For the green-fingered in Delgany
Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30
The monkey puzzle tree, it is reported, is so named because a monkey wouldn't be able to climb one. It's the national tree of Chile, however, where there are no monkeys, so that might account for some of the puzzlement.
There are no native monkeys in Delgany either, but Ireland's oldest monkey puzzle tree is claimed by the owners of Pennicks, at 7 Kendalstown Rise.
The property takes its name from the famous Pennick's nursery gardens of Delgany, where the house now stands. Pennicks has inherited some of the nurseries' beautiful old trees, including a tower eucalyptus, a western red cedar and that monkey puzzle.
The owners have given the gardens the most loving attention and been handsomely rewarded for their trouble.
As well as the venerable trees dotted around the 1.5 acres there are luminous green lawns, prolific flowering shrubs, meandering paths, an elegant pond and, beyond it all, views of the sea. As to the house itself, it's a red-brick dormer bungalow measuring 3,476 sq ft.
That includes five bedrooms, two receptions and a comfy, country-style kitchen with a Belfast sink and a green Aga in a brick alcove. The kitchen also has a corner window, where you can sit and look out at the garden.
Off the kitchen is the dining room, where there are double doors to the patio outside. The other reception room is a large, triple-aspect living room, with more double doors to the patio and a solid-fuel stove in the fireplace.
The ground floor also has a study (with patio doors) and one guest bedroom with an en-suite.
The other four bedrooms are upstairs, with one en-suite.
Pennicks is for sale with McGovern Estates in Greystones (01) 287 7088 and has an asking price of €1,075,000.