Dating from circa 1720 the accomodation orignally housed the Butler.
I am continuing on the 60 year farming tradition of my family. I have lived at Smithstown House all my life. In the past Smithstown was a hive of activity with thoroughbred race horses, brood mares, foals, along with cattle, sheep, hayfields and cereals.
James purchased this Chateau / Country House in 1955
Why James chose Dunsany
Smithstown House, guest accommodation and farm have been owned by my family since 1953 My 3 siblings and I had wonderful freedom roaming the fields and generally getting up to as much mischief as possible. Most of our days were spent either on our ponies, climbing trees, fishing in our local little stream at the bottom of the farm, jumping on the haycocks in the summer or playing hide and seek in the surrounding woodland.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
Unique benefits of this haven of tranquillity include peace, a very safe environment, wide open spaces to run free, with birdsong being the only sound you will hear and yet we are only a short distance from all the excitement you may require or for a wonderful relaxing holiday, the choice is yours
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:30 am
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Dunsany country home
This 300 year old farm house was clean and spacious. James the owner lived next store and was very helpful with any questions. Taking into account the traffic, it is about 45 minutes outside of Dublin. Very quiet and a couple of nice restaurants nearby. Definitely recommend this home to stay at
So glad you enjoyed the peace and tranquillity at Smithstown.
Would consider nowhere else upon any return.
A wonderful experience vacationing in an estate as old as the o Neil family. Once absorbed for its genuine charm it leaves one in love forever. James is himself a man I shall treasure for having the experience of meeting.
Delighted you enjoyed staying at Smithstown so much.
Hopefully you will return some day.
Stay at Smithstown House
You won't be disappointed in your stay at this property. James is friendly and helpful in finding area sites to visit. The property is clean and well maintained. Additionally your on a large working farm just miles above the Dublin Airport yet it seems you are really away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I hope to return one day soon and bring my grandchildren. I would have stayed longer if I could have.
So glad you enjoyed your vacation at Smithstown and thank you for your kind words.
I look forward to meeting you and your grandchildren very soon!.
Loved this property for its location and tranquility. Sheep in one yard and cows in another. Having cows as an alarm clock is wonderful. The crows/raven though......Those who stay here must know however that the owner lives on the property and is very concerned with security which is great except the security cameras in his house windows that left us feeling constantly watched. Not a great feeling at all. We would suggest only a few things change for future guests, such as a SMART TV, this is 2019, not 1980. We travel with devices that enable us to watch downloaded movies etc. And better WIFI, as it was truly non existent and this could be because the router is in the owners house. We are very much a technology driven family as this was an issue. New linens, mainly towels would be fantastic...the current ones are almost non existent, so thread barren and scratchy. Lastly extra pillows and blankets is a huge bonus. We ended up purchasing a blanket ourselves for the cold nights. All in all, it was lovely to come home to a quiet, peacefully property and spend our evenings relaxing after a long day of sightseeing and walking. Thank you.
Many thanks for your review .
In response our wifii reception can be a bit weak at times due to our location, but the router can now be situated in the rental property which will help with better connectivity for guests who wish to use wifii while holidaying at Smithstown.
Delighted you enjoyed your stay at Smithstown and hope to see you again in the near future.
All the best.
We enjoyed "glamping" at the property, taking in the rural beauty of Dunslaughlin. We made the most of every day as we were close to historic sites.
Not too far from Dublin
The substitute cleaning person was still there when we arrived at about 6pm. She said the clothes dryer didn't work so it was taking longer - it was unplugged. Kitchen floor was not well swept, but all else was in pretty good shape. The train station was only 20 minutes away for easy access to Dublin. Driving was a bit challenging due to traffic congestion in the city. Note carefully the distance from the city to be sure you are getting what you want.
The grounds were very nice. Lots of space for outdoor activities.
You can see this somewhat in pictures, but all bedrooms are upstairs and ceiling slopes with roofline in each making it tougher to get around in them. One bedroom has a severely inhibiting slope.
The kids complained the wi-fi was very weak and they could only get a signal if sitting next to a window in the living room. They guessed the source was in another building.
The owner was very accessible (even though he was on vacation himself) when we had trouble turning off the heat.
Overall quite a nice place to stay as long as you are good with the bucolic location away from the city.
Smithstown House dates back to the early 1700s and is the birth place of Sir William Johnson who is immortalised in a biography called 'White Savage' written by Fintan O'Sullivan which details the the life of this great man. In the spring of 1737 Sir William Johnson departed from Smithstown to join his uncle in upstate New York and the Mohawk valley in the USA taking with him 30 local people from the surrounding area of Dunshaughlin, Drumree and Warrenstown. He was named 'White Savage' by the Indian tribes in the area due to his fair and just dealings with them and at a later stage he married a woman from the local Indian tribe.
Historical sights abound in the Smithstown area and the following are all within a 5 to 30 minute drive. Included in the the Boyne Valley. Hill of Tara, Kells, Oldcastle., Loughcrew Megalithic Site. Newgrange World Heritage site. Trim Castle where 'Braveheart' was filmed , Killeen Castle the Solheim Cup Golf venue.
Dunsany Castle still occupied by its original owners Slane Castle ancestral home of Lord Henry Mountcharles which is open to the public and is a great international concert venue. Slane Castle now has a new Whiskey distillery
Quiet country walks and cycling are on your doorstep
Children will enjoy the theme park Tayto Park at Curragha.
The beautiful grounds and exotic animals of Dublin Zoo at the Phoenix Park.
Local shops in Dunshaughlin are small and inviting while if you fancy for big shopping why not try Blanchardstown a short 15 minute drive or venture in Dublin city centre.
The 109 Bus which is a 10/15 minute walk at the bottom of the road runs regularly to Dublin and Navan.
Local popular restaurants are The station House at Kilmessan and The Snailbox where you can trade in your peaked cap and receive a Snail Box one in return. Visitors from all over the world hangs their hats their as a memento of their trip to Ireland.
Our local traditional Irish Pub is Mrs Os the locals call it, but officially its name is O'Connells on the Hill of Skryne and it's a mere 10 minute drive from Smithstown
Smithstown house until very recently was a hub of horse breeding and racing with many local racecourses on its doorstep which include regular Steeplechasing at Fairyhouse, Navan and Bellewstown.
Bellewstown has a real 'olden days' feeling to it due to its wonderful summer race meetings in both July & August annually. Racing also takes place at Punchestown & Naas which are slightly further afield, but still a quick drive away.
The Laytown races are held on the beach every September.
Smithstown has a fantastic walled in garden which now acts like a massive " play pen" area for children and adults alike to rest or play in complete privacy and security
Most of all, Smithstown House offer its guests, peace, tranquillity and safety with the only sound to be heard is the bird song.