Marlay Grange, Gate Lodge

Approaching from the road, you pass through tall metal gates, with signs saying "Marlay Grange" on both sides. The driveway turns immediately to the left. Following the driveway, you proceed along a tree-lined avenue, now overgrown. It leads past some sheds on your left and on up to the house.

The gatehouse is to your right as you enter the grounds, a two-story building of approximately 102 sq.m. (1,100 sq.ft). According to the 1911 census, the house has "2 rooms and 2 windows to the front."

The front door is sealed with a metal panel and the windows are blocked up. There is a curious feature at the rear of the house, a platform jutting out from a window with a pole above it.

According to the property brief, the gatehouse is in need of extensive renovation and modernisation. They weren't kidding. The electrics would have to be completely redone, as well as the plumbing most likely. The decoration seems not to have changed since the early part of the century.

There are very few items left in the house, although all of the mounted furniture (such as cupboards) is still in place. The upstairs area is inaccessible, the stairway is blocked.

The gate lodge had at least one famous resident, at the time of the 1911 census, who we will see in a later post.

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9 Responses to “Marlay Grange, Gate Lodge”

  1. Aengus Says:

    "Bathroom Buckfast" :')

  2. Johnelle Says:

    I bow down humbly in the presence of such gratneess.

  3. Cormac Says:

    Have you any photographs of the house before it burned down?

    I'm obsessed with this place. Love it. Never got to see it.

  4. johnl Says:

    I do actually, yes, I'll try and upload them today!

  5. David Gunning Says:

    I would love to see more photos of this

  6. Adrian Says:

    Hi John,

    I'm glad you once decided to come in to Marlay Grange and photograph it in its abandoned state. I am interested in asking you a few questions about how you found the place, if you can email me soon, I'll be glad.

    Best regards,


  7. Adrian Says:

    Hi John,

    I'm glad you once decided to come and photograph Marlay Grange before it was burnt down. I am currently looking for more info and pictures of this place, please contact me whenever you can.

  8. Marilyn Says:

    I too would love to see any photos you may have as this Gate Lodge is my Grandmother and Step Grandfathers old house. My Step Grandfather was the gamekeeper!
    It broke my heart seeing a utube video of the burnt house!

  9. Marlay Grange, Thomas MacDonagh | Says:

    [...] years after first exploring the Gate Lodge, and promising information about a famous resident, I'll return to Marlay Grange, and present [...]

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