A walk in the park in Terenure for €1.1m
115 Fortfield Road €1.1m
The beautiful grounds of Terenure House in the 19th century featured gardens, parkland and a lake. The estate was even opened to the public on weekends.
The Carmelites acquired the house in 1860 and opened it as a secondary school for boys. They made various additions and amendments to the property, but the 330-metre lake remained.
In recent years, though, the water became polluted and malodorous, so in 2012 a Dublin company was commissioned to clean it using natural bacterial agents. It worked, and the lake has now become the focus of the Terenure College Lake Wildlife Walk, a nature trail featuring ornamental trees, wildflowers, waterbirds, bats and songbirds, open to all.
Across the street from the college is Number 115 Fortfield Road, a pre-war semi-detached house with bay windows and a handsome cloak of ivy. It's been extended by its current owners and now stands at 2,680 sq ft, with five bedrooms and five living rooms. The first of these is a bay-windowed lounge with a cast-iron fireplace. This room opens to a living room with French doors to an open-plan kitchen/dining room and family room in the extension.
The kitchen is fitted with pine cabinets and a Belfast sink, and it has an arched, skylit roof and two French doors to the garden. The other two living rooms are a study, also with a bay window, and a TV room with a gas fire.
The five bedrooms, one en suite, are on the first floor. Also on this level there's a bathroom with a cast-iron bath, and a separate toilet. There's another room at attic level, with two skylights.
Out the back is a leafy 90ft garden with a patio and a lawn surrounded by ornamental trees, shrubs and hedging.
Number 115 Fortfield Road, Dublin 6W, is for sale for €1.1m with DNG Terenure, (01) 490 9000.