GEORGIAN DUBLIN

Many of the most impressive historical buildings in Dublin date from the Georgian period, most notably around Merrion Square, St Stephen’s Green and Fitzwilliam Square.

Bloomfield House itself is a significant example of Georgian architecture, and has retained many of its stunning original features. These features have been carefully restored to create a rare opportunity to buy a historically noted building in a most convenient location.

The history of Bloomfield House is rich and varied. This stunning house was built in the late 18th century by William Saurin, a barrister by profession and the MP for Blessington who was a high-profile opponent of the Union of Ireland with Britain. In 1802, Saurin sold Bloomfield House to Dr Robert Emmet, the father of famous Irish nationalist Robert Emmet, who led a rebellion against British rule in 1803. It is believed that the Emmet family made substantial changes to the house after they bought it, most notably creating a large room to the right of the entrance hall, reflecting the fashion of the time for large ballrooms.

In 1809, the house was put up for sale once more, and the Society of Friends bought the house and the surrounding two acres of land the following year. A committee spent approximately two years converting and extending the house in order to turn it into a hospital, which functioned from 1812 to its eventual closure in 2005. The buildings have now been carefully restored and sensitively updated to create comfortable homes for modern families that are steeped in Dublin’s famous heritage.