Sunday 25 June 2017

Dalkey cottage turned into a Tardis

2 Monte Vella €695k

The cottage, which is 1,141 sq ft, has two bedrooms on either side of the entrance hall
The cottage, which is 1,141 sq ft, has two bedrooms on either side of the entrance hall
The extension is a large open-plan kitchen, living and dining room

In the 1911 census, 2 Monte Vella in Dalkey, Co Dublin, was occupied by two elderly spinster sisters living off the income from their shares in the Great Northern Railway.

Their next-door neighbour to the right was an elderly English widow charmingly named Bessie Bible. To their left they had a 72-year-old Methodist minister from Armagh.

In fact, with the possible exception of the pair of unmarried female artists living together in Number 5 and giving off a whiff of the demi-monde, Monte Vella must have been an exceptionally respectable community by Edwardian standards.

It's a cul-de-sac running south of Barnhill Road, and consisting only of a terrace of five cottages, and it's much the same today, apart from the fact that the cottages have been extended.

Number 2 is a good example, as its ambitious extension has turned it into a Tardis.

Though the cottage as a whole is still a relatively modest 1,141 sq ft, it has a huge open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room at the back, giving the impression of a much bigger house.

The room has a vaulted ceiling with rooflights at the apex and a fully glazed gable wall with two sets of French doors to the garden.

There are two bedrooms at the front of the house, either side of the entrance hall, one with an en-suite and walk-in wardrobe.

There's also a study in the cottage which might be pressed into service as an extra bedroom if necessary, as it has sliding doors to the main bathroom.

The back garden measures some 500 sq ft and has a sandstone patio and a raised lawn. There's parking out the front, and Dalkey village is less than five minutes' walk away.

Number 2 Monte Vella is for sale for €695,000 with Beirne & Wise (01) 288 0900.

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