Upgraded for comfort and rustic charm in Dalkey
Description: Bright Victorian redbrick in walk-in condition Agent: Knight Frank A two-storey over garden level Victorian on a quiet cul-de-sac in Dalkey, Co Dublin, completely refurbished in the mid-1990s, has been meticulously maintained by its owners and comes to the market in walk-in condition. Three large bay windows and décor that emphasises neutral colours and unfussy furnishings make this an unusually bright Victorian.
Or mond e , a 329sq m (3,546sq ft) four-bed built around 1 890, is for sale through Knight Frank for ¤2.25 million. The owners are moving into a new house they have built at the bottom of the still good-sized back garden. A high stone wall separates the two properties, and number 4 won’t be overlooked, they say.
The house was in two flats when the owners bought it in 1992, embarking on major renovations in 1995. The garden level area was completely redone in rustic style, a kitchen on the main floor was removed and, upstairs, a fifth bedroom was also removed to make way for an en suite in the large main bedroom. Period details – some centre roses, marble and cast-iron fireplaces – have been restored or replaced, but most of the windows in the house are uPVC.
Tall granite steps lead up to the front door which opens into a large square porch. There are just three rooms on the main floor, along with a smart toilet. The large drawingroom with a marble fireplace looks over the back garden. The diningroom at the front has polished timber floorboards and a tall, deep bay window. Next to it off the front hall is a library/den.
Downstairs, the theme is rustic: pine doors have latches and the large kitchen/ breakfastroom has smart old pine units, a pine dresser, Belfast sink and a cream Aga set into a chimneybreast with an exposed brick surround. There’s side access to the garden level, where accommodation also includes a large family room, with a wood-burning stove set into a raised brick fireplace, a separate study, which could be a fifth bedroom, and a downstairs toilet.
Upstairs, past a huge arched window edged with coloured glass, there are four bedrooms, three of them doubles, and the family bathroom.