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Former president Mary Robinson's 19th-century estate on Lough Conn is for sale

It’s designed by the architect behind some of Dublin’s most impressive buildings.

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MASSBROOK HOUSE SITS OVERLOOKING Lough Conn, Co Mayo and has two major famous connections.

Firstly, it’s currently the home of Ireland’s first female president, Mary Robinson, who reportedly wishes to leave the beautiful estate to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

Secondly, the five-bedroom home was designed by Sir Thomas Drew, the architect behind some of Dublin’s most incredible buildings including Christ Church Cathedral, Ulster Bank on Dame Street, Rathmines Town Hall and the Graduates Memorial Building in Trinity.

It’s on sale for €1.95 million from Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes, Farms and Estates via

The house is approached by a long, tree-lined avenue and the 113 acres it is built on enjoy almost a mile of lake frontage onto Lough Conn.

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The rear of the house has its own guest or staff apartment, known affectionately as ‘The Den’, which comprises a sitting room, a bedroom and a bathroom. All have been recently refurbished.

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The house also offers a gate lodge, which functions as a home in its own right and has also been recently renovated.

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The large study, located off the drawing room, boasts excellent views of the garden.

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The welcoming hall features original wood panelling and solid wood floors, and on either side are two spacious reception rooms – the drawing room and dining room, each with a feature fireplace with marble surround, and hardwood flooring.

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Along the hall, the home also features a billiard room boasting a full-sized table.

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The gardens and grounds surrounding Massbrook House are home to a rich array of fine trees and shrubs, many dating back to the original design of the gardens and grounds in the 1890s.

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The land also includes a number of fields suitable for grazing horses or cattle, and a variety of outbuildings, including the original boathouse on the lake.

Massbrook House, Lough Conn, County Mayo is on sale for €1.95 million from Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes, Farms and Estates via

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