Hot tub in the garden just one of many luxuries in contemporary Kildare home

7 Furness Manor, Johnstown, Naas, Co Kildare €845k

or two decades Furness House, a Georgian manor in the Johnstown area of Naas, was the home of Patrick Guinness, a direct descendant of Arthur Guinness, inventor of Ireland’s famous stout. The 30-room property also served as ‘Castle Knox’ in the 1980s comedy drama series The Irish RM starring Peter Bowles, Niall Toibín and Bryan Murray.

In 2000, at the height of the Celtic Tiger, a gated development of 21 detached homes called Furness Manor was built nearby. Spanning 3,466 sq ft and with a B3 BER, No7 has all the bells and whistles of a contemporary luxury home, not least in the back garden, where entertainment and relaxation are the order of the day.


One of the living rooms at 7 Furness Manor, Naas, Co Kildare

Next to a patio with climbing roses, wisteria and clematis is a covered barbecue area. Steps lead up to an astroturf lawn, handy for stepping in and out of the six-person hot tub cabin at the end of the garden without getting muddy feet. For those who like to carp about these things, there’s even an ornamental fish pond filled with… well, carp.

There’s also an outdoor room with a gym, two wooden sheds (one with electricity and a phone line) and a block-built garage.

Accessed via a gated cobblelock drive that can park up to 10 cars, the house has five bedrooms (three ensuite) and a family bathroom on the first floor. The attic was converted to a 560 sq ft office with six Velux windows. At ground level there’s a sitting room, living room, family room, kitchen, utility, guest WC and sunroom leading out to the patio.

It’s a five-minute drive to Naas, a town very much on the commuter belt, being just an hour’s drive to Dublin city.

No7 Furness Manor is for sale at €845,000 with Sherry FitzGerald O’Reilly Naas (045) 866 466.