House is located on a busy corner of Celbridge Town at an entrance gate to Castletown House and Parklands. There can be noise at night so light sleepers might need to bring their earplugs!
There may be maintenance work carried out by the OPW around the property from time to time. ILT only has responsibility for the property and immediate gardens surrounding the property.
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.
HEALTH AND SAFETY:
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier times – and sometimes without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular character but that deserve due care and attention, particularly by the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age, uneven surfaces, low ceilings and beams, unexpected drops or changes in level, and by modern standards low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the fabric of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay. We ask you to appreciate and use the building with this understanding. If you have any queries about the property you are interested in and would like more clarification please contact Irish Landmark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrival and Departure Time?
Unless otherwise agreed with the House Manager the earliest time at which you can check in is 4.00p.m. Guests may NOT take over the property any time later then 9.00pm. Guests are requested to vacate the property by 10.00am at the latest on the day of departure.
Is there a TV?
No, but there is a radio, board games, cards and plenty of books.
Is there WiFi?
No, at our properties you have an opportunity to experience the best of a former way of life: beautiful architecture, fascinating history and a peaceful relaxed ambiance, without modern electronic distractions, where you decide the pace of your holiday.
Can I bring a dog?
No. This property is not suitable for a dog.
Is linen supplied?
Yes – all beds are prepared and ready for your arrival.
Is there an open fire?
Yes. There is an open fire in the sitting room. There is a limited amount of fuel left for the fire (where applicable) so guests may want to bring more for the duration of their stay. Please contact the local House Manager for more information on what type of fuel is used at your chosen property.
Can I light a fire?
Yes. You can light the open fire in the sitting room.
Do you supply fuel for the fire?
Irish Landmark Trust supply enough fuel for one night only. Guests will be advised where to purchase fuel for the fire locally.
Do I need a car to get here?
No. There is public transport to Celbridge and the lodge is situated at the top of the main street so you can walk to shops, restaurants etc.
How do I get the keys?
When you complete your booking, you will receive an email giving you information about arranging access on your arrival date.
Can I arrive early?
Only by special arrangement with the bookings office and agreement of the local House Manager. A charge is made if you are requesting a morning arrival, as this means we cannot take a booking for the night before your arrival date.
What is the latest departure time?
10.00am. The House Manager will discuss arrangements for your departure on the day you arrive.
How far to the nearest town?
The lodge is situated at the top of the main street in Celbridge.
Is there a caterer who will come in to cook meals?
We do not know of anyone who can go in to cook meals at this property.
Is it suitable for children?
Yes. There is a twin bedroom upstairs and a travel cot can be provided on request for young children.
Is it suitable for older people?
Yes. There is a shower room on the gound floor.
Does it have facilities for disabled people?
The ground floor shower room is suitable for the assisted disabled.
Is it suitable for a wheelchair?
Is there central heating?
There is gas central heating with radiators throughout the lodge.
Is the cooker electric or gas?
Is there a shower?
Yes - there is a walk-in shower in the downstairs shower room.
How many bathrooms?
Do you supply towels and bed linen?
Yes. The beds will be made up on your arrival and you will be provided with a bath towel and guest towel according to the number of beds in the property.
Can I get to the house by public transport?
Yes. You would get a train or bus to Dublin and a local bus to Celbridge.
Where is the nearest train station?
What type of heating is in the house?
Gas central heating.
What is your minimum booking period?
Irish Landmark Trust have a 2 night stay minimum at all of our properties. Some Special Dates will have restrictions on arrival and departure date which will effect the minimum number of nights.
Is there a garden at the house?
No. However there is a very small patio area to the rear of the lodge.
How many cars can I bring to the house?
There is parking for one car outside the property.
Is there outdoor furniture?
HOW TO BOOK AN IRISH LANDMARK HOLIDAY :
It is possible to reserve dates online at www.irishlandmark.com but bookings are not confirmed until a confirmation email is received from the bookings desk.
Your booking must be for holiday purposes only. Irish Landmark reserve the right to refuse hire for purposes other than holiday accommodation. When you make a booking, you accept full responsibility for all persons who will use or visit the property during the period booked. When you book, you agree to indemnify us against all loss and damage arising directly or indirectly to the property and its contents from any deliberate or negligent act or omission by yourself, or any person accompanying you.
CONTRACT OF HIRE:
The hiring contract shall be between the Hirer and Irish Landmark and made subject to these Booking Conditions . The Contract of Hire is not effective until Irish Landmark dispatches to the Hirer written confirmation of a booking.
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Maeve, Co. Galway
“Phone turned off, no tv, lots of wine and scrabble. Peace and quiet all around.”
Will and Lisa, USA
“No honeymoon for us, nor even a special occasion – just a chance to get away. And we couldn’t have chosen a better place to do so! “
A beautiful Historic home from home in a great location
” This was my second time staying in the house and it was once again a wonderful experience. The house itself is incredibly cosy and a lovely place to spend time with family or friends, there is also a small outdoor area where you can eat together in addition to the lovely and well equipped kitchen. There are lots of books to read. The town itself is also full of activity- the Castletown house and gardens is of course the star of the show, but you should also go on a guided tour of the town (Celbridge Guided Tours) to ensure you learn about the wider history and see more of the historic sites of the town. In non-Covid times you can go on a tour of the local Rye River Brewery- their beer is great. We had dinner in both Celbridge and Maynooth- the local Italian- Michelangelo’s in Celbridge is particularly lovely, highly recommend it. It is only a few metres from the door of the house so couldn’t be more convenient. If you want more choice you can get the bus just across the road to and from Maynooth in about 10 minutes (and still be able to have a drink with your dinner)” (DQuinn)
Lorraine Keily Mc Donagh
Lorraine Keily Mc Donagh is the House Manager at Castletown Roundhouse. Lorraine loves to welcome guests and give her tops tips on things to do in the local area.
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