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Explore this centuries-old Rathfarnham villa's 21st century makeover

Riversdale House shares its name with WB Yeats’ final Dublin home, just a mile down the road.
Jan 25th 2018, 4:08 PM 33,298 13

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SITTING ON ALMOST half an acre of grounds, close to the River Dodder, is the five-bedroom Riversdale House, a slice of history in Dublin 14.

Built in the late 1700′s, the house has stood on Butterfield Avenue for years, sharing its name with the nearby farmhouse that provided inspiration for WB Yeats when he lived there in the 1930s.

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Though it has stood in need of refurbishment for some time, recent works mean that Riversdale has been thoroughly refreshed while still maintaining its Georgian wonders.

The entrance hall boasts coving, ceiling roses and original stained-glass windows as well as the period’s characteristic high ceilings.

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There’s a large, bright kitchen area with a connected pantry, as well as a breakfast room. The separate dining room and lounge are immaculate, the latter featuring a restored marble fireplace that commands attention.

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All five bedrooms are Riversdale House are large doubles; the master bedroom has en-suite bathroom access and a separate dressing room, and there’s a second, shared shower room on this floor.

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Rathfarnham is a leafy Dublin suburb with easy access to the city centre, plenty of amenities and a wonderful history, with structures like Riversdale House and Loreto Abbey adding local colour and intrigue.

Riversdale House, Riversdale, Butterfield Avenue, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 is on sale for €1,500,000 from DNG via

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Áine O'Connell


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