A luxury home in Greystones is on the market for €2.85m.
oorlands, is one of the finest homes on the Burnaby, and represents all the romance and beauty of the elegant Edwardian architecture from the turn of the last century. Offered for sale for the first time in a generation, this six-bedroom family home on Whitshed Road adjacent to Greystones Golf Club, commands sea views from its gently elevated position.
It is afforded considerable privacy by virtue of mature boundary vegetation and some fine specimen trees. Aware of its listed status on Wicklow’s schedule of protected structures and of its architectural importance – it features in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and is described as a “detached multiple-bay two-storey house, built c.1903 to designs by Frank Batchelor ”. It also features in Peter Murtagh’s production “A Stroll Through The Burnaby”
The original owners of this house, the “Jacobs Biscuits” family, inspired by Andalucia’s Moorish Alhambra, named what was, in fact, their summer home in Greystones, Moorlands. The extensive sub-tropical gardens reflecting the well-travelled gardener, are a joy, offering year-round colour, perimeter paths to walk and the chance to explore century-old features including former croquet lawn, and a variety of specimen plants and flowering shrubs .
The present vendors, aware of its architectural importance, have enjoyed their years as custodians, in addition to raising their now adult family in such a delightful environment. They have thoughtfully enhanced essential elements such as modern bathrooms, a sophisticated integrated kitchen which seamlessly invites one to explore the adjacent conservatory and TV “snug” which opens directly onto a south facing veranda.
Art Nouveau influences abound throughout the house in fireplaces, lighting, exquisite leaded windows and door furniture, not to mention the Inglenook in the dining room. Walking into the entrance porch, lead-paned windows, with its quarry tiled floor, you can’t help but notice the original hall door.
An elegantly spacious reception hall, complete with window-seat and open fireplace, frames the main stairwell ascending to a gallery landing downlit by an atrium. Leading onwards into the drawing room with its decorative period open fire, the eyes are drawn to the south-east corner and a beautiful pentagonal window overlooking the bountiful gardens accessed via a door to a veranda. To the right, another door leads into the formal dining room, where the piece de resistance is the deep Inglenook fireplace with crafted pine panelling, bench seats to either side, and bookshelves.
Elsewhere on the ground floor off the rear hallway concealing a second stairs, are a home-office, guest cloakroom and WC with original fittings, and a well fitted utility room. The original kitchen area is enhanced by a tasteful extension with a picture-window facing west towards the garden, and a glazed atrium downlight feature. A combination of warm white tiling and original quarry tiles is complemented by a wood burner and recessed downlights. Custom design wall and floor level cupboards demonstrate an excellent range of cabinetry together with generous polished granite work surfaces with ample power points, tiled splashbacks, plus a breakfast island. Attractive elements include a retracting larder and separate dry-goods cupboard either side of an integrated double fridge and drawer-freezer.
Outside in addition to the long, spacious tool shed/boilerhouse, with ample space for storage of bicycles and outdoor gear, there are a couple of garden outhouses and – even more attractively – tucked away against the western boundary close to the kitchen there is a craft/hobby room which some might dub the perfect man cave.
Electric gates protect access to the avenue which leads to a good parking and turning area to the front and side of the residence. The wonderfully mature gardens provide a year-round display of color from many specimen plants and trees, flowering shrubs and herbaceous borders; with green areas including a former croquet lawn. The south-east lower garden reveals a dell where the vendors have envisaged a large garden pavilion/leisure suite for which conceptual drawings are available on request. There are leafy perimeter paths on which to walk, and a zen-like area in which to enjoy nature or simply meditate.
Ascending the stairs, the principal bedroom occupies the south-east corner of the footprint over the drawing room, where the corner window with sea views is replicated; the ensuite bathroom opens to the landing when desired. There is a second bedroom/guestroom which boasts an ensuite wet room, as well as bedroom number 3/nursery.
The main family bathroom serves the fourth and fifth bedrooms to the south and west elevations on this floor. A walk-in linen room and study area are located adjacent to the rear stairs which now leads to the top floor sixth bedroom, a studio, photography darkroom, and a games room which can double as a home cinema, media room.
This is an extraordinary home, which has been curated and maintained by the present family who, after 40 years, look forward to handing it over to its next guardians. Selling agent Sherry Fitzgerald Greystones believe this is the most exciting opportunity of recent times to acquire a period home with modern amenity where its historical roots and impeccable provenance combine to educate and intrigue.