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Ballyorney House : Blooming in garden county

Published 17/02/2012 | 05:00

Ballyorney House offers stunning architectural restorations and six acres of award-winning gardens for e3.6m, writes Caitriona Murphy

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Ballyorney House is a six-bedroom home with a unique mix of architectural styles that include an early Georgian residence with later Gothic-style additions and a modern guest lodge.

Situated on the outskirts of Enniskerry village in Co Wicklow, Ballyorney has an idyllic woodland setting, with six acres of award-winning gardens and stunning views of the Sugar Loaf mountain on the horizon.

The 743sqm main residence was completely restored by the current owners, property developer Mark Kavanagh and his wife Kathleen.

It now features a plethora of architectural features that have been incorporated in its restoration, many of which were salvaged from other period properties.

The ground floor accommodation includes a reception hall, drawing room, panelled study, office, ballroom/drawing room, service area/mini bar, card room, kitchen, breakfast room and back kitchen.

The reception hall has a Richard Castle sandstone fireplace, while the dining room's exquisite plasterwork ceiling dates from the 1720s and originated in the former Gilbey's premises on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

The dining room's white marble chimneypiece dates from the 1780s.

The red drawing room also features an elaborate Robert West plasterwork ceiling, which again originated in Gilbey's on O'Connell Street.

Perhaps the most impressive room is the large drawing room, which was remodelled in the style of the saloon of the Provost's House in Trinity College Dublin.

This room features a beautiful elevated Rococo ceiling that originated in Grove House in Milltown, while the carved Corinthian columns were rescued from a church in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary.

A gothic-style stairwell, featuring a staircase from 60 Middle Abbey Street, panelled walls and a ceiling painted by artist Phillipa Garner, leads to the first floor.

Upstairs, the master suite incorporates a bedroom, dressing room, bathroom and roof terrace.

There are also five more bedrooms (two en suite), a dressing room, family bathroom and gym.

An additional wing on the western side of the property includes an entrance hall, cloakroom, guest WC, family room, laundry room, kitchen, den/family room and bathroom.

The award-winning gardens of Ballyorney House were completely restored in the 1980s, under the supervision of garden-expert Rosemary Brown, whose parents occupied Ballyorney in the 1920s.

The work included re-planting of herbaceous and shrub borders, as well as construction of paths and two bridges crossing a stream that meanders through the garden.

The grounds also include a tennis court and paddock area.

The 80sqm guest cottage is a detached double-fronted residence, comprising an open-plan kitchen/living room and two en suite bedrooms.

The two-storey 163sqm coach house to the side of the property was also refurbished and now includes an out-office, guest WC and two large garages on the ground floor.

The first floor consists of a large, modern, open-plan kitchen/living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom.

Enquiries to Sherry Fitzgerald on 01 2866630.

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