Golfers’ haven by the sea in Sut­ton for ¤1.995m

Vic­to­rian five-bed home in a unique lo­ca­tion between the beach and golf links is made for en­ter­tain­ing with fine re­cep­tion rooms and a cosy pan­elled bar

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Front Page - Eliz­a­beth Birdthis­tle

As one drives across Laud­ers Lane, the small cross­ing over the Dart line to Bur­row Road in Sut­ton, there are two signs: one point­ing left “to the beach” and the other to the right for “pri­vate road to Sut­ton Golf Club”.

Arun­del, a semi-de­tached Vic­to­rian house, lies between the two signs – mean­ing res­i­dents are a three-minute walk from a safe, sandy beach and a nat­u­ral links golf course on this chest­nut tree-lined av­enue.

It tran­spires that res­i­dents over the years all have golf­ing in com­mon. Old deeds show the first own­ers of the prop­erty were two sis­ters from the Lauder fam­ily – af­ter which Laud­ers Lane takes its name. Lady Mount­bat­ten once re­marked of Rhona Lauder that she would trade her pre­cious pearls in ex­change for Lauder’s golf swing.

The house to­day has a full work­ing bar cre­ated from re­claimed shut­ters and doors, and the counter – com­plete with beer taps and an old cash reg­is­ter – came from Mount Juliet. The walls are lined with golf­ing mem­o­ra­bilia – as the own­ers too have a pas­sion for golf, and, judg­ing by the vast ar­ray of prizes, are quite ac­com­plished play­ers.

Signed put­ter

In ad­di­tion to rosettes, tro­phies and pho­tographs, there is a signed put­ter of Dr JB Carr who lived in the house next door, Seacroft.

Carr, con­sid­ered to be the great­est am­a­teur golfer of his time, and the first Ir­ish golfer to be in­ducted to the World Golf Hall of Fame, was also the first Ir­ish­man to cap­tain the Royal and An­cient Golf Club of St An­drews in Scot­land. In a twist of irony he died on June 1st, 2004 – the night Prince An­drew held his first din­ner as Cap­tain of St An­drews Golf Club, and, as it was Carr him­self in 1991 who had in­vited the prince to the com­mit­tee, a minute’s si­lence was ob­served in his hon­our.

Be­sides golf­ing, the sea­side set­ting is a des­ig­nated na­ture con­ser­va­tion site with colonies of gan­net, black guille­mot and the win­ter home to Brent geese.

The prop­erty, dat­ing from the 1890s, has three re­cep­tion rooms – in ad­di­tion to the golf bar, off a ter­razzo floored hall­way. Both the draw­ing and din­ingroom – which over­look the front gar­den – are spa­cious, with tall ceil­ings and open fires. The in­for­mal liv­in­groom – with old pan­elling on the ceil­ing and walls – opens into the rear gar­den, which is tiered and laden with ma­ture plants.

Cen­tral to the prop­erty is the hand­crafted kitchen, which new own­ers will more than likely want to up­date, de­spite it be­ing in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion.

Up­stairs are five good-sized dou­ble bed­rooms; the prin­ci­pal lies to the front but it is the guest room to the rear, which has a ter­race with views to Ire­land’s Eye and Lam­bay Is­land all the way to Port­marnock, that is the real show­stop­per.

The own­ers of Arun­del are down­siz­ing, as the house, ex-

‘‘ The sea­side set­ting is a des­ig­nated na­ture con­ser­va­tion site with colonies of gan­net, black guille­mot and the win­ter home to Brent Geese

tend­ing to 270sq m (2,906sq ft) is now too large for their needs. But they are not go­ing far – they are build­ing on a site of the for­mer side gar­den. A line of shrubs has been planted between the prop­erty and the new build which will give pri­vacy in a few years, and Arun­del still re­tains de­cent-sized front and rear gar­dens.

Houses here at the height of the boom sold for about the ¤4m mark, and, de­spite a smaller gar­den, and some nec­es­sary cos­metic up­grades, it is the lo­ca­tion against a back­drop of the sea and a golf course that will at­tract buy­ers.

Agent Sherry FitzGer­ald is seek­ing ¤1.995 mil­lion for the prop­erty.

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