Genteel in Greystones
WHITE LODGE, MARINE ROAD, GREYSTONES, CO WICKLOW €1.25m
Ocean views out don't get much better than at White Lodge in Greystones, a detached Edwardian house situated just across the road from the water and looking towards Dalkey and Howth beyond. White Lodge lies between The Cove and Greystones' South Beach, and has been home to the same family for the last 50 years. It now requires refurbishment, but could easily make an idyllic family home once again.
The architecture of White Lodge incorporates two bays, one facing directly out to sea and the other offset to one side and facing south. The two bays are linked by a sun room, which must be a wonderful place in which to sit and watch the boats sailing past or the drama of the sea on a stormy night.
The Edwardian proportions of White Lodge are elegant and the ceilings high. The house retains many period features including decorative plasterwork and picture rails, sash windows, pitch pine floors and clay floor tiles.
On the ground floor the accommodation includes a sitting room, dining room and kitchen, along with a study and utility room.
Upstairs, there are four double bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room, and there is a small room adjacent to the master bedroom that could be used either as a nursery or a luggage store.
Outside, there are gardens to the front and the rear, and off-street parking for several cars.
Greystones has a reputation as one of the most civilised towns in Ireland and it's easy to see why. The main street is populated with boutiques and speciality shops, and there are plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants from which to choose, Greystones is home to The Happy Pear, of course, which attracts a wholesome, photogenic crowd to its shop and restaurant. Sailing enthusiasts are catered for by the Greystones Sailing Club and there are active tennis and golf clubs too. The town has both primary and secondary schools, and the Dart makes the commute to Dublin city centre straightforward.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 287 4005
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Agent: Charles McCarthy (028) 21533