Approximately 400m from the Tully Church complex stands Lehaunstown Park House. Remarkably, this ‘modern’ house encases the remains of the documented Lehaunstown Castle. The juxtaposition of a Tower House/castle with an Early Medieval ecclesiastical site has been recorded elsewhere in County Dublin, for example at Tallaght, Dalkey, Swords and Portrane. This historic relationship between Tully Church and Lehaunstown Castle should be fully respected in the projected ongoing development in the immediate area.
The property is on the market and is described as follows:
Lehaunstown Park House comprises a period residence and stables situated within secluded grounds of approximately 2.88 ha (7.11 acres).
The main house measures approximately 135 sq m (1,453 sq ft) over two storeys and is in need of full renovation. The property has an abundance of ornate period features revealing the history of the house which dates back to circa 16th Century.
Adjacent to the house is an impressive double-height L-shaped stable building of granite construction with decorative red brick cladding extending to approximately 225 sq m (2,422 sq ft). Both buildings are protected structures and will therefore need to be retained in any future development.
The perimeter of the site is delineated by mature hedgerows and a variation of stone walls that have been sensitively restored. A gated entrance with traditional high pillars and a sweeping driveway provide access to the site from an internal estate road.
The spelling of the name has varied considerably over time, and in some periods was almost indistinguishable from Loughlinstown, the name of which also varied. The spelling Laughanstown was adopted and fixed at the time of the original Ordnance Survey in the 1830s. However, the evidence suggests that the name used locally was Lehaunstown, and this was noted by the Boundary Survey in the 1820s. Local usage did not change as a result of the Ordnance Survey’s attempt to impose a new spelling and this is the spelling now used in official documents.