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Classic Country House Charm

Dunderry Stud, County Meath

This is a brilliantly renovated Georgian country house, full of comfort, character and opulence. Once a working stud farm, with a large mature garden, making it an ideal large family retreat.
Located in rural Meath just an hour from the capital, at the heart of Ireland’s Ancient East and the history of the Boyne Valley.

drawing room

Generous rooms and genteel decor

Engaged columns bracketing a classical stone portico, make a warm introduction to the ground floor, where a herringbone parquet hallway meanders past the stairs to a selection of reception rooms.

entrance porch hall

Ground Floor

An expansive chandeliered drawing room stretches along the southern side of the house, its lofty draped windows affording striking views of the lawned garden.

drawing room

A cerulean blue carpet thrown over the solid oak floor, contrasts deep-buttoned sofas of Spanish pink and muted wallpaper; central though, is a splendid marble fireplace with antique fire brasses.

drawing room fire


  • Sleeps
    Up to 11 guests
    From €2,450 per week
  • Bedrooms
    Four double bedrooms – can split to singles
    One treble - double plus single
    Three are ensuite with shower

    Family bathroom
  • Other Rooms
    Drawing room
    Dining room
    Kitchen with breakfast room
    Boot room & Guest WC
    Utility room
  • Features
    Herb Garden
    Barbecue patio with gas BBQ
  • Contempo
    Flat screen TV (Sky), DVD player, WiFi internet
    Good Cell phone reception
  • Availability
    Weekly: Saturday to Saturday
    Weekends: Friday to Monday
    Midweek: Monday to Friday

  • Restrictions
    the house has a working farm next to it, so very young children will need proper supervision
    Sorry, pets are not permitted
Note that external CCTV security cameras are in operation on this property.

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Throughout much of the house, delicate cornice work, thick walls, elegant sash windows - now double glazed – and beautiful antique furniture feature, nowhere more evident than the library with its magnificent leather-trimmed mahogany shelving, and another remarkable marble marquetry fireplace.

library bookshelf bench chair
study fireplace

The opulent dining room can seat sixteen, its generous table fashioned over an obsolete snooker table. A room to enjoy the wonderful Delph and silverware.

dining room fire
dining-room kitchen island

The kitchen is to the rear of the house, thoroughly modernised – alabaster, with a suite of shaker drawered cabinets, and a generous preparation island. Two enormous sliding glass doors fill the garden wall; outside, a granite patio with barbeque is sheltered by a beech hedge and mature trees.

kitchen table pano kitchen sofa

This beautiful L shaped space has ample room for a six seater drop leaf table – mahogany of course, and a relaxing sofa. A separate utility room and boot room adjoin.

kitchen table little lads statue rose
Facilities & Amenities

Kitchen Appliances

• Electric double Oven
• Ceramic hob
• Fridge-freezer, plus a separate freezer in utility room
• Dishwasher
• Microwave
• Toaster
• Nespresso coffee machine

Utility Appliances

• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Iron


• Sizes – Three linked King-size beds, Two double beds and one single bed
• Hairdryer

Tech & Entertainment

• Wi-Fi Internet
• Flat-screen TV
• Sky
• DVD player


• Excellent selection of books
• Fire wood
• Gas Barbecue
• Outdoor Table Tennis
• Herb garden


Upstairs divides on a broad stepped landing. To the front, the master bedroom has a stylish, contemporary, coffee and cream bathroom, with contoured walnut woodwork, a freestanding tub and walk in rainfall shower, and underfloor heating

master bedroom bathroom twin bedroom ensuite

Two Dormer bedrooms in the rear section share a shower room, and all have wonderful views of the gardens. Roller blinds and mellow tones accentuate the clean lines.

twin bedroom double bedroom with single double bed shower room
double bedroom


The mature garden occupies about one acre and is largely populated with some really wonderful shrubs and trees, but the bulk of the original stud is now farmed separately, though some vestiges remain.

rear of house trees in garden

Visitors can avail of a large herb and vegetable garden, and enjoy outdoor table tennis in the summer months.

house from drive house from drive in snow


Smoking - No, sorry!
Parties - The owners regret Stag, Hen, Wedding or 21st parties are not admissible.
Pets – No, sorry!
the house has a working farm next to it, so very young children will need proper supervision

Out and About

Trim Castle

Within striking distance of Dublin just half an hour away, the choice of things to do in this multi-faceted historic county is legend – as they say.

Here are links to some of our favourite activities-

My family had the most lovely stay...

at Dunderry Stud. The house itself was just fabulous and so well equipped, everything you could possibly need was there. So roomy, with comfy beds and lots of cool parts of the house to explore. The house has all the modern touches you would expect but keeps its charm. The garden was beautiful and so well maintained. The village of Dunderry itself is so quaint, the locals were so welcoming and didn’t hesitate to include us in the ‘craic’ in the local pub. We loved it and will definitely be back – our stay was too short!

Amanda O’Reilly, September 2019

Happy New Year to you and the team...

at Unique Irish Homes. I wanted to write to thank you for a wonderful stay at Dunderry Stud. My whole family (all 11 of us!) loved the home, which was beautifully and thoughtfully decorated for Christmas. We had such a comfortable stay, and enjoyed exploring Howth and Dublin from our lovely base. Also, I cannot praise Noeleen highly enough. She was so kind and helpful and gave us a wonderful welcome. We will look forward to booking with you again for our next Irish holiday.

Francesca, December 2019

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About the Locality

The house is a short walk from the village of Dunderry which has a small shop and petrol station, and a couple of pubs. The historic town of Trim is 10 minutes away and has most of the shops you’ll need.


If you’re into castles there are loads of them in Meath. You could start with Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. It was constructed in 1174 and was used in the movie Braveheart.


Trim is also home to Ireland’s oldest unaltered bridge still in everyday use in Ireland. The existing version dates from about 1340 and has changed little since it was erected.

Navan is the home of Tara mines – Europe’s largest lead and zinc mine, but probably best known as the childhood home of Pierce Brosnan, aka James Bond.

Click here for more information on Ireland’s Ancient East

Tayto Park

For a day out with the kids though, there are multiple attractions at the Tayto Park in Ashbourne.

One of the best ways to enjoy the landscape is on a bike, but this is fox hunting territory, so keep your head down. If you have the urge to back a horse, there are two race courses within the locality – Fairyhouse and Navan.

The river Boyne runs through Trim. The entire Boyne Valley is steeped in ancient history and mythology, and Meath itself is known as the Royal County – the Hill of Tara (15 minutes away) was the historical seat of the High King of Ireland, and there are a large number of monuments and earthen structures there, some dating from in or around 2500 BC.

Newgrange entrance

The passage tombs at Newgrange (30 minutes away) were constructed around 3200 BC, predating the Pyramids of Egypt by 600 years, and are well worth a visit.

River fishing for Trout and Salmon, and lake fishing for Pike attract legions of anglers to this region and there are a number of well-established angling centres.


Kayaking and even white water rafting are to be had on the river Boyne, and make for a great day out.

How to get there - Car advised..

By Air: Flights to Dublin or Belfast.
Dublin Airport – about 50 minutes from the house
Belfast Airport – just under 2 hours away.

By Sea: Ferry crossings
Dublin City Port/Holyhead has a fast crossing and is about 45 minutes from the house
Rosslare Harbour for Ferries to South Wales is approximately 2 and half hours from the house.

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