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Monday 25 September 2023 Dublin: 18°C
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Hot Property: An imposing Victorian home with a secret garden
High ceilings, wooden floors, grand windows, in a home with history.

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IF IT IS a grand, impressive home you’re looking for, with high ceilings and lots of space, 1 Cambridge Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 could be for you.

On the market for €2.4 million, it boasts an impeccable location, just off the main road to Ranelagh and also near the canal and Luas lines. Over three levels, and with six bedrooms, and three baths, it’s large but still cosy and warm.

cameo window

An end-of-terrace property located in the leafy Dartmouth Square area, it’s near plenty of amenities but the surroundings are calm and quiet.

This large home has an interesting history – it was built by Joseph Maguire for a Captain Hacket in around 1880. Captain Hacket was the Governor of the Old Men’s Asylum, built circa 1870.

ranelagh house 2

This building is now the Northbrook Clinic on Northbrook Road, but at the time was founded to provide “a comfortable home for 25 respectable, reduced, aged protestant men of good character”.

This home was completely refurbished and restored 12 years ago. It was rewired, re-plumbed, re-pointed, given a new roof, timber double-glazed windows, and damp-proofed. All the ceiling cornicing, wood flooring and fireplaces were restored.

Dining room

The owners even tracked down reproduction Victorian radiators, which can be seen throughout.

Inside, downstairs you’ll find a formal dining room with marble open fireplace and original wood flooring and cornicing. Adjacent is a large front room, again with a beautiful original fireplace, and a bay window looking out onto the garden and street.

To the rear of the house is a two-car garage – something that’s quite a rarity in this area.


Because it is no longer fully furnished (the photos pictured above show much of the previous owner’s items), this is a house to really put your stamp on, making the most of the original period features but bringing a more modern feel to the decor if you wish.

With its large windows, the rooms are full of plenty of light. It has a large kitchen in the ground level, and an impressively large space for entertaining.

The garden is full of potential, with so much space for a green-fingered owner to get stuck into. Leading into the garden is a large conservatory, where you can make the most of the bright skies even in colder weather.

It currently has beautiful religious statues in it, and even a secret garden at the very back.

There’s an incredible amount you could do with a garden this size – and a house this size. This is a home for someone who wants to live in a grand property with an interesting history, but also really wants to put their stamp on it.

It’s not a fixer-upper, but a place that with a bit of tender loving care could be turned into a home you’ll love showing off.

1 Cambridge Terrace is for sale by private treaty through Felicity Fox agents.

Maria Heffernan