Ge­or­gian haven with time­less gardens in En­niskerry vil­lage

En­niskerry Lodge is a se­cluded two-storey, four-bed house in lushly-planted gardens

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE

‘‘ The owner, a keen gar­dener, main­tains paths which wind from one lawn to an­other through wood­land

De­scrip­tion: Hid­den Ge­or­gian on an acre of lushly-planted gardens in En­niskerry vil­lage Agent: Lis­ney A Ge­or­gian house a two-minute walk from the clock tower in the cen­tre of En­niskerry vil­lage was, like the vil­lage it­self, once part of the Pow­er­scourt Es­tate.

Hid­den away at the heart of an acre of lushly-planted gardens, the house, built in 1820, was orig­i­nally a guest­house for the Pow­er­scourt fam­ily and then a Church of Ire­land rec­tory for 100 years – you can imag­ine Jane Austen strolling in from the gar­den.

The house, care­fully main­tained by its own­ers, has the sim­ple el­e­gance of its era. The gardens, a series of se­cret lawns f i l l ed with ma­ture shrubs and rare plants shel­tered by wood­land with tall oak, pine and chest­nut trees, will ap­peal to gar­den­ers.

En­niskerry Lodge, a 405sq m (4,358sq ft) two-storey over-gar­den level four-bed, is for sale through Lis­ney for ¤2.75 mil­lion.

The fam­ily who have lived here for 30 years have done a lot of struc­tural work on the nearly 200-year-old house, re­plac­ing all the chim­ney stacks and much of the roof, as well as re­plas­ter­ing “ev­ery­thing” and re­dec­o­rat­ing.

It’s not a listed build­ing but “you are cus­to­di­ans of a house like this, and it needed TLC”, they say. It has its orig­i­nal win­dows look­ing across a dry moat onto the gardens all around.

Across the road from En­niskerry Garda sta­tion, elec­tron- ic gates open into a grav­elled drive­way lead­ing to the front of the house: a tiled front porch with a trel­lis sur­round opens into a wide tim­ber-floored en­trance hall.

Curved wall

Four re­cep­tion rooms open off the hall: the most strik­ing is the draw­ingroom to­wards the back of the house where a wide floor-to-ceil­ing bow win­dow set into a curved wall over­looks a gar­den at the side.

It has a white mar­ble fire­place, in con­trast to the sep­a­rate din­ingroom at the front of the house which has a black mar­ble fire­place, and deep red walls.

Like the din­ingroom, the fam­ily room on the other side of the hall is dual as­pect, with a deep oriel win­dow over­look­ing the gar­den.

Be­hind this is a fourth re­cep­tion room, built 60 years ago on to what was orig­i­nally an L-shaped house; there’s a toi­let off it.

A door at the end of the hall leads to stairs down to the base­ment: new own­ers will likely want to up­date the kitchen/break­fas­troom, but they’ll prob­a­bly want to keep the large Aga, “the fur­nace which we keep go­ing 24/7”, say the own­ers.

An en­ter­tain­ment room/den be­low the draw­ingroom has

Dou­ble shower

Up­stairs the main bed­room has a wide bow win­dow in a curved wall, like the draw­ingroom be­low, and an en suite runs off it.

There are three other doubl e bedr o o ms, two wi t h cast-iron fire­places. The fam­ily bath­room is as big as the dou­ble bed­rooms, with strik­ing ma­roon walls, a tim­ber floor, dou­ble shower and a free-stand­ing claw­foot bath.

Out­side, sep­a­rate lawns sur­round the house. The owner, a keen gar­dener, main­tains paths which wind from one to an­other through wood­land, past hy­drangeas and ex­otic plants like a Dick­so­nia fern.

There is lots of room to park in the grav­elled space at the front of the house.

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