Friday 30 September 2016

Enchanted house in Rathmichael on the market for €895k

Bruíon Caorthainn €895k

Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30

This contemporary bungalow is 1,647 sq ft and designed in a L-shape.
This contemporary bungalow is 1,647 sq ft and designed in a L-shape.
The open-plan sitting and dining room has a wall of windows.

The Bruíon Caorthainn, or House of the Quicken Tree, is one of the stories in the Fenian Cycle, in which Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Fianna are tricked into an enchanted house of quicken, or rowan trees, and kept there by a spell.

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The house, as Lady Gregory told the story in Gods and Fighting Men in 1904, "was a beautiful house, having walls of every colour, and foreign coverings of every colour on the floor, and a fire that gave out a very pleasant smoke". None of it was real though - the adornments vanished once the Fianna were inside.

The Bruíon Caorthainn in Rathmichael, Co Dublin, has enchantments too, of a more lasting nature. It's one of three unusual contemporary detached houses built about five years ago in a lane off Ballybride Road, behind electric gates. The other two are two-storey; this one, a bungalow, is at the back of the lane, so it has the most privacy.

It has 1,647 sq ft in an L-shape, with bedrooms on one side and living rooms on the other. There's only one living room as such, but it is vast. It's an open-plan sitting room and dining room with a complete wall of windows facing southwest, and two sets of French doors to the garden.

The room has a solid-fuel stove at one end. At the other end is the kitchen, separated by a breakfast bar and fitted with high-gloss cabinets with marble countertops.

One of the three bedrooms has an en-suite shower room and French doors to the garden, and there's a jacuzzi bath in the main bathroom. It's a B3-rated house, with geothermal underfloor heating and solar panels.

The garden has been well loved, and has a patio, rockery and pond. There's also a garage and outside utility room on the grounds.

It's for sale for €895,000 with Lisney in Dun Laoghaire (01) 280 6820.

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