Dundarave House

Dundarave is a country house in the village of Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It was the ancestral seat of the Macnaghten family, which is the chiefly family of Clan Macnaghten.

Dundarave, which was built to replace Bushmills House,[citation needed] was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, the eminent architect, and was built in 1846,[1] a contemporary of Castle Leslie. It occupies high ground over the village of Bushmills and the coastline of North Antim, near the port of Portballintrae. The estate is made up of extensive woods, part of which allegedly were planted following the First World War[citation needed] to recreate the wooded area near the Somme;[citation needed] these amount to approximately 100 acres (40 ha).[2] The estate is designated within planning laws under Historic Parks, Gardens and Demesnes.[1]

Dundarave has four gate lodges, two of which date to Bushmills House (c. 1837), the latter two were also designed by Lanyon and are grander in design and proportion.

It is reputedly the largest house in Northern Ireland still to be in private occupation.[citation needed]

In 2014, Dundarave (Bushmills) and its 549.7 acres (222.46 ha.) was listed for sale with Savills U.K. at the guide price of £5,000,000.[3]

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A photograph of part of Dundarave; [1]


  1. ^ a b Northern Ireland Planning Service
  2. ^ Environment and Heritage Service NI[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Bushmills, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT57 8ST". Savills Land Agents, U.K. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved July 29, 2014.

Coordinates: 55°12′40″N 6°30′40″W / 55.211°N 6.511°W / 55.211; -6.511