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The Old Rectory, Wicklow, €650k

Published 10/07/2015 | 02:30

The old Rectory has been recently used as a holistic retreat centre
The old Rectory has been recently used as a holistic retreat centre
The L-shaped sunroom running along the south wall of the house, with an outside deck overlooking the gardens

Though it dates from 1711 as a glebe house for the Church of Ireland rector of Donard, Co Wicklow, for more than 20 years the Old Rectory has been a holistic retreat centre.

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The property as a whole includes the Georgian rectory itself, a converted coach house, and three guest cottages, all on about 2.8 acres of grounds.

The main house is 5,005 sq ft with six bedrooms, all on the first floor, together with three shower rooms and an office.

The ground floor has a pleasing layout, with a drawing room to the right of the entrance hall with a cast-iron fireplace.

To the left of the hall are a library, a study and a breakfast room all opening onto an L-shaped sunroom running along the south wall of the house, with an outside deck overlooking the gardens.

There's a kitchen at the back with a quarry-tile floor and an adjoining pantry and utility room.

The converted coach house has two 'treatment rooms' and a sauna on the ground floor. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, a kitchen and sitting room, and an office.

Two of the stone-built guest cottages have one bedroom and a living room and kitchen, while the third has a living room/ kitchenand two bedrooms.

Also on the grounds there's a Scandinavian-style chalet, which is available to buy separately. It consists of a living room and kitchen, four bedrooms and two shower rooms, as well as two attic rooms above.

The grounds include several specimen trees, including a huge, 200-year-old holly and a redwood, and a willow labyrinth on the front lawn.

There are gravelled pathways leading to a Zen garden and oratory, as well as a vegetable plot and a water feature.

The Old Rectory, Donard, is for sale for €650,000 with Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255.

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