Friday 22 September 2017

Check out this €995k Brittas home where every room is inspired by the owner's world adventures

This home at Brittas, Co Dublin has been rebuilt for fun indoors and out

Falconwood House is a statement residence inside and out and is over 3,400 sq ft;
Falconwood House is a statement residence inside and out and is over 3,400 sq ft;
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

If it looks like Falconwood House at Brittas, Co Dublin has a distinctly exotic international flavour to it, that's because the property is owned by a well travelled international businessman with international tastes.

The house was purchased in 2012 by its current owner who gutted it, extended it and completely refitted it. His search for the very top end in everything took him all over the world.

The leisure area with a resistance pool and hot tub
The leisure area with a resistance pool and hot tub

Fittings, materials and furnishings from Germany, Poland, Canada and Italy all feature in a house that comes with a big covered outdoor entertainment and barbecue space as well as its own private gym, sauna, hot tub and a resistance swimming pool which utilises water propulsion to allow you to swim "on the spot".

The owner went as far as Canada to source the resistance pool while the hot hub was picked up in Germany. All the lighting was sourced in Italy. The floors are a grade 1 oak sourced in Canada, or else local granite.

The living room
The living room

However, the polished granite found in the bathrooms is a specialist "fossilised" version which includes preserved prehistoric flora visible beneath its highly polished features. It can only be located in certain parts of Eastern Europe and this version has been sourced in Poland.

We are back to Germany again for the specialist roof tiles and for the high-end designer internal doors. Most of the furniture is Italian. A highly unusual feature here are the backlit yellow and brown onyx panels. We don't know where they hail from but onyx is mined only in Arizona, Mexico or Algeria.

The bespoke modern sweeping staircase in the foyer
The bespoke modern sweeping staircase in the foyer

Falconwood House is without doubt a statement residence of over 3,400 sq ft in which the interior fit and decor ducks out of the current bland Irish convention of beige, mushroom and grey internals.

It was recently fitted with a new three-phased zoned heating system for energy efficiency.

It's designed for someone who appreciates the outdoors - located as it is in rural and scenic Brittas on the Co Wicklow border, but nonetheless is a 45-minute drive to Dublin city centre (off peak) with rapid access to Tallaght and its town centre retailing.

The house is approached by a lit driveway on a site of 1.3 acres. A plot of land to the side of the house could provide an additional development subject to planning permission.

The open-plan kitchen, breakfast room and diner
The open-plan kitchen, breakfast room and diner

The 20ft long and 18ft wide outdoor covered entertainment area comes with surround granite-topped counters and storage, with a huge built-in barbecue as its focal point and a round table seating arrangement for guests.

In the house itself you walk in to the entrance hall which has granite flooring, a cloak room and storage, and then into the foyer with its granite floor, Italian feature lighting and a unique modern sweeping staircase which was made specially for the property. There is sensor lighting, onyx panelling and mirror wall panelling on the way up the stairs.

Still on the ground floor there's a home office with a solid oak floor and high gloss built-in units and shelves.

The living room comes with a solid oak floor, backlit onyx panelling, and a fireplace which comes with a back boiler to save on water heating.

The dining room breaks with the other rooms in that it has a porcelain tiled floor as well as double doors leading out to the back garden.

There's a large open-plan kitchen, breakfast room and diner and this is also floored with porcelain tiles. It has cream coloured high gloss fitted units, granite worktops, onyx panelling and a range of Siemens kitchen appliances. There are double doors from here to the back garden.

There's a utility room and then the leisure area which comes with its resistance pool, Jacuzzi hot tub, shower, sauna, gym and it is fitted with a surround sound system. There's also a bathroom off this area.

There are four bedrooms in all, one downstairs and the others upstairs, and three are double sized. The master bedroom has a solid oak floor, a 3D feature wall panel, sliderobes and an en-suite in fossilised granite. There's a shower, wash hand basin and access to the rear balcony area.

The family bathroom comes with a mixture of marble and granite finishes and a Jacuzzi bath. There's a feature backlit mirror and a heated towel rail.

Upstairs on the first floor is an extensive balcony terrace on which to breakfast on fine mornings and view the surrounding countryside.

There's a secure garage with remote control doors and room inside for three cars.

This area is full of countryside walks with the Brittas Lake (there were once two) and wildlife sanctuary in view just over the hill.

The site is private and the boundaries are defined by a tree line which also provides some shelter from the elements.

The property is on offer from DNG in Tallaght which is seeking €995,000.

Falconwood House

Brittas, Co Dublin

Asking price: €995,000

Agent: DNG, (01) 4599522

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